335 e-Letters

  • Serum Testosterone In Sedentary, Active And Athletic Males From Kosovo
    Gezim Murseli

    Testosterone is one of the anabolic androgen steroids (AAS) that has been abused to improve higher athletic performance by enhancing muscle development and recovery. The purpose of this study was to assess basal level of serum total testosterone in male athletes and to compare it with physically active and sedentary males.

    The study sample was composed of 40 males divided in four groups of different physical acti...

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  • Time to bust the myth?
    Roy J. Shephard

    Recent editorials have renewed the debate on the role of physical inactivity in the current obesity epidemic. [1, 2] Malhotra and colleagues cite an opinion piece suggesting "little change of physical activity levels in the past 30 years," while Blair counters that U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics show "mining, agriculture and agricultural jobs declined substantially."

    Both statements have some truth, but they neg...

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  • Coke and sports
    Matthew B. Kowalsky

    It is like saying Coca-Cola is the favorite drink of many athletes. The truth is much more complex. Research in this field that is funded by the beverages industry tends to be biased. There will always be people in any field, including scientific research, who will do almost anything to make a buck. I can understand the necessity of balancing the views on any public health issue, but here the balance is tipped over by an ev...

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  • Re:Re:12 Reasons why the "Physical Activity Myth" paper should not have been published; Request for retraction or modification based on open external peer-review
    Paul Kelly

    In response to Professor Cooper:

    We thank Prof Cooper for his comments (15th June 2015) on our Letter to the Editor, and in particular his critique of our Point 3. We stated in our original letter that "we invite discussion and criticism of our review, and will gladly amend any sections that can...

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  • Re:12 Reasons why the "Physical Activity Myth" paper should not have been published; Request for retraction or modification based on open external peer-review
    Richard S Cooper

    Kelly et al make a number of useful comments about the unfortunate editirial by Malhotra et al. However they too obscure the main point. They use a 2008 NIH document as the key reference to refute the editorialists' claim that exercise does not lead to weight loss.

    What the NIH document actually says -

    The magnitude of weight loss due to physical activity is additive to caloric restriction, but physi...

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  • If you can click through to this Google+ Community I hope it will help...
    Karim Khan

    It seems very clear that there are two different ways of interpreting the tile of this editorial. BJSM is grateful for the terrific engagement in this important debate - we revel in debate.

    But it's not helpful to have two soliloquys going on so I respectfully suggest there are two basic interpretations of the title.

    Please click through to this Google Community http://ow.ly/PaHbz to see the two inte...

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  • Review
    Gary Pearce

    This article speaks to the growing need to ensure all work groups including managers take the time to move around more frequently. It is also interesting to note that while this is based on short term studies it will have large long term gains. I will be very interested to see where this research goes in the future. I personally will be looking at ways to partake of this valuable insight in to the need to move away from...

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  • since you asked for my opinion
    Rebecca A. Silverstein

    Since the web site clearly asked for my opinion, I felt I wanted to share how disappointed I am with this article.

    This article looks like it is simply a copy of a systematic review / metaanalysis published a full 13 months earlier, in september 2013, meaning that the search was current in March 2012.

    The review was criticized at the time of its original publication for being overly optimistic (see the...

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  • It is time to bust the myth of a catchy title.
    Nathan A Stephens

    Dear Editor,

    It was disappointing to read the recent Editorial by Malhotra et al (1). Whilst the sentiment of the article was perhaps well placed, the desire for a headline grabbing title and catchphrase seems to have taken precedence over clear and honest content. A better title would have been "Three individuals are disgruntled with the marketing campaigns of soft drinks companies", but of course this would...

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  • Response to paper: It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet
    Robert A Mason

    Dear A Malhotra, T Noakes, and S Phinney,

    Please find below my thoughts on your paper.

    Having read your submission thoroughly I have great praise for its contents. The assessment of the food industry and advertisement is a thorough one. The food industry markets and targets in a morally reprehensible way that has no consideration for people's health at all and is a profit driven machine that needs addr...

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