ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
Alcohol Abuse Can Damage Bones
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
CANCER
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Functional Foods Uncovered
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
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
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
EYE CARE, VISION
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Hoping for a Happy Family Holiday? Here's How
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
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Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!

(HealthDay News) -- Despite 14 years of public education campaigns, only one-third of Americans know about national recommendations for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day, and fewer than half meet that goal, a new study has found.

The lack of awareness is greatest among men, the unemployed and people born in the United States, the researchers said. Their finding came from an analysis of data from 2,381 people who took part in the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey.

One reason why efforts to spread the message about physical activity are having limited success is the "highly generalized, saturating effect of media in the current environment," the authors wrote. "Through varied sources, many are bombarded with multiple physical activity and general health promotion 'recommendations' that may be challenging to differentiate."

A report on the study is in the October issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Since 1995, the U.S. government and national organizations have used radio, TV, print publications and the Internet to make Americans aware they should be doing at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.

If more people followed the recommendations, it could help reduce rates of chronic health problems, said the study's lead author, Gary Bennett, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

"Physical activity is important for protecting against a large number of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, some cancer, diabetes, even some cognitive disorders," Bennett said in a Duke news release. "So the physical activity recommendations are extremely important to help increase awareness among the American population about the amount of physical activity that is necessary to reduce the risk of developing these diseases," he added.

"We've seen a lot of discussion about prevention in health-care reform debates over the last few months, and it's becoming clear that increasing physical activity among Americans may, in the long run, reduce some of the major costs that burden our health-care system," Bennett said.

SOURCES: Duke University, news release, Sept. 24, 2009