Exercise and Industry
1. UK Sport’s merger with Sport England and counterparts in Scotland and Wales runs into problems
The proposed merger of UK Sport, Sport England and its home nations counterparts is running into difficulty because of political reluctance to give up devolved powers to a new UK body.
2. Cancer patient’s gym ‘ban’ by ‘Dragon’ Duncan Bannatyne
An NHS nurse recovering from cancer says she is “shocked” to have been banned from joining a gym owned by Dragons’ Den’s Duncan Bannatyne.
3. Phone therapy and exercise can ease chronic pain
Researchers from Britain’s universities of Aberdeen and Manchester who conducted the study also found that exercise improved pain and disability and helped people manage their symptoms, but there was no extra benefit for those who got both CBT and exercise treatment.
Health & Lifestyle
1. Obesity advisory group disbanded by government
The government has disbanded its expert advisory group on obesity, most of whose members were critical of health secretary Andrew Lansley’s decision to fight the epidemic through close collaboration with the food and drinks industries.
2. London 2012 Olympics: BOA’s Lord Moynihan wants tougher sanctions in fight against drug cheats
Lord Moynihan, the chairman of the British Olympic Association, has delivered an impassioned defence of the BOA’s lifetime Olympic ban for drug cheats just 24 hours before the organisation’s executive board is set to decide whether to continue with its zero tolerance rule.