Doctors prescribe exercise for osteoarthritis
In times past, osteoarthritis was considered a problem of old age. Now it's
showing up in the joints of people age 40 and younger, because more
people are overweight or have sports injuries.
at Stanford University point out that each extra pound of body weight
adds the equivalent of four pounds of weight to the knees. Even a small
loss of weight can cut in half the risk of knee arthritis in women, who
are at higher risk than men.
Studies show weight loss, combined with exercises aimed at improving
joint function and building up muscles to support the joints, can
improve health and quality of life, compared to medication alone.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the spaces
between joints wears away.
Yoga, tai chi, and basic
hamstring, shoulder, neck and back stretches are good exercise choices.
When stretching, reach for the sky and your toes.
Aerobic activity such as walking, biking, swimming, and water aerobics
are good choices
Insurers now cover the cost of immunizations
Beginning this year, health insurers must cover 100
percent of the cost of 10 vaccines recommended for adults by the Centers
For Disease Control and Prevention (some existing plans are exempt).
Adults often miss immunizations that can help keep them healthy. Shots
you might need include those for influenza, pneumonia, the booster shot
for tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria, and the shot for shingles if you
are age 60 or older.
For a list of covered vaccines,
The wholefood story
Why is the whole orange better for you than its juice, or the whole apple
better than apple sauce? Because whole foods contain a food matrix in
which all of the components work together. That means you can absorb all
the individual nutrients better.
Whole grains are a
good example. Scientists have found that natural phytonutrients are
embedded in the fiber matrix of the grain. They can help lower your risk
of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, according
to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College.
New melanoma treatment
Bristol-Myers Squibb has a new treatment for
melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The new drug will carry the
brand name Yervoy. It's approved by the Food and Drug Administration for
treatment of cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
The treatment gives new validation to efforts to attack cancer by
enlisting the body's own immune system.
the drug is delivered by three intravenous drips.
'Move Outside' for fun and health
National Public Lands Day offers every adult and child in the United States a
chance to enjoy the outdoors while doing meaningful work. They will be
keeping the environment of our public lands safe and healthy.
Set for Sept. 24 this year, the theme is named "Let's Move Outside," by
First Lady Michelle Obama. The program is led by the Department of the
Interior, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U. S. Department of
Agriculture's Forest Service.
As a special feature of
this year's event, 100 water quality testing kits have been issued to
site managers for checking sites across the land. The hands-on volunteer
effort offers a way to enjoy familyhealthy activities and fun while
promoting the stewardship of the lands, which are a sacred trust for all
More than 170,000 volunteers are expected to participate in theclean-up.
They will also be planting trees, repairing damaged hiking trails, and
improving wildlife habitats and learning more about nature.
With the growing concern of childhood obesity, it is also a day that can
promote exercise and healthy dietary habits.
direction of site managers, volunteers assist in publicity for
recruiting and managing workers as well as educating all concerned. It's
satisfying to give something back to the land
One special event this year, on September 24 and 25, will be
California's Fall Mountain Epic. It will feature the opening of the
newly-created Mills Creek Trail in the Lake Basin Recreation Area near
Gleneagles. Activities will include trail rides, swimming, working on
the lake basin, fly fishing, canoeing and camping.
you and your friends are interested in participating in an event, sign
up at a local or national park.