Sweet Drug Clears Cholesterol, Reverses Heart Disease—And Was Found by Parents

Two parents’ quest to save their twin daughters’ lives from a rare, degenerative genetic disorder may end up saving and improving the lives of millions.

Source: Sweet drug clears cholesterol, reverses heart disease—and was found by parents

From  http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/8/333/333ra50 :

Cyclodextrin is a common FDA-approved substance that is already used as a solubilizing agent to improve delivery of various drugs.

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How Your Body Shape Affects Weight Lifting Form: A Physics Lesson

You’ve heard all the cues, from keeping your chest up, to pushing your knees out. You’re sure you’re doing everything right, but it still feels all wrong. If this sounds anything like you at the gym, it might be because you’re not using the right form for your body.

Source: How Your Body Shape Affects Weight Lifting Form: A Physics Lesson

I also recommend filming yourself. Some apps track bar travel, as well as measuring acceleration and velocity. It’s helped me find sticking points to adjust form.

Get Serious About Strength and Balance With One-Legged Squats

Lots of people seem to disregard the effectiveness of calisthenics arguing that it’s not good enough for lower body development.

However, as I have talked in another post there are lots of calisthenics exercises to challenge your lower body.

In this article, I am going to cover one of the most famous calisthenics leg exercises, the pistol squat.

Source: The Definite Guide to the Pistol Squat

I haven’t seen any yoga postures that are identical to the pistol squat, but there’s stuff that’s close.  The legs for Eagle posture for a start, but the balancing foot posture that I can’t remember or find the name of is really close to the pistol squat.

Either way, the page is very comprehensive about how to work up to the pistol squat if you aren’t there already.

12-Minute Daily Yoga Sessions Could Help Improve Your Bone Health

Knowing that more than 700,000 spinal fractures and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur annually in the United States, Dr. Fishman hoped that similar findings from a much larger study might convince doctors that this low-cost and less dangerous alternative to bone-loss drugs is worth pursuing.

Those medications can produce adverse side effects like gastrointestinal distress and fractures of the femur. Indeed, a recent study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging found that among 126,188 women found to have osteoporosis, all of whom had Medicare Part D drug coverage, only 28 percent started bone drug therapy within a year of diagnosis.

Many of those who avoided drugs were trying to avoid gastrointestinal problems.

On the other hand, yoga’s “side effects,” Dr. Fishman and colleagues wrote recently, “include better posture, improved balance, enhanced coordination, greater range of motion, higher strength, reduced levels of anxiety and better gait.”

Source: 12 Minutes of Yoga for Bone Health

I want to believe, but the study had no control group and the exercise is self reported.

Does Yoga Have Any Real Fitness Benefits?

Take one look at someone in Scorpion Pose and you’ll know: yoga can build strength and balance. But how does it stack up to traditional strength training—and what can’t yoga do for your body?

Source: Does Yoga Have Any Real Fitness Benefits?

What about hot yoga specifically?  Heat makes you feel like you’re working harder, but that’s not a benefit by itself. Compare to sitting in a hot room—you’re sweating [and miserable], but it doesn’t count as exercise.

If you do it often enough that you’re getting acclimated to the heat, that will help you exercise harder in the heat, like if you run a race on a hot day. There are some small benefits to exercising in the heat, but it doesn’t turn a non-cardio exercise into a cardio one.

How to Turn Yoga into Badass Exercise with Advanced Poses

Yoga can be more than a relaxing way to spend a rest day. It can be a challenge in itself: you can build serious strength working up to impressive poses like Crow or Dancer.

Source: How to Turn Yoga into Badass Exercise with Advanced Poses

What’s advanced depends on your ability. I can hang out in Crow, have some difficulty getting into Stork …but wrapping my leg around for Eagle? The squat portion isn’t an issue. My Half Moon is getting better – it’s not the pose, just the balance. But my hips are incredibly loose – my leg will fall out of Toe stand, double pigeon is more comfortable for me to sit in than cross legs.

My take is that we all have at least one yoga pose that we can do really well. Might not be the one we want…

Science Confirms That People Age at Dramatically Different Rates

Looking at your classmates in 20 years’ time, you might notice something odd about their appearances: Although you were probably all born within a year of one another, you also probably all look different ages. According to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, internal markers show we really do age at different paces.

Source: Science Confirms That People Age at Dramatically Different Rates

Keith Richards has looked the way he is since he was 40… 😉

You Don’t Need to Obsess Over Every Detail to Make Fitness Progress

If the internet has accomplished one thing, it’s making people extremely obsessive compulsive about the most minute details of their training program and diet. Arguments and flame wars erupt over the absolutely least consequential of things. How many minutes should pass between sets, how long after workout before you drink your liquid beef aminos with waxy maize starch, stuff like that.

Of course, I’m as guilty as everyone else, I worry about such things and my books often contribute to the problem by providing fairly detail-oriented approaches to diet and training. However, I’m often writing for a fairly small population of folks (trying to reach the extreme low-end of leanness) for whom such details may matter.

Now, in my experience, a lot of people are attracted to complex approaches whether they need them or not, it’s just part of their psychological profile. At the same time, an equal number are plenty happy with nothing but basic simple guidelines.

Ultimately, all of this is just an introduction to the topic this article is about which is “How detail oriented do you need to be?” in terms of your training or diet. Of course, the short-answer is that “It depends.” Now let’s look at the long answer.

Source: How Detail Oriented Do You Need to Be?

Find what works for you.

10 Words to Know When Buying White Wine

Navigating the wine store can be intimidating and confusing. Combine that experience with deciphering vague, flowery wine descriptions? You might walk away with unmet expectations or even empty-handed. Knowing the right words to use when looking for an intriguing white wine will help you learn more about what you like, understand a wine’s descriptions with better clarity, and, most importantly, know how to definitively ask for what you want.

So, the next time you ask for a “balanced, medium-bodied, Old World style white wine with high acidity from the 2010 vintage”? You just might get what you’ve asked for.

Source: 10 Words to Know When Buying White Wine

The article doesn’t mention that price is not an indication of quality.  If you like it, that’s all that matters.

Brain Test: How Long can You Stand on One Leg?

Internet brain games aren’t the only way to gauge what’s going on between your ears. A simple physical test may be able to tell you how healthy your brain is, according to a new study from Japan, published in the journal Stroke.

In the study, researchers had 1,387 healthy people stand on one leg with their eyes open for as long as possible, up to a minute. Then they performed MRI’s on the subjects, whose average age was 67, and had them complete four cognitive tests.

Interestingly, the length of time the people could balance predicted what the scientists saw on the brain scans: Those who were unable to stand flamingo-style for more than 20 seconds were more likely to have cerebral small vessel disease, a condition where tiny blood vessels deep in the brain are damaged. None of the study participants showed any symptoms.

Source: How healthy is your brain? Take this test to find out

Just another reason to be self-conscious in yoga class…  But seriously consider the following:

Flunk the test? Ask your doctor if you should be concerned, and take a proactive approach to brain health. “People say, ‘What can I do to keep from getting Alzheimer’s? What can I do to prevent stroke? If it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your brain,” says Senelick. “Work on your risk factors: hypertension, diabetes, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking.”