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These pages are updated regularly with interesting articles that we've been reading on the subjects of cancer and, more importantly, disease prevention. We hope that you come back regularly to see what is new.

Exercise & Activity
The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.
CMAJ Mobile Although most patients with breast cancer die from other causes, a cancer diagnosis creates a "teachable moment" when patients are more receptive to healthy lifestyle changes. Regardless of whether these changes affect the prognosis, they will almost certainly improve patients' overall health.
Extreme runner endures downhill slide in health For almost seven days, Steve Birkinshaw ignored his body as it cried out to him to stop running. When he finally halted, he had broken a 28-year ultra-endurance record for running to the summit of all 214 Lake District peaks.
A machine that used to be considered punishment is now a $1.4 billion fitness industry As the weather turns colder, Jen Forman will do what she's always done to get her runs in: She'll go to her treadmill in her home, press start and run until she's done. And she will hate every moment of it.
I Hit My Ten-Thousand-Step Goal and Have Now Achieved Total Self-Actualization In 2017, we now know that steps are more important to one's health than fruits and vegetables combined. In fact, any food is really only as good for you as the number of steps you take to obtain it. We're also now acutely aware that running is actually bad for you.
How to Do the Shortest Workout Possible After six weeks of performing three of these sessions per week, for a total of 18 minutes of intense exercise tucked in to slightly longer periods of less intense exercise, the volunteers were significantly more aerobically fit and healthier, with improved blood pressure numbers and markers of muscular health.
Top athletes may suffer low sleep quality (Reuters Health) - Though regular exercise tends to improve sleep for mere mortals, up to half of elite athletes may be getting too little sleep or have poor quality sleep, according to a review of existing research. Sleep disturbances can lead to fatigue and sleep-related performance anxieties that in turn affect athletic performance itself, the authors write in the journal Sports Medicine.
Big Sugar's Secret Ally? Nutritionists Another way to say this is that what we eat doesn't matter; it's only how much - just as the sugar industry would have us believe. A 2014 article in an American Diabetes Association journal phrased the situation this way: "There is no clear or convincing evidence that any dietary or added sugar has a unique or detrimental impact relative to any other source of calories on the development of obesity or diabetes."
The Difference Between Splenda, Sweet and Low, Equal, and Stevia The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed as many as eight kinds of artificial sweeteners to be safe for consumption. You probably recognize some of them by their brand name: sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet and Low), aspartame (Equal), and stevia (Truvia). Each has varying levels of sweetness and uses.
A non-pill treatment for many chronic illnesses: Exercise Exercise isn't good only for building muscle and losing weight. "If a pill could give you all benefits of exercise, it would be the best pill around," says Edward Laskowski, co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Lowering the Bar on the Low-Fat Diet The recent revelation that the sugar industry attempted to manipulate science in the 1960s has once again focused attention on the quality of the scientific evidence in the field of nutrition and how best to prevent diet-related chronic disease.
Scientists develop skin patch with on-the-spot sweat monitor app LONDON Scientists in the United States have developed a flexible microfluidic device that easily sticks to the skin and measures sweat levels to show how the wearer's body is responding to exercise.
Kettlebells may improve aerobic fitness Female soccer players who trained with kettlebells for one month significantly increased their aerobic capacity, while traditional circuit weight training did not have the same effect, California researchers found. Theirs is one of the first studies to fi
How Exercise Keeps Us Young Active older people resemble much younger people physiologically, according to a new study of the effects of exercise on aging. The findings suggest that many of our expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be inco
How Exercise Changes Our DNA We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling. Now new research repor
50-Year Study Concludes Exercise Combats Depression On Wednesday, three PhDs released the results of their 50-year study on depression in the JAMA Psychiatry online journal. Their data revealed that "At most ages, we found a trend of fewer depressive symptoms with more frequent [physical] activity."
The Advanced 7-Minute Workout Ever since the magazine published the Scientific 7-Minute Workout in May last year, readers have been writing and tweeting their requests for an updated, more advanced version. For them, the workout became too easy or humdrum, as tends to happen when exer
High Intensity Interval Training commutes to the cubicle Experts say even mini-interludes of this cardiovascular workout, which alternates short, high-intensity intervals with longer, slower ones, can help fend off the sedentary perils of time-pressed, computer-shackled men and women. Air boxing, in-place march