ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Know Your Asthma Triggers
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
CANCER
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Fasting on Alternate Days May Make Dieting Easier
Eating your way to Good Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
Basketball Star Details His Struggle With Gout
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Should the FDA Regulate Tobacco?
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
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
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Natural Therapies for Menopause
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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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