February 21, 2014 |
Is it time for a standing desk? To be honest, there is debate about whether a standing desk - in and of itself - can help reverse a sedentary lifestyle. But experts say it's a step in the right direction. At the very least, a standing desk can serve as a constant reminder to weave more activity into our everyday lives, said Dr. James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic who encourages businesses to embrace healthier workplaces. Before you spend a penny, why not just find an empty box or milk crate and turn it upside down?
April 12, 2011 |
Low-intensity walking may help people with Parkinson's disease improve their gait and mobility, a new study finds. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Honolulu, compared three different forms of exercise to see which was most beneficial to men and women with Parkinson's disease, which affects motor control. Researchers randomly assigned 67 people with the disease to one of three programs: a low-intensity treadmill walk for 50 minutes; a high-intensity treadmill walk for 30 minutes; and a weight and stretching regimen that included leg presses, extensions and curls.
March 13, 2014 |
Ayelet Waldman's "Love and Treasure" (Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, April 1) is a triptych novel that follows the lives of American and Hungarian Jews across the 20th century. A story of relationships, art and loss, it moves among a granddaughter trying to solve a puzzle, feminists in Budapest between the wars and European Holocaust survivors headed to Palestine. "When my book was being auctioned in Britain, one of the people who didn't bid on it said, 'This book is too Zionist for us.' And then my Israeli publisher, who did end up buying it, was like, 'Man, this is a really anti-Zionist book.' I got those responses the same day," Waldman says via Skype.
June 18, 2013 |
“Get off your butts,” the nation's doctors said Tuesday, as the American Medical Assn. adopted a new policy on sitting in the workplace. Citing mounting evidence that sitting for extended periods of time is really bad for you , the physicians group is now urging employers and others to make alternatives to sitting available to workers - standing work stations, isometric balls that allow the core to remain engaged while a person sits, and...
April 5, 2010
If you're considering an exercise stress test or other cardiac tests, here are a few basics to keep in mind: EXERCISE STRESS TEST (also called treadmill test, exercise test and exercise cardiac stress test): Doctors monitor your EKG while you're at rest and when you're working hard, such as walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. Good for: Picking up blockages greater than 70%, showing how much you can safely do after a heart attack or surgery. ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG or ECG)
May 20, 2010
OK Go's daredevil treadmill antics in the "Here It Goes Again" YouTube video have been viewed more than 50 million times and been parodied on "The Simpsons." A true pop cultural phenomenon with an inventive, iconoclastic approach to music, the band will play songs from its recently released third studio album, "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky." The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fri. (323) 464-0808. http://www.henryfondatheater.com
October 14, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Kobe Bryant was still reluctant to provide a timetable for his return but hinted he could play ... sort of. He planned to run on the court Monday, the day before the Lakers played Golden State. "After I get out there today and run around a little bit, I might have a better idea," Bryant said. "If today was a playoff [game] or NBA Finals, could I play? Probably. I don't know how well I would play, but I'd get out there and do something. " Bryant, though, has said he needs three weeks of conditioning before practicing with the team.
November 29, 2003
Thanks, Tim Rutten, for succinctly saying what so many of us have been thinking regarding the media coverage sideshow ("Hurry, Hurry, Get a Ticket to the News," Nov. 22). Where have all the priorities gone? Television ratings and circulation numbers have eclipsed sound judgment and a sense of media responsibility. While on the gym treadmill last week, the TV monitor -- tuned in to one of our major news channels -- gave all of 20 seconds to the announcement that California National Guardsmen were being deployed to Iraq for an 18-month tour.
December 12, 2011
I once suffered from clinical depression for a few months ["Infection … and Then OCD," Dec. 5]. There was no obvious cause, and my reactions to both herbal remedies and prescription drugs were strange. Then a routine annual physical exam revealed a prostate infection. The cure for the infection also cured the depression. It is wise to check for a purely physical cause for depression, especially if it has no obvious link to a traumatic event. George Tucker Redondo Beach Thank you for publishing Kathryn Joosten's experiences with battling her lung cancer and for pointing out how little funding is raised for this No. 1 killer ["Breathe In, Take a Quiz," Nov. 7]
September 6, 2012 |
DARPA's robotic cheetah has sprinted past another speed milestone: The four-legged robot can now officially run faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. Chalk one up for robots. Humankind, you appear to be losing your supremacy. A new video released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the robot, inspired by the anatomy of a cheetah, running as fast as 28.3 mph before it trips and falls on what would be its face, if it had one. If it's any consolation, the robo-cheetah is only a bit faster than the human speed record holder: Bolt set the mark at 27.78 mph in 2009, during a 100-meter sprint.