February 5, 2013
Men who watch more than 20 hours of television a week risk halving their sperm count, researchers warn.
A sedentary lifestyle can have a major impact on a man’s ability to reproduce, the research found.
And while regular, vigorous exercise was shown to boost sperm count, excessive television-watching can counteract the positive effects of physical activity.
The study, published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, looked at the [...]
No wonder losing weight is so difficult – 108 different factors are conspiring to keep us fat.
Experts say that everything from using a remote control to change TV channels to having the wrong sort of friends can push us to pile on the pounds.
Other things to be taken into account include our genes and the temptation to drive, rather than walk, short distances.
While some factors, such as our genes, can’t [...]
China’s urban areas are booming economically, but that trend is paralleled by another one with serious implications for public health: obesity rates have skyrocketed over the last generation.
The number of Chinese people who are obese quintupled between 2005 and 2011, to nearly 100 million people. The World Health Organization estimates that 38.5 percent of the population was overweight in 2010, up from 25 percent in 2002. Male children from high-income familieshave an especially high [...]
Researchers found that anything from a stroll in the park to a run through woodland can have a positive effect on people suffering from depression and anxiety.
The study also showed that the positive effect on people’s mental health was 50 per cent more than they might expect from going to the gym.
The researchers at Glasgow University looked at natural and non-natural environments for physical activity, including walking, running and cycling, [...]
The family of a man who died in a three-in-the-bed sex romp have won $3million in damages against a doctor who failed to warn him about extreme physical activity.
William Martinez, 31, suffered a fatal heart attack caused by the excitement and physical activity with a woman and another man.
The married father-of-two died a day before he was due to have a heart stress test.
Too much: William Martinez died during a [...]
Washing up, cooking and cleaning can help reduce the risk of Alzheimers even in those over 80, a study has claimed.
Researchers asked 716 volunteers with an average age of 82 to wear a device that monitors day-to-day activity.
Study participants were also given cognitive tests to measure memory and thinking ability.
Those who kept active by doing day-to-day tasks were said to have a lower risk of Alzheimers, according to experts
After around [...]
Big Brother is joining the battle of the bulge.
A group of Long Island students will soon be wearing controversial electronic monitors that allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock.
The athletics chair for the Bay Shore schools ordered 10 Polar Active monitors, at $90 a pop, for use starting this spring. The wristwatchlike devices count heartbeats, detect motion and even track students’ sleeping habits in a bid [...]
January 6, 2012
Elementary schools in Missouri plan to use wristwatch-like devices called Polar active monitors to surveil children – not only at school, but also at home.
Parkway elementary schools in St. Louis plan “to collect data about activity levels and even sleep patterns for a week at a time. It will have the students wear the devices round the clock,” according to STLToday.com.
A pilot program began in April during physical [...]
There are many reasons behind the doubling of America’s obesity rate over the past 25 years. Foodstamp use is higher, jobs have become more sedentary, populations are more sprawled, etc.But the biggest factor is the decline in smoking, according to a controversial new paper from NBER.
Professors Charles Baum and Shin-Yi Chou found that smokers were 0.078% less likely to be obese. The declining use of cigarettes explains [...]
TORONTO (NEWSCORE) – Being fat can actually be good for you — with obese people who are otherwise healthy living just as long as slim people — according to a Canadian study published Monday.
The study, published in the Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism journal, found that obese people with no other health problems were also less likely to die of cardiovascular causes than their slim [...]
Rates of diabetes have exploded in the past three decades, meaning an estimated 350 million people in the world now have the disease.
In almost every region of the planet diabetes prevalence has risen or at best remained unchanged, according to a major international study published in a special online report by The Lancet medical journal.
The condition, caused by poor blood sugar control, can lead to heart [...]
The nearly 20-year-old representation of a healthy diet is about to give way to a new symbol: on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveils its replacement for the food pyramid.
Speculation is that the new symbol will be a round dinner plate with sections representing how much of each of the food groups people should consume in a meal.
The USDA has said the change came [...]