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Know Your Asthma Triggers
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Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
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Safe Toys for Dogs
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Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Winter Is Tough on Feet
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Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
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Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
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Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
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Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
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U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
EYE CARE, VISION
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
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
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
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Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
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3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
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Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
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The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
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Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
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Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
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SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips

Martial arts training appears to be a safe way to teach osteoporosis patients how to reduce the risk of injury when they fall, a new study suggests.

Researchers in the Netherlands studied the potential benefits of fall training in six healthy people.

"For obvious safety reasons, this could not be directly assessed using persons with osteoporosis. Therefore, we measured the hip impact forces during the martial arts fall exercises in a group of young adults," researcher Brenda Groen said in a news release.

"Based on our results ... we believe that fall training would be safe for persons with osteoporosis if they wear hip protectors during the training, perform fall exercises on a thick mattress, and avoid forward fall exercises from a standing position," she said.

The volunteers in this study were taught how to turn a fall into a rolling movement by bending and twisting the torso and neck. These types of moves can be taught to older people, the researchers said.

"Since martial arts techniques reduce hip impact forces and can be learned by older persons, martial arts fall training may prevent hip fractures among persons with osteoporosis," Groen concluded.

The study was published April 21 in the journal BMC Research Notes.

SOURCES: BioMed Central, news release, April 21, 2010 Published on: April 23, 2010