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Memo to Motorcyclists: Beware the Full Moon

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TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – A full moon may spell extra danger for motorcyclists, a new study suggests. Momentary distractions are a common cause of crashes. Because a full moon can be a major distraction and occurs about 12 times a year, researchers decided to investigate whether full moons might be linked to more motorcyclists' deaths. "Glancing at the full moon takes the motorcyclist's gaze off the road, which could result in a loss of control," explained study author Donald Redelmeier, a professor at the University of Toronto's department of medicine. The average motorcycle ride is more dangerous than a drunk driver with no seatbelt traveling the same distance, he added. "Because of this, we recommend riders and drivers orient their attention, ignore distractions, and continuously monitor their dynamic surroundings," he said. In the study, the researchers analyzed data on just over ... Read more

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Preventing Childhood Accidents at Home

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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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Health Tip: Staying Safe in a Parking Lot

Posted 7 days ago by

-- More than 50,000 vehicle accidents occur in parking lots and garages each year, leading to about 500 deaths and more than 60,000 injuries, the National Safety Council says. It pays to be especially careful during the holidays, when drivers are increasingly distracted by the hustle and bustle of the season. The council offers these safety suggestions: Don't cut across the lot to get to a parking space. Drive slowly, and use directional signals. Anticipate the actions of other drivers. Obey stop signs and no-parking signs. When backing out, be mindful of other vehicles and pedestrians. Watch for small children, and for parents with baby strollers. Read more

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Better Balance at Every Age

Posted 9 days ago by

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

Related support groups: Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Drive Safely During a Snow Storm

Posted 13 days ago by

-- If you don't have to drive while it's snowing, don't. But if you must be on the road, the National Weather Service suggests: Slow down. Roads may be slippery, even if they do not look wet. Clean all snow and ice off your car before starting a trip. Let someone know where you are going and what route you will take. Fully charge your cell phone before leaving home. Keep an emergency kitin the car. If you skid, ease your foot off the gas and turn your wheel in the direction you want the front of the car to go. If you have an anti-lock braking system, apply steady pressure to the brake. Never pump the brake on an ABS vehicle. If you are having trouble seeing, pull over until visibility improves. Read more

Related support groups: Head Injury, Prevention of Fractures

Modern Times May Mean Weaker Biceps for Women

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – A life of hard farm work apparently gave ancient women stronger arm bones than modern women, even today's elite rowers. That's the finding of British researchers who compared the bones of a wide range of present-day women with the bones of women who lived in Central Europe during the first 6,000 years of agriculture. Women from 7,400 to 7,000 years ago had similar leg bone strength as modern-day women who are high-level rowers. But their arm bones were 11 to 16 percent stronger for their size, and nearly 30 percent stronger than typical female university students, the study found. Women from 4,300 to 3,500 years ago had 9 to 13 percent stronger arm bones than modern elite rowers, but 12 percent weaker leg bones. The strong arm bones in ancient women who farmed were likely due to activities such as tilling soil and harvesting crops by hand, as well as grinding ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoporosis, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Orthopedic Surgery, Body Imaging, Osteomalacia, Prevention of Fractures

Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why

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TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. "We found that there appears to be a safe window, within the first 24 hours," said lead researcher Daniel Pincus, a doctoral student with the University of Toronto. "After 24 hours, risk began to clearly increase," Pincus said. U.S. and Canadian guidelines recommend hip fracture surgery within 48 hours of injury, but it's likely that many people don't receive care that quickly, he noted. In the United Kingdom, guidelines call for surgery within 36 hours, but hospitals often fail to get patients promptly into the operating room, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by

-- More than 10 million Americans, mostly women, have osteoporosis, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. The disease causes softening of the bones, making them more prone to fracture. The risk of osteoporosis rises as a person ages. The agency suggests how osteoporosis may be delayed or prevented: Eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Performregular weight-bearing and strengthening exercises. If you smoke, quit. Limit alcohol consumption. Read more

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

Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Motorcycle crashes are far costlier than car accidents, both in lives lost and in medical expenses, a new study shows. Canadian researchers found that the death rate from motorcycle crashes was five times greater than from car crashes, and the rate of severe injury was 10 times greater. That came with a six times greater cost to the health care system. Though the findings stem from an analysis of traffic accidents in the Canadian province of Ontario, the researchers said that similar patterns would likely be seen elsewhere. One reason: Motorcycles are inherently more risky because motorcycles lack the protections that cars provide. "It's clear that it's much more dangerous to ride a motorcycle than to ride in a car," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Pincus. But the study isn't saying that motorcycles should be taken off the road. "A lot of people enjoy riding ... Read more

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Health Tip: Safety Advice for the Holidays

Posted 17 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – The joyous holidays may end up being a nightmare if a child gets hurt during the festivities. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep little ones safe: Clean up immediately after a holiday party. A toddler could choke on leftover food or come in contact with alcohol or tobacco. Keep in mind that homes you visit may not be childproof. Identify all danger spots, such as unlocked cabinets, unattended purses, accessible cleaning products, stairways or hot radiators. Travel with a list of emergency phone numbers. Include the police and fire department, your pediatrician and the nearest poison help center. Make sure your young child rides in an appropriate car safety seat. In cold weather, children in these seats should wear thin layers with a blanket over the top of the harness straps, not a thick coat. Adults and older kids should always wear ... Read more

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Preventing Sports Injuries

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Simple steps can help keep you from being sidelined by a sports injury. First, make it a rule to bookend every workout with a warm-up and a cool-down. The warm-up is meant to increase your heart rate and blood flow to muscles. Start with some light cardio, like brisk walking, for your warm-up. After 3 to 10 minutes, focus on increasing flexibility in the muscles you'll use during your workout by stretching them through a full range of motion. Dynamic stretches better prepare the body for activity than traditional static stretching. Gently move into each stretch and hold for a 1-to-2 count, and then release. Repeat for 4-to-6 reps per stretch. After your workout, the cool-down should bring your body back to the starting point. If you've been doing cardio, do 10 minutes of the activity at a slow and easy pace, then include static stretching, focusing on trouble ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

-- 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

Related support groups: Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

Getting Self-Driving Cars on the Road Soon Might Save Lives

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – The sooner driverless cars make their way onto American roadways, the sooner thousands of lives will be saved each year, a new report suggests. For that reason, the RAND Corporation research team that did the analysis is cautioning against delaying the introduction of driverless cars – which they call "highly automated vehicles" (HAVs) – under any misplaced premise that current technology might be somewhat less than "perfectly" safe. "We were surprised by the magnitude of life savings by the introduction of HAVs," said Nidhi Kalra. She is senior information scientist and director of RAND's San Francisco office. The RAND report, released online Tuesday, warns of the cost of forgoing somewhat safer self-driving cars in favor of waiting for hugely safer cars that might take many more years to develop. The safety record would improve even more by getting ... Read more

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Divers May Be Plunging Into A Whole Lot Of Injury Trouble

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – A well-executed dive may look graceful and effortless, but competitive diving can take a toll on the body, a doctor warns. "Even when a dive is perfectly executed, injuries can occur, whether traumatic or from overuse," said Dr. Nathaniel Jones, a sports medicine physician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. Jones noted that a springboard diver strikes the water at up to 19 miles per hour and a 10-meter platform diver at up to 37 mph. After hitting the water, their speed drops by more than 50 percent in a fraction of a second. "These incredible velocities and impact forces are thought to be large contributors to competitive diving injuries," Jones reported in a recent issue of the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports. "With such forces, injuries can occur not only in the setting of a dive gone wrong, but also more commonly secondary to an ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Fracture, bone, Frozen Shoulder, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Sled Safer

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by

-- Most children who grow up in a snowy climate will spend many hours sledding. But the fun of sledding doesn't come without potential hazards. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep your children safe while they're sledding: Stay away from motor vehicles. Supervise children at all times while they're sledding. Sledding alone isn't recommended for children under age 5. Separate younger children from older ones. Sled feet first to help prevent head injuries. Inspect sleds to make sure they are sound and don't have any sharp edges. Sled slopes should be free of obstructions, such as trees or fences. They also should be covered in snow, not ice, and not be too steep. Avoid sledding in crowded areas. Read more

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