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  • Is exercise work or play? Weight gain or loss depends on your answer
    Is exercise work or play? Weight gain or loss depends on your answer

    It's a common rookie mistake, but plenty of diet-and-exercise veterans make it, too: With an act of will, you muster yourself to the gym or the track, and you gut your way through an arduous workout. When you sit down to dinner or go to the break room later that day, you say to yourself, "By...

  • Doctors aren't telling overweight firefighters to lose weight, study says
    Doctors aren't telling overweight firefighters to lose weight, study says

    Sexy images of rippling abs and rock-hard biceps under those firefighter uniforms may obscure a serious problem: More than 70% of firefighters are overweight or obese, and most of them reported getting no advice to lose weight from their healthcare professionals, researchers said Thursday.

  • When brain says buy, you may not know why
    When brain says buy, you may not know why

    Billions of neurons fire in the brains of stock market traders as they decide whether to buy or sell shares in a matter of seconds. Some of these brain waves produce rational calculations about how best to make a profit, but others may not, suggests new research from the nascent field of...

  • Smooth surfaces help make cities into sizzling urban heat islands
    Smooth surfaces help make cities into sizzling urban heat islands

    Nineteen years ago this month, Chicago experienced one of the worst heat waves in its history. Nearly 500 people, mostly poor and elderly residents of the city’s dense urban core,  perished in sweltering temperatures and oppressive humidity.

  • 'Rebooted' satellite loses thruster capability
    'Rebooted' satellite loses thruster capability

    An ambitious plan to revive a forsaken NASA satellite and return it to Earth orbit ended in disappointment Wednesday when engineers conceded that a failure in the spacecraft's propulsion system made it impossible to fire thrusters and alter the probe's flight path.

  • Pesticide blamed for bee deaths now linked to bird declines
    Pesticide blamed for bee deaths now linked to bird declines

    A class of pesticides linked to the catastrophic collapse of bee colonies has now been linked to declines in bird populations, according to a Dutch study.

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  • Not their parents' vices: Smoking down, texting while driving rampant
    Not their parents' vices: Smoking down, texting while driving rampant

    There's been an outbreak of good behavior among American teens, although public health officials perceive new patterns of risky business on the part of U.S. adolescents.

  • New diabetes statistics show rising tide of disease
    New diabetes statistics show rising tide of disease

    Driven by surging obesity, an aging population and doubly high risks among blacks and Latinos, the American epidemic of diabetes has leaped to historic heights in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Diabetes mellitus now afflicts 29 million...

  • FDA to pregnant women: Eat more fish (but choose with care)
    FDA to pregnant women: Eat more fish (but choose with care)

    The Food and Drug Administration, underlining the potential health benefits to infants and young children of fatty acids found plentifully in fish, on Tuesday urged pregnant women and new mothers to consume more fish and to feed it more often to their youngsters.

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