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The Exercise Paradox: Why Staying Fit Increases Your Need for Antioxidants

By Jack Challem
Copyright © 1997 by Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™
All rights reserved.

Most people know that physical activity is good for health. However, in one of the ironies of biology, regular and strenuous exercise can increase formation of dangerous free radicals. These rogue molecules damage cell membranes, proteins, and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) - the material that forms your genes. The long-terms consequences may be faster aging and an increased risk of cancer.


Survey Shows Nearly 4 in 10 Americans Can't Swim

Mon May 13, 2002

By E. J. Mundell

MONTREAL (Reuters Health) - Although the popularity of boating, water skiing, sailing and other water-focused activities continues to rise, a full 37% of US adults remain at a heightened risk for drowning because they cannot swim, according to a new report.

Furthermore, middle-aged and older Americans--those most able to buy boats or other water craft--are much less likely to know how to swim compared to the young.


Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk

Sun May 19, 2002

By IRA DREYFUSS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Physically fit people are less likely to die of cancer, including cancers related to smoking, even if they smoke, a study finds.

But other studies indicate the benefit may come only with vigorous exercise; less-intense activities, such as brisk walks, won't be enough.

"Fitness may provide protection against cancer mortality," said the study in the May issue of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.


Pumping Iron May Pump Up Blood Pressure

Fri May 17, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you want to keep your blood pressure under control, consider skipping the weight room and head to the track or pool instead.

Anaerobic activities like weightlifting do nothing to lower blood pressure, and they also appear to decrease the benefits gained from aerobic exercise in controlling the condition, claims a presentation to be given tomorrow at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension in New York City.


Yoga: For Strength and Balance

From Healthy Woman Newsletter from

By Roz Puleo and Amy Malick

Yoga has gone from being a far-out fad to a mainstream form of exercise. Centers that specialize in yoga are becoming just as popular as your local coffee shop. Fitness centers that offer yoga classes are finding that these classes are among the most popular on the schedule. What is it about yoga that has caught the attention of so many?


Jury Still Out on Soccer Head Injuries - Panel

Tue Apr 30, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Soccer is not 100% safe, but it is too soon to recommend using helmets or other safety measures to protect children who play it, an Institute of Medicine panel reported on Tuesday.

"Heading" a soccer ball does not usually cause enough trauma to injure a player's head, but children dashing around a soccer field can bash their heads together and more studies need to be done on the dangers, the panel found.


Mom's Exercise Does Not Affect Baby's Nursing

Mon Apr 22, 1:26 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although nursing moms are often told that exercise could make their milk temporarily taste "sour" to their infant, a new report suggests that this may not be true.

It seems that breast-feeding women can continue to exercise without offending the taste buds of their infants, according to researchers.


Lou Gehrig's Patients Tend to Be Former Athletes

Fri Apr 19, 2002

DENVER (Reuters Health) - Patients with diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis--also known as Lou Gehrig's disease--are more likely to have been slim and athletic than those with other types of neurological ailments, according to researchers at Columbia University in New York.

The researchers decided to conduct the study because celebrities with the disease have often been athletes, including baseball great Lou Gehrig, heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles and baseball pitcher Catfish Hunter.


Exercise Does Not Protect Smokers From Cancer

Fri Apr 12, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Male smokers who think walking, swimming or other physical activity will lower their risk of lung cancer are wrong, researchers say.

"The results of our study suggest that neither occupational nor leisure-time physical activity is associated with the risk of lung cancer in long-term cigarette smokers," write lead study author Dr. Lisa H. Colbert of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and her colleagues.


Exercise Can Lower Risk of Death From Stroke

Tue Apr 16, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who are physically fit and maintain a regular aerobic exercise program are less likely to suffer a stroke than their sedentary peers, study findings indicate.

According to the report, physical activity may reduce the risk of stroke, the third leading cause of death in the US, by lowering the risk of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.