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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Hip Fracture

Posted 17 hours 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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Health Tip: At Risk of a Sprained Ankle?

Posted 5 days ago by

-- An ankle sprain occurs when the joint moves from its normal position, stretching and tearing nearby ligaments. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says activities that raise your chances of getting the injury include: Working out. Walking or running on a surface that isn't level or smooth. Falling. Playing soccer, football, tennis, basketball, running and other activities that include twisting or rolling your feet. Having your foot stepped on. Read more

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ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids

Posted 8 days ago by

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – For young people who ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) without a helmet, the risk of head trauma is an established and serious concern. New research, however, finds that these vehicles may also pose a high risk for severe chest injuries. "I believe that many parents are unaware of how serious ATV-related injuries can be," said the study's author, Dr. Kelly Hagedorn. She's a radiology resident at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. "Some parents view ATVs as being more similar to bicycles. However, many of the injury patterns are more similar to those sustained in motor vehicle collisions," she explained. ATVs are motorized recreational vehicles with three or four tires, designed for off-road use. Because they can weigh 300 to 400 pounds and travel at speeds of up to 75 miles an hour, ATVs can often be involved in ... Read more

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Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids

Posted 9 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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Health Tip: Preparing for Your First 5k Run

Posted 9 days ago by

-- Running a 5k race is a healthy goal, but it's not something you jump into without training and preparation. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Getting a physical from your doctor before the race. Finding a training program that works for you. Make sure your goals for the race are realistic. Looking for a training program that takes about five weeks. Begin with about 25 minutes of walking and running, four days a week. Gradually increase the distance and duration. Make each training run a little different. Investing in a good pair of cushioned running shoes. Preparing a small carb-laden snack, and drinking plenty of water. Checking out the course before the race. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Prevention of Fractures

Hitting the Slopes? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind

Posted 10 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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Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Posted 14 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – If you're among the millions of Americans planning to hit the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's important to anticipate bumps in the road, according to a group dedicated to public education and advocacy. These travel issues can include heavy traffic and hungry children, as well as unexpected challenges, such as bad weather or an accident, researchers at Consumer Reports said in a news release. When gearing up for a holiday road trip, the researchers advise taking the following steps to ensure a safe arrival at your destination: Fill your tank. It's important to fuel up before heading out. At the same time, check the fluid levels in your car as well as your tire pressure. Prepare for the unexpected. Be sure to pack an emergency kit with items that could help in the event of an accident or medical problem. This kit should contain: a flashlight, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe During the Holidays

Posted 15 days ago by

-- A host of new hazards for young children creep up during the holidays. Here are suggestions for parents and caregivers to help keep kids safe, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Supervise young children at all times, particularly when they are eating and playing. Make sure any choking hazards, harmful drinks, household chemicals and toys are kept where children can't reach them. Monitor that children play with toys safely. Learn how to help a child who is choking. Set safety rules. Read more

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Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures?

Posted 16 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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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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Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Costumes

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by

-- It's a thrill for kids to don costumes that are sweet, silly or scary. But it's most important that children are kept safe. Here are recommendations from the U.S. National Safety Council: Choose costumes and accessories that are fire-resistant. Place reflective tape on costumes and trick-or-treat bags to help others see children after dark. Use nontoxic makeup. Test a small spot to make sure there's no skin reaction. When trick-or-treating is over, wash off all makeup to help avoid irritation of the eyes and skin. Read more

Related support groups: Minor Skin Irritation, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Drivers Beware

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by

-- Drivers should pay extra attention on Halloween to look out for young and inattentive trick-or-treaters. The Safe Kids Worldwide website suggests: Driving slowly and being extra cautions in neighborhoods where there are trick-or-treating children. Avoid any distractions. Watching for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Being slow and careful when using driveways and alleyways. Turning your headlights on earlier than usual to help you spot walkers more easily. Read more

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Health Tip: Pay Attention on Halloween

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by

-- While your kids are walking around in costume on Halloween, they should be paying attention to their surroundings and avoiding cellphone use. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests: Avoid headphones, or at least lower the volume so you can still hear nearby cars and pedestrians. Step out of the flow of pedestrian traffic if you need to talk to someone or answer a phone call. Stay alert in parking lots and near streets, particularly when it's dark. Cross the street carefully, and only at a crosswalk. Pay careful attention as you step off a curb, walk through an intersection or approach stairs. Read more

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