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  • Swim Safely This Summer

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Swim Safely This Summer SATURDAY, April 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With the arrival of swimming season, the American Red Cross reminds people of all ages to follow safety rules at the beach or pool. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards and always swim with a buddy. Everyone in your family should learn to swim well. Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Children should never be ...

  • Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skateboarding can be a fun and challenging activity, but it also comes with a significant risk of injury, researchers report. The researchers examined data spanning two decades and found that more than 64,500 U.S. children and teens were treated in hospital emergency rooms each year -- about 176 a day -- for skateboarding-related injuries. Fractures and dislocations were among the most common injuries, ...

  • Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statins does not appear to reduce the risk of colon cancer, but a person's cholesterol levels might affect risk, a new study suggests. Both statins and cholesterol levels have been linked with lower colon cancer risk, but pinpointing which one is actually responsible has been difficult, the University of Pennsylvania researchers explained. So, they compared statin use and ch...

  • Spanking: More Harm Than Good?

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Spanking: More Harm Than Good? WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spare the rod and spoil the child. Not so fast, suggests a new review that found spanking doesn't produce better behavior and may set up a child for psychological and learning problems later. "Spanking is not achieving parents' goals," said lead researcher Elizabeth Gershoff, a developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. "Children have more mental health problems the more they are spanked. They have lower c...

  • Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury struggle with sleep problems they may not be aware of, Swiss researchers report. These patients also can suffer daytime sleepiness for as long as 18 months after their injury, the small study found. And these sleep problems may adversely affect daytime performance at work or school, the researchers said. "Sleep-wake disorders are highly prevalent after trauma...

  • Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life, but it can be treated and cured if detected early, a dermatologist says. "Knowing your own skin is the key to discovering skin cancer early on. See a dermatologist for a skin check if you notice a spot, mole or lump on your body that is changing, growing or bleeding," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl. He is chair of the dermatology dep...

  • Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In some cases, worsening symptoms of depression in seniors might point to early dementia, a new study suggests. The Dutch study can't prove cause-and-effect, and certainly not every depressed senior is headed for dementia. But experts said the findings are intriguing. "More research is needed, but the study raises the possibility of an overlap between the pathology of dementia and depression," said Dr...

  • Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to fine particles of air pollution -- from cars, trucks, power plants and manufacturing facilities -- is tied to an increased risk of dying from several kinds of cancer, a new study suggests. "Air pollution remains a clear, modifiable public health concern," said researcher G. Neil Thomas, a reader in epidemiology at the University of Birmingham in England. "Put simply, the more of these particulates th...

  • Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in central New York were 25 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with autism or general developmental delay, compared to children in other parts of the...

  • Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans have a higher risk of homelessness if they suffered sexual trauma while in the service, and the odds are worse for men than women, a new study finds. Military sexual trauma is the name for psychological trauma resulting "from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active duty or active duty f...