Physical activity may protect those at risk for depression

After mining millions of electronic health record data points, researchers found people who were more physically active at baseline were less likely to develop depression, even after accounting for genetic risks.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Nov. 5, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  health-medicine  depression  exercise  genetic-risk  harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  massachusetts-general-hospital  partners-healthcare-biobank

Exercise, fasting shown to help cells shed defective proteins

A new study from the Blavatnik Institute finds that intense exercise and fasting activate hormones that boost cells’ capacity to dispose of defective proteins, which clog up the cell, interfere with its functions, and, over time, precipitate diseases including neurodegenerative conditions such as ALS and Alzheimer’s.

Ekaterina Pesheva • harvard
Feb. 21, 2019 ~9 min

Tags:  health-medicine  alfred-goldberg  als  alzheimers  blavatnik-institute  exercise  fasting  harvard-medical-school  hms  hormones  human-cells  mouse-cells  muscular-dystrophy  nih  toxic-proteins

A step-by-step guide on how to choose, make, and keep New Year’s resolutions

Figure out what resolutions fit your lifestyle and then make them happen with some expert advice.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Dec. 31, 2018 ~13 min

Tags:  health-medicine  atomic-habits  1-percent-performance-improvement  exercise  goals  harvard-division-of-continuing-education  harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-healths-nutrition-source  healthier-habits  mackenzie-kassab  mindfulness  new-years-resolutions

Exercise-related hormone irisin found to target key bone cells

Scientists have discovered that irisin, a hormone released by muscles during exercise, directly acts on key regulatory cells that control the breakdown and formation of bone.

Richard Saltus • harvard
Dec. 14, 2018 ~5 min

Tags:  health-medicine  bone-thinning  bruce-spiegelman  dana-farber-cancer-institute  exercise  irisin  osteocytes  osteoporosis

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