Saturday, July 6, 2013

Exercise and take aspirin!

Two informative health-related items (ht: instapundit) to pass along today.  The first is a fascinating account of how exercise causes the brain to engage in processes that reduce suseptibiity to stress and anxiety:

Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University.
The second item highlights another tremendous benefit of taking aspirin, truly the wonder drug:
The use of aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs significantly reduces the risk for cancer, but no one has been able to explain why. Now researchers have found that these drugs slow the accumulation of a type of DNA change called somatic genome abnormalities, or S.G.A.’s, that lead to uncontrolled cell growth.