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Reducing Sitting Time Is a New Exercise Prescription


Sit in meetingMany people need to put in 8 to 13 hours sitting at a computer for everyday work.  It is widely thought that prolonged sitting is detrimental to health, but no independent relationship with any mortality. It can cause many obvious health problems, including strain on the eyes, swelling in the legs, pain in the shoulders and neck, and difficulty seeing clearly at a distance.

Recent research reports important new findings from a large population-based study of 222,497 adults from the New South Wales, Australian and shows total sitting time to be associated prospectively with all-cause mortality after accounting for many likely confounding variables (van der Ploeg and colleagues). The population-attributable fraction for sitting was 6.9%. The association between sitting and all-cause mortality appeared consistent across the sexes, age groups, body mass index categories, and physical activity levels and across healthy participants compared with participants with pre-existing cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus.

Increasing physical activity in adult populations is central to the prevention of obesity and the major chronic diseases. Traditionally, the focus has been on encouraging individuals to participate in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during their discretionary time, with a more recent emphasis on physically active transportation.

The research concluded that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity. Public health programs should focus on reducing sitting time in addition to increasing physical activity levels.


Australian Peptide Resources


Australian Peptide Association - Advancing peptide research, technology and drug discovery.

Peptides Australia Forum - A website incorporates a free membership forum where peptide-related issues are openly discussed. Its a great resource for peptides related information.

Adelaide Proteomics Centre - Our expert team offers researchers and industry a state-of-the-art Proteomics facility with the technology to identify proteins, quantify changes in protein expression levels and characterize post-translational modifications.

Australian Proteomics Computational Facility - A world-first tool that allows Proteomics researchers to seamlessly access multiple industry-standard MS/MS databases and searching algorithms remotely and simultaneously at the facilities of the APCF.

Australian Proteome Analysis Facility - The birthplace of the term proteomics in 1995 and was the world's first dedicated high throughput proteomics laboratory. APAF has over 15 years of experience in providing proteomic services, and combined with our leading edge infrastructure and expertise we provide total solutions for all your proteomic research needs.

Australasian Proteomics Society - Proteomics is the large scale study of the protein complement of a living organism. The APS aims to promote and facilitate proteomics research and related topics in the Australia and New Zealand.

Proteomics International - Proteomics International combines the most advanced high throughput mass spectrometry instrumentation and a strong team of qualified scientists with proven expertise and extensive experience in protein and peptide chemistry.

Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function - The goal of this meeting is to highlight leading edge protein science, irrespective of its focus. The meeting will include oral and poster presentation sessions, a young investigator session, trade workshops, social events and trade displays.


9th Australian Peptide Conference


9th Australian Peptide Conference

The 9th Australian Peptide Conference, which will be held from 16th – 20th October 2011, in the spectacular resort location of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. The general theme of the conference will be “Peptides – by Discovery and Design”. This meeting, like the eight successful meetings before it, will be truly international in nature and will be based on the successful format of the U.S. Gordon Conferences. There will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to meet and interact informally as well as more formally at the structured scientific sessions.


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