August 7, 2013

38% More Just in Basketball

1 Girl Athletes Have More Concussions

More than 1.35 million American kids ages 6 to 19 had to go to a hospital emergency room with a sports-related injury in 2012, the most frequent problems being sprains and strains, fractures, scrapes and bruises, and concussions. The number of concussions is of particular concern because younger people take longer to heal from one, and because in sports played by both sexes, girls report as much as 40 percent more concussions than boys. Among young basketball players, 11.5 percent of girls' injuries are concussions, compared to just 7.2 percent for boys. In the case of young soccer players, the concussion rates are 17.1 percent for girls versus 12.4 percent of boys. Whether the difference results from differing styles of play, body mechanics, or genetic variations is not yet known.

More at Sci-Tech-Today.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Kids' Sports Injuries on the Rise

Tags: Childhood Injuries, Concussions in Children, Kids' Sports Injuries, Girls and Concussions, Girls' Sports Injuries

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Most Americans Say No

2 Want to Live to Be 120?

Americans born today can expect to live to 79 years of age, on average. Scientists are working on ways to slow the aging process and new treatments may help people live longer. But would you want to live to be 120? The Pew Research Center surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,012 Americans,18 and older, and found that 69% said the ideal life span is between 79 and 100 years of age. When asked about medical treatments that would slow the aging process and extend life to at least age 120, 56% of respondents said they would not be interested. The survey also found that 81% of Americans are satisfied with their lives, 56% think that their lives will be even better in ten years, and 57% don’t worry about outliving their money after retirement.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: U.S. Women's Life Span Grows Slowly

Tags: Longevity, Pew Research Center, Quality of Life, Ideal Life Span, Average Life Span

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Potentially Fatal

3 Acetaminophen Linked to Rare Skin Reactions

Painkillers containing acetaminophen have been linked to rare and potentially fatal skin reactions according to the FDA. The majority of cases involved single-ingredient acetaminophen products. People who develop a skin rash or other reaction are advised to stop taking the drug. The FDA will require that prescription drugs containing acetaminophen be labeled with warnings about skin reactions. Advil and Aleve are already labeled with such warnings. Acetaminophen, one of the most widely used drugs in the U.S., is found in more than 600 medications and, while the risk of skin reactions is small, “given the severity of the risk, it is important for patients and health-care providers to be aware of it,” says Sharon Hertz, deputy director, FDA Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction.

More at Www.bloomberg.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA Limits Acetaminophen Dose in Pain Relievers

Tags: Acetaminophen, Advil, FDA, Aleve, Acetaminophen and Skin Reactions, Sharon Hertz, Skin Rash

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