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Mar 09,2007
There is good news for those with aching feet, especially those with plantar fasciitis pain. ACHING FEET - To ease plantar fasciitis pain, firefighter Dave Orozco added a towel roll stretch to his regular calf stretch. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. THE MOVES: This small addition to a calf stretch can help alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that results in pain at the base of the heel ... [full story]
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Mar 09,2007
Colon and rectal cancer (colorectal cancer) is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the US.  But many women may not be aware of the prevalence of colorectal cancer and assume that it affects primarily men.  Not so!  An estimated 74,640 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2007 and 26,180 will die from the disease.  This is an alarmingly high number of diagnoses and deaths for a cancer ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2007
Eating Melatonin-rich Cherries May Help Regulate Your Internal Time Clock After 'Losing' an Hour of Sleep Our clocks may spring forward on March 11, but our body's internal time clocks often take longer to adjust. Experts say we may find help with a surprising source of melatonin: cherries. Melatonin is produced naturally by the body in small amounts and helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle -- helping to induce sleepiness at night and wakefulness during the ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
In 2003 NBC journalist David Bloom, reporting from Iraq, died of a pulmonary embolism that developed after he traveled hours in a cramped Humvee. A blood clot formed in the deep vein system of the lower leg. The condition is called deep vein thrombosis, better known as DVT or "Economy Class Syndrome" because it can arise from sitting in the same position for an extended period of time. The American Heart Association says DVT strikes ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
MEDTRONICA The Nutrition Source www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/ Produced by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, this Web site offers a solid menu of information on how to eat healthfully, with sidebar analyses of the latest health news and trends. BODY OF KNOWLEDGE When you touch a hot stove, your body doesn't wait for nerve signals in your fingers to reach your brain and come back with a response. To keep you from ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
University of California Berkeley researchers have found another possible side effect to cigarette smoking. A study published in the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine found evidence that smokers have a greater risk of developing a tuberculosis infection, which can become active TB. "Active TB is often fatal, particularly if left untreated," said study author Kirk Smith, a Berkeley professor of environmental health sciences. "The risk factors that lead to latent TB infection becoming ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
Keeping one's balance is important to all. Here's a way to help. THE MOVES: Doorway forward/backward sway. WORKS ON: Balance and body awareness. KEEPING YOUR BALANCE - Firefighter Jay Albrandt works on his balance with the forward/backward sway movement. Keeping his body stiff and feet flat on the floor, he moves out over his toes and then back over his heels. CNS Photo by Howard Lipin. SET-UP: Choose a doorway that has the same floor ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
CORVALLIS, Ore. – A study published Tuesday on possible health risks of antioxidant supplements is based on flawed methodology and ignores the broad totality of evidence that comes to largely opposite conclusions, experts said today from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.   “This is a flawed analysis of flawed data,” OSU experts said of the JAMA research. The research, which was published in this week’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
High blood glucose levels -- even before they reach the level needed for a diagnosis of diabetes -- may signal an increased risk for cancer in women, according to a new study being published in the March issue of Diabetes Care. The March journal also includes a study that found a link between high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in a person's bloodstream and insulin resistance, a precursor for type 2 diabetes. And a ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2007
After a serious car crash when your survival depends on urgent helicopter transport to a specialized trauma center -- will you receive it? Most likely not, according to the findings of a first-in-the-nation study by Health and Safety Research, Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit. As a result, your chance of survival can be reduced by 2-to-10 times. The findings are striking because for the study year, Massachusetts had the lowest crash death rate in the U.S., ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
MEDTRONICA Ask Me 3 www.askme3.org/ The emphasis here is upon improving communications between patients, doctors and health care purveyors, such as insurance companies and HMOs. There are separate sections devoted to the interests of each party. GRAPE EXPECTATIONS GRAPE EXPECTATIONS - Store-bought grapes often remain in cold storage for a long time before making it to the supermarket. To preserve them, growers often treat them with sulfur dioxide, a chemical compound that can cause severe ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Spring break is coming. So is prom. Tanning salons are gearing up for the herd of high school-age and college-age young people trying to color winter-pale skin with UVA and UVB rays obtained through daily sessions in tanning beds. And, as surely as spring will give way to summer, medical experts are urging extreme caution, whether the rays they seek are natural or indoors. CATCH RAYS WITH CAUTION - Life under the sun is much ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
A researcher in the Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute and Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center has found a way to identify which men need a second prostate biopsy because they may be harboring life-threatening prostate cancer even though they were given a clean bill of health after their first biopsy.Mark Garzotto, M.D., has been invited to present his findings on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Symposium in Orlando, Fla. He ... [full story]
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