COPD Patients doing Tai Chi improved Exercise Capacity

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(Best Syndication News) – Patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) showed improvement after doing Tai Chi, according to a new study. The research results were published in the online edition of European Respiratory Journal and will later be published in the print edition.

The researchers suggest that Tai Chi exercise might be just as beneficial as pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients.

Previous studies have demonstrated that moderate forms of exercise were helpful for COPD patients to improve their symptoms of breathlessness and generally improve their quality of life. The researchers wanted to see if Sun-style Tai Chi exercise would also be beneficial for COPD patients.

Watching too much TV in Early Childhood could lead to a Bigger Waist Size and Lower Fitness Ability by Age 10

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of Montreal and Saint-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital found that children between the age of two and four that watched more hours of TV had a higher chance of having a bigger waist circumference by the end of fourth grade. Additionally, the children that watched more TV as toddlers had a reduced ability to perform sports activities when they were 10 years old. The study was published in today’s edition of BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Lead author Dr. Caroline Fitzpatrick and senior author Dr. Linda Pagani reported on the findings. Dr. Pagani explained that they interviewed the parents about the TV viewing habits of the children, measured the children's waist, and had them do a standing long jump. They found that for each weekly hour of TV viewing a child had at the age of 29 months decreased the child’s long jump distance about one-third of a centimeter.

Calorie Burning Brown Fat is Beige in Adult Humans

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Harvard Medical School have identified a third type of fat cell which is beige and has characteristics of brown fat. The brown fat burns calories to create body heat, while white fat stores the energy. The researchers reported their findings in the July 12, 2012 issue of the journal Cell.

Bruce Spiegelman of the Harvard Medical School explained that the new third type is found in most or all humans.

The beige fat discovery gives researchers a new avenue to investigate different ways to give these cells a boost to burn off more energy. This could lead to new ways for a person to shed excess body fat.

Tai Chi Exercise increased Brain Size in Elderly

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that Chinese elderly people were able to increase brain volume and improve their memory and thinking skills when they did Tai Chi three times per week over an eight month period. Researchers from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai, China reported their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer ’s disease.

The study was inspired from previous research that showed increased brain volume after people participated in aerobic exercise programs. These researchers conducted an 8-month randomized controlled trial that assigned one group to practice Tai Chi and the other had no change. During the same trial, the researchers found that the group that was part of lively discussions three times per week, also showed increased brain volume and mild cognitive improvements.

Bowflex Dumbbell set recall announced for needed Repair

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall by Nautilus for their Bowflex dumbbells because the weight-setting dial could stop working correctly causing plates to fall off when lifted up from the stand. The company is offering a free repair kit to remedy this problem.

The Bowflex® SelectTech® 1090 Dumbbells are involved in the recall. Nautilus is recalling around 17,000 of these units after they have received 16 reports of the weight dial not working correctly. Three people reported being injured on the foot or leg.

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