ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
CAREGIVING
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
FITNESS
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
When Clocks Change, Body May Need Time to Adjust
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain

FRIDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- About 85 percent of American university students report backpack-related pain and discomfort, says a Boston University study.

Discomfort was most common in the shoulders, lower back, upper middle back and neck.

The findings may point to an emerging trend between pain and discomfort and time spent carrying backpacks, suggested study co-author Dr. Karen Jacobs, a former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a board-certified professional ergonomist.

"Most students -- in fact, 84 percent of the study participants -- are aware of the potential consequences of incorrect backpack usage," Jacobs said in an AOTA news release. "There is a pressing need to better educate students on how to prevent discomfort, which is the purpose of National School Backpack Awareness Day," which takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, and involves special events to educate students on the proper way to wear a backpack and how much weight to carry.

A loaded backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent to 15 percent of a student's body weight. For example, a student who weighs 100 pounds should carry no more than 15 pounds of weight in a backpack.

Jacobs offered a few suggestions on how to reduce weight.

"Carry water bottles empty and fill them before class. Carry only what you need and leave the rest in your room," she said.

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about backpack safety.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc., news release, Sept. 3, 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 12, 2008

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