October 24, 2013

21% of All Injury-Based Deaths

1 US Kids Taking a Huge Hit from Gunshots

Statistics have routinely shown gunshot injuries to be a leading cause of death among persons aged 19 or under, but a new study from the Oregon Health & Science University calls those gunshot deaths just "the tip of the iceberg," detailing how the cost and severity of non-fatal gunshot wounds far exceeds that of other forms of injury. While over 29,000 Americans under age 20 died of gunshot-related injuries from 2001 to 2010, an additional 155,000 required treatment in emergency rooms, with 32 percent of them undergoing major surgery. The average treatment cost per gunshot victim was $28,510, while the next most expensive childhood injury, being hit by a vehicle, cost $15,566. And even then, eight percent of young gunshot patients die before leaving the hospital.

More at Freep.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Gun Control, Gun Deaths in Adolescents, Children and Guns, Gunshot Injury Rates, Gunshot Wounds and Children, Teenagers and Guns

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Fifty Percent Effective

2 High-Dose Flu Shot More Effective in Seniors

A new high dose flu shot is more effective in seniors than the standard flu shot finds a new study. The high-dose flu shot is about 50% effective in people ages 65+ whereas the regular flu shot is about 30 to 40% effective in the same population. (The regular flu shot is about 60% effective in younger people.) The FDA licensed the higher-dose flu shot in 2009 after a study showed it to be more effective n seniors but this is the first study to measure how much protection the vaccine actually provides. The study involved 32,000 Canadian and American seniors, half of whom got the regular shot while half got the new shot. Follow-up calls and tests to confirm flu symptoms indicated that the high-dose shot was 24% more effective against all strains of the flu.

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

Previously: CDC: Flu Vaccine Ineffective in Those 65+

Tags: Flu, Flu Shot, Flu Vaccine, Influenza, Flu and Seniors

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Not Just a Hospital Problem

3 Obesity Could Increase Risk of CDI Infection

Obesity is a possible risk factor for a bacterial infection of the gut known as clostridium difficile infection (CDI). CDI is often described as an infection associated with healthcare, but the new research shows that obesity may be a risk factor. According to Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine researchers, CDI patients with no risk factors for CDI (community onset infection ) were four times more likely to be obese in comparison to CDI patients with prior exposure to a healthcare facility. Researchers also found that community onset patients were five times more likely to have inflammatory bowel disease. Findings are published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Obesity May Contribute to Delayed Puberty in Boys

Tags: Obesity Dangers, CDI Infections, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clostridium Difficile Infection, Risk Factors CDI Infection

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Revise Diet for Memory Benefits

4 Low Blood Sugar May Protect from Memory Loss

Lower blood sugar levels for older adults may provide protection from memory loss, suggest researchers in Germany. The small study involving 140 people found that low blood sugar levels in healthy adults can lead to memory benefits. Study participants were an average age of 63, had no memory problems, and weren't diabetic or prediabetic. Participants were given brain scans, memory tests and had glucose levels checked. Published in Neurology, the findings reveal that lowering blood sugar levels, even if they are within normal range, can be a "promising strategy" for the prevention of memory issues and cognitive decline with aging.

More at CBS News | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Gum Disease Treatment Lowers Blood Sugar

Tags: Journal Neurology, Memory Loss Prevention, Protecting Against Memory Loss, Benefits Low Blood Sugar, High Blood Sugar Levels

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