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Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Know Your Asthma Triggers
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
CANCER
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
CAREGIVING
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
The Best Diet? That Depends on You
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Vitamin D Best Taken With Largest Meal of Day, Study Finds
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
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Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind

(HealthDay News) -- To keep colds at bay during the chilliest months of the year, exercise just might be the key.

David Nieman, a representative of the American College of Sports Medicine, says that studies have shown that people who exercise at least 45 minutes four or more days a week take 25 to 50 percent less time off from work because of illness.

"This reduction in illness far exceeds anything a drug or pill can offer," Nieman said in a news release from the sports medicine group. "All it takes is a pair of walking shoes to help prevent becoming one of the thousands predicted to suffer from the common cold this winter."

But what if you're already under the weather? Should you try to get some exercise? Nieman suggests:

* If a cold is only in your head and has not reached your chest, feel free to exercise.
* Don't overexert yourself. That means no running: Just take a walk. Studies have not shown that moderate exercise is bad if you have a cold.
* If you have symptoms beyond the sniffles, stay in bed. This advice holds if a cold has traveled to your chest, if you have severe aches and pains and if you're running a fever. Swollen glands spell trouble, too.
* Take it slow when recovering from anything but a mild bout of illness. Take a couple of weeks off from exercise before you start workouts again.

Nieman has one more bit of advice: Exercise before you get your flu shot because research has shown that moderate-level physical activity will boost your immunity in the long run.

SOURCES: American College of Sports Medicine, news release, Oct. 6, 2009 Published on: October 25, 2009