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Daily Dose: 10/1/2012

Some Monday Morning Inspiration: A former Navy SEAL was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2006. He continued to work in the military, but eventually had to resign because his condition had gotten so bad. Both of his lungs collapsed, and he received a double transplant from a 19-year old who had committed suicide. Eight months later, he completed a half-marathon. He has raised almost $40,000 for cancer research by participating in marathons, and has not had any complications from his transplant. Read more about this inspiring story here.

Get Off That Couch: A British study found that those who sit for less than three hours a day are the least likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease, though researchers haven’t yet discovered what causes this connection. Exercise can only reduce these risks, not eliminate them, and this is true only for men. There is no proof of causality (meaning that there is a correlation between kidney disease and long periods of sitting, but no way to prove that one caused the other), but this study is one of a long list that links chronic diseases to couch potatoes. There is obviously no way to avoid sitting all day, especially as a student or office worker, but doctors are suggesting that you stand up and take a break every so often.

Why We Need to Take Another Look at Mental Health: Data from the National Center for Health Statistics tells us that suicide has surpassed car accidents as the number-one cause of injury-related death in the U.S. In the last decade, the number of deaths by suicide has increased 15 percent. Deaths caused by car crashes have decreased by 25 percent, most likely due to increased safety measures. Researchers believe the reason for the increase in suicides is due to a large number of opioid prescriptions, which are often abused. They suggest more research should be done on suicide in order to lower these numbers. The other top causes of death in the U.S. can be found in this article from nbcnews.com.

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