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Summer Playgrounds Come With Fun and Hazards

Summer Playgrounds Come With Fun and HazardsSUNDAY, June 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As the pandemic eases and children flock to playgrounds this summer, parents need to make sure their kids are safe, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says."After a challenging school year and months of being socially distanced and kept apart from their friends, children are eager to get outside and play," said AAOS spokesperson Dr. Rachel Goldstein. She is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "We all want our children to play, but we also want them to be safe," Goldstein said in an academy news release. "With the start of summer, it is important to take steps to make sure no one ends their day at the playground with a trip to the hospital."In the United States, a child visits an emergency room for...

Even on 'Down' Days, Music a Motivator for Runners

25 June 2021
Even on `Down` Days, Music a Motivator for RunnersFRIDAY, June 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The key to pushing through mental fatigue while running might be adding some earbuds to your workout gear.U.K. researchers worked with 18 fitness enthusiasts to determine the impact of music on running performance. They found that running to self-selected tunes improved runners' performance when mentally fatigued during two separate tests. "Mental fatigue is a common occurrence for many of us, and can negatively impact many of our day-to-day activities, including exercise," said study author Shaun Phillips, of the University of Edinburgh's Moray House School of Education and Sport. The first test looked at the effects on interval running capacity -- alternating between high-intensity running and lower-intensity jogging -- on nine physically...

Why Do So Many Kids Never Get Swimming Lessons?

22 June 2021
Why Do So Many Kids Never Get Swimming Lessons?TUESDAY, June 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Cost and lack of time are among the reasons parents don't enroll their kids in swimming lessons, a new survey finds."Swimming is one of the most important life-saving skills that children and adults should master. Whether for fun or for exercise, swimming will serve them well for the rest of their lives, and it's never too early to start learning," said Dr. Matthew Davis, chair of medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.The recent poll of more than 1,500 Chicago parents found that 46% of their children never had swimming lessons.The top three reasons were cost (35%), not enough time (22%) and unable to find lessons (21%). Other parents said they taught their kids to swim or didn't send them to lessons due to the...

Tai Chi May Ease Depression, Insomnia for Stroke...

21 June 2021
Tai Chi May Ease Depression, Insomnia for Stroke Survivors: StudyMONDAY, June 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The ancient practice of tai chi may help reduce depression, anxiety and stress in people recovering from a stroke, a small new study suggests. It might also improve their sleep.At the beginning of the study of 11 stroke survivors, most had "mild to moderate symptoms of depression," noted lead author Dr. Ruth Taylor-Piliae, of the University of Arizona, in Tucson.But after a two-month regimen of tai chi classes, "I was surprised and pleased with the improvements we observed in these self-reported symptoms and in sleep," Taylor-Pillae said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). She presented the findings Friday at a virtual meeting of the ESC.One expert who wasn't involved in the research said the findings are...

Women, Take These Key Steps to Good Urological Health

19 June 2021
Women, Take These Key Steps to Good Urological HealthSATURDAY, June 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Women who try to hold their pee during the day might want to rethink that strategy.It's time to "get up and go," according to the Urology Care Foundation, which is encouraging women to be proactive about their urological health.That, of course, means get up and go to the bathroom if you need to. But the foundation also suggests a number of activities a woman can get up and go do, to get in some self-care that can benefit their urological health."Our goal is to help women understand what steps they can take to improve not only their urologic health, but their overall health," Dr. Harris Nagler, president of the Urology Care Foundation --- part of the American Urological Association -- explained in a foundation news release.Several...

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