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Spinal Cord Injuries Drop Among Young, But Rise Among Older Americans

June 9, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While the overall rate of traumatic spinal cord injuries was stable from 1993 to 2012, an increasing number of older Americans have experienced this injury, a new study finds.
“Spinal cord injury is a catastrophic injury that often results in permanent disability,” said lead researcher Dr. […]

Falls Are Leading Cause of Childhood Injuries, Expert Says

June 4, 2015

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Falls are the leading cause of childhood injuries, and most of them occur in the home, a pediatric trauma expert said.
Many people associate falls with playgrounds, but kids can tumble off changing tables. They can also fall out of infant seats, shopping carts and windows, resulting in serious […]

Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too

May 15, 2015

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men are far less likely than women to be screened for osteoporosis, even though they are more likely to suffer worse consequences from the bone-thinning condition, a new study finds.
Up to 2 million American men have osteoporosis, and another 8 million to 13 million men have low […]

Fall-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled for U.S. Seniors Since 2000

May 7, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of American seniors who die from fall-related injuries has nearly doubled since 2000, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals.
The observation is based on an analysis of death rate information compiled by the National Vital Statistics System […]

More Aging Americans Using Canes, Walkers

May 6, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older Americans aren’t taking old age sitting down. Canes, walkers and other mobility aids are used by about one-quarter of American seniors, a new study reveals.
Use of canes and other mobility devices soared almost 50 percent over a recent eight-year period, according to interviews of […]

Could Weak Bones, Sudden Hearing Loss Be Linked?

April 22, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although the reason for the connection isn’t clear, osteoporosis and sudden, temporary hearing loss often occur together, a new study from Taiwan finds.
A team led by Dr. Kai-Jen Tien, of the Chi Mei Medical Center in Tainan City, looked at more than 10,000 Taiwan residents diagnosed with […]

Stronger Muscles = Healthier Bones in Kids

April 17, 2015

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stronger muscles seems to mean healthier bones in children, according to a new study.
“Bone strength and size is important because they are significant factors in long-term osteoporosis and fracture risk,” said lead investigator Dr. Rebecca Moon, of the University of Southampton in England.
“A 10 percent increase in […]

Bone-Building Drug Strengthened Hips, Spines of Frail Women in Study

April 13, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Frail, older women may only need a single dose of the osteoporosis drug Reclast to build bone strength, a new study suggests.
But greater bone density did not translate into fewer fractures among these high-risk women, who were living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities during […]

Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study

March 23, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neither routine exercise nor vitamin D supplementation does anything to lower the overall risk for accidental falls among older women, a new Finnish study says.
However, the risk of serious injury as a result of falling was cut by more than half when elderly women engaged […]

Exercise May Boost Size of Some Brain Regions

March 5, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exercise may increase the size of brain regions that contribute to balance and coordination, preliminary research suggests.
The small new study in twins found that those who exercised more had increased brain volume in areas of the brain related to movement.
These changes “may have health […]


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