ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
CANCER
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
CAREGIVING
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
EYE CARE, VISION
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
FITNESS
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
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
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay

SATURDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Steven K. Galson recently released a "Call to Action" to reduce the number of cases of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in the United States.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) said it supports this initiative and offers tips for preventing these life-threatening conditions during air travel.

A blood clot, called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can occur after long periods of being immobile, such as on long plane flights, according to Susan Scherer, associate professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver and a member of the APTA.

If a DVT occurs, the clot may dislodge and travel to the lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolus.

Symptoms of leg DVT include swelling in one or both legs and calf tenderness. People with pulmonary embolus symptoms may experience shortness of breath and increased heart rate.

"People who experience any of these symptoms should always see the doctor, especially if they occur following a long period of immobilization," said Scherer in an APTA news release.

To reduce the risks of DVT in flight, Scherer said people should wear compression stockings to keep excess blood from remaining in the legs. In addition, she advised seated exercises to keep the blood flowing, the joints mobile, and the muscles relaxed.

"Simple exercises can help prevent other typical symptoms experienced by people who fly, including leg cramping, toe cramping, and general lower-body aching," said former APTA President Marilyn Moffat in the news release. "Sitting for long periods may lead to swelling of the feet, which becomes obvious to many passengers when they try to put their shoes back on at the end of their flight."

The APTA suggests that passengers on long flights get up and walk up and down the aisle every hour or so -- when the "Fasten Seat Belt" sign is off -- to work the leg muscles and ease the back.

"Performing these exercises will keep the leg muscles from contracting and will help relieve stiffness from the flight. The exercises also will help prevent fluid build-up in the legs, and stretching the back and the muscles around the torso will prevent stiffening," said Moffat.

Finally, since dehydration may occur during a flight due to high altitudes and dry, pressurized cabin air, the APTA advises that passengers drink plenty of water before and during the flight to help prevent muscle cramping and aching due to dehydration.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about deep vein thrombosis.



-- Krisha McCoy



SOURCE: American Physical Therapy Association, news release, Sept. 29, 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 11, 2008

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