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  1. Exercise 1 Hour a Day to Avoid Weight Gain

    March 23, 2010 -- Weight gain with age is common. But middle-aged women who start out at a healthy weight and get in an hour of moderate activity every day can avoid weight gain, according to a new study. There is plenty of research on how to lose weight and keep it off, but ''there's very little re

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  2. Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Tennis Elbow

    March 10, 2010 – Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) -- the latest, still-controversial treatment for tendon injuries -- heals tennis elbow better than corticosteroid shots, a new study suggests. Because they get very little blood, injured tendons heal notoriously slowly. Blood platelets attract healing grow

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  3. Colorado, California Cities Dominate Slimmest Cities List

    March 5, 2010 -- Finally, a top 10 obese list American cities can be proud to be a part of. A new ranking of America's least obese cities shows that healthy habits make for thinner residents in several Colorado and California cities, which dominate the top 10. Obesity rates in the top 10 least obese

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  4. Exercise Eases Anxiety in Chronically Ill People

    Feb. 22, 2010 -- Regular exercise may provide an unexpected benefit for people who have chronic illnesses like heart disease and arthritis. A new study shows that regular exercise relieves anxiety in chronically ill people and may help improve their quality of life. Researchers say this anxiety reli

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  5. Kettlebell Workouts Burn Calories Fast

    Feb. 12, 2010 -- A centuries-old piece of cast iron exercise equipment may be the latest fitness craze for would-be strongmen, but a new study shows it still delivers the goods. The cannonball-shaped cast iron orbs called kettlebells were originally developed by Russian strongmen in the early 1700s

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  6. When Wii Goes Wrong: Video Game Injuries

    Feb. 3, 2010 -- Nintendo’s Wii interactive video games can cause a wee bit more than soreness and tendinitis. A healthy 14-year-old girl in the United Kingdom suffered a fracture in her right foot when she fell off a Wii Fit balance board, says a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. Highly

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  7. Helmet a 'Must' for Skier Safety

    Feb.1, 2010 -- Wearing helmets significantly reduces the risk of head injuries among skiers and snowboarders, a new study shows. Reporting in the Feb. 1 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers say helmet use reduces the risk of such injuries by 35%. And contrary to widespread

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  8. What You Eat After Working Out Matters

    Jan. 29, 2010 -- What you eat after working out makes a difference, but it doesn't mean you have to starve yourself to reap the health benefits of exercise. A new study shows that eating a low-carbohydrate meal after aerobic exercise enhances insulin sensitivity. Increased insulin sensitivity makes

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  9. Barefoot Running Laced With Health Benefits

    Jan. 27, 2010 -- Running barefoot causes less collision force to the feet than running in cushioned shoes, a new study says. Researchers reporting in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Nature show that runners who run without shoes usually land on the balls of their feet, or sometimes flat-footed, com

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  10. Are Americans Backing Off Exercise?

    Jan. 21, 2010 -- There is a lot of talk about exercise this time of year, as out-of-shape Americans turn over new leaves, make New Year’s resolutions, and plunk down cash for gym memberships. But don’t let the talk fool you. Only about half of Americans exercise regularly (at least three sessions a

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