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2021

Exercise Boosts Survival for People With Implanted Defibrillators

Exercise Boosts Survival for People With Implanted DefibrillatorsWEDNESDAY, July 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Just small amounts of exercise can benefit people with implanted heart defibrillators, new research shows.An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device placed under the skin to detect abnormal heart rhythms and deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat.The new study found that even slight increases in physical activity reduced the risk of hospitalization and early death after patients got an ICD. And that was true even if their fitness boost wasn't from a formal rehabilitation program, according to findings published July 21 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes."Cardiac rehabilitation programs offer patients a safe environment to increase physical activity after ICD...

Plasma Injection Therapy May Be Useless Against Achilles...

20 July 2021
Plasma Injection Therapy May Be Useless Against Achilles Tendon PainTUESDAY, July 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A treatment commonly used to tackle an often painful Achilles tendon condition doesn't actually work, British researchers warn.At issue is "Achilles tendinopathy," a degenerative wear-and-tear disease that affects the critical tissue linking calf muscles to the heel.Patients have sought pain relief with a treatment -- embraced by a number of famous athletes -- that involves injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) directly into the tendon. Study author Rebecca Kearney explained that this involves taking a patient's own blood and "spinning it in a centrifuge to separate out the blood components, and then injecting one of the blood components -- which contains a high number of platelets that play an important role in the repair processes -- into the...

Drowning Deaths for U.S. Kids Have Fallen 38% Since 1999

15 July 2021
Drowning Deaths for U.S. Kids Have Fallen 38% Since 1999THURSDAY, July 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's some good news as millions of American children head back to the nations' lakes, beaches and pools: Newly released numbers for 1999 through 2019 show steady progress in reducing the number of young lives lost to drowning."Over the past two decades, the rate of unintentional drowning deaths among children aged 0 to 17 years declined 38%, from 1.6 per 100,000 in 1999 to 1.0 in 2019," according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "We're finding disparities by specific characteristics, but yes, there is an overall decline over the period," said study author Merianne Spencer, of the NCHS in Hyattsville, Md.Still, the numbers of tragic child deaths remain too...

Summer Drowning Deaths Can Happen Quickly: Know the Facts

14 July 2021
Summer Drowning Deaths Can Happen Quickly: Know the FactsWEDNESDAY, July 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The best way to prevent drowning in children and teens is to guard against the danger on multiple fronts, a leading pediatricians' group says.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its "Prevention of Drowning" report online this week, which notes that about 70% of drowning deaths for U.S. children aged 15 and younger occur between May and August.The report includes the latest research and additional information, such as that male toddlers and teen boys are at the highest risk of drowning, and that half of drownings happen between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., a busy time for swimming and a time when there are distractions, such as dinner preparation."Drowning is quick and silent — not at all what people might expect — and it...

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

13 July 2021
Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-FibTUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes have a much higher risk of the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes, according to a new report from Britain. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can impede blood flow. A-fib can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems. For the study, researchers analyzed 13 studies published between 1990 and December 2020. There were more than 70,000 participants, including more than 6,800 athletes and more than 63,000 non-athletes. Overall, athletes had about a 2.5 times higher risk of a-fib than non-athletes. But when the researchers focused on participants without heart disease risk factors...
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