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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Hip Fracture

Posted 3 days ago by

-- Hip fractures are serious injuries, especially in seniors. Falls are a prime cause. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice on reducing your risk: Keep your home clear of clutter, making sure it is well lit. Install grab bars in bathrooms. Get regular exercise to strengthen bones and muscles, and improve balance. Each year, get an eye exam and a complete physical. Discuss all medications with your doctor, as some drugs can have side effects. Know your risk factors for bone loss and fractures. Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin D and calcium. If needed, talk to your doctor about medication to improve bone health. Maintain a healthy weight. Read more

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Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids

Posted 11 days ago by

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 12 days ago by

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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Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER

Posted 12 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 – About 10 percent of American seniors suffer elder abuse, yet the problem is often missed in hospital emergency departments, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed national data and found that emergency doctors make a formal diagnosis of such cases in only 1 of 7,700 visits by seniors. "These findings indicate that the vast majority of victims of elder abuse pass through the emergency department without the problem being identified," study senior author Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine, said in a school news release. "Emergency physicians strive to make sure that for each patient who comes through the door, all serious and life-threatening conditions are identified and addressed. For elder abuse, EDs across the country are falling short," he added. Platts-Mills is also ... Read more

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Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures?

Posted 18 days ago by

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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Safety Group Releases Annual Dangerous Toys List

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – With the holiday season approaching, the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released it annual list of the most dangerous toys. The organization urges parents to be cautious when buying toys this holiday season, noting that since January 2015 there have been recalls involving more than 800,000 individual products, including 500,000 this year alone. According to WATCH, every three minutes a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury. Since January 2015, there have been at least 19 toys with safety defects recalled in the United States. These recalls involved more than 800,000 units of toys – including 500,000 this year, the group said in a news release. "Consumers can inspect new toys as well as toys already in homes and schools for dangerous hazards and stay away from any toys that may have been ... Read more

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Almost 1 in 4 Face Surprise Bills After ER Visit

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – As if a trip to the ER isn't traumatic enough, many U.S. emergency room patients end up with major unexpected costs, a new study says. Yale University researchers looked at 2.2 million ER visits made by patients younger than 65 nationwide between early 2014 and late 2015. Nearly one-quarter of the patients who went to ERs within their health insurance networks were treated by an out-of-network doctor and ended up with unexpected expenses, the study found. According to the findings, out-of-network emergency doctors charged up to 800 percent of Medicare rates, while in-network emergency physicians were paid around 300 percent of Medicare rates. Patients were presented with an average bill of about $622, and potentially much more, if their insurer only covered in-network rates, the researchers reported. Many patients would be hard-pressed to pay such a bill, the ... Read more

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Menopause Before 40? Risk of Broken Bones May Be Higher

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Women who undergo menopause before age 40 are more likely to get broken bones, and a new study suggests calcium and vitamin D supplements won't eliminate the extra risk. Researchers were disappointed by the finding because supplements and hormone replacement therapy have been thought to improve bone health. The researchers were led by Dr. Shannon Sullivan, medical officer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They examined the medical records of almost 22,000 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative. This 15-year study, by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reviewed the most common causes of poor health and death among postmenopausal women. The study team found that those women who entered menopause before age 40 had a significantly higher risk of broken bones than those who did later, regardless of the treatments they tried. On average, ... Read more

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Pint-Sized Football Players Still at Risk for Injuries

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – The American love of football can extend to children as young as 6, and these pint-sized players aren't immune to injury, a leading pediatricians' group says. Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries suffered by youth football players, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Sprains are usually treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). But, players who are in severe pain or can't walk should receive immediate medical attention, the group advises. The AAP lists other injuries often associated with football: Finger injuries: Fingers can be hurt when they are hit with the ball or another player's hand or body. "Jammed" fingers shouldn't be ignored because an injury to the joint or tendon could lead to permanent deformity or disability if not treated properly. Knee injuries: Knees are often injured when athletes cut, pivot, ... Read more

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

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by

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

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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Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – A new type of plaster cast might help older adults avoid surgery for unstable ankle fractures, researchers say. "Older adults – those over 60 – are suffering an increasing number of ankle fractures from leading more active lifestyles and the rising prevalence of osteoporosis," said study author Keith Willett. "However, we know that older patients have disproportionately poor outcomes, and their quality of life can suffer as they lose mobility," added Willett. He is a professor of orthopedics, rheumatology and musculoskeletal sciences at the University of Oxford in England. Currently, two techniques are used to treat unstable ankle fractures: surgery to set and fix the bones using plates and screws; or a traditional plaster cast. "Each technique has drawbacks," Willett said in a university news release. "Traditional plaster casts are associated with misaligned ... Read more

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Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Seniors with hip fractures may be more likely to die if they're treated in smaller community hospitals than in large teaching hospitals, a new Canadian study suggests. About 10 percent of hip fracture patients in Canada die in the hospital, but little is known about how changes to patient care could improve survival, the study authors said. Researchers examined data from more than 168,000 patients 65 and older in Canada who were hospitalized with a first hip fracture between January 2004 and December 2012. For every 1,000 patients admitted to a hospital with a hip fracture, 43 more died at small hospitals (fewer than 50 beds) and 14 more died at medium-sized hospitals (50 to 199 beds) than at larger teaching hospitals, the study found. For every 1,000 patients who had surgery to repair their hip fracture, 11 more died at medium-sized hospitals than at teaching ... Read more

Related support groups: Hip Replacement, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

11 Ways to Stay Safe When Doing Risky Tree Work

Posted 16 Oct 2016 by

SATURDAY, Oct. 15, 2016 – Trimming branches or removing dead trees is risky business if proper safety precautions are ignored, a U.S. agency warns. Nearby power lines, bad weather and lack of experience with chain saws and other power tools are dangerous for those doing tree work, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These OSHA tips will help you avoid serious injuries: Always stay alert and assess the area before starting work. This includes determining how a tree is leaning and in which direction it is likely to fall. Assume power lines are live. Before starting any tree work, contact the local power company to ask about de-energizing and grounding or shielding nearby power lines. All work within 10 feet of a power line must be done by trained, experienced line-clearance tree trimmers. Don't work alone. A second tree trimmer should be close ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – New research suggests that dietary calcium in the form of supplements, but not calcium-rich foods, might have a harmful impact on the heart. The study couldn't prove the supplements help cause heart trouble, but its authors believe the finding should give consumers pause for thought. "When it comes to using vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly calcium supplements being taken for bone health, many Americans think that more is always better," said study lead author Dr. Erin Michos. "But our study adds to the body of evidence that excess calcium in the form of supplements may harm the heart and vascular system," Michos said in a news release from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is associate director of preventive cardiology at the school's Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. About 43 percent of American ... Read more

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