The exercise pill: How exercise keeps your brain healthy and protects it against depression and anxiety

Many doctors believe that exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that modern medicine has in its arsenal. But have you ever wondered why that is so? Your brain actually benefits, too.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~9 min

College student depression doubled over pandemic

Almost 2 in 3 college students in a new survey reported experiencing depression, doubled from the year before the pandemic began.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Feb. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Timing of exercise impacts men with Type 2 diabetes

Based on observational data, it was found that the timing of daily physical activity was linked to fitness levels and cardiovascular risks in men with Type 2 diabetes.

Sonia Epstein • harvard
Feb. 17, 2021 ~5 min

Regular exercise may protect against dementia

Moderate physical activity improves cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research. It may also protect against dementia.

U. Queensland • futurity
Feb. 15, 2021 ~5 min

Older adults with ‘prediabetes’ seldom get full-blown version

A "prediabetes" diagnosis doesn't help identify older adults at risk for full-blown diabetes. "Doctors instead should focus on healthy lifestyle changes..."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Feb. 12, 2021 ~7 min

In new book, Daniel Lieberman examines what motivates us to exercise

An excerpt from Daniel Lieberman’s newest book, “Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding.”

Daniel E. Lieberman • harvard
Feb. 5, 2021 ~18 min

Loss of muscle mass among elderly can lead to falls, and staying put during the pandemic doesn't help

Loss of muscle mass is a growing concern for the tens of millions of older Americans. It leads to falls and increased isolation, already a huge problem during coronavirus.

Roger Fielding, Lab Director and Senior Scientist, Tufts University • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~6 min

Human muscle fights inflammation all by itself

When exercised, human muscle can ward off the damaging effects of chronic inflammation, according to a new study using lab-grown muscle.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
Jan. 25, 2021 ~6 min

They don't come as pills, but try these 6 underprescribed lifestyle medicines for a better, longer life

Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.

Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director of Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan & Workpartners, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~10 min

Bird ‘Fitbit’ and muscle samples indicate fit fliers

New research on the muscles of black-legged kittiwakes suggests some of the birds are simply better athletes than others.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min