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Magnesium & Exercise-- Much Ado or Much Needed?

Magnesium & Exercise-- Much Ado or Much Needed?

  • 7/24/2013 8:45:00 AM
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Sarah Renaghan, M.S. Magnesium – what does it do for – or to – us? As an essential trace element, it is vital to the human body. Magnesium facilitates over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body in the areas of energy metabolism, electrolyte and ion balance, cell signaling, and protein synthesis, all of which relate to physical activity and fitness.  Magnesium plays both a direct and indirect role in the body’s physiological response to exercise conditions. E...
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Quidditch: Simultaneously Pursuing Snitches and Gender Equality in Sport

Quidditch: Simultaneously Pursuing Snitches and Gender Equality in Sport

  • 7/24/2013 7:49:00 AM
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Adam Cohen, Ph.D“When we headed to Middlebury for their 3rd World Cup, I was in awe. The people from other teams were so varied. Our own team had our varsity baseball team's pitcher, the president of the anime club, the lacrosse captain, a photography student, and a few other randoms. It‘s the only sport where jocks and dorks can coexist. It really is like no other sport on earth.”                &nb...
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D is for Deficiency- An Overview of Vitamin D Deficiency and Athletes

D is for Deficiency- An Overview of Vitamin D Deficiency and Athletes

  • 7/23/2013 5:16:00 AM
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Caitlin Hendler, M.S.Most commonly known as the “Sunshine Vitamin,” the main source of this fat-soluble vitamin is exposure to sunlight because of few food sources. The benefits of vitamin D go much further than merely a bronze tan – studies show that it assists in growth, remodeling, regulation of calcium and phosphate concentrations for ideal bone health and physical performance. Vitamin D is a vital nutrient for optimal health in the general population but even more signific...
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Should Women Do Resistance Exercise?

  • 7/18/2013 7:27:00 AM
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Vincent Chen, B.S When talking about resistance exercise, some people believe that women respond less than men in terms of muscle mass and strength gain, while others think that it may make women look bulky. Many women therefore tend to avoid doing resistance exercise. However, the benefits outweigh the possible drawback of bulkier appearance. Physical inactivity-induced muscle loss may reduce an individual's ability to resist impact and lower the basal metabolic rate (BMR) to an unheal...
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Effects of a Combination Treatment of Fish Oil and Curcumin

Effects of a Combination Treatment of Fish Oil and Curcumin

  • 7/18/2013 7:09:00 AM
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Rachel Botchlett, M.S.Skeletal muscle is a highly specialized tissue that is responsible for voluntary motion and plays a significant role in glucose metabolism and maintaining postural support. The loss of skeletal muscle, defined as atrophy, is characterized by a marked reduction in muscle protein synthesis coupled with an increase in protein degradation and can lead to a loss of contractile force. Muscular atrophy can be caused by several health issues, including starvation, aging, and muscul...
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Pay Attention to Those Little Aches and Pains: Muscles, Bones, Physical Activity, and "Itis"

Pay Attention to Those Little Aches and Pains: Muscles, Bones, Physical Activity, and "Itis"

  • 6/18/2013 8:57:00 AM
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Nina Laidlaw Rumler, B.A.This is Amuhrica, right? We power-through, man-up, and tough it out. Well, that’s not always a good strategy. We hear constantly about the benefits of physical activity but often overlook the drawbacks. While physical activity has positive effects in prevention or reduction of a number of illnesses (diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, some types of cancer, etc.), there is also a strong association with injury. Some, such as spinal cord inj...
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Impact of Exercise Training on Cardiovascular Risk and Anti-Risk Factors in Adolescents

Impact of Exercise Training on Cardiovascular Risk and Anti-Risk Factors in Adolescents

  • 4/24/2013 8:14:00 AM
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Majid Koozehchian, M.S. Childhood and adolescence are critical periods in the formation of cardiovascular risk factors. Many cardiovascular diseases are related to such risk factors as high levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides (TG), as well as low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). The causes of cardiovascular risk factors are manifold, involving environment, lifestyle, and genetics. In adolescents, higher levels of exercise training are inver...
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PPAR-delta, the New Potential Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome, May Be Produced by Your Own Body

  • 10/23/2011 1:16:00 PM
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Vincent C.W. Chen, B.S.Metabolic syndrome, a condition including insulin resistance (causing diabetes), obesity, hyperlipidemia (high blood lipids), hypertension, and heart disease, is mainly due to high fat diets and lack of physical activity. It has become a major health concern in modern society. Recently, a substance called PPAR-delta has been identified as a potential therapeutic remedy for the treatment of metabolic syndrome. PPAR-delta is the most abundant isoform among the three PPARs (p...
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