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Blood Pressure-Lowering Diet Appears More Effective When Combined With Other Interventions

Combining an anti-hypertension diet with exercise and weight loss counseling may result in increased reduction in high blood pressure along with other benefits. James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D., of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues studied 144 overweight or obese patients with high blood pressure. For four months, 46 were assigned to follow the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet; 49 followed the diet and added supervised exercise and cognitive-behavioral weight loss therapy; and 49 ate their usual diet. Blood pressure as measured in the clinic decreased by 16.1/9.9 millimeters of mercury among those in the DASH plus weight management group, 11.

Using Science To Decode The Secrets Of Olympic Skeleton Sliding

Olympic skeleton athletes will hit the ice next month in Vancouver, where one-hundredths of a second can dictate the difference between victory and defeat. Using state-of-the-art flow measurements, engineering professor Timothy Wei and students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., are employing science and technology to help the U.S. skeleton team trim track times and gain an edge over other sliders. "Not much is known about the actual mechanics of skeleton, so we developed a unique suite of tools to help pull back the curtain a bit, " said Wei, head of Rensselaer's Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, who has previously worked with U.

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MPS Warns Doctors To Be Cautious When Declaring Patients Fit For Marathons

MPS is advising doctors to be cautious when completing fitness and health forms for patients competing in sporting and athletic events. This follows enquiries from MPS members about the implications of declaring patients fit and in good health - a registration requirement for the upcoming Rome Marathon (Maratona di Roma, 21 March 2010). The health form for the Rome Marathon - which must be submitted by competitors from the UK and other non Italian residents - states that the doctor completing the form must declare: - him or herself fully responsible and acknowledge the consequences for making a false declaration - that they have undertaken a 'sport physical exam' - that the competitor is in good health and fit to compete in a 42, 195 metre marathon according to current laws.

The Attitude Of Secondary Students Towards Physical Education Improved By Role-Playing Games

A research work performed at the University of Granada (Spain) has proved that role-playing games have a very positive effect on the knowledge and habits of physical and sports practice from a health viewpoint in students of Secondary Education, as their practice can make that exercise and healthy life habits are more attractive for teenagers. To conduct this work, its authors prepared an intervention program, based on a role-playing game and carried out from the area of Physical Education of an Institute of Secondary Education of Granada, 3-month long, with two weekly1-hour sessions. The study was carried put with the participation of students of 4th of ESO, aged between 15 and 16.

Survey: Doctors Need More Knowledge About Exercise And Pregnancy

Research conducted by the President of the American College of Sports Medicine and colleagues shows many doctors aren't sure what to tell their pregnant patients about exercise. ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, and colleagues Patricia Bauer, Ph.D., and Cliff Broman, Ph.D., surveyed 93 M.D.s, D.O.s (doctors of osteopathy) and Certified Nurse Midwives about their knowledge of exercise recommendations for pregnant women. Although nearly all respondents - 99 percent - believed exercise was good for their expecting patients, 60 percent of M.D.s and 86 percent of D.O.s weren't familiar with pregnancy exercise guidelines. The results of the survey were published in the Journal of Women's Health.

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Sporting Prowess Through Brain Power

A study conducted by scientists at Brunel University and at the University of Hong Kong has found that expert sportsmen are quicker to observe and react to their opponents' moves than novice players, exhibiting enhanced activation of the cortical regions of the brain. The results of the study, which appear in the most recent issue of NeuroReport, show that more experienced sports players are better able to detect early anticipatory clues from opposing players' body movements, giving them a split second advantage in preparing an appropriate response. NeuroReport is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, and pharmacy.

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