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2008-07-26 15:00:42

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I could play tennis from sunrise to sunset if it weren't for cramps in my calves. I don't get them every day, but I get them enough that they're a major nuisance. I'm in good shape and have been athletic my whole life. I am 43. What causes them? Is it the heat? How do I prevent them? - R.B. ANSWER: A cramp is a painful, prolonged, involuntary muscle contraction. The cause is a matter of debate. Some say it's dehydration. Others claim it's a deficiency of sodium, potassium,...

2006-07-25 07:14:35

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - As temperatures soar during these summer months, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) advises that athletes, parents, coaches and medical personnel follow their new recommendations for preventing and treating dehydration, heat stroke and other exertional heat illnesses. "Some of the worst heat problems happen with highly trained athletes in their teens and twenties," NATA spokesperson, Dr. Douglas Casa, told Reuters...

2006-07-25 07:45:00

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - As temperatures soar during these summer months, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) advises that athletes, parents, coaches and medical personnel follow their new recommendations for preventing and treating dehydration, heat stroke and other exertional heat illnesses. "Some of the worst heat problems happen with highly trained athletes in their teens and twenties," NATA spokesperson, Dr. Douglas Casa, told Reuters Health....

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2006-07-25 00:45:00

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK -- As temperatures soar during these summer months, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) advises that athletes, parents, coaches and medical personnel follow their new recommendations for preventing and treating dehydration, heat stroke and other exertional heat illnesses. "Some of the worst heat problems happen with highly trained athletes in their teens and twenties," NATA spokesperson, Dr. Douglas Casa, told Reuters Health. Athletes may be able...

2005-07-29 15:00:44

Professor Susan Wray, who heads the UK's top rated Department of Physiology, and Dr. Ted Burdyga, are studying muscles in the wall of the ureter, which connects the kidney to the bladder, to understand how muscles respond to signals in the body telling them to contract or relax. Their research, supported by the Medical Research Council, is published in this week's issue of Nature. Muscles contract and relax to allow the body to perform crucial activity. Electrical signals tell the muscle...

2005-07-21 18:00:10

BOSTON - As the population ages, a growing number of people become more vulnerable to extreme summer heat. In 2003, a heat wave was blamed for 14,800 deaths in France. The July issue of the Harvard Health Letter offers tips for the elderly to beat this summer's heat. In addition to heading for the air conditioning, staying out of the sun, and wearing loose, light clothes: REVIEW YOUR MEDICATIONS Painkillers, for example, can reduce awareness of the heat. Talk to your doctor about your...

2004-11-30 06:00:10

Food for thought As a child, I was told that if I went swimming after eating a meal I would suffer stomach cramps. Is this true, or is it just another medical wives' tale? After a meal, the body has to devote a fair proportion of its energy to digesting the food. Blood which is normally available to the muscles is diverted to the stomach and intestines. So if you decide to do any kind of vigorous exercise within an hour or two of eating a big meal, your muscles become short of the...


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