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Feelin' This Friday

Here are ten links that we've been feelin' this week:

  1. Activity trackers have had quite an impact in getting people to walk, as their devices constantly remind those who’ve set goals of 5,000 or 10,000 steps daily to move. Still, people that spend the rest of the day sitting are encouraging sedentary behavior. In addition to walking, try standing up frequently throughout the day (NYT). 
  2. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention, the Zika virus causes microcephaly and other birth defects. More than 1,000 cases of microcephaly and other Zika-related fetal malformations have been reported from six countries (CNN). 
  3. A new study from the University of Queensland School of Public Health suggests that a 20 percent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would result in widespread, long-lasting public health benefits, in addition to significant health cost savings (Science Daily). 
  4. Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi found that only 2.7 percent of the U.S. adult population achieves the basic behavior characteristics that constitute a “healthy lifestyle”: a good diet, moderate exercise, a recommended body fat percentage and being a non-smoker (Science Daily). 
  5. Companies are attempting to find alternative materials to put in artificial fields, including coconut fiber, plastic granules, and even minced sneaker soles. Currently, many fields contain “crumb rubber” – particles of shredded tires that have been called a health hazard by critics (Chicago Tribune). 
  6. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are commonly used to lessen pain in tendonitis. However, scientists now say that there is little inflammation involved with the condition, suggesting a misuse of the drug (NYT). 
  7. Coconut oil gives a better boost to “good” HDL cholesterol than most natural fats, but its effect on your health is a bit more complicated (WebMD). 
  8. Berries are known for their antioxidants, which include vitamins A, C, and E. But a new study says that their benefits go farther than that, including lowering the risk of erectile dysfunction and helping fight Alzheimer’s (WebMD). 
  9. Blisters have always been an aggravating pain for runners, but there may be an easy fix: low-cost surgical tape (MedlinePlus). 
  10. New York City joined a list of cities that have recently banned tobacco at its ballparks. The measure was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and will be enforced at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field (CNN).