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Reaping Benefits of Exercise Minus the Sweat

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A team led by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institutehas isolated a natural hormone from muscle cells that triggers some of the key health benefits of exercise. They say the protein, which serves as a chemical messenger, is a highly promising candidate for development as a novel treatment for diabetes, obesity, and perhaps other disorders, including cancer.


Bruce Spiegelman, a cell biologist at Dana-Farber, is senior author of the report, posted as an advance online publication by the journal Nature. The first author is Pontus Bostrom, a postdoctoral fellow in the Spiegelman lab.

“It’s exciting to find a natural substance connected to exercise that has such clear therapeutic potential,” said Bostrom.

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One Running Shoe in the Grave

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A fast-emerging body of scientific evidence points to a conclusion that's unsettling, to say the least, for a lot of older athletes: Running can take a toll on the heart that essentially eliminates the benefits of exercise.


In a five-kilometer race Thanksgiving morning, Ralph Foiles finished first in his age group, earning the 56-year-old Kansan a winner's medal.Or was it a booby prize?


A fast-emerging body of scientific evidence points to a conclusion that's unsettling, to say the least, for a lot of older athletes: Running can take a toll on the heart that essentially eliminates the benefits of exercise.


"Running too fast, too far and for too many years may speed one's progress toward the finish line of life," concludes an editorial to be published next month in the British journal Heart.

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Engaged Employees Exercise More, Eat Healthier

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American workers who are engaged in their work and workplace are more likely to report a healthier lifestyle than their counterparts who are not engaged or who are actively disengaged. Engaged employees eat healthier, exercise more frequently, and consume more fruits and vegetables.


These findings are from Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted January through December 2012. Gallup's employee engagement index is based on extensive research on actionable workplace elements with proven linkages to performance outcomes, including productivity, customer service, quality, retention, safety, and profit. The 12 questions included in the survey are intended to help sort workers into one of three categories: engaged, not engaged, or actively disengaged.

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Fitness: When Less is More

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Is it too good to be true? Can small but frequent doses of fitness training really give you as much benefit, if not more, than hours and hours of training?

 

Or is this like the magical diet that guarantees maximum weight loss with minimum effort? You know the one - where all you need to do is purchase the pill, the potion, the bottle or the lotion and bam, your unwanted kilos just melt away!

 

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