Challenge Gets Families Moving Together

For families looking for ways to stay active together, summer just got more challenging—in a fun way, that is. With prizes.

APTA and its Section on Pediatrics are encouraging the whole family to get involved in physical activity with its “Summer Fit Family Challenge,” a program that promotes shared physical activities that make the most of summer. Members are encouraged to share information on the program with patients, clients, and members of the community—as well as with their own families.

The challenge? Families download a list of 15 fun physical activities, then try to do as many as possible over the summer. Activities range from fruit-picking at a local orchard, to finding a new lake or beach and taking a dip, to simply taking the time to explore a city on foot or bike. Families who take photos of themselves participating in the challenge can share their photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #FitFam14, and will be entered to win prizes.

Full story of the family fit challenge at APTA

Best treatment of your headache varies with the cause

Life can be a pain at times, literally. Every day, one in 20 adults suffers a headache. Stress is usually to blame, but headaches can be caused by a number of things such as dehydration, hormones or environmental factors.

Treatments for Different Headaches and CausesThere are many different types of headaches, and while most are nothing to worry about, you should be aware of symptoms that could signal a serious problem.

Sinus headaches are common and typically accompany allergy symptoms (sneezing, runny nose). Pressure behind the eyes and in the forehead worsens when the head is tilted forward. Over-the-counter medications will relieve symptoms, but the underlying allergy needs to be treated along with any resulting sinus infection.

Tension headaches are the most common. Dull pressure or tightness is felt in a band around the head, resulting from tension in scalp and neck muscles. Over-the-counter medications are a quick fix, but finding ways to relax and avoid stress is recommended. Patients sometimes will need preventive medications to help reduce frequency and severity of these headaches.

Full story of treatments for different headaches at TB 10 News

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Five super nutrients that help you age well

SONY DSCParents often use the adage “You are what you eat!” to encourage children to make healthy food choices, but the saying is equally true for mature adults. Providing your body with a variety of nutrients lets you feel your best, and may even prevent disease and help you live longer.

Allison Tannis is a nutritionist, author and professional consultant. She believes that aging well means eating well. She recommends these five super nutrients to help baby boomers and older adults age well and stay healthy.

1. Omega-3s

“It can be hard to see fat as healthy, but omega-3 fatty acids are potentially one of the most important nutrients for our health,” says Tannis. “Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to the maintenance and function of our eyes, brain and nervous system – parts of us that start to weaken with increasing age. In addition, these healthy fats have great ability to fight inflammation that is the cause of painful joints, cardiovascular disease and even wrinkles.”

How can you get your daily dose of 1 to 2 grams of omega-3s, as recommended by the American Heart Association? Wild-caught fish like salmon, sardines and Arctic char are good sources of omega-3s. Plant sources of omega-3s include flax, chia and hemp. It can be difficult to get enough omega-3s from food sources, so supplements are a good alternative.

Full story of nutrients to help age well at Courier Journal

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14 Natural Remedies For Back Pain

Natural Remedies for Back PainBack pain is one of the most common — and debilitating — medical problems. The National Institutes of Health reports 80 percent of Americans suffer from a back injury at some point in their lives – with many people reaching for over-the-counter relief such as aspirin, ibuprofen or anti-inflammatories. Though effective, long-term use of these medications can lead to stomach ulcers. A better approach is helping your body heal itself through natural means, such as diet, supplements, bodywork and exercise. Here’s how.
Causes of back pain

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, back pain has many causes, including poor biomechanics, degenerative changes in the spine, injuries from falls or improper lifting, overuse and some medical conditions.It can be due to poor postural habits, strains, and also muscle tension. It is also very common in pregnant woman due to the stretching of ligaments around uterus. Here are some remedies for the lower back pain.

Whether you have chronic back pain or if you only have occasional backaches, changes in your lifestyle can help you strengthen your back , prevent back injuries and put an end to back pain for good.

Here are some recommendations
Natural remedies for back pain

1. Clean up your diet

Full story of remedies for back pain at the Curacao Chronicle

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Medical Edge: Daily routine a good first step for teen with chronic pain

Teen Deals with Chronic PainDEAR MAYO CLINIC: As the result of a sports injury, my 16-year-old daughter has chronic pain that has lasted for more than a year. It’s really taking a toll on her. The pain makes it hard for her to go to school and participate in the activities she enjoys. Medication doesn’t make much difference. What can we do? Is there a chance the pain will go away with time?

Your daughter’s pain may fade over time. While she has pain, though, it’s important for her to find ways to manage it. A cure may not be possible, but there are many strategies that can help her get back into life.

Pain usually comes from illness, injury or surgery, and it goes away as our bodies heal. This type of pain is called acute pain. Chronic pain is different. It is generally defined as daily pain that lasts more than three months. Chronic pain may continue after an injury or illness has passed. It may come from a medical condition that’s hard to treat. Sometimes chronic pain may not have any clear source.

Full story of teen with chronic pain at Post Bulletin

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Diet, exercise can be keys to relieving chronic knee pain

Diet and Exercise Helps Chronic Knee PainKnee pain, or osteoarthritis of the knee, can be a debilitating and life-altering condition for many.

However, diet, especially related to maintaining a proper weight, and exercise play critical roles in treating osteoarthritis of the knee and other weight-bearing joints.

About 60 percent of adults in this country are overweight and 30 percent are obese. Those numbers continue to rise, and we know that obesity is a definite risk factor for developing osteoarthritis. We also know that heavier patients often have more pain associated with arthritis.

If an arthritic patient is overweight, we encourage that person to lose weight and adopt a non-impact exercise program; activities such as swimming, walking, bicycling or using an elliptical trainer can be well tolerated while helping to burn calories and maintain joint motion. Low-resistance strength training can also be helpful.

There are many programs available through our local YMCA, health clubs and rehabilitation / physical therapy departments that can help patients get on the “right track.” The key to success, however, is commitment and perseverance. Often working with a personal trainer or being part of an exercise / weight loss accountability group can help a person to “stay the course.” If followed, he or she may experience less pain and improved outcome in combination with other treatment modalities.

Full story of chronic knee pain health at Germantown Now

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Walnuts Reduce Diabetes Risk

Walnuts Reduce Diabetes RiskEating walnuts may reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes in women, a large new study concludes.

Previous studies have suggested an inverse relationship between tree nut consumption and diabetes. Though the findings are correlational, walnuts are uniquely high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which may be of particular value in Type 2 diabetes prevention.

The scientists, writing in the April issue of The Journal of Nutrition, used dietary and health data on 138,000 women participating in a large continuing study of women’s health. Beginning in 1999 they collected data on walnut consumption, and followed the women for the next 10 years. They found 5,930 cases of Type 2 diabetes.

Full story of walnuts and diabetes at The New York Times

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Sugar In Diet Linked To Type 2 Diabetes Rates, Study Finds

Sugar in Diet Linked to Type 2 DiabetesDr. Robert Lustig is the anti-sugar man. In his popular YouTube lecture, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth,", a subsequent profile in the New York Times Magazine and his best-selling book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease he explains how the sweeteners in our food contribute to metabolic disorders associated with obesity.

But Lustig believes we shouldn’t associate these illnesses only with a high body mass index (BMI). In a new study published in PLoS One, Lustig of the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Sanjay Basu of Stanford University set out to show that the availability of added sugar in the human diet may have a direct effect on Type 2 diabetes rates, independent of obesity levels, calorie intakes and many other related factors.

"Obesity costs us zero dollars and causes zero deaths," Lustig told HuffPost. "Chronic metabolic disease, which is associated with obesity but may have additional or different causes, costs us $192 billion per year."

Full story of sugar and diabetes at Huffington Post

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New technology shows diabetes

Technology Actually Shows DiabetesA new imaging method for the study of insulin-producing cells in diabetes among other uses is now being presented by a group of researchers at Umeå University in Sweden in the form of a video in the biomedical video journal, The Journal of Visualized Experiments.

The developed techniques have contributed to the reasons why the research team recently received a SEK 4.3 million grant from the EU in a Marie Curie program to link together leading research teams in Europe in the field of diabetes imaging.

Professor Ulf Ahlgren and his associates at the Umeå Center for Molecular Medicine (UCMM) have subsequently elaborated the technology for biomedical imaging with optical projection tomography (OPT). Initially the method could only be used on relatively small preparations, but five years ago the scientists at Umeå were able to adapt the technology to study whole organs including the pancreas from adult mice. The present findings describe a further development of the OPT technology by going from ordinary visible light to the near-infrared spectrum. Near infrared light is light with longer wavelengths that can more easily penetrate tissue. Thereby, the developed imaging platform enables studies of considerably larger samples than was previously possible. This includes the rat pancreas, which is important because rats as laboratory animals are thought to be physiologically more similar to humans.

Full story of technology showing diabetes at Science Codex

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Diet Trend: Fewer People Are On Them, But Those Who Are Stick To It

Diet and Health TrendThe number of people on diets has declined by more than 35 percent over the past 21 years, according to a new survey from The NPD Group, a research company that has been tracking dieting attitudes for almost 30 years.

While about 31 percent of adults said they were currently on a diet when surveyed in 1991, only about 20 percent said the same in a 2012 survey. The results were even more dramatic for women: while 35 percent said they were on a diet in 1992, only 23 percent said the same in 2012.

Although fewer people were on diets, those who did commit tended to follow them for longer: in 2004, only 22 percent of dieters stuck to it for more than a year, while that percentage rose to 27 in 2012.

In a separate area of the same survey, researchers asked participants about their attitudes toward body size. In 1985, 55 percent of all survey respondents agreed that being thin was more attractive. But in 2012, that percentage shrank to less than one quarter of respondents. A look at the research shows why that might not be so surprising: with nearly 63 percent of the U.S. adult population either overweight or obese, our conception of attractive — and of what looks "normal" — also changes. One 2010 study found that those who were obese themselves had difficulty determining what a healthy weight looked like when showed photos of varying body types.

Full story of diet health at Huffington Post

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