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Low CETP Activity Associated With Heart Disease Risk

Although seen as a potential heart disease therapy, raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels by inhibiting activity of a transfer protein may not be effective, a new study suggests. Scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and Boston University School of Medicine found an association between low plasma cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) activity and increased risk of heart disease in the Framingham Heart Study population. CETP is a protein that shuttles cholesterol throughout the body, thus controlling the levels of HDL, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) in the blood.

On New Lab Chip, Heart Cells Display A 'Nanosense' That Guides Their Behavior

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers, working with colleagues in Korea, have produced a laboratory chip with nanoscopic grooves and ridges capable of growing cardiac tissue that more closely resembles natural heart muscle. Surprisingly, heart cells cultured in this way used a "nanosense" to collect instructions for growth and function solely from the physical patterns on the nanotextured chip and did not require any special chemical cues to steer the tissue development in distinct ways. The scientists say this tool could be used to design new therapies or diagnostic tests for cardiac disease. The device and experiments using it were described in this week's online Early Edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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How Much Cardio Do You Need to Lose 10 Pounds?

Say you want to lose 10 pounds for an event, a renunion, or just for your health and looks. The best way to get this done is to do some workouts. Exercising certainly burns more calories than simply sitting around so being active is the key to a fast weight loss. Cardio workouts are an excellent way to lose weight. But you don't want this process to take forever. So, how much cardio do you need to lose 10 pounds? This is a difficult question to answer because your weight loss rate depends on a number of factors: Your age Your genetics Your current weight and how much you need to lose Your diet And more This is why it's virtually impossible to say, in advance and without knowing you, how much cardio you need to do to lose 10 lbs.

Tips on Winter Jogging

Jogging and running is better off in summer than in winter because you can certainly jog a mile than splash a good amount of cold water, drink some energy drink and relax yourself but it becomes a pain if you are jogging in the winter when there is snow all around you and the wind blowing on your face is ice cold. Many might enjoy winter jogging but if you are one of those who hate winters than here are some important things that you should consider before you go for a jog outside in the winters. You might be used to jogging but if you have a good amount of jogging pace than try to cut it down and jog slowly. This is because if you jog quickly you will feel more air blowing in your face and it will also strain your muscles as cold atmosphere affects your muscles and joints.

Using Heart Rate Monitors While Exercising

Heart rate monitors have gotten quite a bit of attention within the world of health and exercise since they first became popular back in the mid 1990's. And now these relatively simple devices that monitor and track each beat of the heart have been integrated into all sorts of exercise equipment like stationery bicycles and treadmills as well as being sold on their own. Today there are a variety of heart rate monitors to choose from, many of which are rather trendy looking and serve dual purposes, making them the "must-have" gadget among many of the health conscious. Some models are worn with a wireless receiver portion on the wrist with the transmitter strapped around the chest while others are completely strapless and resemble a small wristwatch.

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Why Running is the Perfect Health Exercise

Most people start running to lose those few extra pounds, or to maintain that ideal body weight. Running soon becomes their exercise of choice for physical fitness. Running requires a lot of energy from the body. Using the large leg muscles, as well as virtually every other muscle in the body, running burns more calories than nearly any other form of exercise. (just a tad fewer than cross-country skiing.) Because of this, it is the perfect exercise for those looking to lose weight fast, or if you just want to stay slim and trim. It is also a great choice for overall good health - body and mind! Running and Your Brain Running is very good for the mind.

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