July 11, 2011

Tune Out, Turn off, Stay Safe

1 Dangers of Distracted Exercising

Pedestrian deaths rose for the first time in four years, says the Governors Hwy. Safety Assn. and experts blame portable gadgets for distracting us from staying alert. In fact, some lawmakers aim to ban electronic devices. A pending bill in NY would make it illegal for joggers and walkers to use any electronic device while crossing the street. Similar bills in VA and OR, if passed, would fine bicyclists up to $90. for distracted exercising. Music, particularly loud music, prevents users from hearing noises around them. Plus, says Diana Deutsch, a psychologist at UC/SD, "Music floods the brain and takes over your thought processes," she explains. "You concentrate on the lyrics, or the music evokes certain memories or sends you into a daydream.”

More at Www.today.msnbc.msn | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cell Phones, Texting, Texting While Walking, Texting Hazards, Portable Gadgets, Portable Music Players, Governors Highway Safety Association, Diana Deutsch, Pedestrian Deaths

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Eat More Fresh Fruits, Veggies

2 Extra Salt, Low Potassium Increases Death

A diet high in salt and low in potassium may increase the risk of death, concludes a CDC study. The new research, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, analyzed the long-term effects of sodium and potassium intake. The 15-year study included more than 12,000 people, reports MSNBC. By the end of the study, 433 people had died from blood clots and strokes, while 825 died from heart disease. Researchers found that those with a high salt and low potassium intake faced a 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause, and 200 percent increased risk of death from a heart attack. Researchers recommend increasing potassium intake by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, including carrots, grapes, sweet potatoes and spinach.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cutting Back on Teen Salt Intake

Tags: Archives of Internal Medicine, Early Death Risk, Potassium, Salt Intake, Too Little Potassium, Too Much Salt, Benefits of Potassium, Health Benefits Sweet Potatoes, Health Benefits Spinach

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Fortification Helps the Brain

3 Folate Levels Linked to Teen Academic Success

In a Swedish study published this week, teens who consumed more folic acid got better grades in school than those who consumed the least. However, the study may not mean much to US teens, because folic acid deficiency is rare in North America because certain foods, including pastas and breakfast cereals, are fortified with the B vitamin to prevent severe birth defects in babies. Researchers with Orebro University Hospital conducted the study on almost 400 15-year-olds during a time when Sweden did not fortify foods. Those teens who consumed the most folic acid from foods such as leafy green vegetables and legumes scored grades of 139 out of 200 on average compared to 120 for those kids in the bottom third for folic acid consumption.

More at Reuters Health | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Folic Acid Helps Young Female Runners

Tags: Brain, Folate, Folic Acid, Teen Health, Cereals, Adolescent Health, Academics

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Will be Global in Decades

4 First Gonorrhea Superbug Emerges in Japan

A new strain of gonorrhea called H041, has been discovered in Japan that is resistant to all the cephalosporin-classed antibiotics which was the last line of defense against the bacteria. Various parts of Asia had seen cases of antibiotic-resistant bacteria last year and British researchers predicted that a superbug strain such as H041 would develop. Giving infected individuals at least two antibiotics simultaneously to stop the bacteria from “outsmarting” the drugs is the next line of treatment. Scientists believe it is a matter of decades before the STD becomes a worldwide health issue. Treating one of the world’s most common sexually transmitted diseases is especially important in women because it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Syphilis Cases Increasing

Tags: Antibiotics, Gonorrhea, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, H041, Gonorrhea Superbug, STDs, Multiple-Antibiotic Resistance

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