April 19, 2011
Frequent Shopping Prolongs Life, Study Suggests

 A spot of regular retail therapy really does seem to help people live longer, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Physical activity in any form is great for your health.  Be active!

Y.-H. Chang, R. C.-Y. Chen, M. L. Wahlqvist, M.-S. Lee. Frequent shopping by men and women increases survival in the older Taiwanese population. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2011; DOI: 10.1136/jech.2010.126698

April 19, 2011
Flexibility and running: a gene to improve your endurance performance?

For those of you that are runners, maybe you have heard before that being unflexible is actually favorable and improves your running economy?  Well new research suggests this could be due to a gene responsible for flexibility.  COL5A1is a gene which encodes for the alpha1-chain of type V collagen and is found to associate with measures of flexibility.  Out of 313 participants who completed in an Ironman triathlon, the ones that were homogeneous for a variant of this gene (TT for those of you who remember your Punnett Squares from biology) completed the running component of the triathlon significantly faster than those who were not (tt).

Posthumus et al MSSE 43;4(584-689) April 2011