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  1. Boot Camps: Weapons in Weight Loss Battle

    Oct. 17, 2008 -- Does it seem that every time you pass a park lately, you see a group of adults doing push-ups or sit-ups? They most likely are not military recruits; they are just regular people taking part in a boot camp class. It is the latest fad in exercise and a great way to get in shape, acco

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  2. Exercise Guidelines: Less Gym, More Fun

    Oct. 7, 2008 -- Children and adolescents should get at least one hour of exercise every day, and adults should get at least two and one-half hours of physical activity per week, according to new federal guidelines. The guidelines urge Americans to become physically active to reduce weight, stave off

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  3. Exercise Can Overcome Obesity Gene

    Sept. 8, 2008 -- Though genetics do play a role in obesity, a new study shows regular physical activity can blunt the impact of a genetic predisposition to being overweight. Variations of a particular gene, known as the fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene, are widely acknowledged to be linked

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  4. Massage Is Good for Athletes’ Muscles

    Aug. 22, 2008 -- Researchers are confirming what serious athletes have long believed: Swedish massage immediately after intense exercise helps muscles recover. To test the validity of this common practice in the sports world, scientists did studies on a team of six rabbits. Each rabbit's hind legs w

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  5. Cheerleading Leads the Pack in Injuries

    Aug. 15, 2008 -- The sport of cheerleading -- with its daredevil flips and pyramids -- accounts for 65.1% of catastrophic injuries among high school girl athletes in the last quarter century, according to a new study. Cheerleading also is responsible for 66.7% of catastrophic injuries among female c

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  6. Exercise in a Pill? Maybe

    July 31, 2008 -- It may be possible to make a pill that captures the endurance-boosting effects of exercise, scientists report in Cell. So far, they've tested two compounds in lab tests in mice. One of those compounds, called GW1516, boosted endurance in mice that exercised, but not in sedentary mic

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  7. Neighborhood Walkability Linked to Weight

    July 29, 2008 -- Does living in the suburbs make people fatter? New research suggests that it might for those who reside in neighborhoods designed more for cars than foot traffic. People in the study who lived in the most walkable neighborhoods weighed an average of 8 pounds less than people who liv

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  8. Workplace Programs Help Shed Pounds

    June 30, 2008 -- Workplace wellness programs are effective in helping employees lose weight, a research review shows. Researchers sifted through 11 studies published since 1994, some which were updated in 2006. Most of the programs involved education and counseling to improve diet and increase physi

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  9. Tiger Woods' ACL Surgery: FAQ

    June 18, 2008 -- On the heels of his U.S. Open victory, Tiger Woods today bowed out of the rest of the PGA tour season to get ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee. That's the same knee that had arthroscopic surgery in April, as well as other operations in 1994 and 2002. Woods also has a doubl

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  10. Growth Hormone Fake, Competitive Edge Real

    June 17, 2008 -- Recreational athletes who believe they are using a performance-enhancing drug but are actually taking a placebo or dummy pill think their performance will improve, according to a new study. And in some, performance actually does improve, says Ken Ho, MD, PhD, head of the pituitary r

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