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Even a One-Minute Run Might Help a Woman's Bones

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MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests. British scientists found that women who engage in "brief bursts" of any high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity had 4 percent better bone health than their less active peers. "We don't yet know whether it's better to accumulate this small amount of exercise in bits throughout each day or all at once, and also whether a slightly longer bout of exercise on one or two days per week is just as good as one to two minutes a day," said study author Victoria Stiles. She's a senior lecturer in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. "But there's a clear link between this kind of high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise and better bone health in women," Stiles said in a university news release. For the study, the researchers compared data on more than 2,500 ... Read more

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How Princess Diana's Death Saved French Lives

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WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Princess Diana's tragic death in a car crash in Paris prompted tougher traffic laws that have saved thousands of French lives, and those laws could serve as a model for the United States, a new study suggests. After the horrific accident in August 1997, investigators determined that unsafe driving practices contributed to the accident. In 2002, the French government enacted tougher driving laws to make roads safer. And the measures apparently worked, with French traffic deaths falling by nearly a third. Wesley Marshall, an associate professor at the University of Colorado who studies traffic engineering, said the new study's authors "certainly make an intriguing case." Marshall said it seems almost certain that Princess Diana's death helped promote at least some of the traffic law changes in France. "Even if some of these would have been enacted anyway, the ... Read more

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Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study

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MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – The late teens are a key time for bone growth, even after young people reach their full height. A new study included more than 2,000 youngsters who had annual bone and growth measurements for up to seven years as they moved into their late teens and early adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity during the late teen years, according to authors of the study published recently in JAMA Pediatrics. ''We often think of a child's growth largely with respect to height, but overall bone development is also important,'' said lead author Dr. Shana McCormack, a pediatric researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. ''This study shows that roughly 10 percent of bone mass continues to accumulate after a teenager reaches his or her adult height,'' McCormack said in a hospital news release. The study also found that bone ... Read more

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Lower Back Injuries Plague Many Athletes

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FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes. Nearly 1 in 3 athletes playing professional or varsity-level sports experiences a back injury, a research review finds. "Competitive players stress their lumbar [lower] spine for hundreds of hours a month, thereby predisposing themselves to specific injuries that should be recognized by health care practitioners," said lead author Dr. Wellington Hsu, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The human spine has 24 bones, or vertebrae. They're stacked on top of each other, separated by flat, round cushioning disks. When people walk or run, these disks absorb shock, the authors explained. Athletes are at risk for problems involving their back bones and discs, particularly if they start intense training regimens when they are between 10 and 24 years old, the researchers ... Read more

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How to Keep Your Kids Out of the ER This Summer

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 – Make sure safety is part of kids' summer fun. "With kids spending more time outdoors, there is more opportunity for everything from broken bones, sprains, strains and lacerations, to tick bites and heat stroke," said Dr. James Dwyer, director of emergency medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. "Accidents will happen, but there are many steps parents can take to help prevent injuries without spoiling the fun," he added in a hospital news release. Children should always wear shoes. "When kids shed their shoes, they are at risk for splinters and cuts from broken glass as well as tick bites," Dwyer said, adding that foot cuts are among the most common summer injuries his hospital treats. When bicycling, skateboarding or inline skating, children should wear proper safety gear. That includes a helmet as well as wrist, elbow and knee pads. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Bike Safely

Posted 4 Jul 2017 by

-- Following the rules of the road and wearing protective gear can reduce your risk of a serious biking injury. The U.S. National Safety Council recommends: Following all traffic laws. Understanding the limits of your bike. Biking in a single-file line in the same direction as traffic. Watching for dangers such as open car doors. Using hand signals when you turn. Looking left, right, left again and over your shoulder before biking into traffic. Riding only during daylight hours and wearing bright clothing. If you must ride at night, make sure your clothing is reflective and your bike has reflectors on the spokes, front, rear and pedals. Equipping your bike with a bright headlight, a rear-view mirror and a horn. Read more

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Health Tip: Practice Drowning Prevention at Home

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by

-- Drowning can happen most anywhere, even in a small amount of water. The National Safety Council advises parents to: Supervise children when they are near water, including the bath. Empty sources of water – such as a tub or inflatable pool – immediately after use. Before your child gets into water, have all related supplies – such as towels or sunscreen – nearby. If you have to leave the area, always take your child along. Never allow children to play near streams or canals. If you have a pool or hot tub, surround it with a 5-foot- high fence with a self-locking gate. Keep a life preserver and phone nearby. Install an alarm to alert you if a child opens the door to a pool or hot tub. Skip floaties and use a properly-fitting life jacket. Make sure you are properly trained in CPR and first aid. Enroll your child in swim lessons, although they don't eliminate the possibility of ... Read more

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Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D?

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Spending your days cooped up inside an office might mean you're not getting enough vital vitamin D – know as the "sunshine vitamin," researchers report. Canadian researchers found that vitamin D deficiency levels differ by occupation, with people who are closeted indoors faring worse than others. "We know that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is prevalent in the population at large. We can now say that occupation is a factor that is important in determining if someone may be vitamin D-deficient or not," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Straube. He's an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Vitamin D is found naturally in a few foods, and often added to milk and other products. Skin exposure to sunlight also produces vitamin D, which is why it's called the sunshine vitamin. In the new research, Straube and ... Read more

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Summer Fun Is Not Without Hazards

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Preventable deaths spike during the summer in the United States. But, following some simple safety measures can reduce accidents, the National Safety Council says. "Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the public service organization. In 2015, there were more than 146,500 preventable deaths in the United States from causes such as drowning, poisoning, traffic crashes, choking and fires. That was a 7 percent increase from 2014, according to the safety council. The rate of preventable deaths has increased after years of decline, largely due to the current prescription opioid abuse crisis and a rise in motor vehicle deaths. Summer is the time of greatest risk. Between 2011 and 2015, preventable deaths during the months of July and August exceeded 117,000, the council said. June is ... Read more

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Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by

-- While playground safety has come a long way in the past few decades, there are still many potential hazards. Here's what to watch for, courtesy of the U.S. National Safety Council: Ground surfaces that don't offer enough protection. Any playground should have at least 12 inches of mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, sand or rubber below the equipment. At least six feet of protective area surrounding the swings and slides, etc., in case a child falls. Any sharp edges that could hurt a child, such as on hooks or rungs. Openings through which a child's head could fit. Swings that are too close to other equipment. Poorly-maintained equipment. Equipment should include guard rails to help prevent falls. Read more

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Health Tip: Prepare for a Safe Road Trip

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by

-- Heading out for a long road trip in the heat of summer? Be prepared, says the U.S. Department of Transportation, which suggests: Take your car for a checkup. Make sure its tires and battery are in good shape, and that the oil is recently changed. Pack an emergency kit. Make sure you have a cell phone and a charger, and a well-stocked first aid kit. Before hitting the road, check for any recalls on your vehicle. Read more

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Health Tip: Teach Teens About Dangerous Driving Habits

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by

-- Distractions abound for people behind the wheel, especially for teens who recently started driving. Safe Kids Worldwide says parents should encourage teens to avoid these dangerous habits: Not using a seat belt. Texting and driving. Having more than one friend in the car. Driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving at night. Driving too fast. Read more

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Even Your Bones Can Get Fat, Mouse Study Suggests

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – Exercise doesn't just trim your tummy. It may also improve bone thickness, boost bone quality, and whittle away the fat found inside bones, new animal research suggests. Yes, there's fat inside your bone marrow. The work with mice also uncovered potentially good news for those struggling with obesity. Exercise – namely running – prompted shrinkage in the size of fat cells inside the bone marrow of both lean and obese mice. But, only obese mice experienced a significant drop in the amount of fat cells in their bones. "Exercise strengthens bone," said study lead author Dr. Maya Styner, "and this is widely known." "However, it appears that this is even more so in obese mice that exercise," said Styner, an assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She added that she and her colleagues were surprised "by ... Read more

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The Cost of Bike Crashes in U.S. Tops $24 Billion a Year

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – Bicycling may be good for your health and the environment, but new research finds adult bike crashes cost more than $24 billion a year in the United States. And the costs have been steadily rising by about $789 million per year, the study showed. The $24 billion annual figure is roughly twice the medical and indirect costs of workplace injuries, according to study authors Dr. Benjamin Breyer and Dr. Timothy Gaither, from the University of California, San Francisco. They analyzed data on fatal and nonfatal bicycle crashes among adults in the United States between 1999 and 2013. During that time, almost 10,000 people died in bicycle crash-related deaths. The researchers also found that hospital admissions caused by bike crashes rose 120 percent and there were 3.8 million nonfatal adult cycle injuries during that time. The researchers said there are a number of ... Read more

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New Teen Drivers Face Triple the Risk of a Fatal Crash

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Newly minted teen drivers in the United States have almost triple the risk of being involved in a deadly crash than adults, a new study finds. The study looked at national data, and also found that drivers aged 16 to 17 are almost 4 times more likely than drivers aged 18 and older to be involved in a crash. Compared to drivers aged 30 to 59 years old, new teen drivers are 4.5 times more likely to be involved in a crash, and more than three times as likely to be in a fatal collision. The findings were released at the start of the "100 Deadliest Days." That's the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During that time, the average number of deadly crashes involving teen drivers is 15 percent higher compared to the rest of the year, the study authors said. Over the past five years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen ... Read more

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