Study of sedentary behavior was almost unknown a decade ago, but is now in the limelight. Exactly how much, what type, and the distribution of counteractive behavior is warranted is still poorly known and under study (it is now believed that just standing a few times an hour isn't sufficient). What it clear this type of behavior is bad and something needs to be done
An expert group in England has issued a public health paper with recommendations. (pdf) Something is better than nothing and this probably errors on the side of more than enough - at least hopefully. Now will the recommendations be followed?
The growing interest in changing sedentary working environments has led to a proportionate acceleration in the production, marketing and sales of commercial and domestic furniture retailers with either sit–stand attachments for desks or fully adjustable sit–stand desk tops. Marketing claims for such products have focused on the additional energy expenditure, with alleged benefits to weight control/loss, relief and prevention of musculoskel- etal conditions (acute and chronic), and improved cardiometabolic health. Although these products do come with some guidance on their use, there is a paucity of guidance relating to affecting a number of factors that may best help realise the promoted health benefits, including: long-term behaviour change processes and daily doses (sustained vs frac- tions of time) of standing and active breaks required at work within the office environment.
This expert statement therefore aims to provide some primary guidance to support, as best as pos- sible, those employers and staff who have invested or plan to invest in creating less sedentary and more active working environments. Market trends which are adding momentum to such investments may, however, be moving at a faster pace than the related and supporting evidence base can be pro- duced. The notion of an intervention which can improve employee well-being and performance has concomitantly attracted interest from arenas of occupational health and human resources. This guidance, thus, represents a summary and extrapo- lation of the evidence to date. Future refinements will be required as more evidence is published.
“We’re at an inflection point, or transition, from lifestyle health stuff to medical metrics,” says cardiologist Eric Topol, a genomics professor at the Scripps Research Institute and a fan of digital health technology. To Topol, the objective is clear: devices that accurately measure vital body signs and even monitor serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. “It’s the medical metrics where accuracy becomes fundamental,” he says.
Measurements of calories burned (something all three bands, including the Up3, track) were also somewhat inconsistent; on one morning commute, for instance, they ranged from 143 to 187. Altogether, the experience was a far cry from the vision of these devices as digital sages drawing deep, accurate insights from the data they collect, helping doctors diagnose ailments, and eventually, perhaps, even predicting health problems or detecting them before they become serious. These are hard goals to achieve, for several reasons. While the wrist seems like a great place to start with sensing on the body, and we’re used to adorning it with watches and jewelry, it’s tricky to make a comfortable, good-looking device that can stand up to all kinds of daily abuse.
And since everyone’s body is different, the wrist is not always a great spot to take accurate measurements. “You can make millions of smart watches that are identical, but you have millions of people who are not identical. It’s really hard to find something that’s robust across all these people,” says Chris Harrison, an assistant professor of human-computer interaction who leads the Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University.
Oberleitner worked with a number of colleagues and business partners, including his wife, to develop a remote autism-diagnosis tool called NODA, or naturalistic observation diagnostic assessment. NODA gives the parents detailed instructions for capturing video that a health-care provider somewhere in the world can use to assess the child for autism. For example, a parent could be instructed to start the video recorder while the child is playing with a sibling or while the family is at the dinner table. The parent could try a few prompts: asking the child for a spoon, pointing to something in the room and calling the child by name. If the child reacts in a certain way, the evaluator can "bookmark" the behavior.
In addition to regional funding problems another issue is many of the rural areas that might benefit lack high speed Internet access.
Do people in the modern wold have different spine shapes than indigenous cultures and is that the cause of back pain? An acupuncturist has popularized the idea with a technique that has made her known as the posture guru. It turns out very little has been studied. Is she right or is there something else going on? A report via NPR
Too often exercise and calories are linked. It turns out the linkage is not understood well enough that quantitative analysis is possible at home - or even in most labs. The best advice I've seen is watching your intake is important and so is getting enough exercise - just do both and don't link them.
It was Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe's, who came up with this concept. He was frustrated by the amount of nutritious food that went into dumpsters, just because it was nearing its sell-by date. Meanwhile, millions of people don't eat very well. But Rauch had to fight the critics, who said he was just dumping food rejected by rich people on the poor.
Rauch first announced he would open the store in September 2013.
"It's been a long time coming," he says.
Checking out with the cashier, customer Manuel Goncalves admits he surveyed the expiration dates before putting food in his basket.
"I looked around, I saw the date. I saw the food being prepared in the back," he says. "And I felt comfortable to come back and buy as much as I can.