Theres substantial evidence to demonstrate the environment we live in has direct impacts on our health, says Rebecca Hasson, an exercise physiologist and director of the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. When Protective Hormones Harm Debra J. Barksdale, professor and associate dean of academic programs at Virginia Commonwealth Universitys School of Nursing, has been examining stress in African-American men for three decades. Like Hasson, she cites cortisol and its role in chronic stress, stating that its like having your stressors turned on all the time. The Broken Thermostat Briana Mezuk is an associate professor in the division of epidemiology at VCURead More →

In some developed countries including Iceland, New Zealand and the United States up to 90 percent of adult males and 80 percent of women were found to have the condition. In New Zealand and the U.S., more than 50 percent of children were found to have it as well. Earlier this year, researchers Philip Maffetone, Ivan Rivera-Dominguez and Paul Laursenreported that up to 76 percent of the worlds population may be overfat. In this latest report, theyve focused on some of the worlds wealthiest countries and found that the estimate of overfat in the worlds 30 top developed nations is substantially higher than the prevalenceRead More →

Friends of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and fellow activists say the sea burial was orchestrated by the government to ensure that Liu, described as the countrys most famous political prisoner, would not have a physical burial site that could attract protests or memorials. This is too evil, too evil,exiled author Liao Yiwu told the Guardian in reaction to Lius cremation and sea burial. Artist Ai Weiwei had similarly pointed words, posting this on Twitter: A handful of family members, including Lius wife, Liu Xia, attended the small funeral service on Saturday morning. Liu Xia has been under house arrest since her husbands imprisonment, thoughRead More →

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and other factors, though the exact cause remains undetermined, the Los Angeles County coroners office said late Friday. In a short summary on its findings, the coroners office listed sleep apnea as a cause of death, in addition to atherosclerotic heart disease and drug use. The statement did not elaborate on what drugs were found in Fishers system, but drug use is known to worsen symptoms of sleep apnea. Fishers daughter, Billie Lourd, issued her own statement to People in response to the coroners findings late Friday, saying her mother had battled drug addiction and mentalRead More →

In the new book Fitter Faster ($17, amazon.com), health journalist Robert J. Davis and celebrity trainer Brad Kolowich, Jr. share one more excellent reason to break a sweat. Youve likely heard that regular exercise can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis. But a growing body of research shows it may have another, more surprising effect: improving your sex life. In men, regular exercise appears to be a natural Viagra. Its associated with a lower risk of erectile problems. In one study, sedentary middle-aged men assigned to participate in a vigorous exercise program for nine months reported more frequentRead More →