Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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PERIODIC TABLES

Everything you always wanted to know about women's menstrual cycles is now available at Penn State. The university is the new home of the Tremin Trust, a database containing 65 years worth of in-depth information about the entire menstrual lives of more than 6,000 women from their 20s until menopause.

WARMING WORRIES

Growing concerned about global warming? So are scientists, who say it can be linked to fluctuations in crop yields, prices and farm income over the last 30 years. Researchers from Iowa State University's Agricultural College, Columbia Earth Institute and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School report that warmer winters and greater extremes, such as summer droughts, may have had the most substantial effects on production.

EXERCISE AND DIABETES

Even moderate physical activity may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in older women.

A 12-year follow-up study of more than 34,000 women found that activity of any kind reduced the risk of diabetes by 30 percent compared to women who did not engage in any leisure-time physical activity. Among women who were more physically active, their risk was reduced by 50 percent, said Aaron R. Folsom of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

The anti-diabetic benefit from activity held up when other factors were balanced out, such as age, education, smoking, alcohol consumption, estrogen replacement and whole grain intake, he reported in the American Journal of Public Health. …

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