Meticulous, well-supported information with practical application. A valuable reference.

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HEALING MOVES

HOW TO CURE, RELIEVE, AND PREVENT COMMON AILMENTS WITH EXERCISE

Strong arguments for making vigorous exercise part of a healthy lifestyle; coupled with careful, well-illustrated exercise regimens designed to prevent or relieve specific medical conditions. Washington Post health writer Carol Krucoff and cardiologist Mitchell Krucoff (Duke University Medical Center) remind us once again that exercise relieves stress, boosts mood, enhances self-esteem, helps maintain a healthy weight, improves sleep, prompts a desire for healthy food, enhances self-efficacy, and promotes “hardiness” (making us “less vulnerable to the ravages of daily problems”). They first discuss in detail exercises and programs for general health and fitness. Then, arranged by body system, they set out the facts of various medical disorders, explain how exercise can help, and provide an exercise prescription. Covered herein are metabolic disorders (e.g., diabetes), mental health conditions, orthopedic disorders, cardiovascular disorders, immunological conditions (from colds to AIDS and cancer), men’s health, women’s health, and respiratory disorders. For instance, we learn that since exercise speeds the passage of food through the intestinal tract, it lessens the length of contact between carcinogens in food and the colon wall—which “may explain why physically active men have half the risk of colon cancer as their sedentary peers.”

Meticulous, well-supported information with practical application. A valuable reference.

Pub Date: April 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-609-60222-5

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Harmony

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2000

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Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and...

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later.

In a well-paced, vibrant narrative, Popular Science contributor and Culture Dish blogger Skloot (Creative Writing/Univ. of Memphis) demonstrates that for every human cell put under a microscope, a complex life story is inexorably attached, to which doctors, researchers and laboratories have often been woefully insensitive and unaccountable. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal form of cervical cancer. At Johns Hopkins, the doctors harvested cells from her cervix without her permission and distributed them to labs around the globe, where they were multiplied and used for a diverse array of treatments. Known as HeLa cells, they became one of the world's most ubiquitous sources for medical research of everything from hormones, steroids and vitamins to gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, even the polio vaccine—all without the knowledge, must less consent, of the Lacks family. Skloot spent a decade interviewing every relative of Lacks she could find, excavating difficult memories and long-simmering outrage that had lay dormant since their loved one's sorrowful demise. Equal parts intimate biography and brutal clinical reportage, Skloot's graceful narrative adeptly navigates the wrenching Lack family recollections and the sobering, overarching realities of poverty and pre–civil-rights racism. The author's style is matched by a methodical scientific rigor and manifest expertise in the field.

Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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