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Looking At : Dec 23, 2012
Posted By Scott Bird
Binoculars at Echo Point

Echo Point, Blue Mountains.

During the past week we’ve discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

  • Cannabis Makes Pain More Bearable (But Doesn’t Actually Reduce It) : This won’t come as a surprise to many, but it’s certainly an interesting distinction. Over to the team at Oxford University‘s Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain.
  • Olympians Live Longer : Another one that may not come as a shock, though it’s great to see the research. Various types of Olympians live longer than the remainder of the population.
  • UK to Host 2017 Paralympic World Athletic Championships : It seems the UK intends to make the most of their assorted Olympic facilities, getting ready to host a number of major sporting events over the next few years. Joining that list is the 2017 Paralympic World Athletic Championships.
  • How Cancer cells Communicate with Healthy Cells : It’s long been known that cancerous cells co-opt neighbouring cells via a process known as metastatis – although the details have been somewhat sketchy. Now researchers at Toronto’s Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute have managed to identify exactly how this process works. Fantastic.

There were also a number of things discussed on the Straight to the Bar Community pages : Gillingham Grippers, Neck injuries and a whole lot more. Swing by.

Incidentally, if you’d like to dive into this topic a little deeper (and I wouldn’t blame you for that – fascinating area), grab the daily Aging & Longevity newsletter. Dive in.

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Straight to the Bar is the online home of fitness enthusiast Scott Bird, and looks at the many training approaches, essential techniques, uncommon exercises and superb equipment to help you become as strong as humanly possible. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.

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Written By Scott Bird
Scott is a long-time fitness enthusiast (Jan 2004!), writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. If you share the passion for spending a bit of time under a bar, welcome. Love hearing how everyone else trains. You can connect via X (Formerly Twitter), Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
Drawing of Scott Andrew Bird performing a deadlift. Artwork by Vince Palko.