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From The Huffington Post

New Bike Washing Machine Lets You Work Out While You Wash

Students at the Dalian Nationalities University in China have designed a bike washing machinethat will wash your clothes while you pedal. The invention is aptly called “Bike Washing Machine” or “BiWa,” and it aims to “bring health and convenience to our life” by combining a stationary bike and a washing machine.

According to a description on Tuvie provided by the students who designed the bike, the way it works is quite simple: “When you ride this bike, the pedaling motion causes the drum of the washing machine to rotate; at the same time, superfluous electricity is generated which can be used to power the display screen or [be] stored for future use.”


Credit: Designer: Xuefei Liu, Di Fang, Linhao Su, Zhanbing Li, Xiaoyu Gao Xueyi Wang, Wen Fan, Liying Zhu, Deqian Zhao, Huan Li, Mengmeng Hu and Weiwei Li of Dalian Nationalities University

Considering the small size of the washing machine, it would undoubtedly take multiple spin cycles to complete your laundry. Much like the Drumi, a pint-sized washing machine that can fit almost anywhere, both inventions will probably not completely replace a laundry machine or a trip to the laundromat.

The concept isn’t new, as other designers have tried their hand at designing similar machines. However, none have made it successfully to market, so it will be interesting to see if the “BiWa” becomes successful. Until then, we’ll continue to work around both our laundry spin cycle and our spin class schedule.

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Carol is part of a team that just won FDA approval!

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IU cancer researchers play role in FDA approval of drug for treating people after radiation exposure

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center researcher played a role in the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of a drug to treat people exposed to potentially lethal doses of radiation.

Christie M. Orschell, Ph.D., a senior research professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a researcher at the cancer center, and colleagues performed preclinical work that contributed to the approval of Neupogen (filgrastim) to treat adult and pediatric patients exposed to myelosuppressive doses of radiation. Such exposure may happen in a radiation nuclear event.

Radiation destroys the bone marrow, resulting in loss of blood cells and increasing the risk of infection and uncontrolled bleeding, according to Dr. Orschell. Neupogen can help patients by facilitating recovery of bone marrow cells that develop into neutrophils, white blood cells that help fight off infections.

“The approval of Neupogen is an important step in advancing medical countermeasures for radiation,” Dr. Orschell said. “Still, we’re continually investigating new drugs that are easier to administer and perhaps only require a single injection.”

Neupogen is the first radiation countermeasure approved under the FDA’s Animal Rule, which was drafted to guide the development of drugs when human efficacy studies cannot ethically be performed. In March 2015, the FDA approved Neupogen for use following an acute exposure to a radiation dose capable of causing severe loss of bone marrow cells.

Dr. Orschell and her lab of nine researchers developed a mouse model to test medical countermeasures against radiation as part of a consortium of investigators working together to find drugs to treat irradiated people. Data from the Orschell lab contributed to the understanding of how Neupogen may work in humans.

Dr. Orschell explained that a mouse model is used to mimic a disease in humans. “Our mouse model of acute radiation syndrome has become one of the standard models to test medical countermeasures under the Animal Rule,” Dr. Orschell said.

In 2005, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded a federal contract to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, which established the consortium of institutions to facilitate the development of medical countermeasures that could be used in an emergency mass casualty situation involving radiation injuries. IU was an integral part of that consortium.

Dr. Orschell’s ongoing work recently earned her $750,000 in funding from the Department of Defense to study drugs for civilians or first responders who report to a site following radiation exposure. “In the case of first responders, you would have an opportunity to administer the drug to them before they are exposed at the site,” she said.

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From Breaking Muscle

How to Scale CrossFit WODs for Measurable Improvements

Have you ever witnessed the horror of a half-hour “Annie”? I have, back in April 2008. My gym, Pioneer Valley CrossFit (PVCF), had been open for three months. Most of my members were still struggling with the basics of CrossFit. I wanted to introduce CrossFit’s famous benchmark WODs, and “Annie” seemed like a safe way to begin.

“Annie”

  • 50-40-30-20-10 reps for time of
  • Double unders
  • Sit ups

If you have double unders, “Annie” is hard, fast fun requiring seven minutes or less to complete. But if you’re just learning double unders, this good-time girl can turn into a real b%&*h, as my man Mike discovered.

Challenges or Tests?                                  

When Mike saw “Annie” on the whiteboard, he was jazzed. This would be the first WOD he’d be able to perform as prescribedBut twenty minutes later he was only halfway through his set of thirty double unders. By this point he was screaming and cursing on every missed rep. It was both excruciating and hilarious to watch, and I’m pretty sure there’s still a black cloud of obscenities hanging over PVCF’s first location.

“Annie” took Mike almost 28 minutes. (This was 2008, “Death before DNF!” was the rallying cry for many CrossFitters, and mea culpa.) I knew something wasn’t right about that. He’d completed all the work, sure, but the benchmark “Girls” workouts were supposed to be intense. Half an hour of flailing may have been grueling, but it was hardly intense.

A guy like Mike took 150 double unders and sit ups on the whiteboard as a personal challenge, I realized. There was no way he was going to quit until he was done. But what if instead of a challenge, he was presented with a test? One with a time limit?

Ten minutes seemed a reasonable cut-off. Based on that limit, I figured a logical way to schedule double under and sit up couplets of 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10 reps. Next time I programmed “Annie,” it looked like this:

 “PVCF Testing Annie”

  • AMRAP :90 double-under attempts. If you accrue 50 successful double unders before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :90 sit ups. If you get 50 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :75 of double under attempts. If you get 40 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :75 sit ups. If you get 40 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :60 double under attempts. If you get 30 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :60  sit ups. If you get 30 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :45 double under attempts. If you get 20 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :45 sit ups. If you get 20 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :30 double under attempts. If you get 10 before time is up, move on to…
  • AMRAP :30 sit ups. If you get 10 before time is up, you’re done.

At 10:00, two experienced athletes, who had stayed ahead of the clock, had legit “Annie” times: 5:42 and 6:05. The rest, having recorded their efforts each round, had data: total double unders and total sit ups. When “Annie” came around again, they could compare their new score against that days to see if they’d improved.

Measuring or Training?

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From Men’s Journal

Health Risks Associated With Antibacterial Soaps

The problems with triclosan and triclocarbon
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The problems with triclosan and triclocarbon

Antibacterial liquid soaps, bar soaps, and body washes don’t protect you from disease-causing germs any more than regular soap and water, but they could be ransacking your health. Public health groups have been voicing these concerns for decades, and now the Food and Drug Administration is stepping in, giving manufacturers one year to prove that their antibacterial soaps are safe or they’ll be ousted from the market.

Stacks of laboratory and animal studies link the most commonly used antibacterial chemicals, triclosan and triclocarbon, to impaired thyroid and brain function, low testosterone, and decreased fertility. Research also suggests that these chemicals help create antibiotic-resistant superbugs that cause life-threatening infections. Although the FDA deemed triclosan and triclocarbon safe in 1994, the swelling number of studies exposing their dangers prompted the agency to reconsider. “This is a huge and timely step toward addressing an important public health and environmental issue,” says Rolf Halden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, who has been studying antibacterial overuse for years. “The FDA has wrestled with this issue for almost 40 years now. This new path could mean positive change for finally moving the topic along.”

Still, the FDA’s ruling won’t eradicate these chemicals completely. It does not cover triclosan-containing hand sanitizers, wipes, or antibacterial products used in health-care settings. “Exposure to triclosan and triclocarbon is almost impossible to avoid today,” Halden says. “Even people who don’t buy soaps containing them will get exposed in public restrooms and through dust inhalation.” The FDA’s proposal also doesn’t cover toothpaste, deodorants, and antiperspirants, which often contain triclosan.

Even if you can’t avoid triclosan and triclocarbon completely, you can control which products you buy. If something contains triclosan or triclocarbon, it will say so either in the Drug Facts panel or the ingredients list, so if you spot these words, skip that product. Scrub up with chemical-free soap whenever possible, and choose alcohol-based liquid hand sanitizers and wipes that don’t contain these antibacterials.

Luckily, triclosan- and triclocarbon-free products are becoming much easier to find. Whole Foods Market and similar stores carry several thousand healthy options. And more of the biggest manufacturers are moving away from triclosan and triclocarbon – Proctor & Gamble pledged to remove them from all products by 2014.

“Regulations like this rarely, if ever, make for quick changes,” says Halden. “However, people’s behaviors and views can change from one day to the next, so getting this information out there right now constitutes a great opportunity. Since triclosan and triclocarbon offer no measurable and meaningful benefit, there’s no need to incur an unnecessary and potentially harmful exposure along with the associated risks.”

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50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders* and Sit-ups

*Can’t do Double Unders?  Try Mountain Climbers, Tuck Jumps or 4-to-1 Single Unders

Something light and easy as tomorrow:

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August 12, 2010

Dr. Joseph Mercola.Physician and author
Posted: August 12, 2010 07:00

The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming Your Health

Cholesterol could easily be described as the smoking gun of the last two decades.

It’s been responsible for demonizing entire categories of foods (like eggs and saturated fats) and blamed for just about every case of heart disease in the last 20 years.

Yet when I first opened my medical practice in the mid 80s, cholesterol, and the fear that yours was too high was rarely talked about.

Somewhere along the way however, cholesterol became a household word — something that you must keep as low as possible, or suffer the consequences.

You are probably aware that there are many myths that portray fat and cholesterol as one of the worst foods you can consume. Please understand that these myths are actually harming your health.

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