Hoverboard Injuries Speeding U.S. Kids to the ER

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hoverboards may look cool, flashy and fun, but they’re less safe than you might think. Nearly 27,000 kids landed in the emergency room from a hoverboard accident during the first two years the self-balancing, two-wheeled motorized scooters were sold in the United States, according to a new study.…

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Theater Workers' Head Injuries Often Go Unreported

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Concussions are common among theater workers and even actors, but perhaps because the show must go on, these head injuries get little attention, a new study finds. Ohio University researchers did an online survey of 209 people in the theater industry. Most had production or technical roles, such…

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Sports 'Sponsorships' Hawk Junk Food to Kids

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Far from trying to keep kids fit and trim, America’s biggest sports leagues are actually pushing junk food at them, a new study contends. Multimillion dollar “sponsorships” forged between professional sports organizations — like the National Football League — and food companies often end up marketing high-calorie foods…

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Many Doctors Don't Push HPV Shots Equally. See Who's Left Out

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teen boys in the United States are less likely than girls to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) because many doctors don’t recommend the shots to boys’ parents, researchers say. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, mouth and throat cancers.…

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U.S. Opioid ODs Cluster in Centers of Poverty

MONDAY, March, 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poverty may be fueling America’s opioid crisis, a new study suggests. Of the more than 515,000 Americans who have died from drug overdoses since 2006, most lived in poor areas where there were few job opportunities, researchers discovered. It turns out that economic and social conditions appear to…

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Most With Very High Cholesterol Missing Out on Right Meds

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Less than 40 percent of American adults with extremely high cholesterol levels get the medications they should, a new study finds. Researchers examined federal government data to assess rates of awareness, screening and the use of cholesterol-lowering statins among adults aged 20 and older with extremely high levels…

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Seeing Clearly

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many people don’t think twice about their vision until there’s a problem, but seeing an eye doctor should definitely be on your wellness radar at different stages of life. Newborns should get a standard reflex test. If a baby is premature or at high risk for vision problems,…

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For Tree Workers, Stronger Storms Pose Deadly Hazards

SUNDAY, March 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tree care workers have one of the nation’s most perilous jobs, and the danger could grow as climate change increases the risk to trees from major storms, diseases, insects, drought and fire, experts warn. Better training and safety in tree care operations are essential, according to researchers from…

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Foot Fungus on the Run … But Race Has a Long Way to Go

SATURDAY, March 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The good news is that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot and other nasty skin and toenail infections is headed for extinction. The bad news is it could take millions of years. Scientists analyzed samples of Trichophyton rubrum fungus and concluded it may have lost its ability to…

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New Moms Still Wary of Exposing Infants to Peanuts

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though doctors recommend an early introduction to peanuts, many new moms prefer to delay giving them to their babies, researchers report. Allergy experts now say that infants should be exposed to the allergen by the time they are 4 to 6 months old. “Food allergies are scary, so…

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End of Brutal Flu Season in Sight

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s been a particularly tough flu season, but spring — and real relief — may be near, new numbers show. The flu season continues to wind down, with yet another drop seen in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations for…

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His Prostate Cancer Becomes Her Struggle, Too

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Difficulties tied to prostate cancer may not be limited to men. Many wives of men with advanced prostate cancer say their husband’s illness has harmed their own health, a new study finds. “Many prostate cancer patients have a hard time, both physically and emotionally. This work shows that…

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