ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
CANCER
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
CAREGIVING
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
EYE CARE, VISION
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
FITNESS
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Any Old Cane Won't Do

SUNDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes time to use a cane to walk or support yourself after an injury, don't grab any old stick, advises the American Geriatrics Society.

Getting a cane tailored to your body and needs, and using it properly, is vital to its success and your health, according to the society's president.

"A common use of canes is for arthritis in the hip," Dr. Johnny Murphy said in a news release issued by the organization. "For patients using a cane for pain in one hip, the cane should be held in the hand opposite the affected leg. The cane should then move forward with the affected leg."

Murphy offered several tips for selecting a cane:

* Check the tip: A rubber tip is a must for traction. Check the tip often, and replace it when the tread is worn.
* Get a grip: Find one that feels comfortable when held. A person who has arthritis or something that affects the fingers and hands might need a specialized grip.
* Adjust for your body: When standing, the elbow should be at a 30-degree angle when the cane is held next to the leg. When the arm is at your side, the cane's top should be parallel with your wrist.

More information

The Arthritis Foundation has more about arthritis.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Geriatrics Society, news release, February 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 22, 2009

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