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December 2nd, 2007 - Open Knowledge

Dec. 2nd, 2007

01:19 am - Tough girl

High school runner breaks leg in meet, crawls to finish anyway

It has been almost two weeks since Claire Markwardt’s horrific fall in the final stretch of the Ohio state high school cross country championship, and yet, the Berkshire High School senior has seen the video only once.

Only once has she logged on to YouTube and watched herself fall to the ground as first her left tibia and then her fibula snap in half. Only once has she watched herself crawl the final 45 feet to the finish line, ensuring that she would complete the final race of her high school career.

And even that one time, she had to stop the video at the point where a race official picks her up and carries her to a doctor.

“There’s a scene in ‘Harry Potter’ where Harry breaks his arm and it’s really jiggly,” Markwardt said by phone this week. “When [the official] picked me up, that’s what I remember thinking my leg felt like. It felt like it was swinging around a lot. And I didn’t want to see that, so I stopped watching.”

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02:48 pm - Late starters can benefit from healthy habits

Late-starters can benefit from healthy habits: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even in middle age, adopting a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk for heart disease and premature death within years of changing habits, researchers reported on Thursday.

Middle-aged adults who began eating five or more fruits and vegetables every day, exercising for at least 2 1/2 hours a week, keeping weight down and not smoking decreased their risk of heart disease by 35 percent and risk of death by 40 percent in the four years after they started.

“The adopters of a healthy lifestyle basically caught up. Within four years, their mortality rate and rate of heart attacks matched the people who had been doing these behaviors all along,” said Dr. Dana King at the Medical University of South Carolina, who led the research.

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