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Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries

Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball InjuriesSUNDAY, May 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Basketball provides a great full-body workout. But there are steps you should take to reduce your risk of knee, ankle and foot injuries, an orthopedic specialist says. In 2016, more than 60,500 people were treated for basketball-related foot injuries in U.S. emergency departments, doctors' offices and clinics. More than 355,000 sought help for basketball-related ankle injuries, and more than 186,000 people suffered basketball-related knee juries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "Foot and ankle injuries are the most common injuries in basketball," said Dr. Matthew Matava, an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Washington University in St. Louis. He's also an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery...

What Makes for a Healthy Community?

24 May 2018
What Makes for a Healthy Community?THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Where you live can have a major effect on your health, new research suggests. Living in a diverse community where people are better educated, make more money and have good health care nearby is linked to greater well-being and a better quality of life, the study authors said. "Our communities have a big impact on our health and well-being," said study lead author Dr. Brita Roy. She's an associate professor of medicine and director of population health at Yale University Medicine in New Haven, Conn. "This study suggests that if we are going to start working toward building communities to promote health and well-being, we need to work across sectors. Health care alone can't do it. Transportation alone can't do it. There has to be a...

Making the Most of Gym Time

24 May 2018
Making the Most of Gym TimeTHURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you find that you're more motivated by working out under the guidance of a fitness instructor and like the idea of varying your workouts, taking classes is a great choice. With today's wide variety of gym offerings, use these tips to decide on the best options for you. You're likely to need a mix of classes to develop all of the key areas of fitness: strength training, cardio, flexibility and even mind-body for stress relief and emotional well-being. Put together a weekly schedule that covers all of these. For cardio work, spinning, stepping and dance classes are high-energy options that will keep you engaged as you break a sweat. For strength-training, you have many choices. Depending on your comfort level, you might like gentle...

Yoga May Be Right Move Against Urinary Incontinence

22 May 2018
Yoga May Be Right Move Against Urinary IncontinenceTUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga can help older women who fight frequent bouts of urinary incontinence, new research suggests. The finding stems from a small study of participants in yoga classes specifically designed to help older women with urinary incontinence. They were between the ages of 55 and 83 (average age: 66), and none practiced yoga before joining the study. "In spite of their age, the frequency of their incontinence and their lack of experience with yoga, these women were able to learn to practice yoga effectively through a three-month yoga program that involved twice weekly group classes with six to 10 other incontinent women," said study author Dr. Alison Huang. "And by the end of the program, women in the yoga group reported more than a 75 percent...

Health Concerns Rise Along With Hawaii Eruptions

22 May 2018
Health Concerns Rise Along With Hawaii EruptionsTUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's more trouble in paradise: The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may lead to respiratory and other health problems for residents of the Big Island, an expert warns. Besides facing the possibility of more devastating lava flows, Hawaiians must contend with high levels of toxic volcanic ash and smog, said an atmospheric scientist at the University at Albany in New York. "Volcanic smog is transported and distributed in the atmosphere," Sarah Lu said in a university news release. "In general, the larger particles fall closer to the source of the volcanic emission, and fine particles are carried longer distances." Volcanic smog contains sulfur dioxide gas, fine particulate matter and other gases -- toxins that are harmful to human...

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