Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape — from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.
This week: science proves that "muscle memory" isn't just a buzzword, we take a look at the Microsoft Band 2, research breakthroughs in schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, and calls for more research into the effect of medications on Indigenous Australians.
New research shows that, yes, it takes less time to regain muscle strength — even after decades of inactivity — than the time it takes to build it in the first place.
In 2014, Microsoft dipped its toes into the fitness wearable market with the imaginatively titled Microsoft Band. Today, it is finally bringing the brand to the Australian market. If you're on the lookout for a new fitness/smart band, the Microsoft Band 2 is one of the main products you should be considering. Here's what you need to know.
Schizophrenia is a complex disease with elusive origins, but the mystery became much clearer today, when a landmark new study based on genetic analysis of nearly 65,000 individuals pinpointed a specific gene and biological process behind it.
Back in September, researchers in the UK discovered that brain disorders such as Alzheimer's may be transmissible through certain medical procedures. Sceptical scientists urged caution, but now a different set of autopsy results have shown the same thing.
To beat cancer, early detection is crucial. Now, a team of Japanese and American scientists has revealed extremely thin sensors that could one day be built into skin-tight, tumour-detecting gloves for doctors, who can then share digitised findings with other physicians.
A lack of data on drug safety in Australia’s Indigenous population risks the health of Indigenous people who are on therapeutic drugs from a younger age than the average population, according to experts published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Also catching our eye:
- Just when we were thinking that doing ballet would give you a dancer's body, Lifehacker have some bad news for us all.
- Business Insider Australia have shared a video posted by the father of a 15 year old boy who had just received a heart transplant. Get the tissues ready, this is powerful — and a great reminder what good organ donation can do for someone.
- Popsugar Australia asked a nutritionist what we should all be eating for breakfast and put it together in a handy guide.