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  1. Barefoot Running Can Be Great, but Tread Carefully

    June 1, 2012 (San Francisco) -- You may be able to run faster if you take off your shoes. But you also risk injury, new studies show. Your legs and feet move differently when you run barefoot. This can make you more efficient. But the unfamiliar movements can strain your muscles and tendons. "If you

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  2. U.S. States With Most, Least Deaths From Injuries

    May 22, 2012 -- Thousands of injuries could be prevented and billions of dollars in medical costs could be saved each year if states implemented more research-based prevention policies, concludes a new report released today. Injuries are the No. 1 cause of death for Americans aged 1 to 44, and the t

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  3. Athletes Better Equipped to Play Through the Pain

    May 18, 2012 -- Sprains, strains, and worse injuries are unavoidable in sports, and playing through the pain comes with the territory for most athletes. So how do they continue to excel with pain that would leave others sidelined? New research confirms that athletes have a higher tolerance for pain

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  4. For Some Athletes, Head Blows May Hamper Learning

    May 16, 2012 -- College football and hockey players sustain numerous blows to the head every season. Those hits, according to a new study published in the online edition of the journal Neurology, may add up to brain injuries that impact learning for some players. The authors of the study followed fo

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  5. Fitness Fights High Blood Pressure Genes

    May 14, 2012 -- Does high blood pressure run in your family? Keeping physically fit may lower your odds of developing high blood pressure by a third. A new study shows that physically fit people with a family history of high blood pressure were up to 34% less likely to develop high blood pressure th

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  6. High Reps With Low Weights Builds Muscle, Too

    April 27, 2012 -- Want to build up your muscles in time for beach season? High reps with low weights may be the way to go, a new study suggests. "There is nothing magical about heavy weights beyond the fact that they make you work hard," says researcher Nicholas Burd, PhD, of Maastricht University M

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  7. Want to Lose Weight? Skip Trendy Diets

    April 10, 2012 -- Here's what doesn't really work well if you want to lose weight: "diet" foods, non-prescription weight loss supplements, and liquid or fad diets. So what does work? Eat less fat, get more exercise, join a weight loss program, and ask your doctor about prescription weight loss pills

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  8. Remember This: Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower

    April 6, 2012 -- Your brain isn't a muscle, but as you age exercise can improve your memory and other thinking skills, a new study shows. And the exercise doesn't have to be as rigorous as a marathon, the research suggests. In the new study, middle-aged men and women who cycled or did a stretching a

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  9. Sitting Too Much May Boost Odds of Dying

    March 26, 2012 -- Don't take this sitting down, but spending too much time in a chair is bad for your health -- really, really bad. New research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that people who spend a lot of time sitting may be up to 40% more likely to die from any cause, compar

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  10. Uncomfortable on Bike? Check Handlebars

    March 23, 2012 -- Cycling is great exercise, but if the handlebars are too low, it might be more uncomfortable. People who spend a lot of time on bicycles or in indoor cycling class often complain of genital numbness, and now a new study in women suggests that low handlebars may be at least partly t

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