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Standing Desks Lower Body Mass Index
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Standing Desks Lower Body Mass Index

OK, the research was done with elementary school kids, not adults, but the findings are worth thinking about: kids who used standing desks for two years had significantly lower BMIs than kids who sat all day. A Texas A&M news release reports that researchers at the school outfitted four classrooms […]

Toe Tapping Keeps Legs Healthy
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Toe Tapping Keeps Legs Healthy

Fidgeting feet may be the key to healthy legs, if researchers at the University of Missouri have got things right. A U of Missouri news release reports that researchers at the medical school compared the leg vascular function of 11 healthy young men and women before and after three hours of […]

Too Hot For The Olympics?
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Too Hot For The Olympics?

Enjoy the summer Olympics, because by 2085 the earth’s climate will be so hot that very few cities will be able to host them. That’s the verdict from researchers at the University of California in Berkeley, who examined the viability of future Olympics sites based on a measurement that combines temperature, […]

40 Percent Of Sunscreens Don’t Cut It
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40 Percent Of Sunscreens Don’t Cut It

The seasonal advice “Don’t forget the sunscreen” should be amended this year to “Don’t forget the sunscreen that actually works,” a category that includes only 60 percent of the top-selling sunscreens. How do we know? Because when researchers at Northwestern University looked at the top rated 1 percent of the 6,500 sunscreens […]

Exercise May Protect Liver From Booze
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Exercise May Protect Liver From Booze

No, it’s not OK to drink more if you exercise more, but it is a good idea to exercise, particularly if you like a drink or two. Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have reason to believe that aerobic exercise may protect the liver against alcohol-related inflammation […]

Exercise Improves Memory of Breast Cancer Survivors
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Exercise Improves Memory of Breast Cancer Survivors

Many breast cancer survivors have trouble remembering things, a problem that researchers attribute to stress, rather than to chemotherapy or radiation. Now comes research from Northwestern University linking physical activity to higher levels of self-confidence, lower distress and less fatigue, which in turn is associated with lower levels of perceived […]

Heavy Water Drinkers Are Slimmer
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Heavy Water Drinkers Are Slimmer

People who drink enough water to be adequately hydrated are half as likely to be obese as people who are inadequately hydrated. That’s the verdict of researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School, who assessed water intake as adequate or inadequate based on urine samples of more than 9,500 people. Nearly […]

Cosmetics’ Chemicals May Make Us Lazy
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Cosmetics’ Chemicals May Make Us Lazy

It sounds crazy, but, as Gretchen Reynolds reports in the New York Times, research suggests that a common chemical found in many cosmetics and personal care products may influence our will to exercise. The Times reports that scientists at Texas A&M University set out to determine if the chemicals, called phthalates, […]

Chronic Fatigue: It’s In Your Gut
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Chronic Fatigue: It’s In Your Gut

After years of doubt about whether the condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome is really a syndrome, researchers have identified biological markers of the disease in gut bacteria and inflammatory microbial agents in the blood of chronic fatigue sufferers. A Cornell University news release reports that researchers at the school […]