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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- NYC Launches Anti-Soda Campaign
- Exercise Might Help Thwart ‘Obesity Gene’
- And Finally a story about Spinal Rehab and Activity of Muscles
For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #331, recorded November 11, 2011.
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NYC Launches Anti-Soda Campaign
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley recently unveiled a new Health Department education campaign that describes how drinking just one 20 ounce soda a day translates to eating 50 pounds of sugar a year.
The 30-second TV spot will air on major broadcast and cable TV stations over the next two months as a stark reminder to New Yorkers about how sugary drinks can lead to obesity, which can cause diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers.
This latest installment of the Department’s “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign was launched at an event in Times Square commemorating the nation’s first Food Day, a day modeled after the popular Earth Day, but focused on healthy food and eating.
New Yorkers are making some strides against the obesity epidemic and are beginning to turn the epidemic’s tide by consuming less sugary drinks, especially in some areas of the city. Between 2007 and 2010, the percentage of adults who reported on the Health Department’s annual telephone survey that they drank one or more sugary drinks a day fell from 36 percent to 30 percent.
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Exercise Might Help Thwart ‘Obesity Gene’
A large international group of researchers found that the so-called “fat mass and obesity associated” (FTO) gene, which is known to increase the risk of obesity, has a 27 percent weaker effect on physically active adults compared to inactive ones.
The Author’s conclusion comes from a meta-analysis of 45 prior studies analyzing data from more than 218,000 participants.
The FTO gene harbors the strongest known susceptibility locus for obesity. While many individual studies have suggested that physical activity (PA) may attenuate the effect of FTO on obesity risk, other studies have not been able to confirm this interaction.
To confirm or refute unambiguously whether PA attenuates the association of FTO with obesity risk, the authors meta-analyzed data from 45 studies of adults and nine studies of children and adolescents.
The study concluded that the association of the FTO risk allele with the odds of obesity is attenuated by 27% in physically active adults, highlighting the importance of PA in particular in those genetically predisposed to obesity.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001116
Spinal Rehab and Activity of the psoas major and quadratus lumborum muscles during submaximal isometric trunk efforts.
A study published back in July, in the Journal of Orthopedic Research, looked at the controversy which exists regarding the function of psoas major (PM) and quadratus lumborum (QL) at the lumbar spine.
The functions of discrete regions of psoas major and quadratus lumborum were studied during trunk loading tasks.
Twelve healthy participants performed isometric trunk loading tasks in various directions in upright sitting.
Fine-wire electromyography (EMG) electrodes were inserted under ultrasound guidance into psoas major fascicles arising from the transverse process (PM-t) and vertebral body (PM-v) and the anterior (QL-a) and posterior (QL-p) layers of QL on the right side.
Although right psoas major-transverse and psoas major-vertebral body were both active during right lateral-flexion trunk efforts, their activity was opposite in the sagittal plane, with greater psoas major-transverse towards extension and psoas major-vertebral body towards flexion. quadratus lumborum-anterior and quadratus lumborum-posterior were similarly active.
Activity of quadratus lumborum-posterior was modulated with respiratory phase during the loading tasks with trunk efforts towards the right lateral-flexion/flexion and right lateral-flexion directions.
These findings provide novel understanding of the unique activation of discrete regions of psoas major and quadratus lumborum. These differences must be considered in future EMG studies to better understand the function of these deeply situated trunk muscles in the control of the lumbar spine.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jor.21499/abstract
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.