Subtle changes in the way a person walks can be an early warning sign of cognitive decline and a signal for advanced testing, researchers reported Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The findings are the first to link a physical symptom to the disease, which up until now required doctors to begin a diagnosis by focusing on cognition and administering lengthy neurological exams. Continue.
Archive for July, 2012
Illinois News Bureau | Fair play in sport not easy to define
in a high-tech age, expert says.
The technological edge can come in a swimmer’s revolutionary suit, in a cyclist’s specialized bike, in any athlete’s drug of choice – whether legal, untraceable or not yet banned. Why are we quick to judge only some of this as cheating? And why are sport governing bodies so slow to address the inequalities, and then often after the fact? One reason is that we’re stuck on a notion of “fair play” that is not what sport is about, says Rayvon Fouché, a University of Illinois historian of technology working on a book about sport technology and the future of athletic competition. Continue.
“Every four years, the summer Olympics get people excited to exercise,” says Glenn Gaesser, a professor and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University, who oversaw a new study about exercise and high blood pressure that was inspired in part by the coming games in London. The streets and gyms fill with people who, fueled by stories of Olympic success, “run or work out for an hour or more,” Dr. Gaesser says. But “within a few weeks, most people have quit” and resumed their sedentary lives. Continue.
FightingIllini.com | Six Illini to Compete in London 2012 Olympic Games.
A contingent of six former Fighting Illini student-athletes, plus one current UI head coach, will be in London over the next two weeks representing their respective countries in the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Stay up-to-date on all the Olympic action at Illinois Olympic Central.
University of Illinois students and alumni were a force to be reckoned with at the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Trials, which took place June 29 through July 1 at Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI). Thirteen of the track and field team’s 54 members have ties to the University. More than 15 other students and alumni will also be in London as part of wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball teams, and alumnus Tony Iniguez will coach wheelchair track. Click here to view the full roster of Illinois-affiliated paralympians.
Chicago Tribune | Driscoll makes U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Jean Driscoll never let confinement to a wheelchair slow her down. The 45-year-old retired wheelchair racer owns 12 Paralympic medals — including five golds — and is the reigning 10,000-meter world record holder. Driscoll, who got her start in elite competition at Illinois, was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in a Thursday ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Continue.
Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. But it’s also the best. These Procter & Gamble commercials honor everything that all moms do to help their children succeed by showcasing the amazing moms behind Olympic athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The hardest job in the world is truly the best job in the world. Thank you, Mom.
Physical inactivity causes 1 in 10 deaths worldwide, according to a series of studies released in British medical journal The Lancet, putting it on par with the dangers of smoking and obesity. The results also suggest that public health officials treat this situation as a pandemic. Specifically, Harvard researchers say, inactivity caused an increase in deaths from coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancers and caused more than 5.3 million deaths in 2008 worldwide. Continue.
Michigan Today | Move More, Sit Less
to Enhance Optimum Wellness.
Victor Katch shares the latest research on sedentary behavior, physical activity, and optimal well-being. You will be surprised by what research reveals about the negative health impact of sedentary behaviors and what you can do now to jumpstart your way toward optimal wellness. Continue.