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Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
ANIMAL CARE
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BONES & JOINTS
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
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A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
CANCER
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
CAREGIVING
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
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Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
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DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
PAIN
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Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
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Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage

SATURDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- People who play football and other fall sports are at increased risk for lower extremity injuries and need to take precautions to protect themselves, says the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

"Stress fractures of the foot, ankle sprains and ligament injuries are all, unfortunately, quite common in popular fall sports such as football," Dr. David Davidson, podiatric medical consultant for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League, said in an APMA news release. "From maintaining proper conditioning to wearing sport-specific footwear, athletes can function at peak performance much more often when constantly maintaining high levels of footwear safety."

Sprains, fractures and turf toe are among the most common acute injuries suffered by people playing fall sports.

Sprains (stretched or torn ligaments) can be caused by hard sprinting. Prevention includes doing proper warm-up exercises before and after workouts, practices and games. Spend five to 10 minutes stretching, holding and relaxing muscles. Sprains that don't show improvement in three days should be looked at by a doctor. Treatment may include casting, immobilization and a rehabilitation program, the APMA said.

Casting, and sometimes surgery, is required to properly immobilize fractures and set breaks. It usually takes 10 to 12 weeks to recover. You can reduce your risk of stress fractures (incomplete fractures in bones typically caused by overuse) by wearing sport-specific footwear that contains extra padding.

Turf toe is a painful hyperextension of the big toe joint. Competing on artificial turf is the leading cause of this condition, but it can also occur on grass and other natural surfaces, the APMA said. Customized foot orthotics can help protect against turf toe and wearing a stiffer shoe can prevent further aggravation of the condition. Treatment of turf toe usually includes rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE).

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about foot and ankle injuries.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Podiatric Medical Association, news release, September 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 27, 2008

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