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  • ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- 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 Med...

  • Aerobic Exercise May Help Guard Against Dementia

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Aerobic Exercise May Help Guard Against Dementia WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aerobic exercise may strengthen memory and thinking skills in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a small study suggests. People with mild cognitive impairment are at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease. The study included 16 people, average age 63, who did aerobic workouts such as on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical training. They worked out four times a week for six months. There w...

  • Americans' Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Americans' Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Healthier diets may be a factor in the ongoing decline in levels of unhealthy blood fats for Americans, new research suggests. According to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and the blood fats known as triglycerides have continued to fall among adults through 2014. All of that may be adding up to improved heart health natio...

  • Americans Divided Over Organic, GM Foods: Poll

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Americans Divided Over Organic, GM Foods: Poll THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are split on the value of organic foods and concerns about genetically modified (GM) foods, a new poll reveals. The Pew Research Center poll of 1,480 adults nationwide found that 55 percent said organically grown produce is healthier than conventionally grown produce, while 41 percent said there's no difference. Nearly four out of 10 respondents said GM foods are worse for health than other foods, while a...

  • After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors are at increased risk for the most severe type of heart attack and require close attention to their heart health, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reviewed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered this type of heart attack, called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). One in 10 had a history of cancer, the investigators found. "We've watched can...

  • A Dirty Little Secret: Hand-Washing Spotty Among Day Care Staffers

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    A Dirty Little Secret: Hand-Washing Spotty Among Day Care Staffers THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too few child care workers follow hand-washing guidelines, a new study suggests. University of Arkansas researchers used video cameras to record the hand-washing habits of adults at an early childhood center in the state. Overall, only 22 percent of the adults followed proper hand-washing procedures before and/or after tasks such as wiping noses, emptying garbage cans, preparing food, and changi...

  • Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who attempted suicide and wound up in the emergency room has remained steady in the past decade, a new report finds. Females were more likely to attempt suicide, but males used more violent methods. And all attempts were most common in the late spring, the researchers found. "What stood out to us the most is that while the rate of fatal suicide has increased, the overall rate of nonfatal sui...

  • Another Miami Neighborhood Now Zika-Free

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Another Miami Neighborhood Now Zika-Free FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Little River section of Miami is no longer an area where local Zika infection is active, Florida health officials reported Friday. While Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the development was great news for the state, he also asked residents to continue doing what they can to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to devastating birth defects in babies. "It is crucial that everyone remains vigilan...

  • Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Artificial blood stored as a powder could one day revolutionize emergency medicine and provide trauma victims a better chance of survival. Researchers have created an artificial red blood cell that effectively picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to tissues throughout the body. This artificial blood can be freeze-dried, making it easier for combat medics and paramedics to keep on hand for emergencies, said senior ...

  • Are Catholic Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed?

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Are Catholic Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed? MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Could religion play a role in breast-feeding practices? Women in Western nations with a strong Protestant heritage are more likely to breast-feed. However, the reverse seems to be true for those in nations with a strong Catholic heritage, new research suggests. "Our results suggest that women living in a country or region where Catholicism has historically dominated are less likely to initiate breast-feeding," accord...