2009 Press Releases


  • Five Exercises Can Reduce Neck, Shoulder Pain of Women Office Workers

    Released November 18, 2009 - Strength training exercises using dumbbells can reduce pain and improve function in the trapezius muscle, the large muscle which extends from the back of the head, down the neck and into the upper back. The exercises also improve the muscle's ability to respond quickly and forcefully among women suffering trapezius myalgia, a tenderness and tightness in the upper trapezius muscle. The results are the latest findings from an ongoing Danish study aimed at reducing repetitive strain injury caused by office work.
  • Research Shows How a Stroke Affects Hand Function; Provides Roadmap for Rehabilitation

    Released June 15, 2009 - A person whose hand function has been affected by a stroke can release an object more quickly when the affected arm is supported on a platform, but the support does not make it easier to grip the object, according to a new study.
  • Oral Contraceptives Impair Muscle Gains In Young Women

    Released April 17, 2009 - Many active young women use oral contraceptives (OC) yet its effect on their body composition and exercise performance has not been thoroughly studied. A team of researchers has examined the effects of OC on female muscle mass and found that oral contraceptive use impairs muscle gains in young women, and is associated with lower hormone levels.
  • Astronauts May Need More Intense Workouts To Maintain Muscle Fitness In Space

    Released April 2, 2009 - A new study suggests that astronauts need to modify their workouts to avoid extensive muscle loss during missions onboard the International Space Station.
  • As Good As It Gets: Octogenarian Muscles Don't Get Stronger With Exercise

    Released March 31, 2009 - Octogenarian women were unable to increase muscle mass after a 3-month weight lifting program targeted at strengthening the thigh muscle, according to a new study.