Exercise in a pill – would you take it?

Exercise in a pill – would you take it?

An observational study involving more than 44,700 black women and lasting almost 20 years found that regular, vigorous exercise offers significant protection against development of an aggressive subtype of breast cancer. According to this report in Oncology Nurse Advisor, black women who engaged in brisk exercise for a lifetime average of three or more hours a week had a 47 per cent reduced risk...

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Could exercise really make us want healthier, low-calorie food?

Could exercise really make us want healthier, low-calorie food?

When scientists talk about diet and exercise they generally relate today’s problems to things that made sense in the past. For instance, we’re attracted to sugar because sweeter berries were less likely to give a hunter gatherer an upset stomach. And we’re getting fat because we drive everywhere rather than roaming the plains in search of bison. So how can this article make sense?...

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Treatment for cancer – who decides when enough is enough?

Treatment for cancer – who decides when enough is enough?

Cutting, burning, administering toxic chemicals… not an excerpt from a torturer’s handbook but the standard triumvirate of treatment for cancer. Surgery. Radiation. Chemotherapy. Having experienced all three I’m all for the idea of skipping those that don’t make a difference to your prognosis, and I think this article makes interesting reading. Obviously, it’s in everyone’s interest to limit...

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Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

A new study has shown that an exercise program can help people with hip osteoarthritis to delay or even avoid total hip replacement surgery. But other studies suggest it might not be a good idea to do the exercise at a gym. With noise levels commonly reaching well over 90 dB (decibels) or more, it’s the equivalent of doing your workout next to someone using a jackhammer. So you could find it...

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If cancer survivors are heroes where does that leave the people who die?

If cancer survivors are heroes where does that leave the people who die?

In this blog, Andrew Graystone makes some interesting points about the way we talk about cancer. For instance, I had no idea that it was Richard Nixon who turned cancer from a shameful secret into a very public war. Like Andrew, I feel uncomfortable with the battle analogy but for slightly different reasons. While he doesn’t necessarily want to turn his body into a war zone, I hate the...

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