According to the Calgary Sun, 36-year old veteran NHL hockey player Owen Nolan just signed a 2-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. Although he's what many would consider too old for this extremely physical sport, he's still going strong with the help of his chiropractor. When asked about his past recurring stingers that were causing his shoulder and upper arm to go numb, he responded by stating that he was "100% percent healthy, according to my chiropractor."
Fibromyalgia is a condition most commonly affecting women, especially postmenopausal, and is primarily characterized by widespread pain, moderate to severe fatigue and difficulty sleeping. After noting that most fibromyalgia studies had focused on women under 50 years of age, Finnish researchers conducted a study on postmenopausal women to assess their overall fitness as compared to women without fibromyalgia. Researchers found no difference in upper body strength between the two groups but found the fibromyalgia group had less strength in the legs. During exercise testing, the fibromyalgia group was found to reach exhaustion at a lower maximal heart rate, although oxygen uptake was the same. According to the researchers, the fibromyalgia patients were unable to withstand physical loading and resist overall fatigue. Researchers reported that "fatigue rather than pain appears to decrease the quality of life and limit the physical performance of the patients." Based on their findings, they recommended that "more attention should be paid to train muscle performance, together with overall training of physical fitness, when developing rehabilitation programs for postmenopausal women with fibromyalgia."
Author: ChiroPlanet.com Source: International Journal of Sports Medicine, May 2008. Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2008
New research indicates a few cups of green tea per day may help protect against heart disease. According to researchers, green tea helped study participants' arteries to relax, thus improving blood flow. They also stated that these effects occurred quickly, within 30 minutes. Other studies evaluating green teas health benefits have also found green tea to be beneficial in fighting cancer, lowering blood pressure and even aiding in weight loss.
Author: ChiroPlanet.com Source: European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation. 15(3):300-305, J Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2008
What if a few servings of broccoli a week could help prevent, even fight off prostate cancer? New research indicates there may just be truth to this. A team of British researchers from the Institute of Food Research found dietary broccoli consumption of 400 grams per week activated genes that control inflammation and cancer formation in the prostate. According to researchers, when people get cancer some genes are switched off and some are switched on, and, what broccoli seems to be doing is switching on genes which prevent cancer development and switching off other genes that help it to spread. Thus, dietary broccoli consumption was able to affect the expression of cancer formation/inflammation/spreading genes in a positive manner. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men with approximately 680,000 men diagnosed worldwide.