ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
CANCER
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
CAREGIVING
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Eating in America Still Unhealthy
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out
EYE CARE, VISION
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Barefoot Best for Running?
Football Can Shrink Players
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
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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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