Sara Kiley Watson
at 10:11 AM Aug 15 2017
Fitness // 

It's no secret that exercise makes your heart bigger in a healthy way, helping it to pump blood more efficiently and lessening the potential for heart failure. Figuring out a way to mimic the way exercise manages to do this could be an extremely beneficial way to treat certain types of heart conditions. A study out this week shows how a protein called cardiotrophin 1 might in fact do this: have the same positive effects on the heart, minus the actual exersise part.

Sara Kiley Watson
at 10:02 AM Aug 1 2017
Fitness // 

Ever woken up the day after a workout and wondered what you did to deserve such pain?

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 11:38 AM Jul 24 2017
Fitness // 

We know that dust can make us sneeze, but can the scourge of clean homes everywhere also make us gain weight? Possibly, according to a recent study in Environmental Science and Technology. In a manner of speaking, anyway.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 10:07 AM Jul 18 2017
Fitness // 

Eliminating meat from a terrible diet doesn't really make it any healthier, according to a study released today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, the study found that participants whose mostly-plant-based diets (think vegetarian or vegan) included a lot of processed foods, such as sugary beverages and French fries, were more likely to develop heart disease or die during the study period than people who avoided processed food—even if that meant eating a little meat.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:07 AM Jul 18 2017
Fitness // 

If you're gonna call something “diet,” it should have to actually help you lose weight. But like dieting itself, diet foods don't work as well in practice as they do in theory.

PopSci Staff
at 10:39 AM Jul 5 2017
Gadgets // 

Alongside its Hue smart light bulbs, Philips has been quietly selling stand-alone lamps for a few years now. The Wellness and Wellner are two of the company's latest tabletop offerings. Both come with White Ambiance LED bulbs, which can mimic a range of natural daylight color temperatures and are meant to help you wake up, concentrate, relax, and fall asleep.

Claire Maldarelli
at 12:04 PM Jul 4 2017
Fitness // 

Despite its worldwide popularity as a form of exercise, running—whether it's long-distance or sprinting—is grueling. It not only requires an incredible amount of mental focus and a high pain tolerance, but it's also extremely taxing on the body. Unlike sports such as swimming or cycling, running is a high-impact activity. With each stride, your foot collides with the ground. This impact sends vibrations to every muscle you've got. Over time, that can lead to muscle fatigue and injury.

 
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