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Don't Want to Lose Muscle Mass While Dieting? Take BCAAs!

  • 6/19/2014 5:30:00 AM
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Vincent C.W. Chen, B.S.When eating less to reduce weight, it is hard not to lose some muscle mass. During dieting, the body struggles to keep sufficient energy stores, and therefore, it will break down muscle proteins to satisfy energy needs. While the basic equation for muscle mass is rate of protein synthesis subtracted rate of protein breakdown, decrease in muscle size will be observed if muscle protein breakdown is not prevented while on a calorie-deficit diet.It has been well established th...
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Code Blue

Code Blue

  • 6/19/2014 5:10:00 AM
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John Seawright, B.S.“Do not go gentle into that good night.  Rage, Rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan Thomas penned these anguished words as his once strong and youthful father lay aged, blind, and dying; words which paint an agonizing depiction of humanity’s struggle against and defiance of death.In today’s world, the endless rebellion against suffering and death is continued with a bellicose campaign against cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of dea...
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Understanding mTOR: Great for Muscle, Bad for Cancer

Understanding mTOR: Great for Muscle, Bad for Cancer

  • 6/18/2014 12:02:00 PM
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Kevin Shimkus, B.S.In muscle research, we tend to pay a great deal of attention to a particular signaling protein called mTOR, a key regulatory protein that signals for cell growth through the creation of new proteins. Consider protein building similar to a race car. The larger the engine, the greater potential for speed. Similarly, the more mTOR protein present in any given cell, the greater potential for more protein construction. And just like the gas pedal fuels the engine, mTOR is a signali...
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Between Limb Interference: How Smart is Your Right Foot?

Between Limb Interference: How Smart is Your Right Foot?

  • 6/18/2014 11:28:00 AM
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Deanna Kennedy, M.S.It is well recognized that coordination is a fundamental aspect of skill related fitness. After all, many sports require some type of coordination between the limbs. Serving a tennis ball, for example, requires one limb to toss the ball while the other limb controls the timing and trajectory of the racket to facilitate contact with the ball. Swimming, on the other hand, requires a complicated pattern of coordination between the upper and lower limbs. While some coordination p...
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The Chicken or The Egg?

The Chicken or The Egg?

  • 6/18/2014 11:03:00 AM
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Chang Woock Lee, B.A. The chicken or the egg? No, this is not about the famous causality dilemma of “which came first?” but rather about excellent sources of dietary protein. Eggs are a complete protein, provide protein digestibility similar to chicken, and are a good source of protein. Two large eggs (100 grams), according to USDA data, provide 12 grams of protein, while a chicken thigh (meat only, 52 grams) provides 13 grams of protein. However, eggs are much higher in an important...
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Is That Favorite Pair Of Jeans Worth It?

Is That Favorite Pair Of Jeans Worth It?

  • 6/18/2014 10:43:00 AM
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Corinne Metzger, M.S.Maybe you have cut back on calories to fit into your favorite pair of jeans. On the other side of the spectrum, doctors encourage people to lose weight to lower the risk of chronic diseases. And beyond that, athletes watch their calories in the hopes of being leaner, lighter, or faster for their sport. All these are good, right? Cutting back on calories may help prevent some diseases, may help build confidence for bikini season, and help athletes perform better. So nothing b...
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Coffee: Teacher, Mother, Secret Lover?

Coffee: Teacher, Mother, Secret Lover?

  • 6/18/2014 9:59:00 AM
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Steve Bui, M.S.Chances are as you are reading this article you have already gulped down at least one cup of coffee for the day. This age old drink has been the secret weapon for many who need to wake up early, need to increase productivity throughout the day, or just simply need to supplement any meal with a hot beverage. What makes coffee so great and why does it keep you energized? The history of coffee begins in the Ethiopian highlands, when a traveler noticed animals eating berries that gave...
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Just Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Guide to Performing Complex Bimanual Coordination Patterns

Just Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Guide to Performing Complex Bimanual Coordination Patterns

  • 6/18/2014 9:31:00 AM
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Deanna Kennedy, M.S.Coordinating movements between the limbs is important for many activities of daily living and sport specific skills. Buttoning your shirt, opening a bottle, driving your car, and serving a tennis ball are tasks that involve some type of coordination between the limbs. Although these examples of bimanual movements are relatively easy for most individuals to produce, other more complex coordination patterns have proved to be quite difficult. Bimanual tasks like playing the pian...
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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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Aquatic Treadmill and Standard Land Treadmill Running Yield Different Effects When Added to a Standardized Resistance Training Program

Aquatic Treadmill and Standard Land Treadmill Running Yield Different Effects When Added to a Standardized Resistance Training Program

  • 6/17/2014 10:52:00 AM
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Brad Lambert, Ph.D, CSCCA-SCCCFor optimal health and fitness, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends both resistance and endurance exercise regularly. Both forms of exercise provide specific benefits for one’s health. Endurance exercise such as jogging or biking has been found to increase aerobic fitness, reduce body fat, and aid in the prevention of a number of metabolic diseases. Resistance exercise is typically found to increase muscle mass, muscular strength, bone density, ...
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