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  1. Few Americans Get Vigorous Activity

    Sept. 17, 2010 --Only 5% of Americans perform vigorous activities on a given day. But sedentary activities such as watching TV and movies were carried out daily by 80% of Americans. Those findings are based on data collected between 2003 and 2008 as part of the American Time Use Survey. Researchers

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  2. Pre-Run Stretch May Hurt Endurance

    Sept. 10, 2010 -- Some runners swear by their pre-run stretch as a sure-fire way to run better and stronger and reduce their risk of injury in the process. But according to a new study, distance runners who stretch before a run may not perform as well and may spend more energy than runners who skip

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  3. Want to Build Muscle? Light Weights Will Do

    Aug. 13, 2010 -- Building muscle doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, just a lot of light weight lifting, a new study indicates. Straining to lift very heavy weights isn’t the only way to pump up muscles, say researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Similar results can be achieved

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  4. Big Waist Increases Death Risk

    Aug. 9, 2010 -- Men and women who are very large around the middle are at much greater risk of dying from any cause than people with thinner waists, a new study says. Eric J. Jacobs, PhD, and colleagues at the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society, examined associations between waist circumference a

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  5. Obesity Rates Still Rising, CDC Says

    Aug. 3, 2010 -- More Americans are becoming obese. Obesity rates inched up 1.1% between 2007 and 2009, according to a new report released by the CDC. In just the past two years, 2.4 million people have joined the ranks of the obese. About 72.5 million U.S. adults are now obese, the report found. Tha

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  6. Pitchers More Prone to Baseball Injuries

    July 20, 2010 -- Baseball may be a funny game, as former Major Leaguer Joe Garagiola once wrote, but it’s also fraught with the risk of injury, especially for pitchers, a new study finds. Researchers who studied data for the 2002-2008 seasons say pitchers suffered significantly higher injury rates f

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  7. World Cup Vuvuzela Horn Warning

    June 14, 2010 -- The vuvuzela horn is the iconic sound of the South Africa 2010 World Cup, but a U.K. hearing loss charity is warning fans to protect their hearing from the loud plastic trumpets. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) says there’s a risk of temporary tinnitus or permane

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  8. Drug Could Be a Lifesaver for Accident Victims

    June 14, 2010 -- The lives of between 70,000 and 100,000 trauma victims worldwide could be saved each year if they were given access to a cheap, widely available, and easily administered medication, a study shows. Experts involved in the CRASH-2 study say that tranexamic acid (TXA), which reduces th

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  9. Resistance Training Improves Flexibility, Too

    June 4, 2010 -- Preliminary research calls into question the old adage that stretching improves flexibility more than resistance training. "Our results suggest that full-range resistance training regimens can improve flexibility as well as, or perhaps better than, typical static stretching regimens,

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  10. Chocolate Milk Refuels Muscles After Workout

    June 4, 2010 -- Fat-free chocolate milk beat out carbohydrate sports drinks at helping to rebuild and refuel muscles after exercise, researchers report. The combination of carbohydrates and protein in low-fat chocolate milk appears to be "just right" for refueling weary muscles, says William Lunn, P

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