ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Know Your Asthma Triggers
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
CANCER
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
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
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Countdown to Hair Loss
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
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Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches

SUNDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- With Tropical Storm Hanna having bruised much of the U.S. East Coast, and the far more dangerous Hurricane Ike hot on her heels, federal officials are offering checklists of advice for people living in the paths of violent Atlantic storms.

Before-the-storm tips, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:

* If evacuating, pack an emergency supply kit with food, bottled water, prescription medicines, and important documents.
* If you plan to drive, fill your gas tank as soon as possible.
* Turn off gas, electricity, and water, and disconnect appliances before leaving.
* Take steps to ensure your pets' safety during the storm.
* Follow designated evacuation routes for your area, and expect heavy traffic.

If you plan to stay home during the storm:

* Pack an emergency supply kit with necessities such as food, bottled water, and prescription medicines to last from three to five days.
* Determine the best escape routes from your home, and make sure that everyone in your house is able to follow the escape plan.
* Look for escape routes from upper levels of the house, in case of flooding.
* Don't go outside, even if the weather seems calm. Wait for local authorities to tell you it is safe to go outside.
* If your home is flooded or damaged, move to a neighbor's or a local shelter.

After the storm:

* Don't drive through flooded roads, since cars can be swept away or lose power.
* Never touch a downed power line or anything in contact with one.
* Turn off electrical power when there are hazards around your home such as standing water, fallen power lines, or gas leaks.
* Listen to announcements in the local media (radio, television or newspaper) to find out if it's safe to use tap water, and follow instructions regarding water.
* If you aren't sure if water is safe to use, boil water before you use it for anything, including brushing teeth, cooking, drinking, or bathing.
* Throw away any food that may have been touched by floodwater.
* Use battery-powered lanterns and flashlights, instead of candles, to prevent fires.
* Stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges release dangerous carbon monoxide gas and should always be used outdoors, far away from windows, doors and vents.

More information

To learn more, visit the CDC.



-- HealthDay staff



SOURCE: Sept. 5, 2008, news release, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

Last Updated: Sept. 07, 2008

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