ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
CANCER
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
CAREGIVING
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
DIABETES
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
FITNESS
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
Should the FDA Regulate Tobacco?
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
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Winter Is Tough on Feet

MONDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Winter can be a tough season for feet, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

"Foot ailments caused by snowy and icy conditions, as well as those caused by wearing improper footwear, are just several of the common winter injuries podiatric physicians commonly see and treat during the winter months," association president Dr. Ross Taubman said in a group news release.

The association offered tips to help keep feet safe and comfortable during winter:

* A long day of shopping can cause foot problems such as blisters and sore arches. You can ease stiffness and pain by stretching and massaging feet to release tension, increase circulation and rejuvenate skin. To reduce swelling in the legs and feet after a long day of walking, elevate your legs above heart level while lying down.
* Dry winter air can cause dry, cracked skin. Properly moisturizing feet with lotion will help repair dry feet and promote softer, smoother skin.
* Selecting good footwear for the weather conditions can help prevent foot and ankle sprains, breaks, blisters and other problems. When going to holiday parties, women should wear sensible winter shoes to and from the events and wear dress shoes only while inside. If you're wearing high heels, limit heel height to two inches or less.
* Winter boots should always have good tread, which will help reduce the risk of slipping. Boots made with leather or natural fibers will help absorb moisture and keep feet dry and odor-free.
* People with diabetes or other conditions that cause decreased blood circulation should take extra care to keep their feet well-insulated to avoid frostbite. This includes wearing socks made with a poly-cotton blend, even when indoors.

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about foot care.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Podiatric Medical Association, news release, December 2008

Last Updated: Jan. 05, 2009

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