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Health Updates 20 June 2011

  • Portable pools increase risk of drowning: “The report, published in the journal Pediatrics, evaluated the number of fatal and nonfatal submersions by children under 12 years old in 2001 and 2009, the researchers found that 209 children drowned in portable pools during that time.  Thirty-five children had accidents, but survived”. (ABC News)
  • Young footballers at high risk for trauma-related death: “Though trauma-related deaths in young athletes are rare, football players appear to be at the greatest risk, researchers said.  About 60% of trauma-related deaths among young athletes occurred on the football field and some of those deaths were in athletes who suffered a concussion shortly before the fatal impact”.  The researchers wrote that “These are potentially preventable deaths, and increasing recognition of this syndrome has led to recommendations or regulations to remove athletes from additional practice or game participation after a suspected concussion or head injury until their symptoms have abated”.  (Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today)
  • June is ‘Men’s Health Month’: Given that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in men in the US, here are some lifestyle tips for helping maintain heart health – and they are very similar to the ways to prevent stroke and diabetes (no surprise there!): 1). Exercise daily, aiming for 30 minutes per day of light aerobic activity; 2). Lose weight.  Even a modest loss can help; 3). DO NOT SMOKE.  Smoking is the major preventable risk factor for heart disease and has negative consequences for your entire body; and 4). Manage stress.  Stay social.  Laugh often. (drweil.com)
  • Phantom pharmacies signal new trend in health care fraud: “Here’s how the scheme typically works, according to experts: Criminals use a legitimate address to establish a fake pharmacy business – which is essentially a shell operation.  Then, using stolen or otherwise-misgotten doctor ID and patient insurance ID numbers, scammers write fraudulent prescriptions for expensive drugs that were never actually prescribed or dispensed”. (Wall Street Journal)
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