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Archive for February 2012

Not Sure Where to Go?

Yes, the machines at the gym make it easy to track your cardio workouts by telling you exactly how far you’re “traveling.” But it’s also a snap to plan outdoor runs and bike rides of whatever distance you want. You can log on to Mapmyrun.com or Mapmyride.com beforehand to find a great route. To get…

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Nike Releases New iPhone Shoe

Fresh off of the release of the Nike Fuel Band, Nike has added another smart-phone powered product to its data-sensing lineup: a shoe that records speed, jump height, and the how vigorously a person is moving. Pressure sensors inside of the shoe record data, and feed it back to an iPhone-enabled app, which allows wearers…

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Doctors Perform First Quadruple Limb Transplant

Doctors Perform First Quadruple Limb Transplant Ileana Llorens | February 25, 2012 Doctors in Turkey performed what is thought to be the world’s first quadruple limb transplant. Sevket Cavdar, 27, received a pair of arms and legs after a team of about 50 doctors at a university hospital in Ankara attached the limbs during a…

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Nike Shoes That Feel Like Socks

THE NEW FLYKNIT SHOE WAS THE PRODUCT OF FOUR YEARS OF R&D, WHICH YIELDED NEW MACHINES FOR A FABRICATION TECHNIQUE THAT NEVER EXISTED BEFORE. When most of us think about what we want in a shoe, a sock probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Sure it has comfort, but what about stability?…

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Tips for When You Do Eat Out

In a perfect world, you’d eat at home all the time. But this is the real world, and sometimes you will eat out. Scour the menu for the healthiest options, and keep in mind that minefields are everywhere — even salads can be calorie bombs if they’re loaded with cheese and bacon and smothered in…

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Stairmaster and Calories

How do I burn calories on a stair machine? Let’s start with normal stairs and understand why they burn calories, and then look at stair machines as a special case. One horsepower is 550 foot-pounds or work per second, or 33,000 foot-pounds of work per minute, or 1,980,000 foot-pounds of work per hour. If a…

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Foot & Leg Amputation Rates Dropping

There has been a large drop in the rate of leg and foot amputations among Americans aged 40 and over with diagnosed diabetes, according to a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the February issue of Diabetes Care. The study reports that between 1996 and 2008 the…

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Looking for a Natural Sweetener?

If you’ve been reading this newsletter, you may already know how I feel about synthetic sugar substitutes. To put it mildly, I really, really dont like them because they confuse your body and mess up your metabolism. If you find yourself reaching for one of those blue, pink, or yellow packets to sweeten your coffee…

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Barefoot Running

The first time I tried barefoot running I did everything wrong. Having missed my ride and only a 3-mile jog away from home, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to try out this new barefoot trend Id been hearing so much about. I slipped off my heels and took off homeward. It only…

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