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Bone Drug 'Holiday' From Bisphosphonates May Raise Fracture Risk

Posted 13 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – Osteoporosis patients who take "holidays" from bisphosphonate drugs are at increased risk for fractures, a new study finds. A six-year follow-up of patients who took a break from the bone-building drugs found 15 percent of them suffered fractures, according to researchers at Loyola University in Maywood, Ill. "Fracture risk needs to be regularly assessed during the drug ...

Deadly Falls On the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

Posted 13 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday. Across the nation, the rate of deaths from falls among those 65 and older increased 31 percent from 2007 to 2016 – from about 18,000 to nearly 30,000, researchers found. "If deaths from falls continue to increase at the same rate, the U.S. can ...

Health Tip: Prepare for a Tornado

Posted 14 days ago by

-- Although there is a tornado season between May and June in the Southern Plains, June and July in the central United States, and earlier in the spring on the Gulf Coast, tornados can form off season. The National Safety Council suggests how to stay safe during a tornado: Seek shelter in a sturdy building immediately. If you're away from home, find a basement, interior corridor, tunnel, ...

Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – With aging often comes worry about falls and the bone fractures they cause. Now, a panel of U.S. experts has new advice on what helps and what doesn't when it comes to staying upright. For starters, get off the sofa. And don't rely on vitamin D to keep you from falling. In a change from its 2012 recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is ...

Health Tip: Practice Window Safety

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

-- As spring approaches and the weather warms, you should be thinking about window safety and how to prevent falls and fire hazards. The National Safety Council suggests: Never paint or nail a window shut. Do not install an air conditioner in a window that may be needed for escape during a fire. All window guards, security bars, grilles or grates must have a release mechanism. Create an ...

Health Tip: Which Car Seat Should Your Child Use?

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by

-- State laws that require child-seat use among kids eight and younger save lives, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Among states that issued stricter laws requiring car seats until a child is at least 7 years old, deaths and serious injuries among children in vehicles fell 17 percent, the agency says. Which type of seat is appropriate for your youngster? The CDC advises: ...

Hoverboard Injuries Speeding U.S. Kids to the ER

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Hoverboards may look cool, flashy and fun, but they're less safe than you might think. Nearly 27,000 kids landed in the emergency room from a hoverboard accident during the first two years the self-balancing, two-wheeled motorized scooters were sold in the United States, according to a new study. While it pales in comparison with the more than 121,000 skateboard injuries ...

Hearing Loss Might Leave You Accident-Prone

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – You may think your poor hearing just means you miss parts of conversations, but a new report suggests it also might make accidental injuries more likely. "Many adults believe that hearing loss, particularly due to aging, is 'normal' and therefore of little consequence other than, perhaps, social difficulties," said senior study author Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya. He is an ...

Health Tip: Use a High Chair Safely

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by

-- A high chair is a staple in a baby's household, but it must be used safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Make sure the chair cannot be tipped over easily. If the chair folds, be sure it is locked in the open position each time you use it. Whenever your child sits in the chair, use the safety straps, including the crotch strap. This will prevent the child from slipping down, ...

That Motorcycle Helmet Just May Save Your Spine

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A good helmet not only protects your skull if you crash your motorcycle, it can also reduce the risk of cervical spine injuries, researchers found. The finding counters claims by some that helmets do not protect against such injuries and may even increase the risk of injury, according to a team from the department of neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin ...

Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds. "Falls among men and women 65 and older are a common, costly and growing public health problem," said lead researcher Curtis Florence, a health economist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as American "baby boomers" ...

Broken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – While football is frequently blamed for concussions, a new study shows that it's also the sport in which athletes are most likely to suffer neck injuries. A neck fracture, commonly referred to as a broken neck, is a break in one or more vertebrae in the upper part of the spine. Neck sprains involve injury to the soft tissue surrounding those bones. The neck is referred ...

Trying a New Sport? Remember, You're Not (Yet) an Olympian

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by

SUNDAY, March 4, 2018 – If watching the Winter Olympics made you want to try some new sports, go slow and ease into them, sports medicine experts caution. "The biggest issue we see are people who push too hard when trying something for the first time, and it gets out of control," said Dr. Jayson Loeffert, a sports medicine doctor with Penn State Health. Whatever new sport you try, "you want to ...

Health Tip: Prevent Backover Accidents on the Job

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

-- Many workplace vehicles have backup alarms, but the alarms don't prevent backover accidents altogether. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggests how to help prevent backover accidents: Ensure that trained spotters use hand signals to alert drivers about when it's safe to proceed. Drivers should remain in visual contact with spotters while backing up, and should ...

How to Stay Safe on the Mountain

Posted 21 Jan 2018 by

SATURDAY, Jan. 20, 2018 – The growing popularity of snowboarding and skiing has meant more injuries on the slopes, a new review shows. In 2015, more than 140,000 people were treated in U.S. hospitals, doctors' offices and emergency rooms for skiing and snowboarding-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Snowboarders are three times more likely than skiers to ...

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