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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
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Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
CANCER
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Get to Know the Pap Test
CAREGIVING
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Depression
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
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
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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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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