Author: Art Jahnke

Health

For Men, Exercise May Mean Smarter Kids

Can a man’s exercise habits influence the brains of his children?  Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Göttingen, Germany, think that it can. The New York Times reports that scientists at the center divided a large group of genetically identical mice into two groups, and put one […]

Health Pain

Daily Aspirin Doubles Melanoma Risk in Men

Remember when your doctor ran down the list of reasons you should take a daily aspirin? (It appears to reduce the risk of gastric, colon, prostate and breast cancer.)  Well, that was before researchers at Northwestern University concluded that men who take once-daily aspirin have nearly double the risk of […]

Fitness

Aerobic Fitness Cuts Heart Risk in Half

OK, it’s unsurprising that fit people have fewer heart events than those who are out of shape, but a new study by researchers at Stanford University gives us the numbers: people with the highest aerobic fitness have half as much heart disease as less fit people, even if their genetic […]

Health Pain

Bananas Beat Sports Drinks

They are cheaper, better, and their packaging is completely organic. Bananas, it turns out, are better than sports drinks when it comes to providing anti-inflammatory agents during and after workouts. The New York Times reports that researchers (partially funded by Dole Foods) put 20 competitive cyclists through a 47-mile bike […]

Attitude Fitness

Exercise Makes Us Happy

Health experts have long known that exercise can help relieve depression, but what about people who aren’t depressed? Can exercise make them more happy or content? The short answer, from researchers at the University of Michigan, is yes. A U of Michigan news release reports that researchers at the school […]

Attitude Health

Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure

Clearing your mind can clear up your blood pressure problems. That’s the verdict of a recent study by researchers at Harvard University, who monitored the blood pressure of people who were asked to meditate for 20 minutes a day for eight weeks. WBUR reports that the study was small, involving […]