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New company enters growing brain fitness market
One of the world's leading cognitive science institutes announced today it has created a new company with MaRS, Canada's premiere innovation center, to develop and market brain fitness products to help adults extend their memory and cognitive abilities longer in the lifespan. (2009-12-02)

Young adults who exercise get higher IQ
Young adults who are fit have a higher IQ and are more likely to go on to university, reveals a major new study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. (2009-12-02)

Diabetics show alarming increase in morbid obesity
One out of five type 2 diabetics is morbidly obese -- approximately 100 pounds or more overweight -- a Loyola University Health System study has found. (2009-11-23)

5 exercises can reduce neck, shoulder pain of women office workers
Strength training exercises using dumbbells can reduce pain and improve function in the trapezius muscle among women suffering trapezius myalgia, a tenderness and tightness in the upper trapezius muscle. The results are the latest findings from an ongoing Danish study aimed at reducing repetitive strain injury caused by office work. (2009-11-18)

Students with a lower socioeconomic background benefit from daily school physical activity
Daily physical exercise at school positively improves students' body composition and exercise capacity. This is especially true of students with a low socioeconomic status. (2009-11-17)

Recovering with 4-legged friends requires less pain medication
Adults who use pet therapy while recovering from total joint-replacement surgery require 50 percent less pain medication than those who do not. These findings were presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the International Society of Anthrozoology and the First Human Animal Interaction Conference in Kansas City, Mo. (2009-11-16)

Physical education key to improving health in low-income adolescents
School-based physical education plays a key role in curbing obesity and improving fitness among adolescents from low-income communities, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and UC Berkeley. (2009-11-05)

Orphan army ants join nearby colonies
Colonies of army ants, whose long columns and marauding habits are the stuff of natural-history legend, are usually antagonistic to each other, attacking soldiers from rival colonies in border disputes that keep the colonies separate. But new work shows that in some cases the colonies can be cooperative instead of combative. (2009-11-04)

There's a speed limit to the pace of evolution, Penn biologists say
A major conclusion of the work is that for some organisms, possibly including humans, continued evolution will not translate into ever-increasing fitness. Moreover, a population may accrue mutations at a constant rate -- a pattern long considered the hallmark of (2009-11-02)

Inconspicuous leaf beetles reveal environment's role in formation of new species
Unnoticed by the nearby residents of St. Johnsbury, Vt., tiny leaf beetles that flit among the maple and willow trees in the area have just provided some of the clearest evidence yet that environmental factors play a major role in the formation of new species. (2009-10-30)

Exercise is good medicine for lymphoma patients
A healthy dose of exercise is good medicine, even for lymphoma patients receiving chemotherapy, University of Alberta researchers have found. (2009-10-27)

Fitness levels decline with age, especially after 45
Men and women become gradually less fit with age, with declines accelerating after age 45, according to a report in the October 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, maintaining a healthy body mass index, not smoking and being physically active are associated with higher fitness levels throughout adult life. (2009-10-26)

Modified crops reveal hidden cost of resistance
Genetically modified squash plants that are resistant to a debilitating viral disease become more vulnerable to a fatal bacterial infection, according to biologists. (2009-10-26)

Female choice benefits mothers more than offspring
The great diversity of male sexual traits, ranging from peacock's elaborate train to formidable genitalia of male seed beetles, is the result of female choice. But why do females choose among males? In a new study published today in Current Biology, researchers from Uppsala University found no support for the theory that the female choice is connected to (2009-10-22)

UF study: Exercise improves body image for fit and unfit alike
Attention weekend warriors: the simple act of exercise and not fitness itself can convince you that you look better, a new University of Florida study finds. (2009-10-08)

A simple way for older adults to assess arterial stiffness: reach for the toes
How far you can reach beyond your toes from a sitting position -- normally used to define the flexibility of the body -- may be an indicator of how stiff your arteries are. Because arterial stiffness often precedes cardiovascular disease, the results suggest that this could become a quick measure of a person's risk for heart attack or stroke. (2009-10-06)

People with type 2 diabetes improved muscular strength
Physical therapist-directed exercise counseling combined with fitness center-based exercise training can improve muscular strength and exercise capacity in people with type 2 diabetes, with outcomes similar to those of supervised exercise, according to a randomized clinical trial published in the September issue of Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. (2009-09-22)

Treating bone loss in breast cancer survivors
Osteoporosis is a growing concern among breast cancer survivors and their doctors, because certain cancer drugs can cause bone loss. A new study has found that bone loss can be halted with a comprehensive regimen that includes both osteoporosis drugs and treatments that target secondary causes of bone loss. (2009-09-15)

Regular aerobic exercise reduces health concerns associated with fatty liver
Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia, determined that patients with a sedentary lifestyle who engage in routine physical activities lower their risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The lower risk of problems associated with fatty liver was not contingent upon weight loss, but a direct result from the increased aerobic exercise. The results of this study are published in the October issue of Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. (2009-09-09)

How accurate are hospital report cards?
A key statistic that consumer groups and the media often use when compiling hospital report cards and national rankings can be misleading, researchers report in a new study. (2009-09-08)

New hope for heart failure patients
Cardiac resynchronization can significantly delay the progression of heart failure, according to a major international study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The treatment reduced the risk of serious heart failure events by 41 percent, the study found. (2009-09-01)

Exercise alone shown to improve insulin sensitivity in obese sedentary adolescents
A moderate aerobic exercise program, without weight loss, can improve insulin sensitivity in both lean and obese sedentary adolescents, according to a new study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that permits glucose to enter cells to be used for energy or stored for future use by the body. (2009-09-01)

H1N1 pandemic virus does not mutate into 'superbug' in UMd lab study
In the first study to examine how the H1N1 pandemic virus interacts with other flu strains, laboratory research by the University of Maryland found no evidence of (2009-09-01)

Statewide program to improve emergency care for children
An initiative is underway to improve emergency medical care for Illinois' youngest patients. Loyola University Health System, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health and other area hospitals, has established a process to support facilities in managing critically ill and injured children across Illinois. (2009-08-14)

Neurological complications of heart surgery
Possible neurological complications of heart surgery, ranging from headaches to strokes, are detailed in a new report in the online journal MedLink Neurology. For example, complications from bypass surgery can include vision problems, paralysis, hoarseness, movement disorders and disturbances in learning, memory, attention, concentration and mental agility. (2009-08-13)

Lifting weights reduces lymphedema symptoms following breast cancer surgery, Penn research shows
Breast cancer survivors who lift weights are less likely to experience worsening symptoms of lymphedema, the arm- and hand-swelling condition that plagues many women following surgery for their disease, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research published in the August 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings challenge the advice commonly given to lymphedema sufferers, who may worry that weight training or even carrying children or bags of groceries will exacerbate their symptoms. (2009-08-12)

New drug-resistant TB strains could become widespread says new study
The emergence of new forms of tuberculosis could swell the proportion of drug-resistant cases globally, a new study has found. The finding raises concern that although TB incidence is falling in many regions, the emergence of antibiotic resistance could see virtually untreatable strains of the disease become widespread. Australian researchers from the University of NSW and the University of Western Sydney have published the finding in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2009-08-10)

Physical inactivity poses greatest health risk to Americans, research shows
As many as 50 million Americans are living sedentary lives, putting them at increased risk of health problems and even early death, a leading expert in exercise science told the American Psychological Association today. (2009-08-09)

K-State researchers say after-school programs should promote activity, healthy nutrition
K-State researchers have found that quality after-school programs are an important contributor to children's physical activity. The researchers conducted the Healthy Opportunities for Physical Activity and Nutrition After-School Project, which was designed to prevent obesity by enhancing the quality of after-school programming. The study found that some existing after-school programs lack in quality and do not provide adequate nutrition or physical activity, especially for different genders and fitness levels. (2009-08-03)

Exercise is healthy for mom and child during pregnancy
Physicians should recommend low to moderate levels of exercise to their pregnant patients, even if they have not exercised prior to pregnancy, states a report published in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2009-08-03)

Groundbreaking study shows exercise benefits leukemia patients
A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that exercise may be an effective way to combat the debilitating fatigue that leukemia patients experience. (2009-08-03)

Surgery remans an option for advanced lung cancer
Oncologists have debated whether patients with a certain type of advanced lung cancer would benefit from surgery. Now a major study published in Lancet has found that surgery can significantly prolong survival without progression of the cancer, but does not dramatically improve overall survival. (2009-07-26)

Ants more rational than humans
In a study released online on July 22 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, researchers at Arizona State University and Princeton University show that ants can accomplish a task more rationally than our -- multimodal, egg-headed, tool-using, bipedal, opposing-thumbed -- selves. This is not the case of humans being (2009-07-24)

What a coincidence! Personal connections improve sales
If a salesperson shares a birthday or a birthplace with you, you're more likely to make a purchase, and feel good about it, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2009-07-20)

Active commuters have fewer heart disease risk factors
Men and women who walk or ride a bike to work appear more fit, and men are less likely to be overweight or obese and have healthier triglyceride levels, blood pressure and insulin levels, according to a report in the July 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2009-07-13)

Health clinic conditions may be to blame for decrease in primary care physicians
Adverse work conditions may be to blame for the decline in the number of primary care physicians nationwide, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. (2009-07-08)

Why are African-Americans less likely to survive certain cancers?
African-Americans are more likely than other races to die from breast, prostate and ovarian cancers, but this disparity is not due to poverty or inferior health care, a first-of-its-kind study has found. (2009-07-07)

Heart transplant recipients can improve fitness and perform high intensity workouts
Heart transplant recipients' cardio-respiratory fitness is around 30 to 50 percent lower than age-matched healthy sedentary individuals. As a result, exercise rehabilitation should be very important to these patients, and a University of Alberta study shows they can improve their overall physical fitness. (2009-07-02)

Exercise helps patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Counseling patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease on how to increase physical activity leads to health benefits that are independent of changes in weight. These findings are in a new study in the July issue of Hepatology, a journal published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. (2009-07-01)

Inbred bumblebees less successful
Declining bumblebee populations are at greater risk of inbreeding, which can trigger a downward spiral of further decline. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology have provided the first proof that inbreeding reduces colony fitness under natural conditions by increasing the production of reproductively inefficient (2009-07-01)

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