ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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ANIMAL CARE
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Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
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Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
CANCER
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
CAREGIVING
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
5 Reasons why you could gain weight while dieting
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
EYE CARE, VISION
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
FITNESS
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Tune Up Your Health With Music
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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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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