ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
CANCER
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
More Cancer Tests Mean More False-Positive Results
CAREGIVING
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Eat Light - Live Longer
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
EYE CARE, VISION
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
FITNESS
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be Low Thyroid?
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
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Go To Work But Skip The Car

TUESDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- People who walk or cycle to work have fewer risk factors for heart disease, a U.S. study has found.

The study included 2,364 men and women who worked outside the home. At physical examinations conducted in 2005 and 2006, the participants reported details about their commute to work, including length in minutes and miles, and the percentage of the journey taken by car, public transit, walking or cycling.

The researchers found that 16.7 percent of the participants walked or cycled to work (active commuting), and those men and women appeared to be more fit. Those who were active commuters were less likely to be overweight or obese and had healthier triglyceride, blood pressure and insulin levels.

The study, published in the July 13 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, adds to evidence that cycling or walking to work improves health, said Penny Gordon-Larsen of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues.

"Public support for policies that encourage active commuting has been shown, particularly for individuals with experience using active commuting and with positive attitudes toward walking and biking," they wrote. "Furthermore, increasing active commuting will have the dual benefits of increasing population health and in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental supports for commuting, such as physical environment and sociocultural factors, have been shown to promote active forms of commuting."

Further research should be done to identify other potential benefits of active commuting, they concluded.

SOURCES: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, July 13, 2009