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Category: Health: Sports & Nutrition

Why It’s Almost Impossible to Run a Two-Hour Marathon

Today, three elite runners backed by a small army of scientists will attempt an audacious assault on the boundaries of the possible by trying to run a marathon in less than two hours. One of the world’s finest distance runners came so close to achieving the greatest feats of athleticism in history: a sub-two-hour marathon. …

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Boston University School of Medicine: Daily Consumption of Sugary Beverages Affect the Brain

Data from the Framingham Heart Study has shown that people who more frequently consume sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller brain volumes and smaller hippocampal volumes, an area of the brain important for memory. Click here for further reading.  

The Economist: Gene editing and the future of doping in sport

What if you could hack your DNA to run faster, jump higher or become stronger? The Economist investigates what has been smoldering as a theoretical possibility for the last decade – namely – the concept of gene doping. The advanced medical technology that could help athletes recover from injuries, but could also be used by …

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TED-Ed: How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella

The bacteria in our guts can break down food the body can’t digest, produce important nutrients, regulate the immune system, and protect against harmful germs. And while we can’t control all the factors that go into maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, we can manipulate the balance of our microbes by paying attention to what we …

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Reactions: How Does Alcohol Get You Drunk?

Reactions’ latest episode explains the chemistry behind its effects – drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and occasionally poor decision-making.  

DNews: Coffee Can Break Your DNA!

Recent studies have found that habitual coffee drinking actually affects our DNA. But how exactly? Well, it’s complicated. “Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide and one of the primary sources of caffeine intake. Given its important health and economic impact, the underlying genetics of its consumption has been widely studied. Despite these …

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SciShow: Why Do We Stretch in the Morning?

Humans (and our pets) frequently instinctively stretch as soon as we wake up. But why? What is happening in our bodies when we stretch and yawn to wake ourselves up?  

University of Oxford: Good Germs; Bad Germs

Invisible to the naked eye, yet a constant presence, microbes (‘germs’) live in, on and around us. The researchers in this project collaborate with members of the public to explore and experiment on the microbial life in their kitchens (and in one instance – a cat) and starts to unpick what we really mean by …

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London Real: Ben Greenfield – Extreme Endurance

Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life” In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year and in 2013 was named as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And …

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TEDx: Dr Brendan Egan: Muscle matters

Dr Brendan Egan is a University College Dublin (UCD) lecturer in sport and exercise science in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, whose TEDxUCD 2014 talk is entitled ‘Muscle Matters’.  

Caltech: Gut Feelings: How Intestinal Bacteria Regulate Emotion and Behavior – S. Mazmanian

Caltech celebrated the launch of Break Through: The Caltech Campaign—an ambitious fundraising initiative that will help secure the Institute’s future. The celebration began with a symposium for the entire campus community: faculty, students, staff, alumni, family, and friends. A faculty member from each division explored briefly a seminal question and its potential to change the …

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TED-Ed: What is obesity? – Mia Nacamulli

Obesity is an escalating global epidemic. It substantially raises the probability of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and cancer. But what is the distinction between being overweight and being obese? And how does a person become obese? Mia Nacamulli explores obesity.

American Museum of Natural History: Christina Warinner | How “Paleo” is Your Diet?

Evolutionary biologists argue that no study of human health or evolution is complete without considering the trillions of microbes that live in us or on us—our microbiome. In this SciCafe, join molecular anthropologist Christina Warinner as she explores how scientists are reconstructing the ancestral human microbiome to better understand the lives and health of our …

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TED: How to spot a fad diet – Mia Nacamulli

Conventional wisdom about diets, including government health recommendations, seems to change all the time. And yet ads routinely come out claiming to have THE answer about what we should eat. So how do we distinguish what’s actually healthy from what advertisers just want us to believe is good for us? Mia Nacamulli gives the facts …

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Harvard University: Cancer and Diet: The Latest on Processed Meats, Fats and More

This Forum explored what we know, and don’t know, about links between diet and cancer. Included in the discussion was the World Health Organization’s classification of processed meat as a “Group 1” carcinogen; the latest on what is known about fats and cancer; and the just-released Dietary Guidelines for Americans as they pertain to cancer …

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UCLA: Kirsten Tillisch: Probiotics in GI Disease

Probiotics in GI Disease – What the Gastroenterologist Needs to Know Kirsten Tillisch, MD, UCLA  

University of California: Healthy (Nutrient) Wealthy and Wise: Diet for Healthy Aging – Research on Aging

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize eating more foods from plants, such as vegetables and beans, whole grains, and nuts. Learn more about health benefits of choosing a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables from Katherine Richman, MD, Medical Director of Thornton Radiology and Clinical Professor of Radiology at the UC San Diego School of …

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SciShow: Milk, and the Mutants That Love It

Got milk? Fact is, most people don’t — and shouldn’t — because for them, ice cream and milkshakes are basically toxic. So why can some people drink milk and survive? Turns out they’re mutants!  

SAR: “Why Exercise Really is the Best Medicine”

Few people think of evolutionary biology or anthropology when they see a doctor, but they should. To understand how and why our bodies are the way they are requires consideration of the evolutionary and cultural histories of our bodies. Many lines of evidence indicate that the evolution of human hunting and gathering was made possible …

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TITANVORTEX: Japanese Sprinter Sets New World Record For Oldest Competitor

Hidekichi Miyazaki has once again broken his own record for Oldest competitive sprinter after running in the 100m at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn Competition in Kyoto, Japan. Miyazaki was born on 22 September 1910 and has just celebrated his 105th birthday. The impressive centenarian finished the race in just 42.22 seconds, greeted by his …

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