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10 Fun Ways to Get Fit Without a Gym

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Bored with the same old, same old at your health club?

Joining a gym can be a fantastic way to get fit, but it’s not the only way. You can enjoy a variety of workouts at home or outside that will give you the same great results and put a smile on your face at the same time!

Here are 10 fun ways to get fit without a gym!

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FDA Approves New Medtronic Balloon To Open Blocked Leg Arteries

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Medtronic said today that it had received approval from the FDA to market its In.Pact Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB) to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg. The device is the second DCB to gain FDA approval. Last October the FDA approved CR Bard’s Lutonix DCB for a similar indication.

The new DCB uses the anti-proliferative drug paclitaxel, which is designed to prevent renarrowing (restenosis) of the blood vessel after it is opened by the expanded balloon. Approval of the device was based on the landmark In.Pact SFA trial published last month in Circulation. Target lesion revascularization was dramatically reduced in that trial from 20.6% in the group who received standard balloon angiplasty to 2.4% in the DCB group. Medtronic noted in its statement that  approval had been granted without the use of an FDA advisory panel.

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10 Biggest Workout Trends of 2014, According to Google

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Last week, Google released its top search trends for 2014, and among the list were workouts that saw the biggest spike in search volume compared to last year. As an exercise junkie, you may be familiar with a few of these sweat-inducing styles, but others may sound foreign. That’s why we pulled together this list—who knows, one of these may be just what you need to kick off your training habits in 2015.

Insanity

Created by Shaun T, this 60-day, DVD-based workout plan allows you to go hard in the comfort of your own home. Using your body as resistance, and performing cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power resistance, and core work, Insanity follows a rigorous six-day-a-week schedule that will push you to exercise at your maximum capacity in non-stop, 3- to 5-minute blocks.

Focus T25

Don’t let the 25 minutes fool you, you’re guaranteed to break a sweat during this heart-pounding program, also developed by Shaun T. The 11-workout series focuses on one muscle group, works it to failure, and them moves quickly on to the next exercise without rest. The program asks you to commit to five days a week of high-intensity strength and cardio training. Expect to perform moves such as squats, high knees, pushups, mountain climbers, and cross jacks.

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7 Eating Habits You Should Drop Now

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In my one-on-one work with clients there is a dual focus: I help them adopt a healthy new eating regimen, but in order for new patterns to stick, we also have to zero in on unhealthy habits that tend to keep them stuck. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “I know what I need to do, but I just can’t seem to do it!” my bet is lingering detrimental habits are the culprit.

Here are seven that come up often, and why breaking them may just be the final solution to achieving weight-loss results that last!

Drinking too often

For most of my clients, drinking alcohol has a domino effect. After one drink, their inhibitions are lowered and their appetite spikes. That combo—in addition to the extra calories in the cocktails themselves—results in consuming hundreds of surplus calories. And it happens more often than they realize, because most people underestimate how much they drink until they begin keeping a food diary. The good news is when they consciously cut back, they drop weight like a hot potato. If you think you may be in the same boat, become a teetotaler for a 30 days, or commit to limiting alcohol in specific ways, such as only drinking one night per week, and a setting a max of two drinks. The results can be dramatic. For more info check out my previous post 6 Ways to Handle Alcohol If You’re Trying to Lose Weight.

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Over 20,000 people suffered from Ebola in 2014: WHO

The number of people infected with the deadly Ebola virus reached 20,381 people by the end of 2014, and 7,989 of them died of the disease, according to figures released Friday by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The data includes confirmed, suspected and probable cases recorded in Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leone until Dec 31 and in Liberia until Dec 28.  The country most severely affected by the epidemic is Sierra Leone, where 9,633 infections and 2,827 deaths have been reported, followed by Liberia with 8,018 infections and 3,423 deaths.  Meanwhile, in Guinea Conakry, there were 2,730 infections and 1,739 deaths recorded in 2014.  This is the worst Ebola epidemic since the virus was discovered in 1976, approximately 100 km from the Ebola river in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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New antibiotic could curb hearing loss

A new version of a common antibiotic could eliminate the side effects associated with the drug - risk of hearing loss and kidney damage, a new research has found.Treatment with aminoglycosides, the most commonly used class of antibiotics worldwide, is often a lifesaving necessity.  But an estimated 20-60 percent of all patients who receive aminoglycosides, which is also used in treatment of cancer, suffer partial or complete hearing loss.  The newly patented antibiotic, N1MS, which is derived from sisomicin, a type of aminoglycoside, works effectively in mice without the risk of causing deafness or kidney damage, the researchers found.

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Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

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Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types analysed were caused just by chance mutations rather than lifestyle.Cancer Research UK said a healthy lifestyle would still heavily stack the odds in a person's favour.In the US, 6.9% of people develop lung cancer, 0.6% brain cancer and 0.00072% get tumours in their laryngeal (voice box) cartilage at some point in their lifetime.Toxins from cigarette smoke could explain why lung cancer is more common.But the digestive system is exposed to more environmental toxins than the brain, yet brain tumours are three times as common as those in the small intestine.

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Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

Generic image showing typical lifestyle factors that are notoriously associated with higher risk of cancer. Photo taken from BBC

Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types analysed were caused just by chance mutations rather than lifestyle.Cancer Research UK said a healthy lifestyle would still heavily stack the odds in a person's favour.In the US, 6.9% of people develop lung cancer, 0.6% brain cancer and 0.00072% get tumours in their laryngeal (voice box) cartilage at some point in their lifetime.Toxins from cigarette smoke could explain why lung cancer is more common.But the digestive system is exposed to more environmental toxins than the brain, yet brain tumours are three times as common as those in the small intestine.

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Yoga may benefit heart health as much as aerobics

 

(Reuters) - Those sun salutations and downward dogs could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research.

Based on 37 clinical trials, researchers found that doing yoga lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.

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Probiotics supplements may ease anxiety and depression

Supplements to boost probiotics -- the helpful micro-organisms that reside in our bodies -- can alter the way people process emotional information and ease anxiety and depression, new research suggests. Gut bacteria may also affect the immune system, which could in turn, influence the brain, Philip Burnet, researcher at the University of Oxford was quoted as saying.  For the study, researchers recruited 45 healthy people aged 18 to 45 years to take either a pro biotic supplement to boost "good" bacteria or a placebo, every day for a period of three weeks.  They completed several computer tests to assess how they processed emotional information such as negative and positive words.  During one test, people who took the supplement paid less attention to negative information and more attention to positive information, compared with people who took a placebo, the findings showed.

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Lens-free microscope lets almost anyone spot cancer

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High-powered microscopes are useful for spotting cancer and other diseases in cells, but they're expensive and complicated. Your local physicians probably won't have a microscope on hand, and you'll probably need at least some skill to use one. However, UCLA scientists have developed a lens-free microscope that could put this tissue scanning power in the hands of many more people. The device creates a holograph-like image of your sample using a CCD or CMOS sensor (like that from your camera) to detect shadow patterns cast by a light source, and reconstructs them in software to present what you'd actually see. The result is a microscope that's just as effective as its conventional optical brethren, but should also be much cheaper and simpler.

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How To Stop Snoring Easily And Get A Decent Night’s Sleep (At Last)

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Most people don’t get enough sleep at night. For many people being sleep deprived means not functioning as well as they could be, but for millions of other people lack of sleep is a sign of a serious health condition.People who are suffering from exhaustion, high blood pressure and inexplicable headaches are all showing symptoms of a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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Accelerating access to universal health coverage

More than 1 billion people in the world lack access to basic health care, and another 100 million fall into poverty trying to access it each year. Nearly a third of households in Southeast Asia that includes Bangladesh have to borrow money or sell assets to pay for health care. Study conducted by icddr,b showed that around 6.4 million or four percent people in Bangladesh get poorer every year due to excessive health cost. In Bangladesh, out of the pocket health expenditure is very high about 64 percent.

These statistics indicate an urgent call for action to strengthen our health system so that everywhere, everyone including extreme poor and marginalised have the access to healthcare. Experts say that it is possible in the form of universal health coverage which is affordable and attainable. Countries as diverse as Brazil, Thailand, Mexico and Ghana are implementing steps toward universal health coverage, reducing the number of families facing catastrophic health care costs. In addition, about 24% of the growth in full income between 2000 and 2011 in low- and middle-income countries resulted from health improvements.

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Potential benefits of Pomegranate

The vibrant red coloured sweet and tasty fruit Pomegranate locally known as Anar or Bedana is a widely consumed fruit in Bangladesh. This delicious fruit has been very popular from ancient time for its potential beneficial effects on human body and protection against numerous ailments. Different parts of this plant and fruit contain wide variety of chemical constituents and effective against various diseases.

The fruit is moderate in calories, slightly more than that in an apple. It contains no cholesterol or saturated fats. It is a good source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers which aid in smooth digestion and bowel movements. The fruit is suggested by nutritionists in the diet for weight reduction and cholesterol controlling programs. Regular inclusion of fruits in the diets boosts immunity, improves circulation and offers protection from cancers.

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Memory lapses in well-educated may signal stroke risk

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People with memory problems who have a university education could be at greater risk of a stroke, suggests research from the Netherlands.

In a study published in Stroke, they were found to have a 39% greater risk of stroke compared with those with a lower level of education,

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Keeping newborn warm in winter

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Immediately after birth, newborn infant starts losing heat. Unless heat loss is prevented, newborn will develop hypothermia (becomes cold) that can lead to many complications, even death. The smaller and more premature the baby, the greater the risk is. As newborn infant regulates body temperature less efficiently than does that of an adult, caregivers should take proper precaution to ensure that baby does not become too cold especially for premature babies.

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How our grip strength changes as we age

A new study has now shed new light on how grip strength changes across the lifespan.The latest research combined data from 12 British studies and included grip strength readings from 49,964 participants, aged four to 90 years and above, and combined them to produce reference charts."We found that men were typically stronger than women from adolescence onwards but both men and women reached a peak level of strength during their 30s before becoming weaker with age," said Richard Dodds from University of Southampton.

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