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October 07, 2007— Ottawa, Ontario

If you fall into cold water while boating on a Canadian lake or river, should you swim to shore or stay with the boat? The answer was published in a recent issue of NRC's first journal devoted solely to human health: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. The journal offers forward-thinking research on health topics of interest to policy makers, doctors, public health nurses and others working in the health care field.


A Canadian study published in the June 2007 issue showed that swimming to safety is sometimes the best option during cold water accidents, despite conventional advice to "stay with the boat." This shift in thinking could affect public policy and is one of many fresh perspectives on health-related issues offered in the journal. Another recent article showed that exercise lowers the risk of obesity-related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, even if obese patients don't lose much weight. Other topics have included nutritional deficiencies in the Canadian diet, gender differences in patterns of obesity, and the effects of exercise during pregnancy.

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism is published by NRC Research Press, the publishing arm of the NRC Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information.

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