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Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your ChildSATURDAY, July 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Wearing a bike helmet can save the life of your young child or teenager, but it needs to fit well to really do its job.A well-fitting bike helmet significantly reduces the odds of serious head injury or death due to a bicycle, scooter or skateboard accident, experts say. Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some tips for getting a helmet that's neither too small nor too loose, while also convincing skeptical teens of the benefits.A helmet is like a pair of jeans, the experts say. Those in the same size can fit differently, so be sure to have your child try on helmets when shopping for a new one. Buy a helmet that fits now, not one to "grow into."Check that the helmet is certified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which...

Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic Health

5 July 2022
Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic HealthTUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and new research warns the trend is only getting worse.Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease."While we know that cardiometabolic health among Americans is a significant problem, we were surprised by the magnitude of the crisis," said study author Meghan O’Hearn, a doctoral candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. “The lack of good health and well-being across the board is truly devastating and has only been getting worse.”Researchers found the steepest declines in percentage of Americans with healthy weights and...

First Major League Soccer Player Is Diagnosed With CTE

29 June 2022
First Major League Soccer Player Is Diagnosed With CTEWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When former professional Major League Soccer (MLS) player Scott Vermillion died at age 44, he had stage 2 CTE, his family announced Tuesday. He is the first former MLS player diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Vermillion died from an accidental overdose in December 2020."This disease destroys families, and not just football families," said Dave Vermillion, Scott's father. "We want others to realize this can happen to anyone who is exposed to repetitive head trauma because we didn't even consider CTE when my son was struggling."The family released the findings from Vermillion's brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) to help raise awareness about CTE in soccer. Boston University CTE Center researchers...

Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

29 June 2022
Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: StudyWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours."Screen time, where you are sitting and watching TV or playing computer games or scrolling social media for hours on end, is so detrimental because it's sedentary and usually not engaging," said study author Rosa Virgara, a research associate at the University of South Australia.She and her colleagues looked at how nearly 62,000 kids aged 4 to 9 spent their time after school. These kids also completed questionnaires about their well-being. Children who played video games, watched TV and used social...

Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

27 June 2022
Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac SurgeryMONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Medically supervised exercise programs can do heart patients a lot of good, but few people of color take part in them -- regardless of income, new research finds.The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. patients, found that while all were eligible for cardiac rehabilitation, only about one-quarter actually attended. Enrollment was particularly low among Asian, Black and Hispanic patients, including those with high incomes.Researchers called the persistent disparities "disappointing," especially since cardiac rehab can have major benefits, including a longer life.Cardiac rehab is considered a standard of care for patients recovering from a heart attack or heart procedure, and for those with certain chronic conditions such as heart failure and chest...

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