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Even in Polluted Air, Exercise Has Benefits 
Although air pollution is implicated in causing many serious health problems, researchers found that the benefits of exercise outweighed the hit from dirty air, for those exercising in such environments. The BBC explains: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36208003

Reversing Obesity a Sisyphean Struggle 
Once you become obese, you’re in trouble, the latest research indicates. Data show the chances of regaining and maintaining a normal weight are stultifyingly low for those who have become obese. Obesity, it would seem, is a case where an ounce of prevention is worth many, many pounds of cure. The New York Times has the sobering news: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/why-you-cant-lose-weight-on-a-diet.html?_r=1

Antibiotic Apocalypse Greatly Oversold 
The media has always put sensational headlines before technical accuracy, and the recently reported rise of antibiotic-resistant pathogens is a case in point. If you’d like a more tempered and informative take on the situation, try Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/05/everybody-be-cool-a-nightmare-superbug-has-not-heralded-the-apocalypse-yet/

Oregon Poison Plant Guide 
If you’re headed into the outdoors, it’s best to steer clear of some of Oregon’s toxic plant pests, like poison oak. The Oregonian has compiled a guide to help you get up to speed on which plants to give a wide berth: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/05/can_you_identify_the_poisonous.html#0