About That Ultramarathon You've Been Meaning To Run

A recently conducted study concludes that that when extreme athletes (like ultramarathoners) overextend themselves, their guts can leak microbes into their blood stream, “poisoning” their blood and triggering a harmful inflammatory immune response. Scientific American’s Christopher Intagliata has more details.

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Perhaps this somewhat plays to the traditional stereotypes associated with the kinds of people who would regularly browse a science fiction/fantasy website, but I initially assumed this article would contain tips on how to streamline and up the enjoyability of my annual Star Trek and Stargate ‘ultramarathons’.

Alas, it looks like I shall be sticking to microwave pop-corn and Irn Bru.