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Looking At : Apr 23 2023
Posted By Scott Bird
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.
  • Bone Density Changes in Space Linked to the Gut Microbiome : Very interesting, and certainly an area to keep an eye on (especially if you plan on travelling to the Moon, Mars or just an orbiting space station of some kind).
  • Scientists Identify Thousands Of Unknown Viruses In Babies’ Diapers : A fascinating source of information.
  • Advance in Intelligent Neuroprosthetics May Benefit Those With Motor Diseases : Promising.
  • Graphene ‘Tattoo’ Successfully Treats Slow Heartbeat in Rats : Human trials soon.
  • The ‘Stepping Stone’ Approach to Getting Longevity Drugs to Market : An interesting way to approach things – bringing geroprotective drugs to market for specific disease applications, rather than their potential longevity benefits.
We also discussed : Exercise and the microbiome; Gradually lowering sodium, saturated fat, and sugar levels in popular snack foods 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 ready to embark on your own fitness journey, you may be 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.
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.