New Treatment For NFL Players And Pro Athletes Offers New Hope

We see it all the time; promising young athletes having their dreams shattered by a debilitating injury. One of the most common of these injuries is tendinosis. RepliCel is a company making extraordinary strides in researching cell regeneration for damaged tendons and providing innovative treatment that promotes the healing process.

Reversing career-ending injuries like chronic tendinosis, a common medical condition caused by a cycle of incomplete healing and re-injury that leads to a painful degenerative state, is the focus for Replicel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company. Tendinosis is often caused by sports related injuries, occupational overuse, aging and poor general health. Chronic Achilles tendinosis can affect both physically active and inactive individuals, accounting for 30 to 50% of all sports injuries and 50% of occupation-related disorders in the United States.

Replicel is proud to announce they recently received a No Objection Letter from Health Canada that will allow them to proceed with a clinical trial investigating the use of RCT-01 to treat patients suffering from chronic Achilles tendinosis. “The trial will include 28 patients who have this condition and have undergone physiotherapy with no improvement. We will be giving them a single injection, directly into the Achilles tendon using ultrasound guided imaging, of replicated collagen producing fibroblast cells isolated from the dermal sheath of their own hair follicles,” said CEO David Hall.

The injected fibroblasts should promote the healing process by producing proteins that are necessary for restoring tissue’s structural integrity as well as type I collagen fibers which orientate themselves along the direction of the stretch of the tendon. “The anticipated long-term outcome is the return of normal tendon structure, improved function and zero pain,” adds Hall.

“Health Canada’s No Objection Letter for RepliCel’s ReaCT trial within 30 days of the Company’s first clinical trial application not only supports the technology, but evidences the great work done by the clinical team in terms of the trial design,” commented Dr. Ross Davidson, Chair of RepliCel’s RCT-01 Clinical Advisory Board and retired Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, UBC. Adding, “I expect this trial focused on chronic Achilles tendinosis to be the first step in addressing other debilitating tendon injuries in the future.”

RepliCel is a regenerative medicine company focused on developing autologous cell therapies that address diseases caused by a deficit of healthy cells required for normal healing and function. They appointed respected leaders in the field of treating tendinopathies to support the clinical development of its RCT-01 autologous cell therapy. Their newest Clinical Advisory Board Member is Jack E. Taunton, M.D.  A visionary and leader in the field of sport medicine, Taunton is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia and has a clinical practice in sports medicine. He served as Chief Medical Officer at Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Games. A marathon runner himself, Taunton became interested in medicine after surviving polio as a child and a severe car crash as a teen.

An approach using autologous cell therapy has never been tried before but Hall and Taunton are eagerly looking forward to results from the clinical trials. RepliCel successfully pioneered regenerative cell therapy as a non-invasive cure for hair loss; that work launched this innovative treatment. To learn more about the study please visit, or for information on regenerative cell therapy for tendons, please visit:

Tillor, Balongcas headline 38th National MILO Marathon Cebu race

First-time winners Noel Tillor and Roselyn Balongcas aced the 21K events at the thirteenth qualifying race of the National MILO Marathon held in Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, on Sunday. A record-shattering 26,736 runners joined the nation’s biggest and most prestigious race in the Queen City of the South, making it the largest regional race of the season so far. Along with Tillor and Balongcas, 86 runners secured their qualifying slots for the National Finals slated on December 7 in the Mall of Asia grounds, Manila.

 86 runners qualify for National Finals

Tillor and Balongcas each received a prize of P10,000 in cash, a trophy. Both have booked their slots to the National Finals on December 7, for a chance to compete for the MILO Marathon King and Queen title. As an added level of prestige to the competition, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with trips all expenses paid.

Milo Crowd

Despite the rains that showered Cebu in the past days, the runners were blessed with good weather and Tillor definitely used it to his advantage, finishing with a time of 01:13:10. Jerry Adap followed in second place (01:15:21), and Robert Daang in third place (01:17:38).*

A 33-year-old automotive technician from Cebu, Tillor finished 7th in last year’s National MILO Marathon Manila race, and 11th in the National Finals. “This is the first time I finished first place,” shared Tillor. “I trained for almost three months, but not full time because of work. I really did not expect it because the other runners have been training full time. It’s a big achievement. I always enjoy running and feel very satisfied when I run, and I will continue running for as long my body can.”

It was Balongcas’ first time to join the National MILO Marathon and she aced the distaff side with a time of 01:40:55, comfortably finishing nine minutes ahead of second placer Christy Sevilleno (01:49:16) and third placer Sandra Soliano (01:49:54).*

Hailing from Dumaguete, the 33-year-old single mother travelled with her teenage son for four hours by land to Cebu to join the race. Though unemployed, she has her own business of making her own ham and sausages, and finds time to run as a form of exercise and self-fulfilment. “I’m very happy that I won and I’m very proud to represent my hometown of Dumaguete,” expressed Balongcas. “I’m also proud of my son who joined the 3K race. I will use the prize money for his schooling.”

The Cebuano community came together and celebrated their passion for running in a true festive fashion. Cebu City councillors, including Margarita Osmeña, James Cuenco, and Sisinio Andales, also ran the 3K race, along with several candidates of the Ms. Cebu beauty pageant.

One of Cebu’s most promising triathletes Yuan Chiongbian, who recently won second place in the Ironkids triathlon, also ran with his brother Justin, a national junior triathlete. “We love joining the National MILO Marathon because it helps us with our training for the triathlons and other sports competition that we join. It’s a really well-organized race,” said Chiongbian. “It’s like a big family gathering, lots of people always join and there’s always so much joy in the MILO marathons.”

MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri expressed his delight in the success of this year’s Cebu race. “We are overwhelmed with the amount of runners who joined the race that surpassed last year’s record headcount. It proves that each year, the competition is always improving and enticing athletes, young and old alike, to join in the fun and camaraderie,” said Neri. “We would like to thank our local organizer Ricky Ballesteros and his team for all the hard work in the preparations, and for ensuring that our runners will get the experience possible. We would also like to commend the invaluable support from all the Cebuanos. We are truly grateful.”

Milo Kid

A young runner going on full speed in the Cebu Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The remaining qualifying races will be held in Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website ( or the MILO Philippines Facebook page ( Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

Top Ten Racing Car Nicknames

In remembrance to Philippines Pride, Car racer Enzo Pastor (RIP), I’m writing in something in relation to a buddy’s interest – Racing.  Not too long ago, he and his brother, Don Pastor, a car racer himself have told me some fun facts on the relevance of car designs to fashion.

Here are few more fun facts:

The famous Formula 1 just started successfully and the news machinery around the new season is covering every part of expert knowledge and updates one can think of. Surprisingly, a rather uncommon story on Sebastian Vettel’s car nicknames made a circuit: The multiple world champion revealed that he calls his new car in season 2014 “Suzie”. Hence, global car classifieds player Carmudi investigated into the more personal side of the racing sport and picked out the ten most outstanding car nicknames in motorsports history.

Car Model Nickname Year
Red Bull RB10 (Formula 1) Suzie 2014
Vauxhall Ventora Big Bertha 1974
Cadillac “Spider” Le Monstre 1950
Porsche 935/2.0 Baby 1977
Cadillac Coupe de Ville Clumsy Pup 1950
Alfa Romeo 6C34 Disco Volante 1952
Ak Miller’s El Caballo de Hierro Ensalada 1953
Chaparral 2J Vacuum Cleaner 1970
Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick 1978
Samuri Engineering Datsun 2407 Big Sam 1971

Reuters motor racing Correspondent Alan Baldwin says, “Drivers tend to develop a relationship with their cars. A car is an extension of themselves. An out of body experience, I’d say. It’s quite normal for car drivers to give their cars names. They may not publicize it though“.

Even though Sebastian Vettel’s affinity for nicknames has made it to a running gag in the scene, the tradition of nicknames in motorsports dates back to the beginnings of the sport itself. However, some of them were worth recording for obvious reasons, whereas the origin of the name is often as irritating as it could be. The Spanish word for “salad”, for instance, served as a nick name for the famous Ford hot rod “El Caballo de Hierro” which competed in the “Carrera Panamerica Mexican” in 1953.

Stefan Haubold, Global Managing Director at Carmudi comments, “Cars can have quite an emotional value for their owners. And I can say that for I am in that business. These nicknames are quite a testimonial to how cars are treated. Not just as sheer objects, but rather companions.”

So if you are thinking of getting another ride, take a pit stop at, a vehicle marketplace that enables customers to easily find or sell their car, motorcycle or commercial vehicle online. Carmudi offers diverse vehicle listings, an intuitive website design and high security standards to avoid fraud. The business platform operates under a high level of transparency through professional photos, updated listings, detailed descriptions, reports and rankings for 100% of its vehicles in each market. At the same time, vehicle dealers and agents get a trusted online presence through a personalized webpage. The Carmudi platform helps sellers manage their inventory in a fast, easy and stress-free way.

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About Carmudi was founded in 2013 and is currently available in BangladeshCameroonGhanaIndonesiaMexicoMyanmarNigeriaPakistanPhilippines, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. The vehicle marketplace offers buyers the ideal platform to find cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles online. For more information please visit

Why Should You Use Sunscreen?

Have you ever wondered why you need to wear sunscreen? Here is a great educational video that tells you exactly why: Get to view TED-ed Video

TEDed Sunscreen

Essentially, sunscreen helps to protect our skin from UVB and UVA rays. These rays cause a variety of problems from sun burns to wrinkles and even skin cancer.

UVB rays cause sun burns while UVA rays are less well known and can cause deeper damage, even to the cellular level. This damage can cause mutations in our DNA which lead to cancer.


Sunscreen protects us in two ways, physically and chemically. Physical protection comes from things like titanium dioxide which forms a layer of sun block on our skin. Chemical protectants absorb the rays to keep them from going in our skin, but tend to break down quickly.

Exposure to UVA rays can cause the elasticity of our skin to go down which leads to sagging and wrinkles. Even car windows don’t protect against UVA rays. Don’t forget that snow and water also reflect and amplify the sun’s rays, making it important to wear sunscreen even in winter sports.

When choosing a sunscreen look for a broad spectrum one with an SPF of at least 30. Spray sunscreen needs several coats to be effective, so be aware if you choose to use those. Apply the sunscreen at least fifteen to thirty minutes before going outside and then apply again shorty after going outside. Reapply every couple of hours or after sweating or swimming.

Even with sun screen, try to avoid being in the sun during the hottest parts of the day. Wear sun protecting clothing and stay in the shade to avoid too much sun exposure.

Sunscreen should be a vital part of your skin care regimen, especially if you will be outdoors for long periods of time. Keep in mind that small children need even less sun exposure than adults, so protect yourself and your kids and stay safe in the sun.

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GPS Watches for Runners: Is it Important?

Gears pretty much help every newbies and athlete’s training. It can be a tad daunting knowing the market has been evolving and consistently innovating better versions of one after another. The question remains, How do you choose the right gear for your sport? Honestly, It all boils down to what your goals are.

It sure does look nice to have something on your wrist that can tell how many calories you’ve burnt, distance you’ve logged in and if you’ve improved from your previous runs.  There are different types of GPS watches available in the market. Aside from knowing what your goals are on planning to have such tool, you’d have to take deep consideration on your budget.

Here are few main things on why you should have a GPS watch:

  • Allows you to quantify your training
  • Get to control the intensity of your race (and get to exactly know how far you have left to go)
  • It helps you train at the intensity you intend to train at.

This means:

  • You don’t over or undertrain
  • You execute your intended race strategy.
  • You get to know your body’s capability.

These watches also allow you to:

  • Map your route
  • Get to activate your heart rate monitor (typically you have to wear a Heart rate monitor belt)
  • Have an idea on the altitude of the route

Click here to find GPS watches for runners

There’s no doubt that for some people, the lure of nice shiny equipment and gadgets is one of the highlights of doing triathlons. – See more at:
There’s no doubt that for some people, the lure of nice shiny equipment and gadgets is one of the highlights of doing triathlons. – See more at:

24 Health and Wellness Predictions That Could Change the Industry Forever

The basic science behind health and wellness is simple: eat better, eat less, move more, and sleep more. But simple definitely doesn’t mean easy. And so a nearly $1 trillion (and growing) industry has been built around the promise of making healthy, fit, and well easier.

Whether out of necessity or enlightenment, we’ve entered a time when “getting healthy” is more mainstream than ever. This exponential growth in health and wellness has already resulted in the growth of companies like Fitbit and Jawbone, movements like CrossFit and Zumba, and popular entertainment programs like “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Biggest Loser.” But what’s next?

As new research surfaces and new trends emerge to fuel the industry, here are my predictions for what we’ll see within the next five years:

1. Gyms will become places people actually love. Thanks to the growing popularity of bodyweight exercises, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and the increasing success of spaces that emphasize simplicity and minimalist equipment such as Curves and CrossFit, new gym brands will launch that finally create a place people genuinely love to go — and a successful business model to boot. They’ll champion beautiful designs and embrace technology for a more seamless, connected environment.

2. Fitness boutiques will become a national success. The success and growth of spinning, barre, Bikram yoga, and other niche fitness studios are hard to deny. In the next three years, this phenomenon will cross over from big cities to just about everywhere.

3. Sugar will replace gluten as the new “health villain.” As adult-onset diabetes continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, fingers will be pointed at sugar more than ever before.

4. Meditation will become the new “yoga” and reach widespread acceptance. As one of the most scientifically validated practices there is, meditation will be taught by schools and embraced by employers. New brands championing one kind of meditation over another will become huge successes.

5. Health and fitness magazine brands will face real challenges for the first time. The audiences for publications such as Men’s Health Magazine and SELF Magazine will shrink as people increasingly tire of the same headlines screaming promises for “six-pack abs in six weeks” and “bikini-ready butts.”

6. “Big Food” will officially become the new “Big Tobacco.” Processed foods and snacks make up a huge part of people’s diets today, but not for much longer. We’ll continue to embrace whole foods like never before — and whole foods will become more readily accessible in most places.

7. There will be a healthy home-cooking renaissance. Mainstream media will make the connection between eating healthy and home cooking in a major way. Because so many people are too busy to shop and plan meals, made-to-cook delivery services such as Blue Apron and Plated will continue to grow, bringing attention to healthy recipes with accessible ingredients and convenient instructions.

8. Smarter recipes will create smarter cooks. The truth is that most “healthy recipes” online aren’t actually as healthy as they seem. New technology will parse recipes online and have a huge effect on Internet forums, revealing the nutritional information for all to see. Similarly, an increasing emphasis on eating less will force places like The Cheesecake Factory to rethink the “go-big-or-go-home” approach to American eating. Goodbye, pretzel-crusted chicken!

9. The power of the crowd will reveal what really works. Crowdsourced information will reveal the true story behind popular workouts and new diet fads faster than ever before. There’s never been more data collected from more people trying to get healthy, so “citizen science projects” like Lift’s Quantified Diet initiative will put health knowledge in consumers’ hands and potentially hurt an industry often built on misinformation.

10. New kinds of health and wellness influencers will emerge. Big-time celebrity trainers and doctors will be replaced by people who look and sound more like our friends. They’ll build big followings through less mainstream channels by championing moderate and practical ways of thinking about health, wellness, and mindfulness.

11. Real innovation in behavioral changes will occur offline. The successful consumer health companies of the future will ditch digital first and instead use the Internet as a complement to enable scale for programs in real life. Major social groups based around shared health activities and a new kind of health professional will both emerge.

12. Pharmacies, healthcare insurers, and retailers will become the biggest proponents of healthy living. And this move will be based on good business sense, not just goodwill.

13. Health will enter the political arena and become more heavily legislated than ever before. More politicians will jump on the Michael Bloomberg bandwagon and increasingly support legislation that punishes and taxes unhealthy foods to curb unhealthy activities. Health will become a hot-button issue for both major political parties.

14. The “Big Three” diet systems (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and Nutrisystem) will go bye-bye. One will be rebranded and completely overhauled, one will cease to exist, and one will be acquired for spare parts.

15. A “trainer” will finally mean something again. A new, legitimate, and nationally recognized certification system for trainers will launch with a big splash as the government moves to bring transparency to one of the blackest holes in health.

16. The Food and Drug Administration will start truly regulating dietary supplements. Come on, it’s time. Companies like Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, and others will get hit hard.

17. New consumer health brands will win the future. Two or three entirely new consumer-facing health brands will become $1 billion businesses by 2016.

18. Corporate wellness will change forever. A business book on building an organization that puts its employees’ health first will be a national bestseller and spawn a catchphrase that will profoundly affect the modern workplace. “Sleep In” instead of “Lean In,” maybe? Similarly, a major financial organization will go on record to emphasize and endorse seven hours of sleep for its employees. Other majors will follow suit.

19. Celebrities who endorse junk food will suffer. Consumer backlash (not just legal recourse) against celebrity endorsements — such as LeBron James’ campaign for Bubblicious and Peyton Manning’s ads for Papa John’s — will continue to grow and force change.

20. Fast food will finally give in. Fast food companies like McDonald’s will begin to offer as many healthy options as unhealthy ones.

21. Health data tracking will become ubiquitous, and trackers will become a commodity. The form factor for fitness data tracking won’t just be wristbands. Clothes, shoes, phones, and possibly even contact lenses (or implanted chips) will replace wristbands.

22. Someone will develop a device similar to the Healbe GoBe that can measure people’s caloric intake via body temperature.

23. A company will introduce a way to invest in other people’s weight loss like the stock market. Think “The Biggest Loser” meets Kickstarter. Unfortunately, this would probably be a terrible thing.

24. Disney will announce an animated feature with a plus-sized princess as the protagonist.

Some of the predictions above may seem hopeful more than realistic, and I get that. But I also very much believe we’re headed in that direction. There’s already an extraordinary shift happening in people’s thinking about health and how they prioritize it — and it’s only the beginning. That said, though I’m definitively convinced that the next five years will be amazing, these predictions won’t become realities without failures along the way. The only way we’ll end up with a healthier, happier world is by taking one innovative step after another.

Agree or disagree? What did I miss? What did I get wrong?

Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a media startup working to make healthy living cool.

Preventing Heat Exhaustion During Physical Activities

Whether you are vigorously cleaning the home or dedicated to a regular routine of exercises, preventing yourself from getting overheated is important to your health. Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to heat stroke which can cause an incredible amount of damage to your internal organs. Essentially, you can cook yourself from the inside out. How can you prevent yourself from experiencing such a detrimental condition when being physically active throughout the day?

1. Know Limitations – You may want to be vigilant in your physical activity and want to be in peak condition, but overdoing your routines and activity could increase your chances of collapsing. You need to know just how far you can push yourself without causing internal injuries. It doesn’t matter if you can burn so many calories if you’re hospitalized from heat stroke.

2. Keep Hydrated – Making sure your body has enough liquids can essentially decrease your overall body temperature. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty in order to keep water flowing into your body. Depending on the physical activity, you will use it faster than you may think. Sweat is not the only aspect of replacing lost water when your body temperature begins to rise due to physical activity.

3. Dress for Success – Wear lightly colored and lightweight clothing when being active. This is especially important if you’re outdoors. Sunlight is reflected from light colors and could greatly reduce the amount of heat that your body is subjected. Loose fitting clothing could also be ideal as it will provide breathing room instead of acting like insulation.

4. Regular Breaks – Take regular breaks in a shaded area in order to recuperate. Subjecting yourself to intense levels of discomfort and heat is not the same as being “tough.” Depending on your personal body type and the ambient temperature, your threshold for healthy exercise could be lower than another person. This doesn’t mean you are weaker, just that your body needs to cool down more often before you pass out on the floor or pavement.

5. Eating Fruits and Veggies – Fruits and vegetables are high in water content as well as providing a great deal of nutrition for facing physical activity. Another aspect to consider is that fruits contain high levels of anti-oxidants that can help prevent long-lasting damage from the sun if your activities should be outside. This is aside from sustaining higher energy levels longer than you would on an unhealthy diet from the fast food window.

6. Time of the Day – If at all possible, schedule your workouts to coincide with cooler times of the day. Some activities such as sporting events may be unavoidable. However, your own private time should be during times when the temperature will not pose as a problem for your particular activity. Many people prefer to work out in the mornings as it is a way to keep cooler while getting the blood flowing before the day starts.

Heat exhaustion can easily be the first step to taking an emergency room visit. According to the CDC, 675 people die each year from extreme heat related illnesses in the United States. Play and work smarter, not harder. Fitness shouldn’t involve risking your life because you need to push yourself in order to achieve results. Don’t be a victim to heat – especially since it’s easily avoidable.

Ken Myers is a father of three and passionate about great childcare. He’s always looking for ways to help families find the support they need to live fuller, richer lives. Find out more about expert childcare by checking out @go_nannies on Twitter.