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THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 25 - NO. 9 - SEPTEMBER 97


  • The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas received a $2.48 million grant in July from The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a new 4-year study. Project PRIME (Physically Ready for Invigorating Movement Everyday), a randomized clinical trial, will compare two approaches to delivering a lifestyle intervention: group meetings and mail and telephone contact.

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, DC, has just launched three new brochures to help consumers make healthy, efficient, and cost-effective choices when purchasing home exercise equipment. The titles are: Pump Fiction, Avoiding the Muscle Hustle: Tips for Buying Exercise Equipment, and FTC Briefs—The Muscle Hustle. Copies are available free from the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 6th St and Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20580; or call (202) 326-2222. The text is also available at https://www.ftc.gov.

  • Tim Peters and Company, Inc, a Peapack, New Jersey, firm, is arming healthcare professionals with a new approach designed to discourage anabolic steroid use among young people: a superhero comic book. In Captain Bio Rumbles With Roid Rage, the fictional protagonist is Mark Phillips, MD, and his computer-generated sidekick Surge. Other youth-targeted topics in the company's Captain Bio series include epilepsy, asthma, and human immunodeficiency virus. For more information, call (800) 543-2230 or access the company's Web site at https://www.biocomics.com.

  • The US Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, DC, and Shimano American Corp of Irvine, California, are recalling more than 1 million cranks that connect the pedal to the bicycle frame. The recall affects most newer bikes—those sold between 1994 and 1996. The cranks have been installed on more than 200 models of bicycles and sold under at least 49 brand names.

  • Shimano has received more than 630 reports of broken cranks that contributed to 22 injuries, including cuts and fractures. A broken crank could lacerate the leg or cause a rider to lose control of the bike. The recalled cranks have the following numbers on the back or inner side of the right crank arm: FC-CT90, FC-M290, FC-MC12. Bikers who have these cranks should call Shimano at (800) 353-4719.


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