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Kids with Concussions Can Phase in Exercise, Screen Time Sooner than Before

New concussion guidelines urge doctors to let kids return to school sooner, and allow them to use electronics and ease back into physical activity after just a couple days of rest. (NPR)

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How Much Exercise Do You Need to Improve Your Mental Health?

Extensive research shows that physical activity positively benefits not only our bodies but also our mental health. Being active for 45 minutes, three to five times a week, has the most benefit. Any exercise can help, even gentle activities like walking and stretching. (University of Washington)

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New Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans: This Is What You Need To Do

What’s the bottom line about the new Physical Activity Guidelines for America? If you are the average American, you should probably be moving your bottom and everything attached to it more than you are doing now. (Forbes)

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Where Are the Women in Sports Science Research?

For years, female athletes have relied on training protocols, injury guidelines, and nutrition plans based on research conducted with men. That’s starting to change. (Outside)

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The Problem With Being Perfect

Perfectionism seems to be on the rise. Though it is often portrayed as a positive trait, extreme perfectionism can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicidal ideation. Here’s how to combat it. (Atlantic)

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Vigorous Exercise, Even a Trek Up Everest, May Be Safe During Pregnancy

Female athletes seem to be able to exercise safely and intensively both before and during pregnancy without increasing their risk for birth-related complications, even if they are trekking up Mount Everest, according to two new studies. (New York Times)

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A New Prescription For Depression: Join A Team And Get Sweaty

Research shows exercise can ease things like panic attacks or mood and sleep disorders. A recent study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry found that popular team sports may have a slight edge over the other forms of physical activity. (NPR)

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Nearly 800 Dietary Supplements Contained Unapproved Drug Ingredients, Study Finds

Nearly 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients, a new analysis of US Food and Drug Administration data found. Many of the adulterated muscle building products contained undeclared anabolic steroids. (CNN)

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Ivy League Football Saw Large Reduction in Concussions After New Kickoff Rules

Adjusting the kickoff and touchback lines by just five yards in  Ivy League football games has led to a significant drop in concussions, a study found. (New York Times)

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Study Links Restricting Screen Time for Kids to Higher Mental Performance

Children who use smartphones and other devices in their free time for less than two hours a day did better on tests assessing their thinking, language and memory, according to a study. Those who exercised at least an hour a day and slept nine to 11 hours per night performed even better. (Washington Post)

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