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Rho Kinase, an Important Therapeutic Target in Cardiovascular Health

Rho Kinase, an Important Therapeutic Target in Cardiovascular Health

  • 5/21/2018 9:30:00 AM
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Song Yi Shin, M.S.Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the primary causes of deaths in the United States.Despite a number of research to prevent or cure CVD, it is still the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Numerous studies have found that exercise is very effective for prevention of CVD, however, there are many CVD patients who are not able to exercise at high intensity and certain duration required due to their pathological conditions or physical limits. Fortu...
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Vascular Aging And Its Counterpart: We Are All Getting Old

Vascular Aging And Its Counterpart: We Are All Getting Old

  • 4/23/2018 8:30:00 AM
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Song Yi Shin, M.S.How can you improve your vascular health? You would undoubtedly answer that it is the exercise, and it is true. Your arteries deliver blood and oxygen to organs and skeletal muscle. When you start to exercise, your legs would need more blood to match the metabolic demands. At rest, a majority of your blood volume is in your veins. But during exercise, blood flow through tissues change dramatically, with 85% of blood going to your active muscles through arteries in hea...
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Is Exercise Always Beneficial? Is It Beneficial for Everyone?

Is Exercise Always Beneficial? Is It Beneficial for Everyone?

  • 6/20/2014 6:23:00 AM
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Seung Kim, M.S.Do you exercise regularly? If so, what benefits do you expect from exercise? Ever wonder whether you’re exercising in appropriate ways? Except for few people who are addicted to exercise, the main reason most people spend time and money for exercise is to maintain/improve their health. In general, the benefits of exercise include health-related risk factor reduction, anti-aging effects, prevention/improvement of disease, etc.However, there are things to carefully consider re...
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Your Blood Vessels: Essential to Healthy Aging

Your Blood Vessels: Essential to Healthy Aging

  • 6/18/2014 9:11:00 AM
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Meredith Luttrell, Ph.DWe seldom think about physical effects of aging until that first wrinkle appears. While it’s easy to associate aging with changes in appearance, changes that occur within the body, such as impaired blood vessel function, are more likely to affect the quality of life even more. Cardiovascular disease affects 1 in 3 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and the risk of developing it increases with age. The term cardiovascular disease (CVD) encompasse...
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Iron Bars and You

Iron Bars and You

  • 7/18/2013 6:51:00 AM
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Nina Laidlaw Rumler, B.A.Do you know what sport uses weights and is governed by rules published in 17 different languages with participants in 100 different countries, competes males and females of all ages and sizes against others in their divisions – and is not in the Olympics? Here’s a hint – it’s not bodybuilding although it maximizes muscle development; in fact, it developed in competition with bodybuilding. Although it uses weights, it isn’t Olympic weigh...
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The Invisible Death Ray – Athletes Under the Gun

The Invisible Death Ray – Athletes Under the Gun

  • 6/5/2013 8:23:00 AM
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John Seawright, B.S.We’ve all seen it; the vicious collision that leaves a football wide receiver writhing in apparent pain; his strenuous, assisted walk to the locker room; and his eventual return to rejoin his team on the sideline with the accompanying statement from the sideline reporter, “The x-rays are negative.” X-rays are a form of high energy, ionizing radiation with a wave frequency much smaller than visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum. A medically ...
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Big Bad Hearts…Do Football Players Have Unfavorable Cardiac Structure?

Big Bad Hearts…Do Football Players Have Unfavorable Cardiac Structure?

  • 4/2/2013 10:19:00 AM
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Dustin Joubert, M.A.Changes in the normal structure and size of the heart and its various chambers can indicate exercise training adaptations or disease. Of particular concern is the size and shape of the left ventricle, the hardest working chamber of the heart, which is responsible for ejecting blood through the entire body. It is generally accepted that the type of exercise training causes specific changes in characteristics of the left ventricle. Endurance exercise tends to increase the volum...
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Homocysteine, a Quiet Killer!

Homocysteine, a Quiet Killer!

  • 3/6/2012 7:28:00 AM
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Majid Koozehchian, M.S.Homocysteine (Hcy) is a non-proteinogenic amino acid (i.e., an amino acid not used in proteins) normally present in the blood. Hcy is a by-product of normal diet but high levels in the blood can endanger cardiovascular health. It is formed from methionine, a proteinogenic amino acid, and can biosynthesize back to methionine or into cysteine, another proteinogenic amino acid, as well as several other substances. Benefits of Hcy are unknown; however, its harmful effects...
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What to do with a football lineman, when he stops being a football lineman?

What to do with a football lineman, when he stops being a football lineman?

  • 11/10/2011 1:51:00 PM
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Jonathan Oliver, Ph.DDue to their intense training and physical abilities, athletes are assumed by many people to be healthy individuals. However, this may not always be the case. Studies have recently shown that football athletes, particularly linemen, are at an increased risk for the development of cardiovascular disease. This is evidenced by the increased morbidity rate of retired professional football players.  In fact, sport scientists have been researching younger ...
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I’m An Athlete! I Do Not Have Heart Problems!

I’m An Athlete! I Do Not Have Heart Problems!

  • 10/17/2011 5:01:00 PM
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David Ferguson, Ph.D, RCEP   In today’s sporting environment, great importance is placed on the health education of the athlete. This includes proper nutrition instruction, health assessment, and the application of proper treatments and rehabilitation modalities to injured athletes. However, this is a fairly new development in sport, and athletes who competed 30 years ago did not receive these benefits. Because of this, many former athletes are being diagnosed...
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