2010 Press Releases

  • New Device Helps Monitor Low-Level Physical Activity With a Cell Phone

    Released April 26, 2010 -- Chinmay Manohar in the Department Endocrinology, Nutrition and Diabetes of the Mayo Clinic is designing a device to help motivate people to be more active. His team has developed a program that helps people monitor their normal day-to-day physical activity using an everyday device like a cell phone or mp3 player. His study, “Laboratory evaluation of the accuracy of a triaxial accelerometer embedded into a cell phone platform for measuring physical activity,” describes a program called the Walk n’Play that can be downloaded on the iPhone® and the iPod Touch for free through “iTunes.® This program will encourage Americans overweight or obese, and at risk for health problems to get out of their chairs and engage in physical activity.
  • Variations In One Gene May Be Associated With Endurance Running

    Released February 16, 2010 -- NR2F gene has been shown to have a role in endurance performance because of its role in producing mitochondria, a key cellular structure that produces energy, and reducing the harmful effects of oxidation and inflammation which increase during exercise. A new study has found that elite endurance athletes are more likely to have variations of the NRF2 gene than elite sprinters. This research effort, “Interaction between SNPs in the NRF2 gene and elite endurance performance,” appeared in Physiological Genomics is part of a larger body of research that is exploring the human genome and which aims to understand the genetic underpinnings of athletic performance.
  • What You Eat After Exercise Matters

    Released January 28, 2010 -- The health benefits from aerobic exercise are realized after the most recent exercise session and these benefits can be affected by the food consumed afterwards. This is the key finding of the NIH- funded research study “Energy deficit after exercise augments lipid mobilization but does not contribute to the exercise-induced increase in insulin sensitivity,” appearing in the online edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology (http://jap.physiology.org).