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Lifestyle of a relief exec

"Lifestyle of a relief exec" Continued...

Issue: "Shattered dreams," April 5, 2008

Walking to work

Dr. James Levine at the Mayo Clinic suggests that folks could burn up to 100 calories an hour by using a treadmill while working on a computer. Users of the "treadmill desk" walked slowly (at a one mile per hour pace) while working on a desk built around the treadmill. Blogger Jay Buster (treadmill-desk.com) is virtually walking across America using his treadmill desk. His blog contains links for instructions on building or ordering a desk.

You get what you think you're paying for

According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients respond better to more expensive placebos. In the study, researchers recruited subjects to test a new, faster-acting painkiller. They told half the patients that the drug cost $2.50 per pill and the other half that it had been discounted to $.10 a pill. About 85 percent of those taking the "more expensive" placebo said it reduced pain, while only 61 percent of those taking the "cheaper" placebo thought it was effective.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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