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Don't Play Around When It Comes to Toy Safety

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – There's nothing like a child's expression when getting a new toy. But toy safety belongs at the top of your holiday shopping list. A landmark study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that more than 3 million kids went to U.S. emergency rooms from 1990 through 2011 for toy-related injuries. Falls and collisions are the most common injuries overall, but kids face different safety threats from toys depending on their age. Under 3, the greatest risk is choking on small toys and toy parts. Swallowing objects is common among kids under 5. Forty-two percent of injuries in kids aged 5 to 17, and 28 percent of those under age 5, involve riding toys – from tricycles to scooters. There have been more than 500,000 injuries related to foot-powered scooters since that craze started in 2000, many involving a broken bone or a dislocation. To keep kids ... Read more

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Preventing Childhood Accidents at Home

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – As a parent, you may worry most about your kids when they aren't with you. But many of the falls that send a million children to the ER each year happen at home. Plenty of these accidents involve falls from beds, chairs, baby walkers, bouncers, changing tables and high chairs. Some of these injuries are minor cuts and scrapes, but nearly 60 percent involve a bang to the head and 14 percent involve a bone fracture. Many falls among babies occur when they're left unattended on a changing table or in a car seat or bouncy seat placed on a raised surface. Falls among kids aged 3 and older are often due to climbing on furniture. Toddlers also try to climb by pulling themselves up using furniture legs, TV stands, tables and dressers. Guard against these accidents with simple actions like placing safety gates in doorways and at stairs. Use hardware-mounted safety gates, ... Read more

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Better Balance at Every Age

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – You probably take balance for granted, but it's a motor skill that benefits from training throughout life. Working on your balance is key to staying active and injury-free today and in the future. Balance is part of some exercise disciplines, and there are also specific exercises you can do. Get started with heel-to-toe walking. Place the heel of your right foot just in front of the toes of the left foot. Heel and toes should just barely touch. Focus on a spot ahead of you and take a step, putting the left heel just in front of the toes of the right foot. Take 20 steps to start, and work up from there. Next, practice standing on one foot. Balance on one foot for 20 seconds, then switch to other foot. Hold onto a sturdy counter at first if needed. Gradually add more time. Progress to exercises with a balance pillow, disc or board to challenge you to stand on an ... Read more

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More Docs Specializing in Nursing Home Care

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – More doctors in the United States are turning to a new clinical specialty – nursing home care. The number of physicians and health care providers concentrating on nursing home patients grew by about one-third between 2012 and 2015, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found. The trend is likely driven by the aging population and increased federal government oversight of nursing homes, the researchers said. "We don't know how this trend will play out in the long term, but nursing home specialists have the potential to change the way health care is delivered in this setting," said lead author Dr. Kira Ryskina, an assistant professor at UPenn. "On one hand, clinicians who practice in the nursing home exclusively could improve patient outcomes and reduce costs by leveraging expertise in nursing home processes of care, for example," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You've probably heard of "distracted driving," but what about "distracted walking?" Largely due to the immense popularity of cell phones, pedestrian deaths reached nearly 6,000 in the United States last year, a 9 percent jump over 2015, the National Safety Council says. Walking remains a great way to get healthy exercise, but you should keep your "head up and phone down" during your stroll, the council urges. Here are its recommendations: Look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact. Remember that vehicles have blind spots. Don't wear headphones while walking. Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking. Never assume a car will stop for you. Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult. Cross the street only at a designated crosswalk. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Walk in ... Read more

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Middle-Aged and Impaired? More Common Than You Might Think

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – As early as middle age, many Americans have problems with dressing, grocery shopping and otherwise caring for themselves – and for some, it leads to a progressive decline, a new study finds. The study, of nearly 6,900 middle-aged adults, found that roughly 1 in 5 developed a "functional impairment" before age 65. That meant they had difficulty with routine self-care or daily tasks such as bathing themselves and making meals. Though those types of disabilities are common among elderly people, the new findings show that middle-aged people often have similar issues – and they do not always recover. That had been a big question going into the study, according to lead researcher Dr. Rebecca Brown: "Is functional impairment in middle age a temporary phenomenon, or does it have consequences later?" Brown is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of ... Read more

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Eat Well, Age Well

Posted 5 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 5, 2017 – A healthy diet may translate into a healthier old age, researchers report. The scientists followed close to 1,000 men and women in England, who were born in March 1946, throughout their adulthood. Those who ate more fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals – and fewer highly processed foods – throughout adulthood did better on three tests of physical function in their early 60s than those with less healthy eating habits. The study also found that those whose eating habits improved during adulthood did better on two of the tests, chair rise speed and standing balance time. The third test was timed up-and-go speeds. "Improving the quality of your diet can have a beneficial effect on health, whatever your age," said study author Sian Robinson, a professor of nutritional epidemiology at the University of Southampton. "However, this study suggests that making good ... Read more

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Get Your Muscles In Step With Tai Chi

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – If you're looking for a low-impact exercise that can have a big impact on your quality of life, give Tai Chi a try. This ancient Chinese practice combines slow, flowing movement with meditation and deep breathing. According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies show that Tai Chi is very good at improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance. That's a plus as you age because good balance can keep you steady on your feet and prevent falls. Tai Chi also may help improve medical conditions like arthritis and high blood pressure. It also may be an effective way for women to stave off osteoporosis after menopause. Tai Chi's benefits also go beyond the physical. It can lower stress and anxiety and help you get a good night's sleep. Because Tai Chi is low impact, it's easy on your joints, and people of almost any ability ... Read more

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Health Tip: Finding Safe Shoes for the Elderly

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As you age, you are at greater risk of falling. To compensate, you should wear shoes that can minimize your risk. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to select stable and comfortable shoes: Measure your feet each time you shop for shoes. Aging and health changes can affect your shoe size. The best time to measure your feet is late in the day. Try on shoes with the socks that you intend to wear. Walk around the store with the new shoes. Do not buy shoes that make you feel unstable or uncomfortable. If you wear inserts, try the shoes on with them. Read more

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Health Tip: Tai Chi May Help Prevent Falls

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Tai chi is a low impact, slow motion form of exercise and meditation that can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance. A study in The Journal of Gerontology examined the effect of Tai Chi on older adults. It showed that inactive older adults who practiced Tai Chi three times a week decreased their chances of falling by 55 percent. Tai chi focuses on slow and circular movements that can be adapted to virtually anyone, even those using wheelchairs or recovering from surgery or stroke. Read more

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The Value of Strength Training

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Strength training – also called resistance training or, simply, weightlifting – isn't just for those muscular bodybuilders at the gym. It's a type of exercise that should be part of everyone's overall fitness plan. Why? Strength training keeps muscle toned, reduces body fat, and helps burn more calories even when you're not working out. Strong muscles are especially important as you age to stay steady on your feet and as independent as possible. A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that a simple lower body strength and balance training program can decrease falls as you get older. Upper body strength counts, too, allowing you to accomplish everyday tasks, from carrying groceries to walking your dog. If you're new to strength training, a certified trainer can put together a plan with your fitness goals and ability in mind. Look for ... Read more

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Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls

Posted 1 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 30, 2017 – Falls are a serious problem for many American seniors, but there are a number of ways to reduce the risk, a senior health expert says. The millions of falls that occur each year threaten seniors' health, independence and lives, and account for $31 billion in medical costs annually. "The best medical treatment for injuries from falls is to prevent them from happening in the first place," said Dr. Sonja Rosen, chief of geriatric medicine for Cedars-Sinai Medical Group in Los Angeles. "Seniors who have fallen – or are afraid they will – should get a comprehensive risk assessment from a geriatrician, who can determine the causes of their falls and give them a treatment plan," she advised in a news release from the group. "Falls are common but never normal with aging," Rosen said. "In many cases, we can prevent falls by following a few common sense guidelines." ... Read more

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Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Falls and fractures are a major cause of disability in old age. An influential U.S. medical task force is recommending exercise and, in some cases, medical evaluation to help seniors stay on their feet. But the new draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) say there isn't enough evidence at this time to either endorse or advise against taking vitamin D or calcium supplements to prevent broken bones. And based on current evidence, the panel recommends against taking vitamin D solely to prevent falls. For Americans 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injuries and injury-related deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, one older person falls every second in the United States, the CDC says. "Fortunately, there are things we can do to help prevent falls," said Dr. Alexander ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Some elderly people are at heightened risk for falling, especially at home. Six of 10 falls occur within the home – often due to lax stair safety, the National Institute on Aging says. The agency offers these safety suggestions: Install tightly-fastened handrails on both sides of the stairs. Always hold the handrails while going up and down stairs. If you need to carry something while using the stairs, hold tightly with one hand, and do not block your view with the item in your hands. Install bright lighting, including switches at both the top and bottom of stairs. Do not stack items on stairs. Install a runner or carpet on stairs, or use no-slip strips. Read more

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

Young Adults May Be Ignoring High Blood Pressure

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – High blood pressure doesn't seem to be as much of a concern for young American adults as it is for their 40 and older counterparts, a new study finds. And, that seems to be especially true for young adult men, the study authors said. "While hypertension awareness, treatment and control have improved overall since the early 2000s, all three remain worse in young adults – those aged 18-39," said senior study author Dr. Andrew Moran. An assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, he made his comments in a news release from the American Heart Association. The heart association defines high blood pressure as 140/90 or higher. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. The study included information from eight surveys completed sometime between 1999-2014. More than 41,000 Americans participated in the surveys. They ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Thromboembolic Stroke Prophylaxis, Prevention of Falls, Hypertensive Heart Disease

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