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Watch Out for Falling Icicles

January 25, 2015

SUNDAY, Jan. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Icicles may be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous, an emergency medicine doctor warns.
“An icicle is like a sharp, stiletto-shoe heel-like dagger. Coupled with the forceful dynamics of impact from falling a sizeable distance, a person can sustain serious injury,” Dr. Mark Cichon, chair of emergency medicine […]

Falls on the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

January 19, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For American seniors, a fall can have disabling or even fatal consequences. And a new study finds that the rate of older people who suffer a fall is actually on the rise.
A research team led by Dr. Christine Cigolle, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann […]

Take Steps to Avoid Winter Falls

January 17, 2015

SATURDAY, Jan. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Falls are a major cause of injuries during the winter, but there are steps you can take to help stay on your feet, an expert says.
“Many falls can be successfully avoided or the impact minimized by applying a few basic strategies,” Mike Ross, an exercise physiologist with the […]

Life Satisfaction Linked to Bone Health in Older Women

January 16, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older women who are satisfied with their lives may have better bone health, a new Finnish study suggests.
Up to half of all women older than 50 will develop the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, which can lead to serious bone fractures, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Major […]

Exercise May Cut Fall Risk for Some Parkinson’s Patients

December 31, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercises that focus on balance and leg strengthening may help some people with Parkinson’s disease avoid falls, according to a new clinical trial.
The study, reported online Dec. 31 in Neurology, found that the benefits were limited to people with milder Parkinson’s symptoms. The exercise program […]

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 […]


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