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Junk RNA key to maintaining muscle quality?

miRNA, which was once regarded as useless DNA, turns out to be crucial for muscle cell development.

Fitness reporting scores a hit

A newspaper series about three people pursuing a keep-fit programme prompted many readers to start exercising themselves.

Genes determine effect of diet and exercise

Your genetic makeup helps determine how much you get out of dieting and exercising. A researcher now aims to identify the genes that determine the effect that diabetes patients get from diet and exercise.

Strong women less prone to get diabetes

Women who work out and build muscle regularly are less likely to contract type 2 diabetes.

Teen fitness lowers heart attacks later in life

Men who are in good physical shape as 18-year-olds are less likely to have serious heart problems later as adults.

Swimming pool hall air can trigger asthma in elite swimmers

Although professional swimmers lead healthier lives than the average population, they have almost twice the prevalence of asthma symptoms. The air in indoor swimming pools may explain this paradox.

Exercise at home is as good as in the lab

Cardiac patients benefit from home-based high intensity training without needing the support of technicians or sophisticated equipment.

Light exercise improves mental health

Just 15 to 20 minutes of training a few times a week has a big impact on mental health. In fact it does more than pills.

With exercise, sometimes less is more

Moderately overweight people do not lose more weight by exercising 60 minutes. Shorter exercise sessions make people more active throughout the day, says researcher.

Avert strokes and heart attacks with a walk in the woods

A real work-out is best, but ordinary, low-intensity activities can help keep the dire consequences of a sedentary life at bay.