ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
ANIMAL CARE
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Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
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Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
CANCER
More Cancer Tests Mean More False-Positive Results
Get to Know the Pap Test
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
EYE CARE, VISION
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Week of Historic Senate Hearings on Integrative Medicine May Open New Doors
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
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Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
PAIN
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Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Therapies for Menopause
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
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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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