Author: Art Jahnke

The Cost Of Fat: Three To Eight Years Of Life
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The Cost Of Fat: Three To Eight Years Of Life

Forget the money; let’s talk about time alive. A new study by researchers at McGill University Health Centre suggests that being fat can shorten our life by three to eight years. The study, which used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (from years 2003 to 2010) to […]

For Women, Daily Aspirin Does More Harm Than Good
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For Women, Daily Aspirin Does More Harm Than Good

Much has been written, yes, even on SportsGeezer, about the benefits of taking a low-dose of aspirin each day. Now comes some other news about aspirin, and it’s not so rosy. HealthDay reports on research conducted at Harvard Medical School that analyzed the results of a clinical trial of nearly 28,000 women who […]

Mediterranean Diet Makes For Longer Telomeres, And Life
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Mediterranean Diet Makes For Longer Telomeres, And Life

Yet another thing the Mediterranean diet is good for, or perhaps, one reason the Mediterranean diet is so good for your health: writing in the New York Times, Nicholas Bakalar reports on a study conducted at Harvard Medical School, where researchers first ranked the diets of 4,676 healthy women on […]

Running Cuts Risk Of Death From Alzheimer’s
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Running Cuts Risk Of Death From Alzheimer’s

It’s true that this study didn’t find an association between running and getting Alzheimer’s, but that’s because the researchers didn’t look for one. What they did look for was an association between running and death from Alzheimer’s, and they found a big one: people who ran more than 15.3 miles […]

Mid-Life Fitness May Stave Off Dementia
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Mid-Life Fitness May Stave Off Dementia

How would you rate your physical fitness? If you’re in mid-life, somewhere near 50, your answer to that question could indicate your likelihood of dementia late in life. Science Daily reports on research conducted at the Gerontology Research Center at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, where scientists followed more than 3,500 […]

Another Thing That Garlic May Ward Off: Prostate Cancer
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Another Thing That Garlic May Ward Off: Prostate Cancer

Yes, in addition to its folkloric power to deter evil spirits, garlic may slow the spread of some cancers, including prostate, melanoma, and some types of leukemia, all of which weaken the body by over-activating the natural immune system. A University of Copenhagen news release reports that researchers at the school […]

Exercise Makes The World A Less Scary Place
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Exercise Makes The World A Less Scary Place

Yet another comforting thing that exercise does: it makes the world a little less scary. No, it doesn’t change the world, but according to research conducted at Queen’s University, it changes our perception of the world. Science Daily reports that researchers at the school used point-light depictions of a human […]

Antioxidants Cancel Exercise Gains
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Antioxidants Cancel Exercise Gains

Antioxidants are good for you, right? And exercise is good for you, right? So antioxidants and exercise must be doubly good for you. Wrong. Gretchen Reynolds reports in the New York Times that for reasons that are not entirely clear, the vitamins short-circuit a physiological pr0cess that repairs and strengthens […]

Testosterone Surge Is For Losers, Too
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Testosterone Surge Is For Losers, Too

It’s called the “winner effect,” because trainers have long believed that winning athletic competition actually boosts testosterone levels. Now a new study by researchers at Emory University suggests that it should be called the “winner and loser effect.” The researchers analyzed saliva samples of male and female cross country runners […]