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May 25,2007
Substance abuse and addiction are problems so widespread in the United States that they are difficult to put in perspective. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, estimates that nearly 1.5 million emergency room visits related to illicit drugs, alcohol and non-medical use of pharmaceuticals were made to U.S hospital emergency rooms in 2005. That's the most recent year for which there are ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
Long hours at the office can lead to tension headaches, but some simple stretches can make a difference.   NECK STRETCH - To stretch tight neck muscles, firefighter Alisa Hecht holds onto the bottom of a chair with one hand while tilting the head to the opposite shoulder and holding. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. THE MOVES: A simple but effective neck stretch. WORKS ON: Helps isolate the trapezius muscle that is often associated with tension ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
  What is ROP? Retinopathy of prematurity is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants. Thousands of children worldwide lose vision permanently because of diseases and injuries of the retina. What is RETCAM II? It is a mobile, self-contained system consisting of a fiber-optic camera, computer with special software and color monitor. It is used to screen for disorders of the retina in children.  [full story]
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May 18,2007
For health experts, the popularity of the Mediterranean diet keeps growing. In fact, the next time you dine out, your doctor might praise you for choosing a Greek salad plate with split pea soup, broiled fish and tzatziki sauce. The traditional Mediterranean diet features an abundance of vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and cereals and regular use of olive oil. It also includes moderate amounts of fish and dairy products - mostly yogurt or cheese and ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Long-term, excessive exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of developing dementia, report researchers. A study of 3,602 people age 65 and older found that a high lifetime exposure to secondhand smoke increased the likelihood of developing dementia by roughly 30 percent. High exposure was defined as more than 30 years of exposure to secondhand smoke. The Cardiovascular Health Study also found a greater occurrence of dementia in people who had not been diagnosed ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
A simple stretch for an aching elbow.   WORKING ON THE ELBOW - To relieve 'Little Leaguer's elbow,' firefighter Shannon Mueller stretches the muscles of the forearm by isolating and straightening the elbow and rotating the hand. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. THE MOVES: The technical term is medial epicondylitis, but it is commonly known as "Little Leaguer's elbow." The symptoms are pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow. The pain is usually just ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Is your brain telling you it's time to get moving, but your body is a little slow to follow? After months (or longer) of sofa nesting, it's important to find the right exercise to get you going and keep you going.   YOGA FOR LIFE - Yoga instructor Kirsten Miller, who teaches at Yoga Fusion and the University of California San Diego, performs an extended side angle pose. CNS Photo by Charlie Neuman. Yoga may be just ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Nutritional supplements and vitamins nourish the body and the economy. One study, conducted by Information Resources Inc. and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that well in excess of $2 billion was spent on supplements and vitamins in the United States in 2006.   POPPING YOUR NUTRIENTS - Most doctors would agree that it is better to eat your vitamins than to pop supplements. CNS Illustration by Teressa Hargrove. Is that an indication ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
Teens who watch television for three or more hours per day appear to have a higher risk of attention and learning difficulties in their adolescent and adult years, says a report in the May issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. In the United States, children and teenagers watch TV an average of two or more hours per day, the article says. Researchers hypothesize that amount of television watching could be detrimental to learning. ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
"The days of our years are three score and ten ..." So it says in the Bible in Psalm 10. In biblical times, before the advent of modern medicine, 70 years was a remarkably long life. But life expectancy in the United States has exceeded that standard. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a U.S. baby born today can expect on average to live to be 77.9 years old. While the time ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
It only takes one leg to perform this exercise, which works on the deltoids, triceps and balance. THE MOVES: Alternating overhead dumbbell press while standing on one leg. WORKS ON: Deltoids, triceps, trunk stabilization, balance.   STORK PRESS - To work the deltoid and triceps, firefighter Nancy Shuster alternates lifting dumbbells overhead while lifting the opposite leg off the ground for balance work. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. SETUP: Select a pair of dumbbells that are ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
  URINARY INCONTINENCE - Stress, bladder, urethra, urine, ureter, women  [full story]
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Apr 20,2007
For women, a diet consisting of a regular course of red meat appears to come with a side order of breast cancer, says the American Institute for Cancer Research. Researchers came to their conclusion after following the health of 35,237 women aged 35 to 69 for an average of eight years in the United Kingdom Women's Cohort Study. The study report was published in the April issue of the British Journal of Cancer. The women ... [full story]
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