July 10, 2012

Sitting can reduce your life expectancy     Photo: Dennis/Flickr

Sitting Takes Years Off Your Life

Sit for three hours per day? Deduct two years

Sitting for more than three hours a day—even if you exercise—can shorten your life expectancy by two years, a new study finds. In a paper published Monday in the online journal BMJ Open, researchers found that physical activity and sedentary behavior independently affect health and life expectancy. In other words, exercise does not cancel out sedentary behavior. “Whether you’re physically active and meet the exercise guidelines, or if you’re not active, sitting is bad,” said Peter Katzmarzyk, the lead author of the paper. According to the study, inactivity has nearly the same effect on mortality as does smoking. Watching two hours of television daily cut life expectancy by an additional 1.4 years. The study noted that the average American is inactive for nearly 55 percent of the day.

Read more at Atlanta Journal Constitution.


Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong     Photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tabitha M. Mans/Wikimedia

Armstrong Associates Given Lifetime Ban

USADA bans three as judge dismisses Lance's suit

On Tuesday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a lifetime ban to three former staffers and consultants for Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service squads. Team doctor Luis Garcia del Moral, consulting doctor Michele Ferrari, and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti, were all charged with doping violations, along with Armstrong, on June 13. Moral, Marti, and Ferrari had until Monday to contest the charges before USADA imposed sanctions. Under UCI policies, a USADA ban will bar the convicted from "activity or competition" worldwide. Armstrong was granted a five-day extension and his hearing delayed while he filed a lawsuit against USADA, which a judge dismissed without prejudice on Monday as "a lengthy and bitter polemic against the named defendants." Armstrong's lawyers have said they will refile the suit no later than Wednesday.

Read more at VeloNation


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Doping Arrest at Tour de France

French cyclist Di Gregorio nabbed

Tour de France rider Remy Di Gregorio has been suspended by his team after French police arrested him at his hotel Monday night on suspicion of doping. Police also detained two other individuals suspected of providing drugs to Di Gregorio. The French rider's team, Cofidis, said that it would fire Di Gregorio "on the spot" if he is convicted. "The suspicion on the rider concerned, Remy Di Gregorio, leaves us with no choice but to hand down the strictest possible sanctions," Cofidis said in a statement, adding that the rest of the team would stay in the race. Annaick Le Goff, the magistrate heading up the case, said that the investigation began in 2011, while Di Gregorio was riding for Astana.

Read more at VeloNews.com


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Past Year in U.S. Was Hottest on Record

It's not just you, this summer's a scorcher

Since modern record-keeping began in 1895, the United States has not had a hotter year than the past 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. From July 2011 to June 2012, the national-average temperature of 56 degrees Fahrenheit was 3.2 degrees above the national long-term average. The past six months have also set a record for the hottest half-year—an average temperature of 52.9 degrees, eclipsing the six-month average by 4.5 degrees. Over 170 warm-temperature records were broken or tied during the month of June. “We tend to see these kinds of records broken in July and August,” Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with the NOAA, told The New York Times, “and not in June.”

Read more at NOAA.gov