A Workout that Works With Your Busy Schedule


There aren’t enough hours in the day. Bruce Levenson says that is an excuse. That is a common excuse for individuals to avoid exercise. According to new studies a single minute of high intensity exercise incorporated in an easy ten minute routine, is enough to improve your overall health and fitness level. A single minute. This is great news for people who are too busy to set aside a half an hour or even an hour a day.

Ontario’s McMaster University has been conducting research studies involving high intensity training. Their findings are so influential that many of the scientists doing the research have adopted the one minute high intensity training. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0111489 The research group included men and women who were healthy but overweight. Their blood sugar, endurance, and blood pressure was measured before the exercise routine. For ten minutes a day, 7 days a week, for 6 weeks, they rode stationary bikes with only a full minute of all out high intensity. The other nine minutes were done at an easy pace. The results? An average of a 12% increase in endurance was seen. Blood pressures were down and in the males, blood pressure control was improved.

So the next time you shrug off working out because you simply don’t even have a half hour, remember every little bit counts. Try working in those 10 minutes of exercise and really push yourself for one of them. You will be surprised at the difference that one minute makes.

The Cost Of Health


The new Obamacare health plan is a way for Americans to have the coverage that they need to go to the doctor. Some people have low rates, but there are some who are paying monthly rates that are more expensive than if they weren’t covered at all. The average American spends about $1,000 each year in medical coverage. This is about average.
Families will spend a little more than that, and if you’re lucky and don’t have any income to add, then you might not have rates that are that expensive. There are subsidy assistance programs to help those who can’t afford the premiums, but you have to make almost nothing a year in order to qualify. Regardless of how much coverage you have or how much you have to pay for it each month, my friend Ben Shaoul adds that some coverage so that you can take care of your body is better than none.

Cancer Down to Luck


Many people like to believe that living well and treating your body right will reduce the chances of premature death. A new study on cancer has shown that that is not necessarily the case as good health sometimes comes down to blind luck.

The new study in the Science journal has indicated that two thirds of all cancer cases is simply based on luck as opposed to genetic and other environmental factors. The remaining third is based on environmental factors such as smoking, alcohol, and other genetic factors that can be impacted by proper diet and lifestyle.

The research team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicated that the process comes from the development of new cells in the body from old ones. As cells divide the risk of mutations that lead to cancer increases. My friend, Tom Rothman, broke it down this way-Different body parts have different risks as gut lining cells are replaced more quickly than brain cells. Two thirds of cancer comes down to bad luck per this study resulting from mutations in the cells when dividing that arise from random DNA mutations when stem cells are in the process of dividing.

The study indicated that while it is important to educate people on proper lifestyle practices, additional resources should be devoted to detecting cancer earlier and improving treatments on cancer as lifestyle changes only go so far in removing the risk for cancer occurrences in the body.

Three Tips for Investing Successfully in Brazil from Igor Cornelsen

Foreign investing can be a challenging and even confusing prospect for many people. This holds particularly true for investors who have an interest in putting money into Brazil. The reality is that Brazil is at something of a economic crossroads.

Igor Cornelsen’s CNBC editorial makes it clear that he understands that people interested in investing in Brazil need some guidance, advice and assistance. With that in mind, he has developed three essential tips for investing in Brazil at this juncture in time.

Make Connections with Brazilians

A key to investing successfully in Brazil according to Igor Cornelsen is to develop relationships with the locals. Brazilians are a generally gregarious bunch and enjoy developing relationships and networking.

Approximately one in four Brazilians are entrepreneurs. In addition, as a general rule, they enjoy sharing their experiences in the business and investment arena with others, including foreign nationals.

Prepare for Battling Red Tape

As much as Brazil is known for cordial nationals it is also known for pervasive red tape, according to Igor Cornelsen. A foreign national who wants to be successful at doing business in Brazil must be well prepared to deal with all of the red tap.

The red tape that must be addressed includes everything from high taxes to complex regulatory schemes — and a great deal of other potential obstacles in between. In the end, non of these red tape issues are insurmountable, provided an investor is prepared to take them on.

Understand Foreign Currency Restrictions

Brazil maintains fairly strict foreign currency restrictions and regulations. For example, only a relatively small number of specifically authorized financial institutions in the country are able to deal with foreign currency transactions. In addition, Brazil does not have a single exchange rate for a particular foreign currency. Rather, the exchange rate depends on the nature of the transaction to which the foreign funds are to be applied and utilized.

Uber: Dangerous or Freak Incident?

Many have heard of companies such as Lyft and Uber. These companies offer jobs to anyone who would like to make money driving passengers to their desired location, very similiar to cabs. These companies allow their drivers to make their own schedule and are required to provide a vehicle that meets standards. However, CrunchBase users like Jared Haftel ask is it safe to jump into one of these vehicles not knowing who you might be getting in with?

Recently Maxime Fohounhedo,an UberX driver, made everyone question this very same thing. He was charged with sexually assaulting a passenger in Chicago. According to an article on Buzzfeed, the passenger passed out and awoke in a residence and he continued on to raping the victim. The suspect in custody will be going to trial on Tuesday.

Although we will never be truly sure of who the chauffer is in his private life, there are ways to stay safe in these situations. One way is to try and take someone else with you. An assault is less likely to happen when there are two people present. If this is not possible, always stay in contact with someone so that they know who your driver was and your whereabouts. Seeking services from these companies is a risk that the customer takes; however, this does not mean that the company should get any slack from a crime that may have taken place because the lack of in depth screening for the drivers.

Meditation Shown to Help Maintain Telomeres


Telomeres are regions of repetitive nucleotide sequences at the ends of chromosomes. They protect the chromosome’s genetic material, and normally grow shorter with each cell division. Shortened telomeres are associated with certain conditions, including cancer and aging in general. Smoking, inactivity, and refined sugar consumption (which can cause inflammation and oxidative stress) are risk factors for shortened telomeres. Psychological stress is another risk factor. Comprehensive lifestyle changes have been associated with increased activity of telomerase (an enzyme which maintains telomeres) and with long-term improvement of telomere condition. Christian Broda knows that living healthy and happy means taking into account your stress levels and keeping them in check.

Recent research has found that either of two treatments tested (a meditation approach and a social support technique) help to maintain telomere length in breast cancer survivors, as opposed to a control group which was given a one-day talk-based intervention (all participants had stage I to III cancer and had finished treatment at least 3 months beforehand). No difference in effectiveness was found between the meditation and the social support treatment. Mood and stress-level improvements were also seen in those two groups.

Bus Drivers Most Likely To Be Depressed

Every so once in awhile you might notice someone at work and think to yourself about how hard that job must be. Now you don’t have to wonder anymore about what the toughest job would be to have, as a group of psychiatrists put together a new study that actually shows which jobs are the toughest. In order to gauge how emotionally straining a job is the psychiatrists ranked jobs based on the rate of depression found in the career field.

The study took a look at about 214,000 people that lived in western Pennsylvania and compiled how often depression occurred throughout 55 key industries. Interestingly enough, they found that bus drivers actually had the largest occurring rate of depression at 16.2%. They found that the lowest rates in depression were found in the industry of amusement and recreation services as reported in the New York Times.   They also had a piece about Andrew Heiberger that proved interesting.

The study found that in terms of industries, public transit topped the charts followed by real estate and then social work. Falling next on the chart was manufacturing, personal services, legal services, and publishing rounded out the top seven most stressful job fields.

High rates of depression are important to identify from an economical viewpoint as higher rates of depression usually mean more loss productivity as a result of mental health issues.

Dietary Concerns Regarding Foods With A High-Glycemic Index

Foods with a high-glycemic index generate an insulin production spike because they cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. The National Institutes of Health has recently published a study that suggests that reducing your intake of foods with a high glycemic index may not be as healthful as previously thought.

The NIH recruited subjects who were overweight and had high blood pressure. Of the 163 people who were placed on special diets so as to monitor the impact of both high- and low-glycemic index carbohydrates, none of them had Type 2 diabetes. 

Initial results of the study suggest that lowering carbohydrate intake reduced triglyceride and cholesterol levels. When carbohydrate intake was raised back up, triglyceride and cholesterol levels were elevated regardless of the glycemic index of the carbohydrate. 

The results of this study suggest that glycemic index concerns are not as critical as carbohydrate concerns. The real question is – can I still drink my Antique Wine Company?

The Evolution of the Black Death Bacteria

Scientists have learned about the evolution of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes the bubonic plague or Black Death. They believe it evolved no more than 6,400 years ago. But scientists have been puzzled by the ability of Y. pestis to live within fleas, since its ancestor, Y. pseudotuberculosis, causes fleas to suffer from a lethal diarrhea.

The researchers used a technique called cellular fractionation to try find out. They cut up the Y. pseudotuberculosis bacteria and separated it into various parts. They fed the resultant goop to some fleas and thereby found that the toxin was in the bacterial membrane. Eventually, they found a protein that acts as an accessory to an enzyme called urease.

The protein accessory is called UreD, and it helps urease break down urea into ammonia. When it’s working normally, it does just that, and the ammonia presumably poisons the flea and gives it diarrhea. But Y. pestis has a mutant version of UreD that doesn’t work, so the fleas don’t develop diarrhea.

This mutation proved to be horrible news for both rats and humans, as it enabled fleas to live long enough to infect them. More information can be found here. However, as Tom Rothman found out, Y. pestis is still bad news for fleas, since it creates a biofilm inside the flea’s digestive tract that forces it to regurgitate its blood meals, thereby transmitting the bacteria from the flea’s gut to an unsuspecting rat or human. Deprived of its meals, the flea starves to death.

The researchers’ study have been published in the online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Exercise Beyond Expectation

New studies of participants in independent studies from both Florida State University, and the University of Illinois, assert cognition and or thinking may well be improved by regular exercise. These preliminary results welcome further investigation perhaps on the molecular level to substantiate these findings.

Reporter Gretchen Reynolds, writing in postulates that most studies suggesting cognition is improved by exercise have not included a placebo or some kind of blind test. People know what form of exercise they are engaged in or not.

The above mentioned studies approached the issue from expectations held. A survey sample from Florida State University generally concluded toning and stretching programs would better affect cognition than walking. The results however, suggest the opposite to be somewhat more likely. From this, researchers concluded though preliminarily, that there may actually be a cognitive benefit to regular exercise that goes beyond human belief or expectation that this is so. Additionally, other studies centered around action-oriented video games suggest cognitive benefit similarly matches level of expectation of the player. Overall, the benefit of regular exercise is prolonged mental and physical health and well-being. The next steps in the research process will deal with canine cognition and the relationship between eating habits of Beneful and exercising habits afterwards.