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Exercise Boosts Tumor-Fighting Ability of Chemotherapy, Team Finds

September 19, 2014

University of Pennsylvania scientists have reported in the American Journal of Physiology that exercising while in chemotherapy treatment could increase the ability of cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. In a mouse study of melanoma treatment, the researchers discovered chemotherapy combined with exercise killed more cancer cells than chemo alone. One theory to explain this finding is that exercise, by increasing blood flow, boosts the amount of cancer-fighting drugs coursing through the bloodstream, thereby bringing more drug in contact with tumors.

Walking Is the Superfood of Fitness, Experts Say

September 29, 2014

Reuters reports that according to studies from Indiana University and the University of Texas, even those who run long distances several times a week may suffer from artery damage in the legs like those who are completely sedentary. Researchers also suggest that walking for five minutes three times during prolonged periods of sitting can help reverse this damage. Walking, the article mentions, is a unique tool that most completely overlook when designing exercise routines. For many, weight training or CrossFit-style workouts present too high a barrier to entry and simply increasing activity level by walking more could provide long-term benefits and help prevent chronic diseases.

Exercise Counteracts Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s

December 15, 2014

Scientific American reports that new evidence suggests the same gene that makes one more susceptible to cognitive decline dementias later in life can be modulated to provide more protection against Alzheimer’s via exercise. Scientists have known for some time that those with the APOE e4 gene have an elevated Alzheimer’s risk. But APOE e4 also responds to exercise, and those in middle age can derive protective benefits against later mental decline. Though some conflicting evidence clouds APOE e4’s direct role in Alzheimer’s, the more active one is, research suggests, the better the brain fares later in life.

Exercise Tied to Prostate Cancer Survival

December 23, 2014

Reuters reports that according to a study appearing in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, men diagnosed with prostate cancer had a 39% decreased risk of death from cancer if they were active for at least 20 minutes a day post-diagnosis. Furthermore, those cancer patients who walked or biked daily also had a 30% decreased risk of death overall when compared to those who were not physically active on a regular basis. This new research adds more weight to prior studies that have demonstrated the more active one is, the better chance they have to defeat a variety of cancers.

Lack of Exercise Responsible for Twice as Many Early Deaths as Obesity

January 16, 2015

University of Cambridge scientists, writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shed new light on just how important exercise is to decreasing the overall risk of early death. After studying over 330,000 subjects, the researchers found that lack of exercise could be responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity. The study also noted that simply taking a 20-minute walk daily, independent of BMI status, could decrease the risk of early death by up to 30% over time.

Older Minds Need Physical and Mental Activity

January 21, 2015

Edith Cowan University scientists in Australia present new findings on the combination of mental and physical activity on the health of older citizens in a new paper published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The team’s study looked at 172 subjects aged 60 to 85, who had been split into four study groups—those who underwent weeks of consistent exercise, memory training, both, and neither. Exercise combined with memory training produced the only significant increases in verbal memory. This study, while isolated, does support the stance that both physical and mental exercise are necessary for the preservation of brain function in older citizens.

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