Last Week’s News in Health, Fitness and Wellness World: What You Missed 1st Ed
Recent news in health, fitness, and wellness suggest how more and more people have become increasingly conscious of their health habits. Huge companies try to keep up with the trend by constantly launching apps and devices that promise to contribute to the individual’s improvement of his overall health, fitness and wellness.
While it is true that the web must have been filled with a plethora of interesting news bits and information, there were some titles that managed to cause quite a stir and even sparked numerous debates and clashing opinions.
Nevertheless, we managed to pick the ones that we believe would echo our own focus on the human body along with stories that show how even the simplest discoveries can create long-lasting impressions and instigate life-changing decisions.
Here is a quick roundup of what has been going on around the web as far as Health, Fitness and Wellness and medical science are concerned.
The Truth about High Protein Diet
In a recent study conducted at Purdue University, it was learned that a high-protein diet had helped overweight middle-aged adults who are trying to lose some weight to have an improved sleep. Apart from the high-protein diet, researchers also noted that middle-aged adults who consume foods with lower calories saw an improvement in the quality of their sleep as compared to those who have a normal protein diet. A high-protein diet is usually made up of beef, pork, soy, legumes and milk protein. Participants to the study noted that sleep improvement was achieved after three or four months of eating more protein.
The Sleep Implications of Nocturia
March 18 is “World Sleep Day,” an annual worldwide event organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) which aims to improve sleep health on a global scale. This year’s event focuses on how a person tends to lose sleep because of the urge to urinate more frequently in the night, a condition that is otherwise known as “nocturia.” While a number of researches had shown that nocturia is the most common reason why people suffer from a disturbed sleep, the condition, no matter how it had obviously caused a broken night’s sleep, is still taken lightly or even ignored by a number of individuals. Some of the activities that could have contributed to the increased frequency of urinating at night include too much drinking before bedtime and increased intake of high caffeine and alcohol.
How the Zika Virus Became Almost Synonymous to Microcephaly
A recent study by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Emory University was conducted in order to give light on how the Zika virus destroys a certain type of neural stem cells that are important to the brain development of unborn babies. While there is no known evidence that will show what really goes on inside the womb during the unborn baby’s developmental stage, results of the study had somehow suggested on how the brain’s development, when altered from its normal course, can provide the mechanism for the occurrence of microcephaly. According to the study, a three-day period of exposure to the virus is enough to infect the cortical neural progenitor cells by up to 90 percent. What is more disturbing is the fact that after attacking the cells, the virus would use these cells to produce more viruses.
New Evolutionary Discoveries Brought by A Small Cavefish
A small cavefish was discovered to show “extra fish-like” movements such as walking on land and climbing waterfalls which can bring new insights on the evolution of life. The strange fish, which measures at only two inches and is found to be blind, is said to be endemic in the caves found among the Tham Susa and Tham Maelana karst cave formation in the northern part of Thailand. According to researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the fish was seen as having the ability to climb rocks and waterfalls and can even walk on wet surfaces, whether they are rough or smooth, while they are out of the water. The new finding has led the researchers to gain more valuable evidence on how vertebrates evolved from living an aquatic life to displaying a walking behavior on terrestrial grounds. Prior to the finding, scientists had only relied on fossil evidence to prove a number of cases on the evolution of tetrapods. You can find more about the fish by watching this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SguiYeG_O8o
The Increasing Role of Robotics, Prosthetics and Complex Electronics in Promoting Health Care
Researchers had long been finding a solution to help people with spinal cord injury to walk again and live a normal life. Currently, medical prosthetics are designed to respond to the wearer’s nerve impulses or muscle movements. A recent venture had been focused on developing a new system that could monitor brain signals and then transform them into a series of electrical-based pulses. The magic begins when the pulses start to move down the wires which had been attached to the person’s leg muscles. The movement is said to be similar to how brain signals travel down the spinal cord. Although the technology is still in a nascent stage, early series of testing showed how the system allowed a man suffering from spinal cord injury for seven years to walk again.
Why We Should Worry About “Antibiotic Resistance”
Numerous reports show that the use of antibiotics had increased at an unbelievable percentage rate of 30 between the years 2000 and 2010. Countries such as India and South Africa had displayed the highest increases in the use of antibiotics worldwide. It was said that antibiotic use ultimately leads to antibiotic resistance. At least three bacteria, otherwise known as “superbugs,” had been identified to have antibiotic-resistant capabilities. These are E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. The situation can be compared to a race when the antibiotic-resistant bacteria seemed to be several laps ahead than new antibiotics that are being created. If this persists, the world may find itself back to the time of the dark ages when penicillin is not yet known.
Chocolates as Secrets to a Better Workout
Dark chocolates had, for some time, been known to have positive implications on one’s health. Studies show that even a small amount of this sweet treat is enough to deliver health benefits to the heart and brain. Dark chocolate is said to be rich in epicatechin, a certain type of plant nutrient usually found in cocoa. The levels of epicatechin vary with milk chocolate having a much lower level while white chocolate containing only a little or even none. Some of the physiological effects of epicatechin include enhanced blood flow and cardiac function, improved oxygen passage into cells, increased widening of the veins and arteries and increased energy in muscle cells. Researchers at Kingston University in England believed that so long as dark chocolates are carefully deployed, they can show a huge potential on enhancing one’s performance. To prove their point, the researchers gathered eight male recreational cyclists and made them agree to swallow small amounts of dark chocolate every day for a period of two weeks. The results were astonishing. The cyclists displayed improved performance in most of the physical tests which involved riding longer and covering more distance.
The Role of Stem Cells in Achieving Successful Pregnancy
There is a new challenge on creating new therapies that would solely focus on how stem cells would function in the womb lining where an improvement of the latter could support the growth of fetuses. If successful, it could finally bring hope to women who had experienced repetitive miscarriages. It was learned that when the womb lining lacks stem cells, it leads to faster aging of the tissues. As a result, the surrounding cells are not able to support a developing embryo that has been implanted. Patients who have suffered from a miscarriage should have the defects in their womb lining treated first before they can try to get pregnant again.
Coffee and Pregnancy Don’t Match
There’s no doubt that coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world today. While there have been a number of benefits that have been cited brought by drinking coffee, experts warn that an increased caffeine intake among expecting couple can lead toward a miscarriage risk. A new study suggests that during the weeks prior to conception, the chances of miscarriage among pregnant women can be due to their intake of caffeine. Moreover, it was learned that the rate of miscarriage is increased if either the man or the woman who are on their pre-conception period have a daily intake of two or more drinks with caffeine content. In the past, most of the research had focused on how the consumption of caffeine can have serious effects only on the woman. According to the researchers of the study, miscarriage can be prevented if the woman has her daily dosage of multivitamin before the conception stage as well as during the early stage of pregnancy. While it is still unknown why caffeine could bring such likelihood on causing a miscarriage, scientists can only speculate on the genetic effects of caffeine on the sperm and eggs.
So that’s the wrap for this week’s hottest Health, Fitness and Wellness news. Subscribe to our weekly round-up post to get the latest in Health, Fitness and Wellness breakthroughs.
- Losing weight with a high-protein diet can help adults sleep better
- World sleep day tackles poor sleep due to nocturia
- Likely Biological Link Found Between Zika Virus, Microcephaly
- Blind fish that crawls on land holds clues to evolution
- Miracle Science – Six Amazing Medical Breakthroughs
- The Global Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
- Chocolate Can Boost Your Workout. Really.
- Loss of Endometrial Plasticity in Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
- Caffeine Intake — Even Dad’s — Linked to Miscarriage, Study Says