October 8, 2012

Pools & Hoops Lose Out to D&D

1 US Kids Not Using Their Own Backyards

Despite widespread warnings that Americans don't get enough outdoor exercise, and surveys showing homebuyers increasingly want outdoor yard space for recreation and play, a meticulous study by UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives of Families on how Southern California families spend their waking moments found that those who have such yards spent hardly any time in them: for children, less than 40 minutes a week, and for adults, fewer than 15. And this was in a locale with extensive sunny weather and yards that often feature pools, patios, basketball hoops and the like. Researchers blamed competing activities such as work, school and social commitments, and indoor attractions: TV, video games and the Net. How much of the outdoor activity time was spent barbecuing is not clear.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Top Health Concern: No Exercise for Kids

Tags: Children and Exercise, Backyards, Recreation Spaces, Children's Play Opportunities, Why Kids Don't Play

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Recall Widens

2 US Meningitis Outbreak Spreads

The meningitis outbreak that was first reported last week has spread to include 91 cases of the deadly fungal infection. The New England Compounding Center (NECC), manufacturer of the steroid linked to the outbreak, has recalled all of its products, including acetaminophen suppositories, morphine, vancomycin and vitamin K. To date, meningitis linked to the steroid used to control back pain, has been reported in 9 states; 7 people have died. The expanded recall is "out of an abundance of caution due to the potential risk of contamination, and in cooperation with an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy," said the NECC in a press release.

More at Www.medpagetoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Meningitis Outbreak Pinned on Pharmacy Drug

Tags: Back Pain, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, Meningitis, Steroids, New England Compounding Center, Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy

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