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Health Tip: Tai Chi May Help Prevent Falls

Posted 6 days ago 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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Where There's Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease May Follow

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Parents of young children with type 1 diabetes need to be on the lookout for symptoms of another autoimmune condition – celiac disease, new research suggests. The study found these youngsters appear to face a nearly tripled risk of developing celiac disease autoantibodies, which eventually can lead to the disorder. "Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are closely related genetically," explained study author Dr. William Hagopian. "People with one disease tend to get the other. People who have type 1 diabetes autoantibodies should get screened for celiac autoantibodies," Hagopian said. He directs the diabetes program at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to mistakenly attack the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, according to the American Diabetes Association. ... Read more

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The Value of Strength Training

Posted 7 days ago 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 15 days ago 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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Health Tip: Help Prevent Sports Injuries

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- There's no surefire way to prevent sports injuries. But there are things you can do to reduce the risk, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Many sports-related injuries are related to overuse of certain joints and muscles, the academy says. It offers this advice: Allow at least one day a week of rest to allow the body to recover. Wear the appropriate protective gear for each sport. Always stretch before and after sports to help increase flexibility. Do not play while you are in pain. Drink fluids (preferably water) before, during and after exercise. Read more

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Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

Posted 19 days ago 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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'Off-Roading' Threat May Lurk in the Air

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Falls aren't the only danger for kids who ride an off-road vehicle. In many parts of the United States, riders may also inhale hazardous mineral fibers and toxic dust, researchers warn. Four-wheel-drive and all-terrain vehicles "have been designed to operate in rugged, unpaved terrain, and they can produce copious amounts of dust," said study lead author Chris Wolfe. Naturally occurring asbestos and other mineral fibers can become airborne in the dust generated while "off-roading," said Wolfe, an epidemiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "This puts riders – particularly children – at risk of inhalation exposure," he said in a hospital news release. Most deposits of naturally occurring asbestos are situated along the Appalachian Mountains and ranges in the West and Southwest, particularly California, according to background notes with ... 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

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Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Seniors with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for fractures. And researchers think they know why. "Fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the aging of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes," said study author Dr. Elizabeth Samelson. Samelson and her colleagues used special medical scans to assess more than 1,000 people over a three-year study period. The investigators found that older adults with type 2 diabetes had bone weakness that cannot be measured by standard bone density testing. "Our findings identify skeletal deficits that may contribute to excess fracture risk in older adults with diabetes and may ultimately lead to new approaches to improve prevention and treatment," said Samelson, of Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research in Boston. ... Read more

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Gun Surrender Laws Help Women Threatened by Domestic Violence

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Obtaining a restraining order may not be enough to prevent domestic violence, but when state laws require the removal of firearms, risk of those violent crimes goes down, a new study says. In states that require people with restraining orders against them to surrender their firearms, the intimate partner murder rate dropped by 10 percent. In states that don't require surrender, the rate went down less than 7 percent, the study found. And the rate of these firearm-related crimes fell 15 percent in states that require surrender, researchers said. But, just as laws restricting firearm surrender vary from state to state – some have "possession" laws while others have "surrender" laws – the protection for victims isn't always the same. "Most of the prior research on this topic that have looked at gun laws looks just at whether states have or don't have a ... Read more

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Joining Your Kid on That Playground Slide? Think Again

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – It's a slippery slope to injury. A new study finds that while young kids may feel safer going down a slide on a parent's lap, this common practice actually raises their risk for harm. "Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought," said lead researcher Dr. Charles Jennissen. He is a pediatric emergency staff physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. "And in most cases I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury. They often say they would never have done it had they known," he added in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. For the study, the researchers checked a national database of injuries treated in emergency departments across the United States. The investigators identified more than ... Read more

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State Laws Curb Kids' Injuries Tied to Off-Road Vehicles

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – A strict new law on the use of off-road vehicles by children in Massachusetts is likely behind a drop in related ER visits by kids, a new study says. One type of off-road vehicle, the all-terrain vehicle (ATV), has been involved in more than 3,000 child deaths in the United States over the past three decades, with 12- to 15-year-olds accounting for more than half of those deaths, researchers noted. ATVs "have a high center of gravity and they are not meant for small children to maneuver them," explained Dr. Michael Flaherty, one of the study's authors. "Children have a tendency to lose control when they are driving them, and they can also tip over, causing crush injuries and death in children," he said. Flaherty is a pediatric critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 2010, Massachusetts enacted "Sean's Law" to honor the death of ... Read more

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Heath Tip: Keep Up on Car Recalls

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Got an older car? If so, you're much less likely to keep up with the latest manufacturer recalls than people who drive newer cars, the National Safety Council says. Drivers of cars older than five years have a 44 percent compliance rate for bringing their cars in for a recall, as compared to 83 percent for drivers of newer cars. About 53 million vehicles are on the road with unresolved recall issues, the council says. Visit checktoprotect.org to learn more. Read more

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Bicyclist Deaths Rise in U.S., Men Are Likely Victims

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Bicyclist deaths on U.S. roadways are up significantly, and men – not kids – are commonly the victims, a new report finds. Biking deaths rose 12 percent in 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. This jump was the largest among any group that uses roadways. Historically, most fatal bicycle crashes involved children and teens. Now, 85 percent of bicyclists killed on the road are men, the report said. And of the 818 bicyclists killed in 2015, the average age was 45. "We need to ensure that bicyclists and motorists can share roads safely," said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm, which funded the report. "Unfortunately, bicyclists are vulnerable and much more susceptible to serious injury or death when on the roads with vehicles," Mullen said in an association news ... Read more

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Sitting Could Be Big Health Risk for Frail Folks

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – After years of being told that sitting too much is deadly, a new study now suggests that being sedentary for long periods of time may not be an equal-opportunity health risk. For inactive middle-aged and older people with multiple health problems, being sedentary does appear to be linked to an increased risk of early death. But sitting a lot doesn't seem to affect active people the same way, the researchers said. "We found that in people who scored low on the frailty index, sitting time was not linked to risk of death," said one of the study's authors, Olga Theou. Still, she said, "Physicians should stress the harms of inactivity with patients, similar to the harms of smoking, to encourage movement." Theou is an assistant professor with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Even something as simple as getting up and walking around the house with a ... Read more

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