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December 13, 2010 | Roy Wallack, Gear
The serious athlete is a picky fellow or gal, normally quite unwilling to delegate the critical task of shopping for high-tech training gadgets to mere holiday well-wishers. But the stuff here is disappointment-proof ? compact, functional, not prohibitively expensive and, best of all, so new that it will impress any recipient's hard-core buddies. Call of the wild Dahon BioLogic iPhone Case: Hard polycarbonate case that encloses and mounts an iPhone on a bicycle's handlebar or stem.
October 25, 2010
Finishing a marathon is a huge athletic feat, but not everyone who finishes one is in tip-top shape. A new study finds that people who have not trained appropriately and may not be in the best shape could temporarily damage their hearts. The study, presented Monday at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010 in Montreal, focused on 20 healthy amateur runners who were given exercise, blood and MRI tests six to eight weeks before a marathon, two days after finishing, and some three months later.
September 28, 2010
You've been dumped by a romantic interest you really liked. You've been passed over for a job by a boss you thought admired you. A group of friends is going out together, leaving you out of their plans. This kind of social rejection prompts your brain to send warning signals to your body that there's been a sudden tear in your personal social fabric, says a new study. Some of those signals you will undeniably feel -- the pain in your gut, the ache in your heart, the lump in your throat.
August 2, 2010 | Wire reports
Carlos Silva was released from a Denver hospital and placed on the disabled list for a cardiac evaluation Monday, one day after an abnormal heart rate forced the Chicago Cubs pitcher to leave his start against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning. Silva returned to Chicago and consulted with a Cubs physician, and will continue to be evaluated and undergo further tests under the care of a cardiologist at Northwestern Hospital. There is no timetable for his return, the team said.
January 25, 2010 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"House M.D." Fox, Jan. 11 Episode: "The Down Low" The premise Mickey (Ethan Embry) is conducting a drug deal when he suddenly drops to the ground and hits his head. In the hospital, he experiences noise-induced vertigo and blacks out again from the noise of Dr. Gregory House's (Hugh Laurie's) cane tapping. House thinks this could all be due to cocaine, especially when Mickey has a seizure during a hearing test. Mickey insists on leaving the hospital but then returns with a high fever, subsequently undergoing a lumbar puncture that shows nothing amiss.
January 4, 2010 | By Karen Ravn
Whether you're trudging on a treadmill, pedaling on an exercise bike or taking on Roger Federer in a Wii game of Grand Slam Tennis, the machine will probably give you a reading of how many calories are going up in sweat. In fact, no matter what you're doing -- and that includes doing nothing -- you can find a gadget to compute how many calories you're working off. But should you put a lot of weight on these figures? "The short answer is no," says Dr. Chris Cooper, director of the UCLA exercise physiology research laboratory.
December 7, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
When asked to choose one high-tech gadget or device that they'd recommend above all others, these trainers offered up the following selections -- backed by personal experience. Pete McCall San Diego-based trainer and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise Recommendation: Heart rate monitor Heart rate monitors are good for someone just starting to exercise because it helps them be much more effective with time. And they're pretty user-friendly.
November 16, 2009 | Roy M. Wallack
Nothing would seem to be more "green" than exercise, which gives off sweat and smell but not pollution. But if you get your cardio on a machine, you're not completely eco-clean unless you use one that doesn't plug into a wall socket, which is at least partially powered by fossil-fuel-burning power plants. Aside from a few categories -- rowing machines, spinning bikes and some high-end self-generating exer-bikes -- there have been no other electricity-free treadmills and ellipticals available until just a few months ago. Here's the first look at the workout world's newest green machines.
August 10, 2009 | Marc Siegel
"Royal Pains" USA Network, July 30 Episode: "The Honeymoon's Over" The premise Chuck Sutherland, a famous children's book illustrator, has been admitted to Hamptons Heritage, a hospital on Long Island, for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and a cardiac arrhythmia (in this case, atrial fibrillation, in which the collecting chambers of the heart quiver instead of pump). He is supposed to have surgery but, instead, signs out of the hospital "against medical advice" with prescriptions for the diuretic Lasix, which reduces blood volume, and a calcium channel blocker, which lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
April 6, 2009 | Marc Siegel
"ER" NBC, Thursday, March 26, 10 p.m.; Episode: "I Feel Good" The premise At a winter reunion of a summer camp for children who've had open heart surgery, camp veteran Vera befriends a first-time camper, Emily, whose parents prefer that she avoid exertion in the wake of several surgeries and finally a heart transplant for an underdeveloped heart. In contrast, Vera is very active at the camp.
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