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Oct 26,2007
The moves: A squat performed in a forward/backward stance with one leg on a ball.   SPLIT SQUAT - Firefighter Patricia Stone performs a forward split squat with her back leg moving back and forth on a stability ball. CNS Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott. Works on: Balance, trunk stability, lower extremity strength. Set up: Stand next to a wall with your hand on it for balance. Take an exaggerated step forward as if performing a lunge ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
It is a statistic that is showing an alarming trend. The number of serious adverse drug events reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more than doubled between 1998 and 2005, as did deaths linked to such events, reports the Sept. 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. The FDA defines a serious adverse drug event as one resulting in death, birth defect, disability, hospitalization, or one that is life-threatening or requires intervention ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
Increasingly, medical professionals are viewing October as the start of cold and flu season. The first full month of fall is a good time to remind ourselves of some basic hygiene rules that can help reduce the risk of coming down with a respiratory virus. Respiratory viruses are common worldwide. Although the majority of people who come down with one experience mild symptoms, respiratory viruses cause illness and even death in certain groups or populations. ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
The moves: A push-up with an exercise ball.   PUSH-UP UPGRADE - Firefighter Robert Logan adds intensity to the traditional push-up by performing the exercise on a stability ball. CNS Photo courtesy of Peggy Peattie. Works on: Upper extremity, chest and core strength. Defines and lifts the lower portion of the pectorals. Setup: Prepare an area free of obstructions. Kneel in front of an exercise ball and lay your torso on top of it. Push with the ... [full story]
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Sep 07,2007
The moves: A "push-up" using shoulder blade movement. Works on: Improving rotator cuff health, shoulder girdle coordination, serratus anterior strength.   SHOULDER TEST - Using shoulder blade motion, Robert Logan strengthens his rotator cuff and shoulder girdle. CNS Photo by Peggy Peattie. Setup: Stand facing a wall a little more than an arm's length away. Place the palm of one hand on the wall at shoulder height with the fingers pointing up. The other hand can be ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects approx-imately 4% to 6% of women in the US, yet many have never heard of it.  The causes of PCOS are unknown, and many women may ignore the seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as irregular periods, being overweight, and having extra facial hair. But PCOS is a serious disorder that can make it hard to become pregnant and can lead to other severe health problems, so proper ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
As if pregnancy wasn't anxiety-inducing enough, a new English study suggests that anxious or depressed mothers-to-be are more likely to have children with sleep problems in their first years of life.   BEST MEDICINE - What do you say to others when the passenger in your car is a skeleton? CNS Photo.    NO LULLABY - A new English study suggests that anxious or depressed mothers-to-be are more likely to have children with sleep problems in their first ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
After 20 years of battling high blood pressure, Rose Marie Shullo feared she was losing the war. Despite taking different medications in various doses to tame her hypertension, it still hovered around 150/95 mmHg, more than 30 points above normal.   WINNING NUMBERS - In addition to exercise, a healthy diet and meditating, Rose Marie Shullo of San Diego keeps close tabs on her blood pressure. CNS Photo by Don Kohlbauer.  "My blood pressure was always a ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Long suspected as an accomplice in America's exploding obesity epidemic, soda's bad influence could have an even more insidious effect on human health. A recent study has linked the high-fructose corn syrup used to sweeten sodas to the onset of type 2 diabetes. Working in a Rutgers University laboratory, Chi-Tang Ho and colleagues studied several popular soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. The scientists found that drinks containing the syrup had high levels of ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
  CHEST STRETCH - Fire Capt. Maria Cabrera stretches the chest, shoulders and hips by slowly bending backward and holding the movement. CNS Photo by Peggy Peattie  THE MOVE: Standing back bend. WORKS ON: Stretches the anterior chest, shoulders, trunk and hips. A great break from sitting for extended periods. Increases circulation. SET UP: Stand fully erect with the feet shoulder-width apart and the toes pointing straight forward. STEPS: Place the palms of the hands half on ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
  About 65 million American adults have high blood pressure and more than 30 percent of them are unaware of their condition. If left untreated, it greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke …  [full story]
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Aug 24,2007
Back-to-school time is as good a time as any for parents to start thinking about nutrition and fitness for their children. Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States. As a result, instances of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are being seen in children in unprecedented numbers and ever-younger ages. The folks at the International Food Information Council in Washington, D.C., have put together a Web site - www.kidnetic.com - with the ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2007
The moves: Sitting on a balance ball with single-leg support. Works on: Balance, core strength.   STABILITY MATTERS - Firefighter Jason Shanley sits on a stability ball holding one leg off the ground. CNS Photo by Peggy Peattie. Setup: Choose an area free of obstructions. There are various sizes of balance balls. For sitting activities, the correct size ball is one that allows your hips to be 90 degrees to the torso with the feet flat on ... [full story]
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