We’ve known for some time that elite runners can race really fast in the new Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% shoes. Eliud Kipchoge won last year’s Olympic Marathon and ran that incredible 2:00:25 last May in the shoes. Little more than a week ago, Shalane Flanagan and Geoffrey Kamworor wore them while winning the New York City Marathon.But what about non-elites? Would the shoes offer any benefit to them?A new report just published by the journal Sports Medicine indicates the answer is a qualified yes. In fact, every runner tested at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s “Locomotion Lab”—18 out of 18—had better running economy in the Vaporflys than when they ran in two other racing shoe models (Nike Zoom Streak 6 and Adidas Adios Boost 2). This represents a rare 100 percent success rate in the world of human-effects research. The subjects included eight rearfoot strikers, and 10 midfoot/forefoot strikers, with the heel runners gaining a somewhat greater … [Read more...] about Nike’s Vaporfly 4% Shoes Really Did Boost the Running Economy of Everyone Tested, Says Study
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At 297 pounds, Pam Adams had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis. She'd spent her life trying—and failing—to lose weight with all the usual methods: Weight Watchers, Atkins, Nutrisystem, you name it. None of them had worked for long. By the time she was 42, her body mass index was an astronomical 49, well into the "morbidly obese" category, and as a result she'd had eight ministrokes and a major stroke, making her go partially blind. She decided to try a type of weight loss surgery called gastric bypass.Roughly 900 miles away, a few years later, a similar story was starting to unfold for Jane Smith (who asked Prevention to change her last name). A big woman at 197 pounds, she nonetheless had a BMI of only 34, barely in the top quartile for Americans and not alarming to any doctor. But the 52-year-old pediatric nurse had just joined the estimated 28 million Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She too had been on every diet: "I … [Read more...] about Weight Loss Surgery Can Put Diabetes Into Remission. So Should Everyone At Risk Get It?
Seven years ago, Myriam Marquez was driving home when she came to a four-way stop. She wasn't far from her own driveway; she had stopped at this same intersection countless times. Yet she didn't know where she was."I called my daughter, panicked," Marquez says. A few excruciating minutes passed before she finally remembered where she was, and by that point she was sure she had Alzheimer's. Her fears were soon validated: A battery of tests, including one for a gene that essentially guarantees Alzheimer's, confirmed her suspicions. She wasn't shocked; at least five of her father's siblings died with Alzheimer's symptoms. Two of her siblings have it, and her 47-year-old daughter is already beginning to show signs."I feel very blessed I'm still in the early stage," says Marquez, now 69 and living in Seattle. After her diagnosis, she charged into what she calls "warrior mode," campaigning to raise awareness of Alzheimer's while also working to stave off her own … [Read more...] about This Diet Change Could Save You From Alzheimer’s
Rebekah Ceidro was scrolling through Facebook last July when she saw a post by longtime co-worker and friend, Chris Moore, saying he needed a new kidney. He had been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease just seven months earlier. And knowing he was a very private person who normally wouldn’t post much about his personal life on social media, she knew he had to be desperate. The post was shared by dozens of mutual friends to help spread the word, but what Moore needed was immediate action. Ceidro recognized that, and put an offer on the table that would change both of their lives. “I immediately thought, ‘Okay, what can I do?’” the 33-year-old told Runner's World by phone. “His doctors were giving him six months to a year, and I would hope that if I were in the same situation, someone would do it for me."Moore, 30, was stunned.MORE: Good Samaritans Help Struggling Runner To The Finish Line “He could barely finish … [Read more...] about This Woman Lost Nearly 40 Pounds So She Could Donate Her Kidney To A Friend
The Internet is inundated with first-person essays about people leaving their corporate jobs to pursue other passions like yoga, farming, traveling, or even bartending on the beach. These stories often focus on the joys and rewards of the author’s new profession, urging the rest of us to adopt the same mantra of “Do what you love" and "Live life to the fullest." But is a career move like this really realistic for everyone? In a word: no.The ability to even consider leaving a job to pursue one’s passions is a privilege not everyone can afford—it’s a process that requires time, emotional energy, money, education, and resources that simply aren’t available to many (if not most) of the some 35 million American workers who earn less than $10.55 an hour. RELATED: Women on Top: 10 Founders and CEOs Give Their Best Career TipsMiya Tokumitsu, author of the book Do What You Love And Other Lies About Success and Happiness, has contended in an article … [Read more...] about What No One Tells You About Quitting That Corporate Job to Follow Your Dreams
I’m currently following 2,211 profiles on Instagram. Some are real celebrities, some are pet celebrities (like literally cats and dogs), and a select few are people I actually know in real life. The rest are, I guess for the most part, models or aspiring models. Anytime I fire up Instagram—which I do now out of sheer habit—photos of gorgeous, often scantily clad women dominate my feed.Until recently, I had no idea I followed so many models, and no recollection of actually hitting the "follow" button. I must do it in some sort of fugue state. It’s gotten to the point where there are more model photos in my feed than couples selfies, food porn, or photos accompanied by a custom wedding hashtag.RELATED: More Women Than Ever Are Watching Porn: Let's DiscussAnd while the number of models I follow is probably above average when compared with other dudes in my age range, I don’t think I skew above by all that much. I follow models with wild abandon … [Read more...] about How Countless Sexy Models on Instagram Could Be Affecting Your Relationship
In a way, his affair, the revelation of all his sex secrets, was the best thing that could have happened to her. When he left, those years of trying to be the good girl, to keep a low profile, to fit in—all that was gone. At last she could be her own person. She filed for divorce in November, and it was the most euphoric day of her life, better even than her wedding day. "I was free," she says. "I could feel the sunshine again." But then you have to wonder: If it was such a joy to be rid of the guy, why did she take him back? With the answer to that question comes a rare opportunity: to look inside a marriage that was bound for the rocks and see how it was saved. At the beginning it was an opposites-attract kind of thing, says Gina, age 35. They met during their sophomore year of high school. Bryan was a clown, a kidder, a cutup. Picture a young Nicolas Cage, handsome in a dorky way, always yapping, full of wisecracks and noodley little movements."I was the shier kid," she says, … [Read more...] about Relationship Advice: Can Love Come Back From the Brink?
Susan had never told her parents the truth about her marriage. She'd been with her husband for 22 years—two decades' worth of nagging him about his drinking, fighting that gave way to shoving and slapping, and crawling into bed with furniture piled in front of the door. From her mother, Susan, 45, had absorbed the importance of keeping up appearances. And by all appearances, her parents' marriage was a model of caring and respect. They'd never believe what a long, dark mess her own abusive relationship had become. She had trouble believing it herself. So in the fall of 2011, when Susan called home to say she was getting divorced, she was floored by her parents' response. Not only were they well aware of her husband's drinking problem, but her mother hinted that she could relate to her daughter's plight. "I thought, How could she possibly?" says Susan, who began to wonder if perhaps someone in her mother's family history had been an alcoholic.In the spring, Susan would take her … [Read more...] about Unlock Your Past, Free Your Future
It was a one-line text message that set off the first faint warning bell in her head.Leah, then 28, had been dating Jeff for nearly a year, and things were going great. When they first got together, she was fresh out of a breakup—Leah's first husband and the father of her two young sons had cheated on her, and they were getting divorced—and Jeff was a charming, good-looking guy, open and spontaneous with her and her kids.When Leah got the text from Jeff that night, she was out with a big group of girlfriends. It was karaoke night at a local bar, and she assumed when she opened the message it was going to go something like, "Hey, miss u."Instead, it read: "Why r u texting Jen if she's with you?"At first, Leah was confused. She had just texted Jen because Jen was sitting outside; it was her turn to sing and Leah texted to let her know to come inside. Then it clicked: Jeff was monitoring her cell phone."When I got home, I found out he had logged in to my Verizon account and … [Read more...] about When Your Partner Is Abusive
Throughout the history of modern medicine, the physician has occupied a sphere of trust and power. In 2011, Times economist Paul Krugman remarked, "There's a reason we have TV series about heroic doctors, while we don't have TV series about heroic middle managers." For most physicians who trained under this paradigm, this was not necessarily an exercise in hubris, but a necessary part of compassion, Dr. Barron Lerner, a bioethicist and internist at New York University's Langone School of Medicine, writes in a recent book about the doctor-patient relationship. Patients did not have the benefit of a medical education or experience, and fear often clouded their judgment. In the post-war era, physicians as a matter of routine withheld cancer diagnoses from patients in an effort to prevent that fear. Radiation and chemo were "just to be on the safe side." Patients, for their part, acquiesced to that authority: Harvard University sociologist Talcott Parsons coined the … [Read more...] about Things fall apart: How the ‘healthcare consumer’ model could break down