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Kids who get extra physical activity may also get better grades: research

Students who get extra physical activity may pay more attention in school and do better in subjects like reading and math, a research review suggests. The study team analyzed data from 26 previously published studies with a total of more than 10,000 children between 4 and 13 years old. All of the prior studies measured the impact of a variety of physical activity programs on academic performance. The authors also looked at whether the effect of exercise differed across academic subjects. Although the benefit of…

House-cleaning, walking to work, staves off death: study

PARIS: One in 12 global deaths over a five-year period can be prevented through 30 minutes of physical activity -- which can include house-cleaning or walking to work -- five days a week, researchers said on Friday. "Being highly active (750 minutes a week) is associated with an even greater reduction," according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal. The study, which tracked 130,000 people in 17 countries, "confirms on a global scale that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality and…

Does Pokemon get you on the Go? For a bit, says study

PARIS: It has been hailed as a revolutionary way to get people moving, using smartphones to pursue cartoon creatures through city parks and streets on foot, instead of taking the car or metro. But has Pokemon Go made people more active and healthy? A study on Wednesday reported mixed success. In the first week of playing the game, people took 955 additional steps per day on average -- equalling nearly half the World Health Organization's recommended physical activity level, researchers found. But this soon petered…