ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
CANCER
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
CAREGIVING
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
EYE CARE, VISION
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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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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