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Health Tips: Children follow parent's example

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Aug 02, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- CHILDREN FOLLOW PARENT'S EXAMPLE

Researchers from the University of Minnesota find that children are more apt to consume soft drinks if their parents do. In a survey of 560 children ages 8 to 13, approximately 30 percent of children reported drinking soft drinks daily, reports the The Journal of the American Dietetic Association. "Research has shown that parents are primary role models for kids and that includes their eating habits, too," says registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokesperson Althea Zanecosky. "As your best guideline, be sure soft drinks are not crowding out water and other nutritious beverages like fruit juices and milk."


Because golf appears a leisurely sport, many U.S. golfers think it doesn't provide enough of a cardiovascular workout. However, 18 holes of golf is about 4 miles, so if a golfer leaves the cart behind it's a perfect workout and if done three to five times a week, it's an optimal amount of endurance exercise for the heart.

Pull or carry clubs and it's more of a workout. However, the Harvard Men's Health Watch, warns that since a golf swing involves the whole body it can result in injuries such as: rotator cuff tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow inflammation and back muscle strains. Researchers recommend stretching at least three times a week, warming up before playing and taking lessons to develop good technique to avoid injuries.


Hypnosis to help quit smoking is more likely to be successful on men than women, an Ohio State University study finds. A review of 18 studies incorporating 5,600 participants of hypnosis-based smoking cessation programs found that about 30 percent of men who used such a treatment successfully quit smoking, compared to 23 percent of women. "My suspicion is that the gender differences are not unique to hypnosis, but are connected to difficulties women have in trying to quit smoking in general," says study leader Joseph Green. Green presented the findings at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu.


There is no cure for many cases of tinnitus, but U.S. clinicians can help patients get relief from the symptoms, says neurophysiologist Robert Folmer. In an article in the Journal of Family Practice, researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University Tinnitus Clinic provide evaluation and treatment guidelines for tinnitus management strategies. In some cases, underlying conditions -- infections, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, diabetes or autoimmune disorders -- contribute to tinnitus and may be treated with medication. In other cases, some mediations containing a large amount of quinine that contribute to tinnitus could be changed. Others may find acoustic therapy -- patients listen to "pleasant sounds" such as music -- helpful.


(EDITORS: For more information on SOFT DRINKS, contact Kelly Liebbe at For GOLF, call (877) 649-9457. For HYPNOSIS, Joseph Green at (419) 995-8278 or For TINNITUS, Tamara Hargens at (503) 494-8231 or

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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