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Health Tip: Stay Safe During Winter Sports

Posted 2 days 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Skiing and snowboarding are fun ways to exercise and make the most of winter. But safety is still a priority. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Always head out with a buddy when you participate in a winter sport. Make sure you're well-conditioned. Warm up cold muscles and ligaments before playing. Drink plenty of water, and don't play if you are tired or in pain. Always wear a helmet, gloves and other protective equipment recommended for your sport. Inspect before use to make sure equipment fits and is in good shape. Dress in layers and don needed footwear. Watch for weather advisories before heading out. Follow all rules for your sport. If you're a novice, consider taking lessons with a certified instructor. Watch for signs of frostbite, including numbness, tingling or discolored skin. If you have any of them, seek shelter and help immediately. Read more

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Health Tip: Get a Massage

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Massage therapy can help relax your body and mind, easing pain and helping you cope with stress. The Mayo Clinic says possible benefits of massage include: Managing anxiety, stress-related insomnia and headache. Easing pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, sports-related injuries, injuries of the soft tissues and temporomandibular joint pain. Reducing muscle tension. Despite its possible benefits, Mayo says, massage therapy should not be considered a replacement for regular medical care. Read more

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Vitamin D Pumps Up Muscles

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – High blood levels of "active" vitamin D may boost muscle strength, a new study suggests. British investigators measured both inactive and active vitamin D levels, fat levels and muscle mass in 116 healthy adult volunteers, aged 20 to 74. People with higher levels of active vitamin D in the blood had more lean muscle mass and bulk, the investigators found. "By looking at multiple forms [of vitamin D] in the same study, we can say that it is a more complex relationship than previously thought," said study author Zaki Hassan-Smith, from the University of Birmingham. "It may be that body fat is linked to increased levels of inactive vitamin D, but lean mass is the key for elevated levels of active vitamin D," Hassan-Smith said in a university news release. "It is vital to understand the complete picture, and the causal mechanisms at work, so we can learn how to ... Read more

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Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Most injuries to student-athletes occur during routine practices, but only about a third of public high schools have a full-time trainer, according to the U.S.-based National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). "It's important to have the right sports safety protocols in place to ensure the health and welfare of student athletes," said Larry Cooper, chairman of NATA's secondary school committee. "By properly preparing for practices and competitions, young athletes can excel on the field and stay off the sidelines with potential injuries." As spring season approaches, NATA recommends parents and students review their school's policies and procedures on sports-related injuries. Here's what to consider: Who handles sports-related injuries? Know who will care for athletes who are hurt during practice. Consider that person's experience and credentials, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Maintain Posture for Step Training

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Step training is a great way to burn fat and build muscle, but it's important to use the right technique. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Straighten your neck, but keep muscles relaxed. Never lock your knees. Put your shoulders back, lift your chest up and tuck your pelvis under. As you step up onto the platform, lean from your ankles rather than your waist. Don't bend at the hips. Avoid arching your back. Read more

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Winter's No Reason to Hibernate: Head Outside for Some Sports Fun

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – Forget what the thermometer says: Winter is a great time for outdoor activities. But you should follow certain safety rules to reduce your risk of injury. The University of Colorado offers these safety tips for adults and children participating in sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing or ice skating. When sledding or snow tubing, choose a hill that has a clear path without any obstacles. Plus, make sure the hill doesn't end on a road, parking lot or body of water. Don't slide downhill headfirst – sit upright facing forward. It's best to use a sled with runners and a steering mechanism rather than a toboggan or snow disk. Don't slide on rubber, plastic sheets or other materials that can be pierced by objects. Make sure no one is at the bottom of the hill before sledding down. When skiing and snowboarding, warm up and stretch your muscles before hitting the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Strength Training Is For Seniors, Too

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Strength training isn't just for younger folks who want to bulk up. The American Council on Exercise explains that seniors may benefit from: Stronger muscles and bones, and a lower risk of falling. Better blood sugar control, faster digestion, improved metabolism and less fatty tissue. Lower risk of injury to the lower back. Faster recovery after a stroke or heart attack. Read more

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For Ice Skating, Sharpen Up on Safety

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 29, 2017 – Ice skating is a great source of exercise for the whole family, but injuries could take the fun out of this winter activity. Adhering to several essential safety tips can help prevent ice skating injuries, according to the U.S.-based National Safety Council. The first step is to ensure a proper fit. Ice skates should be comfortable and offer adequate ankle support to prevent falls, the group cautions. The safety council provides other tips to avoid skating injuries: Have ice skate blades professionally sharpened at the beginning of each season. Avoid sketchy or possibly thin ice. Skate only on specially prepared rinks that are known to have strong ice. Before skating, always check the ice for cracks, holes or debris. Learn the basics. Before venturing out, make sure you know how to stop and fall safely. Dress warmly and be sure to rest if you're cold or tired. ... Read more

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Joints That Make Those Popping or Cracking Sounds

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – If you've ever heard a loud pop as you bent down to pick something up, you'll be relieved to know that it's normal for your joints to make popping and cracking noises. These sounds can be caused by a number of things, including when soft tissues – such as tendons and ligaments – rub or snap over other tissues and bones, explained Dr. Aman Dhawan. He is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist at Penn State Health's Milton Hershey Medical Center. "Our joints are mobile, so there are a lot of things that slide over or run past each other. When they move, there is the potential for anatomy to intersect," he said in a Penn State news release. The sounds can also be caused by pockets of nitrogen gas within the fluid that helps lubricate joints and provides nutrition to cartilage, Dhawan added. According to Dr. Robert Gallo, another orthopedic sports medicine ... Read more

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Scientists Create Clothing With 'Knitted' Muscle Power

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Scientists say they've created a special fabric incorporating robotic techniques that one day might help provide muscle power to disabled people or seniors who have trouble getting around. The Swedish team coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, enabling the fabric to respond to low voltage power. Electroactive means the material responds to electricity. This technology could lead to the creation of "textile muscles" that could be used in clothing to help people with mobility problems. The researchers used this approach in a simple robotic device to lift a small weight, according to the study. "Enormous and impressive advances have been made in the development of exoskeletons, which now enable people with disabilities to walk again. But the existing technology looks like rigid robotic suits," said study researcher Edwin Jager, an associate ... Read more

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Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says. That's a timely reminder because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. "The number of cases of thyroid cancer is rising, and while in most cases the outcomes of treatment are favorable, some patients present with disease that has progressed and may be more difficult to treat," said Dr. Ilya Likhterov. He is an ear, nose and throat doctor in New York City. About 200 million people worldwide have thyroid disease. Of more than 20 million Americans with thyroid disease, only four out of 10 know they have it, according to the American Thyroid Association. "While in most patients thyroid cancer develops without signs or symptoms, patients who have had significant exposure to radiation or who have first-degree family members with a history of thyroid cancer need to be ... Read more

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Health Tip: Signs of a Sprained Wrist

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you feel like you're falling, it's a reflex action to put your hand out to break the fall. That's why wrist sprains are so common. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these potential symptoms: Swelling. Pain, especially when the wrist is moved. Soreness and tenderness. Bruising. A feeling of warmth at the injury site. A tearing or popping sensation when you move the wrist. Read more

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Forward-Thinking Tips for Back Pain

Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Back pain is common but not inevitable, an orthopedist says. Roughly eight out of 10 people will suffer significant back pain at least once in their lifetime – but there are ways to reduce the risk, said Dr. Mark Knaub of Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Muscle, ligament or tendon strains (soft tissue injuries) are the most common causes of back pain. These injuries can occur from falls or activities involving lifting, twisting or bending, said Knaub, chief of the medical center's adult orthopedic spine service. When pain strikes, you can ease it with anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants. And physical therapy can reduce the risk of back pain becoming chronic, he suggested. "Physical therapy can give you techniques to lessen your symptoms in the short term, and get you back to being active and mobile," Knaub said in a Penn State news release. "In ... Read more

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Working Out? Don't Bring Your Cellphone

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Talking or texting on your cell phone may spell trouble during exercise, researchers say. In two studies, they found that talking or texting on a cell phone during a workout lowers the intensity of your exercise session. More importantly, the study team noted that cell phone use affects balance, which can increase the risk of injuries. "If you're talking or texting on your cell phone while you're putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided by the two tasks and that can disrupt your postural stability, and therefore, possibly predispose individuals to other greater inherent risks such as falls and musculoskeletal injuries," study author Michael Rebold, assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College in Ohio, said in a school news release. Specifically, texting on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 45 percent. Even talking ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use Ice to Ease Ankle Sprain Pain

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Ice can help ease the pain and swelling of a sprained ankle, but it's important to use the therapy properly. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Never apply ice for longer than 20 minutes. Always remove ice if the area starts to feel numb. For the first three days after a sprain, ice the ankle every two-to-four hours. Use an ice pack, ice slush bath or ice massage. For an ice pack, partially fill a plastic bag with crushed ice. With a towel or cloth over the skin, apply the pack and wrap it with an elastic bandage. For an ice slush bath, submerge the ankle into a bucket filled with ice and water. For an ice massage, use small styrofoam cups. Fill them with water and freeze them until solid. Remove the top section from the cup, then gently rub the ice around your ankle in circles, holding for no more than 30 seconds in each area. Read more

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