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2020

Pandemic Silver Lining: Steep Drop in Kids' Fractures

Pandemic Silver Lining: Steep Drop in Kids` FracturesWEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a rare bit of good news tied to the coronavirus pandemic, researchers say pediatric fractures plummeted by nearly 60% this past spring. Investigators say the finding likely reflects the sudden evaporation of organized sports and curtailed playground use due to the threat of COVID-19. "We compared fracture incidence in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic -- March 15 to April 15 -- to the same monthly interval in the years 2018 and 2019," explained study author Joshua Bram, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. "There was a 58% decrease in the number of fractures per day presenting to our hospital in 2020 compared to the previous years," noted Bram. Fracture cases dropped from roughly 23 per day in...

Early School Sports Reduce ADHD Symptoms Years Later for...

6 October 2020
Early School Sports Reduce ADHD Symptoms Years Later for GirlsTUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who played after-school sports in elementary school seem to have fewer symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) once they reach middle school, a new study suggests. The research included both boys and girls, but the effect of sports on attention and behavior symptoms was only significant in girls. "Girls, in particular, benefit from participation in sport when it comes to ADHD symptoms," said lead author Linda Pagani. She's a professor at the University of Montreal School of Psychoeducation in Quebec, Canada. ADHD is a condition that includes ongoing patterns of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity -- issues that interfere with a person's functioning or development, according to the U.S. National...

Got Sciatica? Stay Active and Start Early on Physical...

5 October 2020
Got Sciatica? Stay Active and Start Early on Physical TherapyMONDAY, Oct. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For people with back pain caused by sciatica, it might be a good idea to start physical therapy sooner rather than later, a new clinical trial suggests. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the hip and down the back of the leg. It's often the result of a bulging spinal disc that compresses the nerve. In general, people with sciatica should try to remain active and not take to bed, said study author Julie Fritz, a physical therapist and associate dean for research at the University of Utah's College of Health, in Salt Lake City. But it's one thing to tell patients to stay active, and another to give them targeted exercises to deal with the condition, Fritz said. So her team...

Shall You Dance? Study Finds Dancing Helps Seniors Avoid...

1 October 2020
Shall You Dance? Study Finds Dancing Helps Seniors Avoid FallsTHURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Preventing falls in older age could be as fun as dancing them away, new research shows. Researchers found a 31% reduction in falls and a 37% reduction in fall risk for those aged 65 and older when reviewing clinical trials on "dance-based mind-motor activities" from around the world. "We were positively surprised by the consistency of our results," said study author Michèle Mattle, a movement scientist and doctoral candidate at the University of Zurich, in Switzerland. "Although previous research in the field of falls prevention and exercise was suggesting that interventions, including multitasking activities, are promising falls-prevention strategies, it was unclear if dance-based mind-motor activities would lead to comparable results,"...

Why Early Bedtime May Be Best for People With Type 2 Diabetes

30 September 2020
Why Early Bedtime May Be Best for People With Type 2 DiabetesWEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It's long been said that early to bed, early to rise can make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Now, new research supports at least the health benefits. A study of people with type 2 diabetes found that night owls -- people who go to bed late and get up late -- tend to get little exercise, putting their health at greater risk. Understanding how sleep time can affect physical activity might help people with type 2 diabetes manage their health, said researcher Dr. Joseph Henson of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. "There is a massive need for large-scale interventions to help people with diabetes initiate, maintain and achieve the benefits of an active lifestyle," he said. "For people who prefer to go to bed later and get...
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