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Binge Drinking: A Hazard for Teen Bones?

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Teen girls who regularly toss back four or five alcoholic drinks may be setting themselves up for a lifetime of lower bone density, new research suggests. The study of college women included some who reported regularly binge drinking during high school and in the first year of college. That means downing four or more alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period. "We found that ...

Tips for Handling a Medical Emergency

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Knowing how to respond to an emergency can save valuable time and lives. But do you know what to do? Whether it's a life-threatening injury, car accident or medical emergency, the most important thing is to quickly assess the situation and the safety of all involved, said Dr. Chris DeFlitch. He's an emergency medicine physician at Penn State Health Medical Center. "You ...

Health Tip: Caregivers Can Help Prevent Falls

Posted 31 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Someone who is unsteady, weak and maybe a bit confused is a prime candidate for a dangerous fall. The American Cancer Society says caregivers can help prevent falls by: Sitting the person on the side of the bed for a minute, just after the person wakes. This will help if changing positions too quickly makes the person feel dizzy or unsteady. Lending an arm when the person walks. Staying with ...

Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries

Posted 27 May 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 27, 2018 – Basketball provides a great full-body workout. But there are steps you should take to reduce your risk of knee, ankle and foot injuries, an orthopedic specialist says. In 2016, more than 60,500 people were treated for basketball-related foot injuries in U.S. emergency departments, doctors' offices and clinics. More than 355,000 sought help for basketball-related ankle ...

Anxious Women May Want to Keep an Eye on Their Bone Health

Posted 18 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – As if older women didn't already worry enough about their bone health, new research suggests that anxiety may up their risk for fractures. Based on an analysis involving almost 200 postmenopausal Italian women, the finding builds upon previous research linking anxiety to a higher risk for heart disease and gastrointestinal problems. "Our findings are quite surprising ...

Bone Drug 'Holiday' From Bisphosphonates May Raise Fracture Risk

Posted 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – Osteoporosis patients who take "holidays" from bisphosphonate drugs are at increased risk for fractures, a new study finds. A six-year follow-up of patients who took a break from the bone-building drugs found 15 percent of them suffered fractures, according to researchers at Loyola University in Maywood, Ill. "Fracture risk needs to be regularly assessed during the drug ...

Deadly Falls On the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

Posted 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday. Across the nation, the rate of deaths from falls among those 65 and older increased 31 percent from 2007 to 2016 – from about 18,000 to nearly 30,000, researchers found. "If deaths from falls continue to increase at the same rate, the U.S. can ...

More Doubt Cast on Surgery for Spinal Compression Fractures

Posted 10 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – In a new study, a widely used form of spinal surgery was no more effective than placebo in treating spinal fracture pain for people with osteoporosis. Researchers and experts now say that the technique – called vertebroplasty – should not be a standard pain treatment for these patients. "The role of this procedure in the routine treatment of osteoporotic compression ...

Hoverboard Injuries Speeding U.S. Kids to the ER

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Hoverboards may look cool, flashy and fun, but they're less safe than you might think. Nearly 27,000 kids landed in the emergency room from a hoverboard accident during the first two years the self-balancing, two-wheeled motorized scooters were sold in the United States, according to a new study. While it pales in comparison with the more than 121,000 skateboard injuries ...

That Motorcycle Helmet Just May Save Your Spine

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A good helmet not only protects your skull if you crash your motorcycle, it can also reduce the risk of cervical spine injuries, researchers found. The finding counters claims by some that helmets do not protect against such injuries and may even increase the risk of injury, according to a team from the department of neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin ...

Broken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – While football is frequently blamed for concussions, a new study shows that it's also the sport in which athletes are most likely to suffer neck injuries. A neck fracture, commonly referred to as a broken neck, is a break in one or more vertebrae in the upper part of the spine. Neck sprains involve injury to the soft tissue surrounding those bones. The neck is referred ...

How to Stay Safe on the Mountain

Posted 21 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 20, 2018 – The growing popularity of snowboarding and skiing has meant more injuries on the slopes, a new review shows. In 2015, more than 140,000 people were treated in U.S. hospitals, doctors' offices and emergency rooms for skiing and snowboarding-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Snowboarders are three times more likely than skiers to ...

Health Tip: Protect Children from Playground Hazards

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Playing at the playground is a rite of passage, but it doesn't come without risks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospital emergency departments see more than 20,000 children aged 14 and younger for playground-relatedtraumatic brain injurieseach year. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions for evaluating a playground: Check out ground surfaces, which ...

Seniors Don't Need Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements: Review

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes. It turns out there's little evidence supplements protect against hip fractures and other broken bones in older folks, according to data gathered from dozens of clinical trials. "The routine use of these supplements is ...

Taking Your Meds? A Digital Pill Can Tell

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – Pairing medication with an ingestible sensor can help clinicians track how often and when patients actually take their prescription drugs, according to a small new investigational study. The findings come on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision last month to approve the first digital pill for use with the antipsychotic drug Abilify, often ...

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