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Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
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Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
CAREGIVING
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
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Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
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DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
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Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
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HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
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Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
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Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
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MEN'S HEALTH
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The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
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PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
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SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
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Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents

SUNDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- As you go about your autumn yard and housework, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent injuries, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Raking leaves is vigorous exercise, and you need to warm up for at least 10 minutes with some stretching and light exercise. You also need to:

* Use a rake that's comfortable for your height and strength. Wear gloves or use rakes with padded handles to prevent blisters.
* Don't wear hats or scarves that interfere with vision and beware of large rocks, low branches, trees stumps and uneven surfaces.
* Alternate your leg and arm positions often. When you pick up piles of leaves, bend at the knees, not the waist.
* Wet leaves can be slippery. Wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles.
* Don't overfill leaf bags, especially if the leaves are wet. To avoid back injury, you should be able to carry the bags comfortably.
* When raking, don't throw leaves over your shoulder or to the side, because that kind of twisting motion places too much stress on the back.

Cleaning gutters, checking the condition of the roof and washing windows are common autumn chores that require the use of a ladder. Last year in the United States, more than 532,000 people were injured in falls from ladders, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The AAOS offers the following ladder safety tips:

* Inspect the ladder for loose screws, hinges or rungs. Clean off accumulated mud, dirt or liquids.
* Make sure all ladder legs are on a firm, level surface. Don't place a ladder on uneven, soft or muddy ground.
* Before you climb a ladder, make sure all ladder locks and safety braces are engaged.
* Never sit or stand on the top of a step ladder or pail shelf. These areas weren't designed to hold heavy weights.
* Select the proper ladder for the job. A step ladder is good for washing windows and other jobs at low or medium heights. Use an extension ladder for high places, such as cleaning the gutters.
* Don't stretch or lean from your ladder to reach a work area. Climb down the ladder and reposition it closer to your work area.

More information

The Home Safety Council offers many home safety tips.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, Sept. 12, 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 21, 2008

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