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Aug 03,2007
 Kevin Spearman shakes his head when the subject of childhood obesity comes up. "It's a big problem," he says, with a sigh. Kids have to start eating more fruits and vegetables, he adds, and stop eating junk food. "Especially fast food," he says, in a very serious tone. "That's where the real problem is."   PUMPING IRON - Sydney Craven, 9, works out on a treadmill at the Cameron Family YMCA in San Diego, one of ... [full story]
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Aug 03,2007
The Moves: A postural stretch adapted from yoga. Works on: Lengthening the spine, chest and abdomen. Stretching the shoulders and hamstrings.   SHOULDER STRETCH - Firefighter Robert Logan demonstrates a postural stretch. CNS Photo by Peggy Peattie. Setup: Place both palms on a wall directly in front of the shoulders. Step away from the wall approximately 3 feet, or one full step. Steps: Push the hands firmly into the wall, bend forward at the hips, and straighten ... [full story]
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Aug 03,2007
  Ovarian cancer usually occurs in women over age 50, but it can also affect younger women. The American Cancer Society recommends annual pelvic exams for all women over age 40 to increase the chances of early detection.  [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Men who lift weights get more mates. Or so conclude UCLA researchers, who say they have produced the first scientifically quantified study of women's perceptions of the importance of muscularity in selecting short- and long-term partners.   THE WEIGHTING GAME - Researchers say they have produced the first scientifically quantified study of women's perceptions of the importance of muscularity in selecting partners. CNS Photo.    MEDTRONICA - The National Museum of Health and Medicine Web site at nmhm.washingtondc.museum/index.html ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
As the temperature climbs and the clouds clear, everyone enjoys kicking up their heels and going footloose and shoe free.   TAKING STEPS - Learn how to treat your feet before they meet the street. CNS Photo by Earnie Grafton. But after weeks of summer sandal use, your tender tootsies should be looked after. Minor maladies often can be remedied by a good pedicure or some simple TLC. But, when the problem escalates to pain and possible ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
Internet advertisements for prescription drugs sold at prices lower than those at your local pharmacy are certainly tempting. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to warn all Americans that succumbing to that temptation could have serious consequences. A recent FDA alert cautions American to beware of counterfeit drugs sold on 24 related Web sites and illustrates the potential for harm. Tests have shown that some prescriptions filled online from these sellers contain a ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
THE MOVES: A behind-the-back handclasp stretch.   NECK STRETCH - Firefighter/paramedic Tony Hardy performs the handclasp stretch with head and neck aligned and abdominal muscles tightened. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. WORKS ON: Flexibility of the anterior shoulder, biceps and pectoralis muscles. SETUP: Stand with an erect posture, but with the knees slightly bent. Reach both hands behind the back and interlace the fingers so the palms are firmly together. Keep the head and neck aligned ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
Though no one really knows why exactly people yawn - or why people yawn when they see other people yawn - it's long been considered a sign of sleepiness or boredom.   OBSERVATION - 'Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing,' said comedian Redd Foxx, who died of a heart attack in 1991 on the set of the TV sitcom 'The Royal Family.' CNS Photo.    YAWNERS AREN'T GONERS - Researchers ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
Timing is everything, even for vaccinations. Take August for example. That's National Immunization Awareness Month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is when the CDC concentrates on educating people about their need for vaccinations from infancy to old age. The reduction and elimination of disease using vaccination is one the greatest health accomplishments of the 20th century, says the CDC. Yet today, tens of thousands of people in the United States ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
THE MOVES: A lumbar spine stretch using a squat position.   SQUATS - To stretch the lumbar spine, firefighter Ryan Ybarra squats down, trying to get his buttocks to touch his heels. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott.    DOWN STRETCH - To stretch the lumbar spine, firefighter Ryan Ybarra squats down, trying to get his buttocks to touch his heels. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. WORKS ON: Spine mobility, lumbar flexibility, lower-extremity flexibility and strength. PRECAUTIONS: This ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2007
THE MOVES: Performing a horizontal shoulder raise with the torso in a prone position.   SHOULDER WORKOUT - Firefighter Phil Valoff demonstrates the steps to the horizontal shoulder raise. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. WORKS ON: Shoulder-blade stabilization and rotator-cuff strength. SETUP: Lie face down on a stability ball with the legs spread wide for a base of support. Roll forward on the ball until the chest is unsupported, holding a light weight in each hand. ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2007
The days that immediately follow conception are some of the most important in the development of a child.  Because nearly half of all pregnancies in the US are unintended, many women will learn that they are pregnant before they’ve had a chance to make lifestyle changes beneficial to both mother and growing fetus.  Whether you’re actively trying to have a baby or not, it’s never too early to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, birth, and ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2007
THE MOVES: Performing a shoulder-raise motion with the torso in a horizontal position. WORKS ON: Shoulder-blade stabilization, rotator-cuff strengthening.   SHOULDER ON - Firefighter Phil Valoff demonstrates the prone shoulder flexion. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. SETUP: Place one hand and the same-side knee on a bench with the hip and shoulder 90 degrees to the torso. The palm of the free hand should face the bench. STEPS: Grasp a small dumbbell (1-5 pounds) in the ... [full story]
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