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Running
Jan 16, 2009
A new study finds that running has a significant protective effect on the development of age-related macular degeneration. Male (n = 29,532) and female (n = 12,176) runners were followed prospectively for 7.7 years. During that time, 110 men and 42 women reported being diagnosed with AMD. The men and women who developed AMD ran for...

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Olympics
Aug 14, 2008
Tune into the Olympic coverage over the next few weeks, and you will see many an athlete proudly raise their arms and head in victory, while a much larger number slump their shoulders and necks in defeat. We've all shown the same body language ourselves, and a new study reveals why - they are innate and universal behaviours, performed by humans...

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Legally blind archer
Aug 14, 2008
That world champion Im Dong-Hyun can even hit the target is a minor miracle. Not many Olympic archers are legally blind. The South Korean has no idea where his arrow lands on the target, and from 70 meters away all he has to aim at is a blob of color. "When I look down the range at the target all I can do is try to distinguish between the...

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Aug 13, 2008
A new study examines ways to engage the visually impaired in physical exercise, and finds that physical condition, mental state, and balance can rapidly improve following the initiation of an exercise program. The program was designed for visually impaired and deaf-blind people with the aim of reducing their most common physical problems:...

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Aug 5, 2008
The eighth Seafair Triathlon in Seattle, Washington was distinguished by two assisted blind athletes in its field of 1,856 registered competitors. Probably the biggest finish-line cheers greeted 70-year-old John Upthegrove of Burien and 54-year-old Barb Oswald of Seattle, two blind participants who crossed the line with their guides within...

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Player dives toward beeping softball
Aug 4, 2008
When Glenn Permar of the Durham Sluggers came up to bat, the opposing Raleigh Rockets razzed their former teammate. "Let's get the old man out," one shouted. Despite the friendly taunts, Permar, 55, a player-coach and prolific hitter, drove a fat pitch into shallow left field. Two fielders scrambled toward the ball, but Permar slid head...

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Olympics
Aug 4, 2008
A charity has come up with an idea to enable blind and visually-impaired children to share some of the drama of the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. Living Paintings, in Newbury, Berkshire, UK, is producing a pack that uses sound and touch to bring the Games to life. They include raised images of scenes ranging from hurdlers to...

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Blind adventurer and guide dog summits Mt. Whitney
Jul 7, 2008
A legally blind man and his dog set a new record as they became the first guide dog team to summit Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental U.S. John Wimmer, with help from his guide dog Rasha and teammate Diego Gonzalez Joven, reached the summit on June 21, only weeks after setting the same record for Mt. Hood in Oregon. Wimmer...

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Jul 7, 2008
Blind golfers from across the globe will travel to Belfast this summer to compete for the world title in the unique sport. Belvoir Park Golf Club, will host the World Blind Golf Championships, set to take place on August 10-12. Former Olympic gold medalist Dame Mary Peters, a life long supporter of investment in sport for the disabled,...

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Jun 24, 2008
A blind man who bounced back from near death is giving new meaning to an old cliché ‘Where there's a will there's a way" after he finished the Ironman early Monday morning. To full understand his accomplishment you have to go back 12 years to where Dave Bigoney's Ironman success story began on the fateful evening he lost his sight. "...

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