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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 […]

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Think Before Repairing Meniscus

Surgical repair of a meniscal tear may be just what the doctor ordered, but the doctor may not have read the latest research, which suggests that the surgery is good for young athletic people with acute tears, but that older people with partial tears are probably better off  with exercise […]

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The Problem With High-Intensity Workouts

It sounds good: go all out for one or two minutes and you don’t have to spend 45 minutes doing something you don’t like to do.  But now comes Panteleimon “Paddy” Ekkekakis, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, who says the whole idea of high-intensity workouts is a bad one. […]

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No, Rain Does Not Increase Joint Pain

Finally, we can all stop blaming rain for our occasional joint pain. According to research using the largest database ever–Google– rain actually reduces the number of searches for remedies for joint pain. A University of Washington news release reports that researchers at the school used Google Trends to create search strings of words and phrases […]

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Clipping Knee Cartilage Doesn’t Help

For decades, surgeons treating meniscal tears have clipped and smoothed any dislodged cartilage they found. Why?  Because it seemed like it would help. But now comes a study from doctors at the University of Buffalo suggesting that the practice, called debridement, doesn’t actually benefit the patient. In fact, patients who […]

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Yoga Works As Well As PT For Low Back Pain

Therapists have known for a while that yoga can help relieve back pain, but how good a pain reliever is it? Now comes research Boston University that suggests that it’s  just as good as physical therapy. A BU news release reports that the researchers conducted a randomized trial of 320 […]

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Eating Fish Dims Joint Pain

OK, it’s an “observational study,” the kind that doesn’t establish a true cause and effect, but research conducted at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s hospital definitely suggests that eating fish reduces the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis. The New York Times reports on the study, which tracked the fish […]