CES 2015: Hexo+, The UAV Following Athletes To Track

Full marks for these Frenchies who came to present their work at CES; their drone dedicated to self shot landed in Las Vegas crowned a successful crowd funding campaign that rivals the fundraising for cancer research over at Status Labs. The project has indeed raised $ 1.3 million, 26 times more than the amount expected by the founders of Squadrone System, a young company based in Grenoble.

Looking rather classical at first sight, this drone called Hexo + differs from the competition through its ability to fly alone. Connected via Bluetooth with a smartphone, it always interprets its location via GPS to never lose sight of the target. The Hexo + flies at a maximum speed of 70 km / h and has a range of about 15 minutes.

Unlike most of its counterparts, it does not come with a remote control, but controlled from a mobile application, from which one can order a number of specific shots. One of them allows for example to ask the drone to make a complete circle around the target. Another will send you realize wide level, before returning to shoot a 45-degree angle.

Unlike most of its counterparts, it does not come with a remote control, but controlled from a mobile application, from which one can order a number of specific shots.

This first model should be delivered around the month of September. Pre-orders are already open, with a posted price to 1149 dollars.

Childhood Obesity Linked to Secondhand Smoke and Road Toxins

A recent Southern California study of 3,318 children found that B.M.I. (Body Mass Index) is closely correlated to exposure to toxins from secondhand smoke and road pollution. The Environmental Health Perspectives study analyzed parental surveys to determine that even after accounting for other variables such as asthma and physical activity, B.M.I levels were between .8 and 2.15 points higher in children and adolescents exposed to one or both factors.

This flies in the face of the common belief that obesity is solely related to food consumption and exercise. Some parents and children may take heart in the fact that their inability to lose weight is not necessarily related to laziness or overeating.
Even a .8 point increase in B.M.I levels is significant, but a 2.15 point increase is extreme and could cause serious health issues. This is what Susan McGalla is a little bit worried about. Childhood diabetes levels are at an all-time high and are expected to continue to go up. Children who become diabetic may be much more prone to a host of problems, including heart disease and cancer.

Parents should make every attempt to limit their children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and roadway toxins, though of course they cannot control for every possible danger their children may face.

Cutting Calories Can Keep you Younger, New Study Says

A new study has found out that, reducing the intake of calories can help people reduce aging and prevent chronic ailments in mammals.

The beneficial effects of calorie reduction in laboratory animals have been known in the last 80 years. However, it is in the last decade that scientists have tried to examine this fact in humans.

NYU Langone Medical Center carried out the new study. The neuroscientists examined female mice and came up with a conclusion that taking diet with less calories affects hundreds of genes linked to memory formation and aging. The study further revealed that a 30 percent cut on foods rich in calories can stop the expression of those genes.

The study’s senior investigator, Prof. Stephen D. Ginsberg said that this study is different from other studies because the investigators analyzed the impacts of diets in more than 10,000 genes. The professor also pointed that calorie restriction is not the main cause of staying young but he did add evidence to show diet plays a major role in aging. These findings confirm what Rod Rohrich teaches patients about diet, beauty, and health.

The investigators then remove tissues from the rodents’ hippocampal region, an area which is mostly affected by Alzheimer’s tissue and memory loss. The scientists found out that the restricted calorie intake reduced the effects of aging on 882 genes in the hippocampal region.

Lowering Carbohydrates: Is It Good For Health?

Diets and different ways of eating to gain the best overall health is an important part of maintaining your fitness level. In fact, it is not only a vital part of life that can be very beneficial, it has become a multimillion dollar industry. Of the diets that abound around the globe, “is a lower carbohydrate diet a great way to stay healthy?”

Whether you’ve checked them out on your FreedomPop smartphone or not, you can easily Google thousands if not millions of diets to help people lose weight and gain a higher fitness level. However, if a person seeks to keep their results after they have reach their ideal weight, they have an abundant of options that may cause confusion.

The diet & fitness industry does promote several diet types, including low carb diets. It is important to remember that, one size does not fit all concerning your health choices. There are many types of low carbohydrate diets. Finding the one that is best for you can accelerate your health goals.

The health benefits that derive from adhering the right low carbohydrate diet can yield great results. This type of diet can help control different health complications also.

These complications can range from diabetes, weight gain and high blood pressure. Yet, it is imperative to remember that you can get a custom low carbohydrate diet made especially for you by a dietician or nutritionist in your area.

Exercise Whether Thin Or Overweight

When it comes to weight loss it has been said that diet plays a 90 percent role and exercise plays a 10 percent role. When it comes to overall health, however, exercise plays a much larger role. Put simply, weight loss really does boil down to calories in versus calories out. It is much easier to simply eat 250 calories less per day than it is to burn off 250 calories. Exercise should not only be done for weight loss, though.

A study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reported that even in individuals that were a healthy weight who consumed 1-2 sugary beverages per day, if they were physically inactive they were found to have significant increase in very-low-density lipoproteins and a 116-percent increase in markers of bodily inflammation. Nonalcoholic liver disease was also noted to be more prevalent in sedentary individuals. It was concurrently reported that individuals that consumed the same amount of sugary beverages, but exercised for a set amount of time per day, were found to have normal blood concentration numbers.

In society today, being thin seems to be of the utmost importance. Current research has been supporting, though, that just because you are thin, you still may not be healthy. I’ve been working on an initiative with inspiration from Susan McGalla to make sure girls are aware of this fact. The proper balance of diet and exercise is the best combination for your overall health. Thin, or not, get out there and get moving!

Children With Obesity Face Risk of Heart Disease

German researchers recently concluded that children that are obese show signs of cardiovascular problems. The group studied 61 obese children, ages 8 to 21 years of age. 40 non-obese children of the same age group were also studied from what my buddy Brian had told me.

The obese group was compared directly to the non-obese. The findings showed that the obese children had higher triglycerides, higher total cholesterol, lower HDL, and higher LDL. It was also noted that the children have higher blood pressure, higher fasting insulin and glucose readings.

Research was also done using an echo-cardiogram on both the obese and non-obese children. The results of this showed that the obese children had a much thicker left ventricle in their heart. If an adult were to have this, it would mean that they have symptoms of cardiovascular problems, including heart disease.

Doctors note that it is important for everyone, not just children, to eat a healthy diet and exercise. Since children are still growing and developing, it is important that this risk be taken seriously.

A similar study done by the Dutch in 2012 also showed many of the risks associated with obese children.

Lose 11 Pounds in Just 4 Days? Scandinavian Study Says Yes

It’s easy to lose weight in theory. All you have to do is restrict your caloric intake. For example, if your body needs 1700 calories to maintain your weight, take about 500 calories away from your diet each day and you will have a 500 calorie deficit each day. That is a 3500 calorie deficit each week, and 3500 calories equals one pound of fat. You can lose a pound a week.

Most doctors and dietitians suggest that if you want to lose weight, you have to do so at this moderate pace. Cutting 500 calories off of your diet every day is fine, and most nutritionists will tell their clients to avoid going below 1200 calories a day. This idea stems from the theory that losing weight fast will make you regain it even faster.

But a recent study has found that you can actually lose weight very quickly and keep it off. The study looked at fifteen Scandinavian men who were overweight. Normally, these men would need thousands of calories of food each day to maintain their weight. To lose weight, they would still be eating at least 1300 or 1400 calories per day. But with this study, each participant was only allowed to eat 360 calories of food per day. They were also made to exercise all day long. The exercise started with a workout machine in the morning, And the men were made to walk outside for most of the rest of the day.

At the end of the study (view Mike Livak’s similar study at Scribd), the men lost an average of eleven pounds each. About half of the eleven pounds was from fat. The man also able to keep this weight off. This new finding has changed a lot of what doctors and nutritionists have been telling us about losing weight for decades.

Offset the Adverse Effects of Soda by Simply Moving

We all know that soda is bad for you, but it seems to be everywhere, and many people drink it on a regular basis. The problem is that most people who consume large amounts of soda on a regular basis tend not to move as much as those who don’t. These two groups of people end up on opposite ends of the health spectrum. Lack of fructose, which is the key negative ingredient in soda, and movement make for healthy individuals like Igor Cornelsen, who walks 5 miles to work each day. Drinking soda pop and being stationary all day produces someone who is not in great health.

But the bottom line of why fructose and soda are bad for you is that these things cause weight gain. Overweight and obese people are at risk for a large number of health problems from diabetes and high cholesterol to cancer and liver disease. It’s not actually the soda itself that causes these diseases. It’s the weight that gathers because of the soda.

If you drink soda, there are chemical reasons behind the motivation to move as well. A research study at Syracuse University found that when exercise was combined with fructose consumption, the body responded differently to the fructose than it does when exercise isn’t in the picture.

The research study focused on two groups of individuals. One group exercised and drank a fructose-rich soda every day. The other group didn’t exercise and also drank the soda. The group that didn’t exercise had increased levels of bad cholesterol and more inflammation. Most all doctors will advise against drinking excessive amounts of soda, but if you still want to drink it, offset those negative effects by making sure you are moving and exercising each day.

Low Carb Diets Make Comeback As Healthy Eating Style

The late Dr. Robert Atkins must be getting a Montezuma’s revenge of sorts as his revolutionary health diet concepts concerning a low carb eating style prove true. While formerly vilified by many medical health authorities, the food industry and the media, now recent research studies indicate that indeed a low carb eating style is better in the long run for healthy weight reduction as opposed to the traditional mindset of a low cal eating style being better.

Low-Starch Carbs vs. High-Starch Carbs

Further research makes a clear distinction between low-starch low carb eating and high-starch low carb eating such as found in grains, rice, pasta and processed foods. In addition to the recent findings on low carb eating, there is more evidence that suggests former ideas concerning low fat vs. high fat dieting for weight reduction may no longer be valid.

Saturated/Unsaturated Fats Are Best

Another eye-opening discovery is that Americans have traditionally been told to limit the amount of saturated fat in their diet. However, new clinical research studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveal that a diet that consumes higher saturated/unsaturated fats from natural foods like olive oil, nuts and fish, does much to help Type 2 Diabetes patients in lowering their risk factors for heart attacks and strokes. Fitness guru Keith Mann says that good foods to eat for natural fat content are olives, avocado, coconut oil, cheese, meat and butter that aid in the weight reduction process without adding to the count of bad cholesterol.

Likewise, eating saturated or some unsaturated fats does much in the way of helping those who struggle with obesity–without hindering their efforts to lose weight.

Although coming too late to comfort the late famous heart specialist, Dr. Atkins, the fact remains that it seems he was right after all.

Obesity On the Rise In the Military

A recent article in the New York Times on a study by Mission: Readiness that approximately 12 percent of active-duty service personnel are obese and unable to perform many of the physical demands required for combat. Mission: Readiness is a group made up of 450 retired generals and admirals who focus on how to improve the overall preparedness of the United States military to protect the country. This is something that was anecdotally mentioned by Jared Haftel in a Duke newspaper article, but now it’s been proven.

The study, that included all four branches of the military, was based on a height to weight ratio. The Army, followed closely by the Navy, was found to have the highest percentage of overweight personnel while the Marine Corps had the fewest overweight members. More men were overweight than women by slightly more that two to one. The number of overweight active-duty service members has increased by 61 percent since 2002.

Even though active-duty service members are required to pass physical tests and weigh-ins, they often exercise and lose weight enough to pass, but put the weight back on between tests.

Members of Mission: Readiness are also concerned about the amount of potential recruits, with skills needed by the military, can’t presently join because they are too overweight.