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Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Perhaps there's a black belt in your child's future. But for safety's sake, kids should only engage in noncontact forms of martial arts, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. About 6.5 million U.S. children practice martial arts such as mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo and judo. While these popular sports can improve fitness, motor skills and emotional development, they also carry the risk of injury. Certain disciplines are riskier than others, the pediatricians' group says. "There are so many different types of martial arts for families to consider and enjoy, but such a difference in injury risk between the different non-contact and sparring forms," report author Dr. Chris Koutures said in a news release from the medical group. Koutures is a member of the academy's Executive Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Bruises and sprains account ... Read more

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Hitting the Slopes? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 26, 2016 – Multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts let skiers and snowboarders tackle more trails than ever before, but those who are tired are more apt to lose control and put themselves or others at risk, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Before you hit the slopes, the group urges you to get into shape. Once on the mountain, stop and rest when necessary. These added steps will help you stay injury-free: Have the right equipment. Get ski or snowboard bindings properly adjusted at a ski shop. Good equipment can also be rented at resorts. Wear the right clothes. Choose garments made with high-quality water- and wind-resistant fabric. Look for design features to keep cold air out, including fabric flaps over zippers, fitted cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be cinched up to the chin and adjustable drawstrings. Dress in layers. ... Read more

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Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures?

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – High blood pressure and weakened bones are two big health issues for seniors. Now, new data suggests that one class of drugs might help protect against both. The study of thousands of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare patients found that anti-hypertension meds called thiazide diuretics also seemed to lower odds of a patient suffering a hip or pelvic fracture, compared with people on other high blood pressure medications. The finding made sense to one endocrinologist. "It is well known that thiazide therapy can lower calcium excretion into the urine by as much as 50 percent," said Dr. Caroline Messer, who reviewed the new findings. "This tendency towards a positive calcium balance in the body may [slow] bone loss and reduce fracture risk," explained Messer. She directs the Center for Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. ... Read more

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Less Than Half of Older Hip Fracture Patients Fully Recover: Study

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – For older adults, a fractured hip is often life-changing: The majority will never return to their former levels of independence and physical activity, according to new research. "We all hope for full recovery, but less than half recover to their previous function after a hip fracture," said Dr. Victoria Tang, lead author of the study. The chances of recovery among hip-fracture patients older than 85 with dementia or other health problems are even lower, the study authors found. "By being able to set realistic expectations of the likelihood of recovery, as family members, we can take steps to plan and prepare for future care needs of the patient," added Tang. She is medical director of the geriatric surgery wellness program at the University of California, San Francisco. For older adults, the odds of suffering a hip fracture increase as bones tend to weaken. The ... Read more

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Marijuana May Blunt Bone Health

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Marijuana may be bad to the bone, a new Scottish study suggests. People who are very heavy users of pot have more than twice the risk of suffering a broken bone compared to people who only smoke tobacco cigarettes, the study found. Heavy pot users also had lower bone density compared to cigarette smokers, the researchers said. "The take-home point for patients is relatively clear: heavy marijuana use does not promote bone health," said Dr. Matthew Hepinstall. He's an orthopaedic surgeon at the Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction in New York City. Due to the study's design, the researchers said, they could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between pot smoking and bone density. However, they did take into account a number of other factors that could affect bone health, such as age, gender, weight, physical activity ... Read more

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Health Tip: Climb a Ladder Safely

Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Falling off a ladder can lead to a serious, permanent injury. But in most cases, it's preventable. The American Ladder Institute suggests: Avoiding a ladder if you're dizzy, tired or have poor balance. Avoiding a ladder whenever it's windy or stormy. Wearing shoes that are clean and resist slipping. Inspecting the ladder before use, avoiding one that sways, is rickety or has any loose or missing pieces. Making sure the ladder's size and weight capacity suits the job. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Setting up the ladder only on firm, level ground that isn't slippery. Never place a ladder in front of a door that may be opened. Not allowing use of the ladder by more than one person at a time. Read more

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The Football Injuries Most Likely to End an NFL Career

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – When the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with a rematch between last year's Super Bowl teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, football fans will be focusing on which franchise claims victory this time around. But fears of career-ending injuries lurk in the back of the minds of professional football players every time they take the field, and a new study sheds some light on exactly what kinds of injuries can be most devastating. It turns out that tendon and ligament injuries are potentially worse than broken and dislocated bones when it comes to complete recovery, the new study showed. Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and injured tendons in the kneecap and the Achilles heel seemed to keep players off the field or diminish their future performance more than other orthopedic injuries, the researchers found. "While these injuries [of ... Read more

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7 Ways to Avoid Serious Injury From School Sports

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – School sports play a major role in many lives, and for players and parents alike it's important to know how to reduce the risk of injuries, a sports medicine doctor says. "Being aware of the injury potential of your sport and proactively seeking ways to prevent such injuries is critical," said Dr. Jennifer Beck. She is a specialist in pediatric sports medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Beck offers the following tips to help keep players safe and at the top of their game: Good nutrition and proper hydration are key. It's important to stretch, warm up and cool down for practices and games or competitions. Practice and use proper techniques for your sport, such as tackling in football; tumbling in gymnastics; and running, jumping and landing in basketball and track events. Always wear all recommended safety equipment, and be ... Read more

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2 Kids an Hour Hurt in Strollers, Infant Carriers

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Although strollers and child carriers may look safe, two children are injured in these kid-movers every hour in the United States, a new study says. "While these products are used safely by families every day, when injuries do occur they can be quite serious," study author Kristi Roberts, research associate in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, said in a hospital news release. Her team reviewed federal government data from 1990 to 2010. During that time, nearly 361,000 children aged 5 years and younger were treated in hospital ERs for injuries that occurred while in a stroller or carrier. That works out to an average of two an hour, the researchers said. "The majority of injuries we saw were head injuries, which is scary considering the fact that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions in young children may ... Read more

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Injected Drug May Help Fight Osteoporosis in Women

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – An experimental drug appears to reduce the risk of bone fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis better than a placebo and the currently available drug, a new study finds. In this phase 3 trial funded by the drug's maker, Radius Health, fewer women on the injectable drug abaloparatide had spine fractures (0.58 percent) than women receiving a placebo (4.22 percent) and slightly fewer than those taking a similar injectable drug, teriparatide (Forteo) (0.84 percent). "If this gets approved, and there is no reason to think it won't, this will be the second drug available for the treatment of high-risk osteoporosis," said lead researcher Dr. Paul Miller of the Colorado Center for Bone Research. Forteo has been in use for the past 16 years, he said. Abaloparatide works differently from Forteo and improves bone density more than Forteo, Miller said. Women ... Read more

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Injuries at Indoor Trampoline Parks Jump

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – A wave of injuries at indoor trampoline parks has prompted a call for design and safety standards. In a small study, Australian researchers described injuries occurring at the parks as "an emerging public health concern." They reported that over six months, one Australian trauma center treated dozens of kids who were hurt at indoor trampoline parks. Between July 2014 and January 2015, its emergency room treated 40 children for trampoline park injuries. Their average age was 10, and the youngest child was 1. Thirty-three injuries occurred on the trampoline and 18 resulted from a bad landing. Eight injuries happened when several kids of different sizes used a trampoline at the same time. About half of the children were hurt while jumping, and five were injured while trying somersaults or flips. Six kids were hurt when they landed awkwardly on part of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Know Your Risk of Stress Fracture

Posted 15 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Stress fractures are small breaks in a bone caused by overuse from exercise. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says risk factors include: Playing sports, including tennis and basketball. Participating in athletic events, such as gymnastics and track and field. Moving in a way that the foot repeatedly hits the ground. Resting insufficiently between workouts. Being female. Read more

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For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – While Americans are living longer than ever, a new study finds there's still an important racial gap in health: Older black people are more likely than older white people to live their final years with disabilities. "In 2011, at age 65, whites could expect to be free of disability for 15 out of their nearly 20 remaining years of life – about three-fourths of the time," said study lead author Vicki Freedman. In contrast, "blacks could expect to live 12 out of 18 years – or about two-thirds of remaining years of life – without disability. The gap was a similar size in 1982," she said. Freedman is a research professor with the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. It's not clear why this difference exists, but the study authors said older black women seem particularly at risk. "The gaps persisted in part because of the lack of progress for ... Read more

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Injuries Soar as Trampoline Parks Expand

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – As trampoline parks spring up across the United States, injuries to kids have jumped, too, a new study finds. Indoor trampoline parks, a relatively new phenomenon, are growing in popularity, said Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, the lead researcher on the study. In 2011, there were only around 35 such parks in existence, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. By 2014, that number had risen to 280. This growth appears to be accompanied by a surge in serious injuries among children and young people who visit the parks. Kasmire's team found that over just a few years, U.S. emergency rooms saw a 12-fold increase in the number of patients injured at trampoline parks – from 581 in 2010, to nearly 7,000 in 2014. Children and teens accounted for most of those ER trips, with broken bones and sprains the most common injuries. There were a handful of severe ... Read more

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Face-Saving Devices: Seat Belts and Air Bags

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Seat belts and air bags significantly reduce the risk of facial fractures in car crashes, a new study finds. "Based on our analysis, we found that use of an air bag alone reduced the likelihood of a facial fracture by 18 percent while use of a seat belt alone decreased likelihood by 43 percent," said study co-leader Dr. Scott Chaiet, a head and neck surgeon at the University of Wisconsin when the study was conducted. "Use of both decreased the chances of facial fractures in a crash by 53 percent," he added in a university news release. Researchers analyzed 2007-12 data from more than 518,000 people in the United States who required treatment at a trauma center after a motor vehicle collision. More than 56,000 (nearly 11 percent) suffered facial fractures – nasal and mid-face fractures most often. Those most likely to suffer facial fractures were younger males ... Read more

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