Obesity May Be Killing More People Than Smoking In England And Scotland

Smoking kills. That idea is universally and scientifically accepted. Millions have died from smoking-related illnesses and many more continue to die. But obesity and excess body fat may be giving smoking a run for it’s money, according to new research. They may even be the new biggest killer.

Factor Regulating Fat Metabolism In Muscle Discovered

When it comes to regulating glucose levels in the body, skeletal muscle plays a key role. With obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases exploding in the US, understanding how this works might be a game-changer. Now a key factor in fat metabolism has been identified.

Will Better Cardio Fitness Really Help You Live Longer?

Doctors and lots of people on treadmills in health clubs believe better “cardio” leads to a longer life. People run, swim, row, climb and engage in all sorts of cardiorespiratory fitness activities in order to keep the Grim Reaper away a little longer. The big question is “does it work?”

Exercise Relieves Low Back Pain, But We Don’t Seem To Know Why

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is the leading cause of disability in the US. Over 250 million works days are lost each year to CLBP. The cost in lost productivity and wages is over $100 billion dollars a year. Doctors know exercise helps CLBP. Science just can’t decide on why.

Do Genetics Influence ACL Injury Risk?

It is widely accepted that your sport of choice, surface you play on and even your shoes can contribute to your risk of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But is your risk of rupturing your ACL also influenced by your genetics? A new study answers that question.

Is Metabolic Syndrome Linked To Poor Oral Hygiene?

Science has already established a link between periodontal (gum) disease and metabolic syndrome. A group of Japanese researchers went looking for a more specific linkage. They wanted to know what the specific connection was between gum disease and metabolic syndrome. They believe they have found it.

Restaurant Menus And The Battle Against Obesity

The United States CDC says over 42 percent of adults and 18 percent of children are obese. Both numbers continue to rise. This epidemic costs the nation $147 billion (USD) annually. Change is needed to reverse the course of this dangerous trend. Could part of the solution involve restaurant menus?