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  1. Marathons May Cut Traffic Deaths

    Dec. 20, 2007 -- Marathons may be lifesavers -- and not just for people who get in shape to run the 26.2 miles in a marathon.  Marathons are more likely to save lives due to road closures on the race course than to cause runners' sudden cardiac death. So say researchers including Donald Redelmeier,

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  2. Moderate Exercise May Cut Dementia Risk

    Dec. 19, 2007 -- Moderate physical activity (such as walking and climbing stairs) may help prevent dementia in people aged 65 and older. Italian researchers report that news in today's online edition of Neurology. They studied 749 Italians aged 65 and older for four years. When the study started, pa

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  3. Steroids in Sports: Questions Answered

    Dec. 13, 2007 -- The Mitchell Report, released today, details the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs including steroids and growth hormone in Major League Baseball. The long-awaited report by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell names names, but it doesn't show what the long-term effects of such

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  4. Snowboarding, Skiing: Head Injuries Up

    Dec. 4, 2007 -- Planning to ski or snowboard this winter? Wearing a helmet on the slopes may cut your risk of head injury by 22% to 60%, a new report shows. "We strongly recommend the use of helmets by all skiing and snowboarding participants," Canadian researchers write in Injury Prevention They re

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  5. Fit Beats Fat for a Longer Life

    Dec. 4, 2007 -- Staying fit is more important than losing fat for older adults, new research suggests. Fitness was found to be a strong predictor of longevity in the study, which involved adults ages 60 and older, while obesity had little influence on death risk. Study participants who were more fit

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  6. Physical Activity Rising in U.S. Adults

    Nov. 21, 2007 -- More U.S. adults are making fitness a habit, according to the CDC. The CDC today reported that the percentage of U.S. adults reporting regular exercise or physical activity jumped nearly 9% from 2001 to 2005. Those findings came from telephone surveys of more than 205,000 adults in

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  7. Pedometers Get You Moving

    Nov. 20, 2007 -- Wearing a pedometer and having a daily step goal can boost your activity level, according to a new analysis of research. "Our major result is pedometer users increased their physical activity," says Dena Bravata, MD, senior research scientist at Stanford University School of Medicin

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  8. Heart Benefit Seen From Runner's High

    Nov. 16, 2007 -- Opioids, the body's chemicals that create the "runner's high," may help save the heart from heart attack damage. So say University of Iowa scientists who studied runner's high in rats. "We have known for a long time that exercise is great for the heart. This study helps us better un

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  9. Doctors Urged to Prescribe Exercise

    Nov. 5, 2007 -- Take a walk around the neighborhood and call me in the morning. That's what you're likely to hear from your doctor if several big medical groups succeed in their latest public relations push. The groups, including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Spo

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  10. Gene Tweak Makes for Mighty Mice

    Nov.1, 2007 -- Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have genetically engineered mice that outrun, outlive, and out-eat ordinary mice while staying lean, light, and fertile well into old age. Chalk it up to a change in a single gene. That genetic tweak boosted levels of an enzyme called PEPC

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