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Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk

December 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest.
Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious […]

Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study

December 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests a possible link between certain menopause symptoms — moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats — and higher rates of hip fractures and weaker bones.
Hot flashes are common during menopause, affecting about 60 percent of women. The hormonal changes during menopause also affect […]

Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

December 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends.
The drugs in question are a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This class includes drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. As people get older, these drugs […]

Toddlers Hurt in Falls Often Not Warned About Climbing on Furniture

December 1, 2014

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Toddlers who wound up in the emergency room after falls at home were more likely to have parents who did not use safety gates or teach their kids not to climb onto kitchen counters or furniture, a new study finds.
In the United States, 1 million children are treated […]

Falls Leading Cause of Serious Head Trauma for Kids, Study Shows

November 12, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study of more than 43,000 children finds that falls are the most common cause of head injuries among younger kids.
For children under the age of 2, falls accounted for 77 percent of head injuries. For kids aged 2 to 12, falls caused 38 […]

Men Less Likely Than Women to Get Bone Test After Fracture

November 5, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older men are much less likely than women to receive osteoporosis screening and treatment after suffering a wrist fracture, a new study reveals.
While osteoporosis is widely regarded as a disease that affects older women, as many as one in four men older than 50 will break a bone […]

Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds

October 27, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests.
Head injuries seem to pose special hazards for seniors compared to those in upper middle age, the researchers said.
“This was surprising and suggests that the older brain may […]

Osteoporosis Screenings Can Miss More Than Half of Women With High Fracture Risk

October 27, 2014

Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says

Osteoporosis Drugs Work, But Review Finds No Clear Winner

September 8, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many osteoporosis drugs cut women’s risk of suffering a bone fracture, though it’s not clear whether any one medication works better than others, a new research review finds.
Reporting Sept. 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers said that for women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, […]

More Evidence Ties Some Bone-Building Drugs to Rare Fractures

September 4, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report.
For those who took bisphosphonates for four to five years, the so-called “relative risk” was 100 times higher than among people who […]


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