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Dancing Good for the Brain; Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

April 06, 2017

Learning to dance might help aging brains more than walking or other forms of exercise. New research suggests the particular physical and cognitive demands of learning country-style dance slows the brain changes of aging better than walking or other activities.   Researchers from the University of Illinois studied a group of 174 people in their 60s and 70s. The participants had no signs of cognitive impairment, and had been largely...

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Sedentary Lifestyle Speeds Biological Aging; American Journal of Epidemiology

January 20, 2017

Elderly women who were sedentary 10 hours or more per day had biologically "older" cells compared with women who exercised, according to new research from University of California San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.   The negative affects of a sedentary lifestyle are well known, but the new research investigates the impact on elderly women. Cells age at different rates, influenced by lifestyle factors like...

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Moderate Exercise Can Improve Outcomes for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

January 19, 2017

Moderate regular exercise has been shown to improve outcomes for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer in research done at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Patients who took part in moderate daily exercise had a lower chance of their disease worsening. In past research, regular exercise consistantly has been linked with better outcomes in non-metastatic colorectal cancer patients. This was the first study to look at the affect on...

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21st Century Cures Act Signed into Law; White House

December 13, 2016

President Barack Obama signed into law the bi-partisan healthcare spending bill called the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation is intended to expand medical research and speed up the approval process for new drugs and medical devices. "We are bringing to reality the possibility of new breakthroughs to some of the greatest health challenges of our time," Pres. Obama said.  The Care Act provides $4.8 billion in spending over 10...

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Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul; Andrew Schulman

December 12, 2016

I'm pleased to recommend Andrew Schulman's new book Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul. Andrew is a friend and music colleague, and a big enthusiast of Life-Cise.com. The book tells of his own experience in the world of medical emergency and care, and his response with music. It's a compelling story intertwined with some really interesting science - part healing power of music, part innovative doctoring,...

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Cancer Moonshot; White House

October 18, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden delivered an update of progress on the Cancer Moonshot initiative, announced during the president's 2016 State of the Union speech. The report summarizes the work of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, and sets forth a strategic plan for progress. Along with findings and recommendations, the report announced commitments from both private and public sectors toward the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. You can access the...

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Julie Goodale in Drunken Boat; Drunken Boat

April 19, 2016

Life-Cise founder Julie Goodale is proud to announce that her essay "Estar Roto" is now online at Drunken Boat magazine.  From the editor: In “Estar Roto” Julie Goodale confronts Post-traumatic stress and all the hearings and seeings of things that “are not there,” which post-traumatic stress leaves in its wrecked wake. And all this alongside the indisputable but often indescribable distinction of body and...

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Racial Bias in Treatment of Pain; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

April 07, 2016

Research has long shown disparities in medical treatment based on race. A new study from researchers at the University of Virginia highlights bias in pain assessment and management.    Black Americans are undertreated for pain, not only relative to white Americans, who are over-treated, but also relative to World Health Organization standards.    The new study of medical students and residents found that a...

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Julie Goodale in The Examined Life Journal; The Examined Life Journal

February 26, 2016

Life-Cise founder Julie Goodale is pleased to announce that her essay, "Visiting Death" has been published by "The Examined Life Journal." Filled with the stark realities of cancer, love of physical activity, and friendship, the essay tells the story of breakfast with a friend.   The Examined Life Journal is the literary journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The journal is available in print only and can...

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HPV Vaccine Tied to Dramatic Drop in HPV Virus in Teens; Pediatrics Journal

February 24, 2016

A vaccine for the cancer-causing human papilomavirus, or HPV, has led to a dramatic drop in infections among teenage girls and boys, according to new research. But researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caution that many teens are still not getting innoculated, and innoculation rates are dropping. Within six years of the vaccine's debut in the U.S., prevalence of the virus among girls aged 14-19 has dropped 64%....

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