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  1. Little Blows to Head Add Up to Big Risk

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- Small hits to the head may add up to injuries for high school football players, according to a new study by the Purdue Neurotrauma Group at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The researchers suggest that the effects of blows to the head while playing football may last longer t

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  2. Managing Sore Muscles and Joint Pain

    You work hard all week, so when the weekend finally rolls around you want to play just as hard. There's nothing like a few rounds of golf, a hike in the mountains, or an intense workout at the gym to reinvigorate you. But all of that activity can result in soreness and stiffness that shows up a day

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  3. Madonna's Fitness After 50

    Madonna, 53, is always fabulously fit. How does she do it, and what does it take to be so fit after 50? WebMD asked celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson. He hasn't trained Madonna, but he has worked with over-50 and under-50 stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and

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  4. Cardiac Arrest Risk Low in Marathons, Study Finds

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- When a runner dies during a marathon because their heart stops, it's big news -- and can be scary to the 2 million runners who participate in U.S. long-distance events each year. However, the risk of cardiac arrest during long-distance races is relatively low, according to new resea

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  5. Want to Live Longer? Fit Outweighs Fat

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Fitness trumps fat when it comes to living longer. In a new study of more than 14,000 men, those who maintained or boosted their fitness level were less likely to die from any cause, including heart disease. This was true even if their weight stayed the same or increased compared to

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  6. Heading Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Injury

    Nov. 29, 2011 (Chicago) -- Using your head in soccer may not always be the best thing. Regularly hitting a soccer ball with your head -- even just a few times a day -- has been linked to traumatic brain injuries, researchers report. In a preliminary study, 32 amateur soccer players who "headed" the

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  7. Getting in Shape With Baby on Board

    After having a baby, you might wonder what’s realistic for getting back in shape. How soon can you exercise and how much can you do to safely lose the weight before junior starts pre-school? The answer: One size does not fit all. Robert O. Atlas, MD, OB/GYN, at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore says

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  8. Turn Your Walk into a Workout

    Walking while listening to podcasts and audiobooks made it easy for Janet Zinn to stick to her daily exercise program. "I walk at least three miles, sometimes six or 10," Zinn, 51, says. After a year of regular walking, Zinn dropped more than 60 pounds. She's kept it off for eight months and continu

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  9. Does Beetroot Improve a Runner's Time?

    Sept. 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- Runners and other exercisers hoping to improve their performance might consider a detour to the produce aisle. Eating beetroot before a workout gave runners a modest edge in speed during a 5K run when they were close to the finish line, new research shows. The baked bee

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  10. Why Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives

    Sept. 26, 2011 -- Cardiac rehabilitation can be extremely effective, yet most people choose to avoid it. New research may make them think twice. Cardiac rehabilitation can improve the ability of the heart to return quickly to a normal rate after exercise, and that in turn can double the chances of s

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