ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
CANCER
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
To Feel Better, Low-Fat Diet May Be Best
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Fish in U.S. Rivers Tainted With Common Medications
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
EYE CARE, VISION
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Natural Therapies for Menopause
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
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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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