Broken Promises

In 1998 the tobacco companies struck a deal worth $246 billion over the first 25 years with the states (U.S.). Sadly, public health organizations report that less than 2% of the $25.7 billion dollars states will collect next year from tobacco tax and settlement revenues will be used to fight smoking. Only two states--Alaska and…

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Exercise Benefits the Sick more than the Well

In 2008 the U.S. Federal Government issued new exercise guidelines for the general population. A recent survey examined the reduction in mortality experienced by people who followed these recommendations. The study was based on nearly 250,000 people.   People who met the aerobic activity goals experienced substantial survival benefits. Interestingly, those who benefited most were sick…

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Exercise Important for Reducing Anxiety in Illness

Physical activity is well known to improve depression symptoms. However, there has been concern that its effects might worsen anxiety. A review of 40 studies of sedentary adults with a variety of chronic illnesses concludes exercise training significantly reduces anxiety symptoms as well. The largest anxiety improvements were seen in those who exercised at least…

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