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2021

Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa

Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa THURSDAY, July 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Here's yet another reason to limit screen time and get moving: Boosting your activity levels could reduce your risk of sleep apnea, according to a new study.Compared to the most active people in the study, those who spent more than four hours a day sitting watching TV had a 78% higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and those with sedentary jobs had a 49% higher risk.And that added risk was not due to their weight."We saw a clear relationship between levels of physical activity, sedentary behavior and OSA risk. People who followed the current World Health Organization physical activity guidelines of getting at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, and who spent less than four hours per day sitting watching TV, had...

Exercise Boosts Survival for People With Implanted...

21 July 2021
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...
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