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  1. Exercise: The Brain’s Fountain of Youth

    Nov. 19, 2008 -- Daily physical exercise keeps the brain young, mouse studies suggest. But don't wait too long to start. The brain-boosting effects of exercise diminish rapidly after early middle age, say researchers working in the lab of Yu-Min Kuo, PhD, of Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University M

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  2. Healthiest U.S. City: Lincoln, Nebraska

    Nov. 17, 2008 - Lincoln, Neb. is the healthiest city in the U.S., and Huntington, W.V. is the least healthy, 2007 CDC data reveal. The CDC's city-by-city report is based on annual health surveys. Residents were asked to rate their health as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Topping the list

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  3. Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2009

    Nov. 5, 2008 -- Ready for a sneak peek at the top 20 fitness trends for 2009? Those trends were ranked in an online survey by 1,540 professionals certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Here are the survey's results, reported by exercise science expert Walter Thompson, PhD, FACS

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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