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Researchers identify the special molecule that turns exercise into important health benefits

Posted January 8, 2014

We all know that regular exercise positively impacts cells throughout the body, and brain, and can improve health and longevity. But some of the underlying changes that occur in the body to facilitate these benefits were less clear to science until now.

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New study shows vitamin D-related “molecular switches” predict childhood bone mass

Posted August 28, 2013

University of Southampton researchers have demonstrated that the degree to which a gene related to vitamin D action is switched on or off, when measured at birth, predicts bone density of the child at four years of age.

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Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Risk for High Blood Pressure

Posted April 30, 2012

Although the value of breastfeeding for the baby is well known, some studies indicate it is beneficial for the health of the mother as well. According to new research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, mothers who breastfeed babies may have a somewhat reduced risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, Heal Blog reports. This is the latest contribution to the body of scientific evidence showing other possible health benefits for mothers, which include a reduced risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.

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