April 3, 2012

One Hour/Day Is All It Takes

1 Preschool Kids Don’t Get Enough Outside Time

Preschool children, ages 4 and 5, are not getting enough parent-supervised outdoor play time, says a new study. The fault does not lie with the computer or TV. Preschoolers require supervised play and, finds the study, parents - and many preschools - are simply not taking their kids outside. The stats: 44% of moms say they take their kids out daily compared to 24% of dads; 15% of moms and 30% of dads say they don’t take their kids out to walk or play even a few times a week. "Physical activity through play is essential for preschoolers' growth and development," says lead researcher Dr. Pooja Tandon, who recommends that kids get one hour of outside play per day. "Outdoor play is also beneficial for motor development, vision, cognition, Vitamin D levels and mental health."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Oregon Has Fewest Obese Kids

Tags: Cognition, Mental Health, Outdoor Exercise, Preschoolers, Vision, Vitamin D, Outdoor Play, Preschoolers and Outdoor Play, Dr. Pooja Tandon, Motor Development

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Young Women Taking More Risks

2 Gender Gap Closed on Risk of Drunk Crashes

Underage female drinkers have caught up with their male counterparts when it comes to the risk of being involved in fatal car crashes, say researchers. Published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the research found that while young men used to have a higher risk of being in a fatal crash at a given blood-alcohol level, the gender gap closed in 2007. Researchers say that at a given blood-alcohol level, young women now have the same risk of being involved in a fatal crash as male peers, but the total number of young men in fatal alcohol-related crashes is still greater since males drink more. "Young women who drink and drive may be behaving more like young men who drink and drive," notes lead researcher Robert B. Voas, PhD.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Gender Gap Drunk Driving Accidents, More Young Women Drunk Drivers, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Fatal Crash Odds, Drunk Driving Prevention, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

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Dogs Make Work Easier

3 Taking Dogs to Work Reduces Stress for Owners

Workers who have their dogs at work with them may have reduced stress and improved job satisfaction, suggest researchers. The study, published in International Journal of Workplace Health Management, involved a company in North Carolina with 550 employees, 20 to 30 dogs in the headquarters each day, and higher job satisfaction than industry norms. Saliva samples taken in the morning showed employees had similar levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Researchers found that self-reported stress levels declined during the day for workers who had their dogs at work, but stress for dog owners who didn't have their dogs at work increased during the day. Researchers believe that the dogs serve as a buffer for stress and make the day more pleasant for other workers who have contact with them.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lymphoma Drug Works in Dogs, May Help Humans

Tags: Dogs at Work, Reasons Take Dog Work, International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business, Reducing Stress Work, Improving Job Satisfaction

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Drink One, Live Long

4 Alcohol May Help Male Heart Attack Survivors

Having a daily alcoholic drink may be beneficial for men who've had heart attacks, say researchers. The 20-year study followed 1,818 male heart attack survivors. After controlling for factors like smoking, BMI, hypertension, diabetes, aspirin use and more, the researchers learned that men who had one to two glasses of wine or beer, or one or two shots of liquor each day were 42 percent less likely to die of heart disease compared with abstainers. The men who drank alcohol were also 34 percent less likely to die from any cause. While men who drank slightly less than one drink daily had a 22 percent lower death risk, men who had three or more drinks a day enjoyed no benefits. The research is published in European Heart Journal.

More at New York Times | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Just One Soda a Day Raises Heart Attack Risk

Tags: European Heart Journal, Moderate Alcohol Consumption, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beer Day Heart Attack Survivors

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Spewing Sick Salmonella Sushi

5 Sushi Suspected Cause of Salmonella Outbreak

Restaurant sushi is suspected as the cause of a growing Salmonella Bareilly food poisoning outbreak that has affected around 90 people in 19 states and D.C. MSNBC reports that government officials identify spicy tuna roll sushi as "highly suspect," but that's just a preliminary speculation. The outbreak may have sent as many as seven people to the hospital, and is clustered primarily on the eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast, though other areas have also been affected. The investigation is centering on six restaurant clusters in Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin and Connecticut.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Small Turtles

Tags: Spicy Tuna Roll, Dangers Sushi, Salmonella Sushi, Spicy Tuna Roll Sushi, Salmonella Outbreak Sushi, Salmonella Bareilly

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Key to Grade a Health

6 Study Finds Education Level Tied to Health

Results from conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, study comparing people in over 3,000 U.S. counties found that a college education was linked to better health. There was an inverse relationship between more education and smoking, being sedentary and obese, teen births, hospitals stays that could have been avoided and childhood poverty. The Southern states ranked at the top in childhood poverty and sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy while the North had the highest rates of excessive alcohol consumption. Researchers also found that high school dropout rates were indirectly related to heart disease and cancer, which is linked to higher poverty and unemployment.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Obesity Linked to Lower Education in Women, Education Lowers Dementia Risk

Tags: College Education, Education, Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Teen Pregnancy, Unemployment, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Education Levels and Health, Childhood Poverty, Healthy Lifestyle

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