Fitness Health

New Fitness Guidelines Include Short Workouts

Ten years ago, the federal government released its first set of exercise guidelines designed to keep adult Americans healthy. As Gretchen Reynolds reports in the New York Times, the feds recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, and some type of strength training twice a week, among many […]

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Exercise Lowers Death Risk From Prostate Cancer

For years now, researchers have suspected that exercise lowered the risk of prostate cancer, but several studies turned up conflicting results. Now, from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a large scale study suggests that exercise can lower the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. A Harvard news release reports that […]


Antibiotics And Your Gut Bacteria

By now, we all know how important gut bacteria is for, well, just about every aspect of our health. And we all want to encourage a rich and pleasing variety of gut bacteria, gut bacteria with kind of diversity that is destroyed by antibiotics. How bad is the damage? Researchers […]

Eating Well Health

For Strong Bones, Diet Tops Exercise

Yes, both diet and exercise help build stronger bones, but which has the greater influence? Researchers at the University of Michigan give the edge to diet. A U of Michigan news release reports that when researchers at the school looked at mineral supplementation and exercise in mice, they were surprised […]

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Does Stretching Improve Performance?

Does stretching improve our athletic performance? The short answer, from a new study recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, is no.  But it doesn’t hurt performance either. The New York Times reports that the study involved 20 young male athletes, soccer players and rugby players, who […]


Does Diet Soda Lower Colon Cancer Risk?

After years of concerns about the health risks of drinking diet soda, researchers may have found a health benefit. A Yale University news release reports that researchers at the school have found that drinking artificially sweetened beverages is associated with a significantly lower risk of colon cancer recurrence and cancer […]


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 […]