|Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists
Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that state laws requiring "universal" motorcycle helmet use -- instead of helmet laws just for certain ages -- may lower the rates of traumatic brain injuries in young riders. Traumatic brain injuries are "the biggest burden in trauma care, so we wanted to see whether having universal helmet laws versus age-specific helmet laws really made a difference in the younger population," stu...
Health Tip: Driving Safely at Night
Health Tip: Driving Safely at Night (HealthDay News) -- It's more difficult to see at night than during the day, but there are things drivers can do to help keep travelers and pedestrians safe. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions: Make sure your car's windows and headlights, taillights and signal lights are clean. Ensure that headlights are correctly aimed. Turn them on even if it's twilight, so other drivers can see you. Never drink alcohol before or while driving, and don't smoke. At ...
Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure (HealthDay News) -- Diet plays a big role in managing hypertension, and a few simple changes can help improve your blood pressure. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose foods that are low in sodium and fats. Maintain a healthy body weight. See your doctor for regular checkups.
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most. The poll of roughly 35,000 American households provides the first snapshot of the pain landscape in the United States, the survey authors said. The bottom line: Significant and debilitating pain that endures for three months or more is now a comm...
Leprosy Still Occurs in U.S., CDC Reports
Leprosy Still Occurs in U.S., CDC Reports THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States, a new U.S. government study reports. Approximately 100 new cases are reported in the United States each year, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. That compares to about 250,000 cases that occurred worldwide in 2008, according to the CDC. Known since biblical times, leprosy is an infectious disease that causes sk...
'Informal Care' for Older Americans Tops $500B Annually, Study Finds
'Informal Care' for Older Americans Tops $500B Annually, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, people across the United States spend an estimated 30 billion hours caring for older relatives and friends, which costs $522 billion, according to new research. A RAND Corp. study put a price tag on the time and wages that caregivers give up every year to help older people who need assistance in daily activities. The study authors said the significant financial toll of informal car...
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The skin condition eczema may increase slightly the risk of broken bones and injured joints, a new study reports. In a study of 34,500 adults, researchers found that among 7 percent of people who had an eczema flare-up in the past year, 1.5 percent had a bone or joint injury and 0.6 percent had an injury that caused a limitation of function. Compared to people without eczema, those with the skin condition had more tha...
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Wearing masks made of latex and taking hayrides are among the Halloween festivities that could be risky for children with asthma, according to the American Lung Association. The association advises parents to be proactive about managing their child's asthma to ensure that Halloween is safe and enjoyable. Some of the steps they recommend parents take include: Be prepared. Hayrides and haunted houses are exciting advent...
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Bank pledged Thursday an additional $100 million in the fight against the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in West Africa. The money, which brings the World Bank's total pledge to more than $500 million, will be used to attract more foreign health care workers to the three hardest-hit countries -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. "The world's response to the Ebola crisis has increased ...
4 Steps Could Quell Ebola in West Africa, Researchers Say
4 Steps Could Quell Ebola in West Africa, Researchers Say THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A full-court press involving all public health tactics known to prevent Ebola transmission will be required to quell the current West African epidemic, a new study reports. Four practices in particular -- burying the Ebola-infected dead in a hygienic way, immediately isolating new patients, tracing people potentially exposed to the virus, and providing better protection for health care workers -- can st...
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