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Exercise "potentially as effective" as many drugs for common diseases

Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, a review of evidence suggests.

The report by Huseyin Naci|, a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a fellow of Harvard Medical School, and Professor John Ioannidis, director of Stanford University School of Medicine, is published on bmj.com|

The researchers argue that more trials comparing the effectiveness of exercise and drugs are urgently needed to help doctors and patients make the best treatment decisions. In the meantime, they say exercise “should be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy.”

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Further news coverage:

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|CBC News Oct 2, 2013 4:49 PM 

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|Orlando Sentinel - Oct 2 at 19:39 BST

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|USA Today - Oct 2 at 19:32 BST

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The Independent, 02/10/2013, p.8, Charlie Cooper

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Daily Mail, 02/10/2013, p.11, Jenny Hope

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|Metro, 02/10/2013, p.27

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|MSN UK (Web), 02/10/2013, Unattributed

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|Mirror.co.uk (Web), 02/10/2013, Andrew Gregory

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BBC Jersey, (3/10/2013)
Huseyin Naci discusses the LSE and Harvard Medical School research which shows that exercise can be as effective as drugs in preventing heart disease. 

Also on:
LBC, (3/10/2013) 

BBC Cornwall, (3/10/2013) 

BBC Suffolk, (02/10/2013)

BBC Radio 2, (2/10/2013)
Huseyin Naci discusses the LSE and Harvard Medical School research which shows that exercise can be as effective as drugs in preventing heart disease. 

Sky News, 02/10/2013
Coverage of LSE Harvard research

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