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Aerobic Step Bench - Intensify Your Aerobic Workout

Are you getting bored with your aerobic/cardio workout? Does it seem less challenging than when you first started? You might be ready to add an aerobic step bench to your routine. An aerobic step bench is simply a portable step which measures about 3 feet by 1 foot. It's best to start with about a 6-inch height, then increase the height as needed. You'll want to choose a stable, well-balanced bench with a textured, non-slippery surface. In addition to really ramping up the cardio benefits of your workout, adding a step strengthens and tones your thighs and butt. Using these large muscles requires more energy so you burn more calories. For my routine I like to create a circuit where I alternate step moves with other aerobic activities.

Investigators Identify Gene Mutations That Predispose Patients With Becker Muscular Dystrophy To Early Onset Cardiomyopathy

Investigators in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital have identified a link between specific modifications of the dystrophin gene and the age of cardiac disease onset in patients with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). This information could help clinicians provide early cardiac intervention for BMD patients based on genetic testing results performed on a blood sample. These findings are a result of analysis of the largest number of BMD patients to date and are published in the December issue of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. Becker muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that usually begins in adolescence causing progressive muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis.

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Cardiologists Contest Medicare Cuts

A cardiologists' lobby filed suit against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, claiming cuts to heart care services, especially diagnostic tests, are unjustified, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. A judge has already ruled that he can't intervene on the cardiologists' behalf, leaving the doctors to go through the government's complaint process "before considering a suit." The president of the American College of Cardiology "contends the pay cut will make doctors give up their private practices and work for hospitals, " which could limit access to some services for patients, and end up costing more, since hospitals charge more for the same services.

TYRX Enrolls First Patient In CENTURION Study For AIGISRx Anti-Bacterial Envelope With CRT Replacements

TYRX, Inc., a leader in the commercialization of implantable drug-device combination products, announced that it has enrolled its first patient in CENTURION, the first of two large scale, prospective, multicenter studies. CENTURION will enroll 2000 patients at 50 clinical study sites across the U.S. Each patient is currently implanted with either a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device which will be replaced with a CRT device accompanied by AIGISRx. This patient population will be compared to 2000 case-matched controls that have also undergone a pacemaker, ICD or CRT device replacement without AIGISRx.

African-Americans Bear Disproportionate Burden Of Smoking Costs In California

African Americans comprise six percent of the California adult population, yet they account for over eight percent of the state's smoking-attributable health care expenditures and 13 percent of smoking-attributable mortality costs, according to a new analysis by UCSF researchers. In order to provide an objective picture of the disproportionate economic burden of tobacco use for African American Californians, the UCSF team assessed data from 2002, including health care costs related to smoking and productivity losses from smoking-caused mortality. Study findings are published in the January 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

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New Finding In Cell Migration May Be Key To Preventing Clots, Cancer Spread

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have discovered how cells in the body flatten out as they adhere to internal bodily surfaces, the first step in a wide range of important processes including clot formation, immune defense, wound healing, and the spread of cancer cells. Their study is published in the January 15 issue of Science. Xiaoping Du, UIC professor of pharmacology, and his colleagues were trying to better understand how platelets in the blood form clots. Clots that form in blood vessels can lead to heart attack and stroke. To form clots, platelets flatten out to seal the wound and to bind to each other, a process called "spreading.

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