ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
CANCER
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
CAREGIVING
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
Eating in America Still Unhealthy
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
EYE CARE, VISION
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
FITNESS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis

TUESDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Doing weight-bearing exercise during adolescence may help women maintain their bone strength in old age, a new study says.

Published online Dec. 22 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the Japanese study drew its conclusions by looking at the teenage exercise habits of 46 postmenopausal women, now aged 52 or older.

Those who had participated in low-impact, weight-bearing exercise, such as swimming, while younger had significantly greater bone mineral content in both the spine and the thigh bone. The other women in the study had either played more high-impact sports in their youth that involved running or jumping, such as volleyball or tennis, or no sports at all.

Those in the weight-bearing group also had larger outer femoral bone area, which would help protect them more from fracture during pressure from movements, such as bending.

As none of the women with the strongest bones were taking part in any weight-bearing exercise programs at the time of the bone density study, the Suzuka University of Medical Science authors suggest their exercising in their youth helped them more than 40 years later.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has more about preventing osteoporosis.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: British Journal of Sports Medicine, news release, Dec. 22, 2008

Last Updated: Dec. 23, 2008

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