ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
CANCER
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Is Your Refrigerator Getting Enough Attention For Your Raw Food Success?
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer
Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
FITNESS
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Countdown to Hair Loss
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
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Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving

(HealthDay News) -- Simple measures such as starting a walking group or creating pedestrian-friendly routes can encourage people to walk more, a new study has found.

At a multicultural housing site in Seattle, researchers implemented and evaluated several interventions meant to increase residents' walking, including sponsoring walking groups, improving walking routes, offering information about walking options and advocating for pedestrian safety.

After the measures were implemented, self-reported walking among walking group members increased from 65 minutes to 108 minutes a day, according to the study published online Nov. 4 in the American Journal of Public Health.

"The built environment influences opportunities for physical activity through access to trails, parks, recreation centers and walkable streets, as does the social environment, such as having opportunities to walk with others," the researchers wrote.

Community design should take into account ways to encourage walking, the study authors noted, and interventions to change people's behavioral habits need to be considered.