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Physical activity associated with lower risk of work-related repetitive strain injury
A new study estimated the prevalence of work-related repetitive strain injury and found that being physically active during leisure time is associated with a decreased risk of this type of injury. (2007-03-29)

Agronomy, crop, soils research presented in Indianapolis
More than 3,000 scientists from around the world will meet at the Indiana Convention Center Nov. 12-16 to present and discuss the latest research advances in the earth sciences, including agriculture, plants, urban ecosystems, environment, biofuels and related topics. On Nov. 12, Gene Kahn, vice president of Sustainable Development for General Mills, will present the lecture, (2006-11-02)

Solo living is a potential environmental time bomb
One-person households are the biggest consumers of land, energy and household appliances in England and Wales, with men between the ages of 35 and 45 being the worst offenders, according to UCL (University College London) research. (2006-07-31)

Pesticides exposure associated with Parkinson's disease
A large-scale, prospective study has shown links between chronic, low-dose exposure to pesticides and Parkinson's disease. (2006-06-26)

Sometimes no treatment is the right option for low-risk prostate cancer
When Houston restaurateur Tony Masraff was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, his life was packed with dancing, running marathons, playing tennis, gardening, leading a successful business and spending time with his family. (2006-03-23)

The American obsession with the perfect lawn
In his new book, American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn, Case Western Reserve University historian Ted Steinberg unlocks the mystery of the all-American landscape and winds up mowing down the turf industry along the way. (2006-03-10)

Bioinsecticide for combating a pest that affects the tomato and the green bean
The tomato fruitworm is the name given to an insect pest which, due to its polyphagous character, causes very serious damage to a number of plants, such as the tomato and the green bean. Thus, a Crop Protection research team from the Public University of Navarra have started work on developing a bioinsecticide that can be used as an alternative control measure. (2005-09-01)

High levels of leisure-time physical activity cut stroke risk
High levels of physical activity, such as running, swimming or heavy gardening during leisure time can reduce your risk of stroke. (2005-08-04)

Workers exposed to Libby Vermiculite Ore have high rate of chest wall abnormalities
More than one-quarter of tested workers at an Ohio manufacturing plant historically exposed to asbestos-containing vermiculite ore exhibited signs of scarring of the chest wall lining, or pleural plaques, which are usually considered markers of previous exposure to asbestos fibers, according to research from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. (2005-05-24)

Exercise variety - not intensity - appears to reduce some Alzheimer's disease risk
The variety of leisure and physical activity one engages in -- and not its intensity in terms of calories expended - may reduce dementia risk in older people, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins. (2005-04-14)

Maintaining physical activity linked to less cognitive decline in older men
Longer and more intense physical activity may help people maintain their cognitive skills as they age, according to a 10-year study of elderly men published in the December 28, 2004 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2004-12-27)

10-year-olds' free time activities signal interests/attitudes at age 12
Ten-year-olds' free time activities -- as well as whom they spend their free time with -- are linked to gender development, academic interests, school grades and self esteem at age 12, a Penn State study shows. (2004-09-15)

DFG establishes first German-Sino Research Training Group
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) has decided to establish 17 new Research Training Groups. This decision was reached by the responsible Grants Committee in its meeting on 21 April. (2004-04-28)

'Knock out' rose receives Texas superstar and earthkind designation
It has been called the perfect landscape shrub. Virtually disease-free, Knock Out rose has received the Texas Superstar and EarthKind designations by horticultural experts at Texas A&M University. (2004-04-06)

The name of the game
Mentally stimulating leisure activities in early and middle adulthood may lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a USC-led study says. Reading, going to museums and engaging in social activities with friends can contribute to an active mind - now and later. (2003-10-28)

Leisure activity may reduce risk of Alzheimer's, says USC research team
Participation in a greater overall number of leisure activities during early and middle adulthood is related to lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according a team of researchers headed by University of Southern California graduate student Michael Crowe. (2003-10-20)

Unusual form of memory loss often confused for Alzheimer's disease
Over 4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. Its high prevalence may lead people to believe that dementia is always due to Alzheimer's disease and that memory loss is a feature of all dementias. However, nearly a quarter of all dementias, especially those of presenile onset, may be caused by diseases other than Alzheimer's disease. (2003-10-16)

Kids' gardens grow interest in science, nutrition
Kids who participate in gardening programs generally develop a greater interest in science, according to educators responding to a recent study by Texas Cooperative Extension. (2003-07-02)

Prescott Prize to Diane and Mark Littler
The Phycological Society of America (PSA), a scientific society that promotes the study of algae, will present its 2002 Prescott Prize to Diane Littler, Research Associate, and Mark Littler, Senior Scientist, of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Department of Systematic Biology, for their book Caribbean Reef Plants: An Identification Guide to the Reef Plants of the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and Gulf of Mexico. (2003-01-17)

Physical activity is key to maintaining normal weight after weight loss
In an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Weinsier et al. compared the total energy expenditures of normal weight women who had either maintained or gained weight over the year prior to the study. The most important factor that distinguished those who were successful from those who were unsuccessful at maintaining their weight loss was their level of physical activity. (2002-02-22)

UF study: Healthy aging depends on social as well as physical activity
Pressing the flesh may be just as important as pumping iron if you want to age gracefully and healthily, a new University of Florida study suggests. More than plain physical activity, human interaction from activities such as entertaining at home, taking day trips and getting involved with religious functions lead to more satisfaction with life as people get older, the study found. (2002-01-29)

UT Southwestern doctors use radiofrequency ablation to destroy kidney tumors without surgery
When David Rist, 62, was diagnosed with cancerous kidney tumors, he and his wife put plans for their lakeside retirement home on hold. But thanks to a new nonsurgical technique offered at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Rist and his wife are again barreling ahead with plans for a dream house designed for gardening, boating and grandchildren. (2001-10-02)

School kids as master gardeners
On the grounds of H. L. Johnson Elementary School in Palm Beach County Florida, you'll find the usual set of swings, monkey bars and slides. You'll also find something else, more than 30 raised-bed gardens complete with ripening tomatoes, pole beans, assorted herbs and enough other healthy looking vegetables to make any home gardener envious. Planted and tended by students, school gardens are growing in popularity. And for good reason say their advocates. They teach a myriad of valuable skills in a way no teacher, book, or computer ever could. They have become so popular, that the world's largest organization of plant health scientists is devoting an entire day at their upcoming Annual Meeting to the discussion of school gardening programs. (2001-07-18)

Emory scientist reports nature contact may heal humans
When physicians and scientists talk about the health effects of environmental exposures, most people think of hazards ranging from air pollution to pesticides. But Emory University Rollins School of Public Health scientist Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, believes many environmental exposures may have positive health effects and could actually help prevent and treat illnesses. Dr. Frumkin discusses his hypothesis in Volume 20#3, the April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (2001-03-22)

Univ. of Fla. study: Sports participation has mental perks for all
In a survey involving nearly 13,000 people -- one of the largest studies of its kind -- University of Florida researchers have found that athletes have better images of their own bodies than do nonathletes, regardless of sport, gender or expertise. (2001-03-21)

Staying active ups odds of staying alive after 1st heart attack
Being physically active after a first heart attack appears to significantly lower the risk of death or a second heart attack, researchers report in this week's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2000-10-29)

Research shows it pays to take care of yourself
Regular gardening, walking or swimming and simple changes in the home could significantly reduce health-related expenses for older Americans and the federal government, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests. (2000-09-27)

New knee replacement offers increased flexibility that will not cramp style of active individuals
A new artificial knee joint implant provides patients with a higher degree of flexibility, up to 155 degrees compared with 133 degreees in existing knee implants. The (2000-09-26)

Findings presented on Alzheimer's disease, brain gymnastics, and lead
Keeping physically or mentally active outside of work in midlife may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to research at Case Western Reserve University. Research also has shown that people who have worked in jobs with high levels of lead exposure are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. (2000-07-26)

An active life helps to ward off Alzheimer's
SAN DIEGO, CA - Keeping active outside work, either physically or mentally, in the midlife years may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 52nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 29 - May 6, 2000. (2000-05-03)

There's no place like home for stroke rehabilitation
Stroke survivors who can leave the hospital early and rehab at home fare better than those who don't get that opportunity, researchers report in this month's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2000-05-03)

Program helps patients cope with macular degeneration
Patients with macular degeneration - the leading cause of incurable vision loss in older adults - experienced better moods, made greater use of visual aids, and had greater confidence in their ability to function after completing a program designed to help them cope with the physical and emotional demands of the disease. (2000-02-28)

University of Alberta project to help save Aboriginal language on federal endangered list
The dying Chipewyan language in northern Alberta may be brought back to life thanks partly to a University of Alberta-based linguistics project. The language has been put on the endangered list by the federal government. (2000-01-10)

Successful aging: Keeping socially active, not just active, key to well-being
A researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that, among the aged, the reason for participating in an activity may be as important as the activity itself. In fact, activities that just pass the time may have a negative effect. (1999-11-23)

Physical fitness isn't the only activity to help prolong survival in older people
Social and productive activities, such as playing cards or shopping, are as effective as fitness activities in lowering the risk of all cause mortality in older people, claim researchers in this week's BMJ. (1999-08-20)

Summer fun could be source of infections: ASM book discusses potential risks, diagnostic signs and preventive measures
A new book, Infections of Leisure, offers valuable and timely information on specific leisure activity-associated infections that can help people better protect themselves from illnesses that could spoil their summer fun. (1999-07-22)

Routine Activities May Stress The Hearts Of People With Heart Disease
Routine daily activities -- driving a car, housework or even getting out of bed in the morning -- can trigger a shortage of blood supply, increasing the risk of a heart attack for people with heart disease, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's 71st Annual Scientific Sessions. (1998-11-09)

Exercise Can Help To Exorcise Stroke Risk
Take a brisk walk. Climb the stairs at work. Dance the polka. If you engage in these or other similar physical activities for one hour per day, you can cut your risk for stroke by nearly half, according a report in this month's Stroke. (1998-10-08)

Laser Offers Hope For Heart Patients With No Alternatives
Using high-powered lasers to pierce new blood-carrying channels into ailing heart muscle, Duke University Medical Center heart surgeons are testing a promising new therapy for patients with coronary artery disease who have exhausted all other conventionalforms of treatment (1997-04-29)

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