Researchers from the UK's Medical Research Council found that post-menopausal women who were busy about the home reduced their breast cancer risk by 19 per cent.
Women who went to the gym for more strenuous exercise didn't derive the same benefit. The key, say the researchers, is the moderate and continuous exercise offered by housework.
There's one piece of ammunition from the research that women can fire back at their menfolk: housework has no protective qualities in women who hadn't reached the menopause.
All we need to complete the set is a study that suggests men are healthier if they sit in an armchair while watching football on the television and drinking beer from a can.
E-news broadcast 11 January 2007 No.324 [Subscribe]