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How to care for your bones throughout life

DALLAS — Bones are the body's first lines of defense. They protect the brain, heart and lungs and anchor the muscles. They keep us mobile. And all they ask in return is our support to keep them strong: good nutrition, weight-bearing exercise, calcium and Vitamin D.
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Consumers devouring nutrient-spiked foods, drinks

MILWAUKEE — From heart-friendly margarines to sugary cereals that strengthen bones, once-demonized foods are being spiked with nutrients to give them a healthier glow — and consumers are biting, even on some that are little more than dressed-up junk food.

Flu’s not the only ill that might merit a preventive shot

All the vaccine buzz is about the H1N1 virus right now, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding Americans to make sure ALL of their vaccinations are up-to-date. The CDC encourages adults to guard against vaccine-preventable diseases such as shingles, human papillomavirus (HPV), tetanus, meningitis, whooping cough and pneumococcal disease.
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Most kids’ meals still far from healthful, group warns

ORLANDO, Fla. — Even though children’s nutrition has received lots of attention the past few years, you’re still more likely to find chicken fingers and fries on kids’ menus than wraps and salads. Ninety-seven percent of major restaurant-chain children’s meals were deemed unhealthful in a recent report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocacy group.
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Health by the numbers, lots of numbers

MINNEAPOLIS — Jared Sieling’s first experiment was on his diet. For weeks, he diligently recorded everything he ate until the data revealed a nutritional gap: not enough protein. Next, he strapped on a device to monitor his activity level. The numbers revealed the software engineer was a slug, averaging fewer than 1,000 steps a day — well below the recommended 10,000-step mark.

Boxing helps Parkinson’s patients fight back

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — “Right uppercut! Harder, harder, harder!” At T3 Health and Fitness in Cooper City, Fla., physical therapist Craig Marks barks instructions as he spars with William Defreitas, who swings wildly and charges forward with more jabs.

H1N1 spreads quickly and to more people

SEATTLE — It’s known that swine flu is a fairly contagious disease. What’s been less clear is just how quickly the H1N1 virus gets transmitted in homes and schools — and how effective vaccines would be in containing a widespread outbreak.

Fitness Corner: When you exercise, don’t forget to breathe

My favorite thing about yoga classes — other than the part at the end when you get to lie down and act like a corpse — is that the instructors always remind me to breathe. Pretty much without fail, whenever I get the cue “Don’t hold your breath,” I am. And as soon as I go for a deep, belly-expanding inhale, I feel amazingly able and at ease.

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Latest plan reloads health care battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s call for an overhaul of the nation’s health care system gained fresh momentum with the introduction of long-delayed Senate legislation to rein in spiraling medical costs and require nearly everyone to carry health insurance.

Alzheimer’s, dementia afflict 35 million

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness — and it’s an ominous forecast as the population grays.

Obesity especially a struggle for minorities

For a sports fan, this September is a bit like Christmas. The NFL season is starting, and the speed, power and grace of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is on display. At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams tore through the field as usual, before self-destructing. Baseball is heading toward the playoffs; the superhuman Albert Pujols has a shot at the Triple Crown. The majestic Michael Jordan was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, and it won’t be long before Kobe and LeBron are back on the floor.

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Senate panel tightroping through health care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus heard some encouraging words today from a key centrist Democrat as he opened the second day of a committee meeting to debate and vote on his sweeping health overhaul bill.

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Girl with rare form of diabetes treated with pills

CHICAGO — Three years after she made medical history and was freed from painful insulin injections, 9-year-old Lilly Jaffe is just beginning to understand how much her story changed the course of diabetes research and treatment.