Monthly Archives: February 2009

Weight-Bearing Exercise During Adolescence Benefits Bones Decades Later

February 15, 2009
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So the theory goes something like this: Osteoporosis develops as your bone mineral density decreases, which happens with age (after menopause it can really accelerate). Your peak levels are in your mid 30′s. The higher you can get your bone mineral density at that point, the longer you will be able to stave off osteoporosis.…

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Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold

February 15, 2009
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I pity the fool that volunteered for this study. 153 healthy, that’s right, HEALTHY, men and women VOLUNTEERED, if you can believe it, to be given the virus that develops into the common cold. Imagine doing that to yourself. Anyway, I am loving their work, for we all get to benefit from the results. Prior…

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Train harder, lose more fat. Simple.

February 15, 2009
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What this study says is that they have conclusively proven that if you exercise at a higher intensity, you will lose more fat. And really, this probably sounds like the most obvious thing ever, right?! But it’s interesting because for years most exercise physiologists have actually believed, and i’m not making this up, that exercising…

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Rating the accuracy of drug information on Wikipedia

February 15, 2009
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What I wanted to do in this blog was summarise an article I read in a journal recently. It’s the sort of journal the general public don’t get access to and so most people don’t get the information. The study tried to compare the “scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia” with the…

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Is acupuncture effective for low back pain?

February 15, 2009
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This is a study of really high quality. What they did was go back through the research and find all the studies on the effects of acupuncture on low back pain, analyse the articles to see if they were of high quality (ie whether you can rely on the findings of the study), and then…

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Do structural problems in the low back definitely cause pain?

February 15, 2009
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This study is an aside to the study on whether arthritis equals low back pain, which I reviewed earlier http://bit.ly/Jncda, which itself was an aside to another study. The original study involved 3,529 people being given CT scans, the results of which have then been assessed a number of different ways. In this incarnation, they…

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Chondroitin effective for knee arthritis

February 15, 2009
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The study I am reviewing here is one on the effect of chondroitin on knee arthritis. Now, anecdotally, I hear from people that they find chondroitin to be effective for knees quite regularly, but rarely do they say it about other joints – hip or lower back for example. Even knowing that a lot of…

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Being active in childhood reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease in early adulthood

February 15, 2009
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Hot on the heels of the news that the exercise and diet you embrace in your teens can influence your bone mideral density for up to 40 years http://thegoodhealthjournal.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/weight-bearing-exercise-during-adolescence-benefits-bones-decades-later/ comes the findings that your physical fitness and activity levels at age 13 can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease for decades to come too. In…

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Does having arthritis equal having pain?

February 15, 2009
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I’m so glad this study has been done. Spine is one of the most reputable journals, they always do great work, and in this study they did CT scans (which are very accurate) on 3,529 people and looked at how many have arthritis in the lower back, and how many of them have low back…

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Exercise can prevent falls in older people

February 15, 2009
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This is a systematic review of 44 previous trials (with a total of 9603 people) where they looked at: 1. whether exercise programs were able to prevent falls in older people; and 2. what sort of exercise is best for helping prevent falls. The overwhelming result from these studies was that exercise can help prevent…

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