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  1. Exercise May Slow Age-Related Memory Loss

    Jan. 31, 2011 -- Staying active as an older adult may keep both the body and the brain in shape. A new study suggests moderate aerobic exercise may slow or even reverse age-related memory loss in older adults by increasing the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain that assists in forming memo

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  2. Obesity Rates Weigh Down Cities' Budgets

    Jan. 28, 2011 -- Cities searching for ways to trim the fat and stretch their budget dollars may want to start looking at residents’ waistlines. A new study suggests that trimming high obesity rates in the nation’s most overweight cities could help local governments save more than $32 billion annuall

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  3. Weight Lifters Turning to Human Growth Hormone

    Jan. 21, 2011 -- Growing numbers of male weight lifters may be taking human growth hormone (HGH) to bulk up and enhance performance, a study suggests. The study, published in the American Journal on Addictions, also suggests that HGH abuse is linked to use of steroids and other illicit drugs, includ

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  4. Weight Loss During Marathon Improves Running Time

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- Marathoners who lost the most body weight during a race finished more quickly, even though their weight loss exceeded the amount typically recommended for best running performance, according to a new study. The weight loss reflects a lower level of fluid intake or a faster rate of f

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  5. Regular Exercise May Ward Off Dozens of Health Problems

    Nov. 17, 2010 -- People who exercise on a regular basis not only can reduce their odds of becoming obese, but also cut their risk of developing about two dozen physical and mental health problems, a new review of more than 40 studies indicates. Exercise reduces the risk of some cancers, dementia, se

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  6. Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2011

    Oct. 29, 2010 -- Pilates may have become passé. That type of mind-body physical training activity has fallen out of the American College of Sports Medicine’s top 20 predicted fitness trends for the first time in years. One reason may be economic, says fitness expert Walter R. Thompson, PHD, Regent’s

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  7. Marathon Running Can Tax the Heart

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- Runners who are less fit may experience temporary but reversible damage to the heart during a marathon, according to a new study. Marathon running can cause temporary increases in swelling and inflammation of the heart muscle, as well as decreases in blood flow, and the less physica

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  8. Baking Soda Boosts Athletic Performance

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- A dose of baking soda may add a little fizz to the performance of tennis players, a new study says. Scientists at the National Taiwan College of Physical Education conducted a small study to test whether a tiny amount of sodium bicarbonate -- more commonly known as baking soda -- he

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  9. Are Cortisone Shots for Tendon Injuries Worth It?

    Oct. 21, 2010 -- Corticosteroid injections, better known as cortisone shots, provide short-term pain relief for tendon problems such as tennis elbow but may be worse than other treatments later on, according to a new analysis. "We have shown strong evidence that corticosteroid injection is beneficia

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  10. Football Players Hurt Brain Without Concussions

    Oct. 12, 2010 -- A small study of high school football players suggests that players who endure multiple impacts to the head may experience brain impairment, even in the absence of a diagnosed concussion. Researchers led by Thomas Talavage, PhD, of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and coll

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