ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
CANCER
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
CAREGIVING
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
FITNESS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu May Pose Problems for Pregnant Women
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Can a Bad Boss Make You Sick?
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
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
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You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden

SUNDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- Beautiful blossoms aren't the only reward you get from gardening. It's also a good workout.

"Working in your garden is a great way to exercise. Whether pulling weeds or spreading mulch, you are using major muscles all over your body and you're sure to break a sweat," Kara Smith, special programs coordinator for the Loyola University Health System's Center for Fitness, said in a news release.

She offered the following gardening exercise and safety tips:

* Establish a regular gardening routine that includes 30 to 60 minutes of yard work two to three times a week.
* Take a brisk walk around the yard to warm up your body before you start gardening.
* If raking is required, make sure to alternate your movement, using both sides of your body to ensure they get an equal amount of work.
* Also switch hands often when digging, using both arms. This helps prevent blisters, repetitive motion injuries and muscle imbalances.
* Take a break to drink some water.
* Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a wide-brimmed hat.
* When lifting heavy items, bend at the knees and keep your back straight.
* Invest in a kneeling cushion to support and protect your knees.
* Wear gloves to avoid getting blisters on your hands.

SOURCES: Loyola University Health System, news release, June 2009 Published on: July 05, 2009