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15Feb
2020

Keep Your Kids Safe, Warm in Wintertime Fun

Keep Your Kids Safe, Warm in Wintertime FunSATURDAY, Feb. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Sledding, skiing and ice skating are big fun in the winter, but can lead to big injuries, too. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reminds parents to take steps to help their kids avoid injury and make sure they're dressed appropriately for the cold weather. "This is the time of year when we see people return from winter break vacations with knee injuries from skiing, and hand or wrist injuries from snowboarding. We also see concussions from both these sports," said Dr. Rebecca Carl of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. "Helmets are important for skiing and snowboarding," Carl said in an academy news release. "Gloves with wrist guards are important for snowboarding." The AAP offers this advice for outdoor winter...

Could 9 in 10 Cases of Dengue Be Prevented?

14 February 2020
Could 9 in 10 Cases of Dengue Be Prevented?THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say that 90% of dengue cases could be slashed by artificially infecting mosquitoes. Dengue viruses are spread to people by infected mosquitoes. But infecting the insects with Wolbachia bacteria blocks the dengue virus from replicating in mosquitoes and being transmitted between people, the international researchers said in a new study. Wolbachia is found naturally in about 60% of insect species, including some mosquitoes, butterflies and moths. "Dengue is a leading cause of illness and death among children across the globe," said study lead author Lorenzo Cattarino, of MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. The team of scientists created the first worldwide map of dengue transmission...

Puberty Starts a Year Earlier for Girls Now Than in the...

10 February 2020
Puberty Starts a Year Earlier for Girls Now Than in the 1970sMONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Girls are entering puberty about a year earlier than they did back in the 1970s, according to global data on breast development. The age of breast development -- which represents the first clinical sign of female puberty -- has declined an average three months per decade between 1977 and 2013, according to analysis of data combined from 30 different studies. The health implications of this shift are not yet clear, said study co-author Dr. Alexander Busch, a growth and reproduction researcher with Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. "There are not many studies out there concerning the implications of early breast development for women's lifelong health," Busch said. However, Busch noted that early menstrual bleeding -- the last clinical...

Eating Out: A Recipe for Poor Nutrition, Study Finds

29 January 2020
Eating Out: A Recipe for Poor Nutrition, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're stopping at a casual fast-food place or sitting down to eat in a full-service restaurant, eating out is an easy way to fill up when you're hungry. But those meals may not deliver much nutritional value, a new study suggests. The researchers found that 70% of fast-food meals consumed in the United States were of poor nutritional value. For full-service restaurants, around half of the meals were of poor nutritional value. Less than 0.1% of the restaurant meals analyzed during the entire study period -- 2003 to 2016 -- were considered to be of ideal nutritional quality. "On any given day, nearly one-third of American adults eat at a full-service restaurant, and nearly half at a fast-food restaurant. The nutritional quality of...

Americans Toss Out Nearly a Third of Food at Home

28 January 2020
Americans Toss Out Nearly a Third of Food at HomeTUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Before you throw any leftovers away, heed new research that suggests the choice could hit you right in your pocketbook. It turns out that almost one-third of food in American households goes to waste, costing each household thousands of dollars a year, researchers report. "Our findings are consistent with previous studies, which have shown that 30% to 40% of the total food supply in the United States goes uneaten -- and that means that resources used to produce the uneaten food, including land, energy, water and labor, are wasted as well," said study author Edward Jaenicke. He's a professor of agricultural economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Jaenicke and his team analyzed data from 4,000 households that...
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