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On Father's Day, Give Dad Tips to Keep Healthy

On Father`s Day, Give Dad Tips to Keep HealthySUNDAY, June 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Men tend to put their health care last, but Penn State Health offers some tips this Father's Day for ensuring guys stay healthy in the future. "Men tend to take care of their cars more frequently than they do themselves. But when men wait to see the doctor once their 'check engine' light comes on, they suffer major health problems that could've been prevented," said Dr. Eldra Daniels. He is a family medicine and primary care sports medicine physician at Penn State Health Medical Group — Mount Joy and Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center. Some of those major preventable health problems include heart attack and stroke."The damage from a stroke can leave you with an inability to walk, talk or perform previously enjoyable activities,"...

How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?

17 June 2021
How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?THURSDAY, June 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Your health and fitness apps may have privacy issues that put your personal information at risk, researchers warn."This analysis found serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices in mHealth [mobile health] apps. Clinicians should be aware of these and articulate them to patients when determining the benefits and risks," lead study author Muhammad Ikram and his co-authors concluded. He's a computing lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.The researchers looked at more than 15,000 free health apps in the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices with a random sample of more than 8,000 non-health apps.Health apps — including step and calorie counters, menstruation trackers and symptom checkers...

Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked...

16 June 2021
Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts SayWEDNESDAY, June 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Strict rest isn't advised after athletes suffer a concussion because it could slow their recovery, an updated consensus statement from a U.S. expert panel says.Most adult athletes fully recover within two weeks and children within four, according to the statement published June 15 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.The number and severity of initial symptoms are the best indicators of how long it will take a patient to recover."Most athletes who have been concussed will get better, and will be able to return to play," said Dr. Margot Putukian, a member of the panel that drew up the new statement."Each injury is unique and will have its own timeline. But athletes should take comfort in knowing that there are treatments out there, and...

Child Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the Rise

9 June 2021
Child Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the RiseWEDNESDAY, June 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pool and spa drowning deaths among U.S. children are spiking upwards, and restrictions related to the COVID pandemic may also mean that fewer kids are getting the swimming lessons that might keep them safe, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns.On average, there were about 400 reported pool/spa drowning deaths among children younger than age 15 each year from 2016 through 2018, according to new CPSC data.Three-quarters of those deaths involved children younger than 5, and 83% of those occurred in residential pools.Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among U.S. children ages 1 to 4, according to the CPSC."As we enter the summer months, parents and caregivers must be mindful of the pandemic's impact on their...

Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

8 June 2021
Your Teen`s Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy WeightTUESDAY, June 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Your teens' route to a healthy or unhealthy weight may be in their hands -- literally.New research out of South Korea shows that teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.One nutritionist who helps treat obesity in the young wasn't surprised by the findings."Spending hours on end on your phone — or any blue-light screen — can disrupt our sleeping patterns, and less snooze can affect our appetite-stimulating hormones, causing hyperphagia [overeating]," explained registered dietitian Sharon Zarabi, who wasn't involved in the new research."Ever wonder why you're craving carbs when you haven't had a full night's rest?" said Zarabi, who directs the Katz Institute...

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