ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
CANCER
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
The Raw Food Diet
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
EYE CARE, VISION
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Deployment Takes Toll on Army Wives
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
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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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