Genetic differences in body fat shape men and women’s health risks


IMAGE:¬†New findings from Mete Civelek, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, help explain the differing health risks men and women face — and set the stage for…
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New research is revealing how genetic differences in the fat in men’s and women’s bodies affect the diseases each sex is likely to get.

University of Virginia researchers Mete Civelek, PhD, Warren Anderson, PhD, and their collaborators have determined that differences in fat storage and formation in men and women strongly affect the activity of 162 different genes found in fat tissue. Further, 13 of the genes come in variants that have different effects in men and women.

Some of those genes identified have already been connected with conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The findings help explain the differing health risks men and women face, and they set the

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Differences Between Iron Palm and Makiwara Fist Training

Hand conditioning is a common element in almost all martial arts. As the body becomes more powerful and is able to generate more and more force behind its strikes, the hands must be conditioned to be able to deliver all of that power. A very powerful strike delivered with a hand that is not conditioned may result in injury to the practitioner.

Kung fu’s most famous style of hand conditioning is iron palm, while karate is famous for its makiwara training. Some differences are as follows:

Equipment – Iron palm uses a canvas bag filled with beans or rocks placed on a table. The martial artist stands in a horse stance and drops his hand onto the bag. The palm is always used, but some variants may also include the side of the hand (knife edge) or the back of the hand. The fist may also be used.

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Off the Shelf Cabinets Versus Custom Cabinets, What Are the Differences?

Stock Cabinets

Stock, or store cabinets, are what you see if you go to a large home improvement store. Each store will typically have a very basic, unfinished cabinet line that is stocked in store and ready to purchase and take home that day. These are usually your cheapest option, but selections are very limited. Most of the time these will need to be finished either by you or by a contractor. Don’t expect anything spectacular, these are usually cabinets in their most basic form. Drawer fronts are typically made from glued up strips of wood instead of one single piece of wood. Doors are usually paneled doors instead of raised wood panel doors. The carcasses of the cabinets will typically be cut from particle board, and if there is a back panel it is usually 1/8″ hard-board. Countertop fastening brackets will be small, plastic corner brackets with a single … Read More