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After Exercise Protein Drinks Help Maintain Aging Muscles

From the 26 May 2011 Medical News Today article

A new research report appearing online in the FASEB Journal shows that what someone drinks after exercise plays a critical role in maximizing the effects of exercise. Specifically, the report shows that protein drinks after aerobic activity increases the training effect after six weeks, when compared to carbohydrate drinks. Additionally, this study suggests that this effect can be seen using as little as 20 grams of protein. ….

Details: Matthew M. Robinson, Scott M. Turner, Marc K. Hellerstein, Karyn L. Hamilton, and Benjamin F. Miller. Long-term synthesis rates of skeletal muscle DNA and protein are higher during aerobic training in older humans than in sedentary young subjects but are not altered by protein supplementation. FASEB J; doi:10.1096/fj.11-186437.

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May 26, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

Are toning shoes unsafe? Reports of injuries raise concern

From the Consumer Reports article

Ads for Skechers Shape-ups and similar toning shoes suggest they can help give you a firm behind and shapely legs. But our recent analysis of complaints to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new product complaint database suggest the shoes could send you to a doctor’s office or even an emergency room….

…Ads for Skechers Shape-ups and similar toning shoes suggest they can help give you a firm behind and shapely legs. But our recent analysis of complaints to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new product complaint database suggest the shoes could send you to a doctor’s office or even an emergency room….

…Steve Lamar, Executive Vice President of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, a trade group to which Skechers belongs, told us that the injuries often stem from misuse of the shoes. He said these are exercise products and that there is risk with any exercise……

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May 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

10 Totally Cool and Incredibly Useful Medical Gadgets and Apps

From the 18 May 2011 Medscape Today article by Neil Versel

1) Video Consults on Your Smartphone

Using new technology, some doctors — particularly in rural areas — are doing video office visits. A number of companies have sprung up, such as MDLiveCare, that offer consultations via real-time video….

2) Tablet Computers

Touch-screen tablet computers are creating a new class of totally cool and incredibly useful gadgets and applications that are helping to make life easier for physicians and their patients….”Whenever you’re in a remote environment, it’s much easier to draw things up than to try to explain on the phone,” …

3) Speech Recognition Programs

…”The beauty of real-time mobile speech recognition is that the physician no longer needs a keyboard,”

0) Social Networking

Facebook has captured the imagination of the world, claiming 500 million active users, half of whom log in on any given day. You can be sure that plenty of physicians are among those masses. But where do you go when you want to discuss medicine or simply connect with other doctors?

LinkedIn, a business-focused networking site, has at least 100 million users worldwide, but there are several social and professional networking sites just for healthcare professionals, some of which offer secure communications suitable for colleagues who already know each other to discuss specific cases. (Medscape’s discussion boards are popular landing spots for physicians).

For patients, there’s an emerging field called participatory medicine. A group called the Society for Participatory Medicine defines it as “a cooperative model of healthcare that encourages and expects active involvement by all connected parties (patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, etc.) as integral to the full continuum of care.” Patients facing serious health challenges have been flocking to sites such as Organized Wisdom and PatientsLikeMe.

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May 26, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health, Professional Health Care Resources | Leave a comment

   

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