Sit, Spin, Type: Would You Pedal While You Work?

Senior Man Riding BikeA recent review of existing research suggests there is “strong evidence” that time spent sitting is linked to a higher risk of death during the studies’ follow-up periods.

That’s bad news for those of us who are desk-bound for long stretches at a time at work. And using the stairs instead of the elevator can only get you so far. We’ve written before about one proposed solution to the problem: walking on a slow-moving treadmill while doing your work.

Another option, featured in research just published online by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, doesn’t require a wholesale rejiggering of office work stations. It’s a very quiet portable pedal exercise machine that you can buy from the manufacturer for under $200, including basic software that records your progress on your PC. You can adjust the resistance on the under-the-desk machine to either tool along easily or work hard enough to huff and puff (just keep your conference call on mute.)

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By Katherine Hobson in the Wall Street Journal Health Blog

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Scienta Health on December 1st 2010 in Topics of Interest

How to Market Exercise to Those Who Aren’t Buying It

TreadmillAn overworked colleague who was told to exercise as part of her treatment for osteoporosis complained to me about how much she resented going to the gym.

“When I am walking on a treadmill I have the same frustration I have when I am stuck in a traffic jam on the way to work. The minutes are ticking away, the ‘to do’ list is growing longer by the second, and I am stuck on this walk to nowhere. I don’t have the time for this. I know I have to do it for my bones but I resent every minute.”

She is not alone in finding it difficult to justify spending time exercising despite its well known benefits. Like her, most people know that a regular exercise regimen will pay off in terms of heart and bone health, better sleep, improved memory, decreased stress, and weight stability. But like her, they resist or resent making physical activity a basic part of their routine.

The most obvious reason is lack of time. How does one fit going to the gym or for a run or walk when family, work, household obligations, social commitments, commuting and travel use up almost all available time?

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Judith J. Wurtman, PhD writes in the Huffington Post Health Blog

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Scienta Health on November 1st 2010 in Topics of Interest

Tumor Genotyping: The Revolution in Personalizing Diagnosis & Treatment of Cancer

Third lecture of the 2010  Scienta Health Series: “Strong Medicine”, October 7, 2010

Our guest speaker, Dr. Leif W. Ellisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on tumor genotyping, talks about his team’s revolutionary research work and how their findings are dramatically impacting the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

“The future is now. It used to take 10 years for cancer research results to be translated from bench to bedside. Now it takes just months to bring new therapies to patients. It’s a whole new era” says Leif Ellisen.

Cancer continues to be one of today’s most dreaded diseases, with successful treatment hinging on early detection. But even with early detection, cancer is still potentially fatal.

At the Massachusetts General Hospital’s new Molecular Pathology Translational Research Lab, a team led by Dr. Ellisen and Dr. A. John Iafrate has developed ways to "genotype" tumors, also termed “molecular fingerprinting”. Their aim is to find genetic abnormalities or flaws which have been "switched on" during the cancer’s development. Isolating these enables the research and eventual development of "smart" drugs to target only specific abnormalities and lead to the slowing, halt, or even reversal of cancer progression.

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Scienta Health on September 15th 2010 in All About Our Events

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