Straight to the Bar Archives : studies

Recently in studies

Taking a detailed look at Health & Fitness from all angles.

Looking At : Apr 22, 2012

Binoculars at Echo Point
Echo Point, Blue Mountains.
During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At ...

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Exercise in Healthy Older Adults

Ida Wasserman, hitting the gym at 100.Chris notes two very interesting studies which look at the impact of exercise on older adults - Cardiovascular Aging and Exercise in Healthy Older Adults and Is Regular Exercise a Friend or Foe of...

The Effects of Music Tempo

Dr Costas Karageorghis.Scott Dunlap over at A Trail Runner's Blog notes the work of Dr Costas Karageorghis on music tempo and exercise. For an overview, head over to the New York Times; for a little more meat, check out the...

Better Sleep, Better Memory

Sleeping dog. Photo by jswieringa.Mark notes a Swiss study which reinforces the idea that sleep aids memory. If you're going to learn a new skill tomorrow, make sure you get a bit of quality shut-eye tonight....

Hunger Can Make You Happy

Hungry mouse. Photo by pasotraspaso.Via Digg : Livescience notes an interesting study published this month in Nature Neuroscience. The short version? Hunger can make you (well, mice anyway) happy....

Learning to Juggle At Any Age

Juggling. Photo by jayniebell.Via Just Your Average Joggler : the Journal of Neuroscience noted an interesting study this week, relating to the brain changes associated with learning a new skill (specifically juggling) - particularly for those over 50. If you've...

The Smell of Coffee

You can almost smell it. Photo by 4thwave.Via the Nutrition Help Blog : Scientific American notes a recent study on the effects of coffee's aroma. It seems that even rats enjoy waking up to the smell of coffee....

All In The Mind?

Placebo. Photo by purchio.Chris notes another study which looks at the performance-enhancing effects of a placebo. Very interesting....

Extra Sleep Improves Athletic Performance

Sleeping. Photo by prakhar.Via Conditioning Research : Science Daily notes one of the many sleep vs performance studies taking place at the moment. Although I disagree with the idea of simply increasing the duration of sleep - in my opinion,...

Does Fasting Help Prevent Jetlag?

Starved. Photo by Crystl.Via Digg : Reuters notes an interesting study on the benefits of starvation prior to a long flight. Anyone tried it?...

The Number of Fat Cells Remains Constant

They're happy because they eat lard. Image via SharkeyinColo.Via Conditioning Research : EurekAlert notes another very interesting snippet from the current research on fats : the number of fat cells in a person's body is established during teen years; remaining...

Fat Cells Die and Are Replaced

Mmmmm. Photo by terren in Virginia.Chris points to a very interesting piece in the NYT, noting a Swedish study on the lifecycle of fat cells. From the article : Every year, whether you are fat or thin, whether you lose...

The Effects of Training in a Fasted State

No Food. Photo by Mykl Roventine.Chris points to an interesting study on a slightly controversial issue for Intermittent Fasters : what are the effects of training in a fasted state? Definitely something to think about....

The Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction

Carbohydrate Restriction.Chris notes an interesting study [256kb, .pdf] on carbohydrate restriction. Several potential benefits....

Tattoo Vaccination

Now this is a very interesting idea. From the BBC : Scientists in Germany say that tattoos could be the ideal way of delivering vaccines into the body. The researchers say that in tests undertaken with mice, tattoos were much...

Fasting-Induced Changes

Chris notes an interesting study on the effects of fasting : Fasting-Induced Changes in the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis (abstract only). It's a fascinating area of research....

Is it Ever Too Cold to Exercise?

Via SCAQ : Not according to the NY Times. Interesting read....

Stretching May Increase Strength

Via FitSugar : MSNBC notes another study on the positive aspects of regular stretching - possible strength gains. It's all good....

Feeling Tense? Try a Spot of Meditation

Yahoo! Health notes an interesting study on mediation - pointing out that short, regular sessions can have real benefits in overall health. What's more, it's relaxing. And no, you don't need to sit out in a field and chant....

Alternate-Day Fasting

QOD DietOver at Conditioning Research Chris points to an interesting study on the effects of alternate-day fasting (as per routines such as The QOD Diet) in mice. There's still a way to go before the long-term effects of similar diets are discovered for humans, but it's a great start.


Another look at 2 green tea studies

The Got Strength? Blog takes a brief look at two studies on my favourite beverage (other than water) - green tea. Short version - a miracle cure it isn't, but there are health benefits aplenty. Good stuff....

Heart attacks down following smoking ban

This is definitely good news. Researchers at Glasgow University have noted that in the 10 months since Scotland banned smoking in many areas (most notably pubs), the incidence of heart attacks has fallen by a solid 17%. Not bad at...

Spiderman suit may not be that far away

At least in the ability-to-climb-walls department. A team of Italian scientists is currently looking at ways to use carbon nanotubes (just think of really, really small drinking straws made of carbon) to create a suit which will allow the wearer...

Exercise 'Must Be Tough To Work'

Via Netscape : It looks as though walking to the car just won't cut it. Exercise 'must be tough to work'....