April 7, 2014

Longer and Safer Lifespans

1 Population Density: Good for Your Health

According to "Measuring Sprawl 2014," a national study of population and lifestyle, the more densely populated a city, the better off its residents are. Among other benefits of living in a city jam packed with people are greater safety, better health care and more access to it, lower rates of diabetes and obesity, more upward economic mobility, cheaper (and in some cases free) transportation, and a reduced likelihood of being in a fatal traffic collision. The report calculated that the average American stands to live three years longer in a highly compact area than a low-density one. The five densest US metropolitan population centers are New York/New Jersey/Long Island, San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana, Honolulu, and Chicago/Joliet/Naperville.

More at Sfchronicle.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: 20 Fittest Cities in America

Tags: Measuring Sprawl 2014, Population Density and Health, Population Density in the US, Densest American Cities

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Minorities,Those under 45 Too

2 ER Docs More Likely to Miss Strokes in Women

Emergency room doctors are more likely to miss signs of stroke in women, minorities and those under age forty-five, says a new Johns Hopkins study which used federal health care data of nearly 200,000 stroke patients in more than 1,000 hospitals. Lead study author Dr. David Newman-Toker and his colleagues found that nearly 13% of people admitted to the hospital with a stroke diagnosis had visited the ER up to 30 days earlier with symptoms, including headaches and dizziness, that may have indicated a stroke or a precursor to a stroke. But, they were diagnosed incorrectly or were sent home with no diagnosis. About 1/4 of these patients returned less than two days later with obvious symptoms of stroke. Researchers estimate that 15,000 to 165,000 stroke cases are misdiagnosed each year.

More at Npr.org | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Stroke in Men

Tags: Dizziness, Emergency Room Doctors, Emergency Room Problems, Headaches, Johns Hopkins University, Stroke, Misdiagnosed Stroke, Dr. David Newman-Toker

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