January 8, 2012

Preschoolers Get No Play Time

1 U.S. Preschoolers Get Insufficient Play Time

A study published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that children in area day care centers, nursery schools and preschools get very little if any physical exercise during the day. This reinforces research which found that American preschoolers in child care are essentially sedentary, with just 2 to 3% of their in-care time devoted to active play. Health professionals are concerned that children aged 3 to 5 aren't getting enough exercise to prevent weight gain or help develop basic motor skills. Researchers cite parental emphasis on academic skills, worries about playground injuries, and the cost of maintaining playground facilities as causes, although professionals note that activities such as skipping rope, using a hula hoop, or playing hopscotch are safe and inexpensive.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Exercise, Pediatrics, Preschoolers, Day Care, Child Care, Nursery School, Play Time, Pediatrics Journal, Recess

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Cervical Health Awareness Month

2 10 Gynecologic Symptoms Women Should Heed

More than 80,000 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancer each year in the US. Symptoms may be vague and mistaken with less serious conditions, says Dr. Therese Bevers, who lists 10 symptoms every woman should heed. Abnormal vaginal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, vaginal discharge colored with blood, loss of appetite, pain in the pelvis or abdominal area, constant fatigue, persistent indigestion or nausea, belly bloat that lasts for more than two weeks and unexplained swelling in one leg, especially if it’s accompanied by pelvic pain, vaginal discharge or other cancer symptoms. "Remember, having one or more of these symptoms doesn't mean you have cancer," Bevers said. "But if they last two weeks or longer, see your doctor. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Older Women Should Get Cervical Cancer Screening

Tags: Abdominal Pain, Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Vaginal Bleeding, Therese Bevers, Unexplained Weight Loss

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Few People in Asia Use Pot

3 Marijuana Use Is Highest in Australia

People in Australia consume more marijuana than any other people in the world, claim British researchers. Published in Lancet, the new research reveals that as much as 15 percent of the people in Australia and New Zealand between 15 and 64 years old had used marijuana since 2009, the last year of study data. Researchers blame the high use rates on the abundance of remote areas where marijuana grows well and policing is difficult. Australia and New Zealand also have high rates of amphetamine abuse. The study showed that nearly 11 percent of the population of North America had used marijuana. The lowest rate of marijuana usage was in Asia with no more than 2.5 percent of the population using, but researchers also say they had difficulties obtaining accurate data in less developed countries.

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Marijuana, Marijuana Danger, Pot Use, Australia Pot Use, Marijuana Use by Countries, Lancet Journal Marijuana, Amphetamine Abuse

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