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Health Tip: Prepare for a Tornado

Posted 4 days ago by

-- When the weather service announces a local tornado warning, your family should have a plan to stay safe. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Create an emergency plan for tornadoes, including where to seek shelter. Identify two exits from each room and make sure you have escape access from upper floors. Mark important areas in your home, including where fire extinguishers, first aid kits and utility switches are located. Make sure family members can provide basic first aid and can use a fire extinguisher. Everyone also should know how to turn off gas, electricity and water. Check with your child's school about emergency dismissal policies. Teach children about what a tornado is, and how to take shelter at home and school. Read more

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At What Age Can Kids Safely Cross the Street?

Posted 8 days ago by

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Crossing a busy street requires calculations too complex for kids younger than 14, a new study finds. In simulated experiments, University of Iowa researchers found children lack the perceptual judgment and physical skills needed to consistently get across safely. "Some people think younger children may be able to perform like adults when crossing the street," said study corresponding author Jodie Plumert, a professor of psychological and brain sciences. "Our study shows that's not necessarily the case on busy roads where traffic doesn't stop," Plumert said in a university news release. In 2014, there were 8,000 injuries and 207 deaths involving motor vehicles and pedestrians aged 14 and younger in the United States, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. For this new study, researchers used a realistic simulated setting to assess the ... Read more

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Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs

Posted 10 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – They may look like tons of fun, but all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are actually tons of trouble for kids. And efforts to reduce ATV-related injuries among children in the United States haven't had much impact, a new study said. "The injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes," said study lead author Dr. Thomas Pranikoff. He is a professor of pediatric surgical sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Children are also at greater risk for ATV-related injuries than adults. Yet the major risk factors for young riders are entirely preventable, the study authors said. The most recent year of data available from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was 2013. That data revealed almost 100,000 ATV-related injuries nationwide requiring treatment in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stuck on the Road in a Storm?

Posted 10 days ago by

-- If you can't get to shelter during a severe storm, it may be safest to stay in your car. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice: If you are close to home or work, go there. If you are too far, find a safe place to pull over. If possible, pull underneath a shady, protected area. Listen to the radio for weather updates. Stay in that spot until it is safe to resume driving. Continue listening to the radio for any weather changes. Read more

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Strength Training Might Help Prevent Seniors' Falls

Posted 10 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Older people are at higher risk for fall-related injuries because bone density and muscle mass diminish over time. But regular exercise can help keep them on their feet, research suggests. More than 800 Americans break a hip each day, usually because of a fall, said Dr. Christopher Sciamanna, an internist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Injuries incurred from a fall often require surgery, physical therapy and medication. Often, seniors lose their ability to walk and stay independent, Sciamanna said. He believes that many older people could avoid these costly and challenging issues if the medical community's focus shifted from fall treatment to fall prevention. "You can either make your bones stronger by taking drugs, or you can make yourself less likely to fall by exercise. Or you could do both," Sciamanna said in a Penn State news release. Walking and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Aware While Running

Posted 11 days ago by

-- On the run? You need to remember some safety tips before you hit the trail. The Road Runners Club of America advises: Skip the headphones so you can hear what is going on around you. Carry a cell phone and some form of identification that includes your address, phone number, blood type and important medical information. Run against the flow of traffic to better see oncoming vehicles. When crossing streets, get acknowledgement from a driver that he or she sees you. Always obey traffic signals. Vary your running location, but stick to familiar routes. Tell someone before you leave where you will be running and when you expect to return. Run with a friend or a pet. Avoid isolated areas, including overgrown trails and deserted streets. Wear reflective material if you're running when it is dark or near-dark. Read more

Related support groups: Head Injury, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Fractures

Teens Who Are Lazy Bones Have Weaker Skeletons: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Inactivity can lead to weaker bones in teens, a new Canadian study finds. Researchers reviewed physical activity and bone strength in more than 300 teens over a four-year period that is important for healthy bone development – ages 10 to 14 for girls and ages 12 to 16 for boys. During those years, up to 36 percent of the skeleton is formed, and bone is particularly responsive to physical activity, the researchers said. "We found that teens who are less active had weaker bones, and bone strength is critical for preventing fractures," said lead author Leigh Gabel, a Ph.D. candidate in orthopedics at the University of British Columbia. "Kids who are sitting around are not loading their bones in ways that promote bone strength," which is why teens need to engage in weight-bearing activities such as running and jumping and sports like soccer, ultimate Frisbee and ... Read more

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U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – For the second straight year, U.S. pedestrian deaths are setting alarming new records. The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads rose a projected 11 percent between 2015 and 2016, the largest year-to-year increase on record, according to a new Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report. During the first six months of 2016, preliminary data show 2,660 pedestrian deaths nationwide, compared to 2,486 for the same period during 2015. The year-long projection is based on those numbers. The report also projects a 22 percent rise in pedestrian deaths from 2014. Both estimates are sharply higher than the 9 percent increase in pedestrian deaths between 2014 and 2015. "This is the second year in a row that we have seen unprecedented increases in pedestrian fatalities, which is both sad and alarming," said report author Richard Retting, who's with Sam ... Read more

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Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Focusing too much on playing one favorite sport probably isn't a good idea for kids under 12, researchers report. That's because specializing in a single sport seems to increase a child's risk of injury, researchers say. "Young athletes should participate in one competitive sport per season, and take at least three months off (non-consecutive) from competition per year," said the study's leader, Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. He's a physician with Emory Sports Medicine and an associate professor of orthopaedics and family medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. For the study, Jayanthi's team assessed the risk of sports-related injuries among nearly 1,200 young athletes. After tracking their training schedules over the course of three years, the investigators found that nearly 40 percent of the athletes suffered an injury during the study period. The findings also showed ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Focused on the Highway

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by

-- Motor vehicles are heavy objects that often travel at high speeds. That's why it's important for drivers to always remain alert. The American Red Cross recommends: Be particularly cautious in a construction zone. On long drives, take frequent breaks and switch drivers, if possible. Always take a break if you become tired. Wear your safety belt, drive at a reasonable speed and don't use a cell phone. Be respectful of other drivers, and never follow another vehicle too closely. Keep your headlights, windows and windshield clean. Turn on headlights at dusk or any time you need to use your windshield wipers. Read more

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Osteoporosis Fractures May Be Deadlier for Men

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Men are more likely than women to die after suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture, researchers report. Osteoporosis, a disease where bones become weak and brittle, affects more than 44 million Americans. It contributes to about 2 million fractures a year, with women suffering more of these broken bones than men. "Although women are more likely to sustain an initial, osteoporosis-related 'fragility fracture,' men have similar rates of incurring a subsequent fracture and are at greater risk for mortality after these injuries," said study author Dr. Alan Zhang. Zhang is an orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1 million Americans, aged 65 and older, who had osteoporosis and suffered a fracture between 2005 and 2009. Of those patients, 87 percent ... Read more

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Older Bones Benefit From Dairy Plus Vitamin D

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – A combination of vitamin D supplements and certain dairy foods may protect against age-related bone loss, a new study indicates. Consumption of milk, yogurt and cheese was associated with higher bone mineral density in the spine and less bone loss in the hip among older adults – but only if they also took vitamin D supplements, researchers said. Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption, which aids in bone building and prevention of bone loss, according to the researchers from Harvard-affiliated Hebrew Senior Life, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. This study is significant because it looked at dairy products other than just milk, and it "clarified that the association of dairy foods with bone density is dependent on adequate vitamin D intake," said lead author Shivani Sahni. "However, additional studies are needed to confirm these findings," she ... Read more

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Ice Fishing Can Invite Serious Injuries

Posted 26 Feb 2017 by

SATURDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Ice fishing may seem like a relaxing pastime, but it can result in broken bones, concussions and other injuries, according to surgeons from the Mayo Clinic. "Ice fishing has become more popular in the last few years, and, with this, we have seen an increase in ice fishing-related injuries," study author Dr. Cornelius Thiels, a surgical resident, said in a hospital news release. "What is even more concerning is that ice fishing injuries tend to be more severe than injuries associated with traditional fishing," Thiels said. "We hope this research will bring awareness to the safety issues that surround this pastime and help prevent similar incidents," he said. For the study, the researchers examined ER records of visits that occurred between 2009 and 2014. Overall, they identified 85 people treated for injuries sustained while ice fishing. Ironically, burns are ... Read more

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Health Tip: Babysitter Safety

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by

-- Before letting a babysitter stay with your child, make sure the sitter knows the answers to a few basic safety questions. The University of Michigan Health System suggests discussing: The sitter's knowledge of CPR and first aid. The need to put babies to sleep on the back, with no blankets, pillows or toys in the crib. How to soothe a crying baby, and the dangers of shaking a baby. Choking hazards and food allergies. Never giving the child medication, unless specifically shown how by parents. Household safety, such as locking doors and turning on exterior lights, never letting anyone into the home, and knowing when to call the police or an ambulance. Never leaving a child alone in the bathtub, even for a moment. Fire-safety guidelines, including having several routes for leaving the home. Read more

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Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Some doctors may order a pricey ultrasound treatment – low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) – to help speed the healing of broken bones. But an international panel of experts now says there's little evidence to support the procedure. "We have moderate to high certainty of a lack of benefit for outcomes important to patients, and, combined with the high costs of treatment, LIPUS represents an inefficient use of limited health care resources," concluded the panel. The group is made up of bone surgeons, physical therapists and doctors, as well as patients who've had broken bones. The panel conducted a detailed analysis of the most up-to-date data on the subject, and published its conclusions Feb. 21 in the BMJ medical journal. According to the panel, up to 10 percent of people who suffer a broken bone face slow or complicated healing. In 1994, the U.S. Food ... Read more

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