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Looking At : Dec 5 2021
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : Weekly summary
During the past week we’ve discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily ‘Paper’ and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.
  • WHO Recently Endorsed The First-Ever Malaria Vaccine : Not yet perfect, but extremely promising nonetheless.
  • Say Hello To OvivaTx – The Startup Developing Treatments For Menopause : Over to CEO Daisy Robinton.
  • Ketogenic Diets And Elevated Blood Lipids (Notably LDL Cholesterol) : Interesting research. Personally, I opt for a ‘modified Paleo’ approach for precisely this reason.
  • New Drug Targets A Genetic Cause Of Kidney Disease : Say hello to Vertex’s ‘VX-147’.
  • Treadmill Exercise Training Shows Promise for Managing Cognitive Effects of Multiple Sclerosis : Wonderful – look forward to seeing larger & more general studies (would be great to know just how widespread the cognitive benefits are).
We also talked about EC to procure 60 million doses of Valneva’s Covid-19 vaccine, Smart homes as partial healthcare replacements and a whole lot more. Keep up with the World of Health & Fitness on this site, and in the Straight to the Bar pages on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily ‘Paper’. Absolutely free.
NB : If you’re stuck at home for a while, you may be re-considering the many benefits of having a home gym. To learn how to put one together (and see the specific items we recommend), swing by the full Guide.

Over to you. Drop us a line on Twitter ( @scottbird ), or add a comment below.



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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 Twitter, Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
Drawing of Scott Andrew Bird performing a deadlift. Artwork by Vince Palko.