Each year, more than 2.6 million children, 19 years old and younger, visit the emergency department for both recreation and sports-related injuries. Kids are at greater risk than adults for sports injuries because they are still growing and developing. The risk for injury is even greater if the child plays a contact sport such as basketball, football, or soccer….

arthritis risk jobs

(HealthDay News) — Rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease in which a person’s immune system attacks the joints, appears to be more common among people in certain types of jobs, researchers suggest. The findings “indicate that work-related factors, such as airborne harmful exposures, may contribute to disease development,” study author Anna Ilar said. She is a…

There are about 100 different types of arthritis. In general, arthritis means problems with the joints. A joint is a place in the body where 2 bones meet. Arthritis may also affect other body tissue near the joints including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. And, in some forms of arthritis, the whole body is involved. Osteoarthritis (OA) is…

(HealthDay News) — Watching a fireworks display can be a treat for your eyes, but the noise can be a threat to your ears. If you plan on watching fireworks this Fourth of July, there are a number of things you should do to protect your hearing, according to Dr. Maria Suurna. She is an…

Cord blood banking is an option for parents who want to preserve the blood of the umbilical cord and placenta of their baby as “insurance” to help with possible future medical needs of their child. It can also be used for other biologically matched children, either in their own family or the general public. What…

 (HealthDay News) — Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium levels, experts said. Still, “at this point I do not think we can…

Mental illness is a difficult challenge for anyone to face. It can affect men and women of any age. But because mental illness can cause different symptoms in men than in women, some disorders in men may be harder to recognize. Men who are depressed, for example, may appear angry and irritable rather than sad…

When it comes to health, men and women are not created equal. For one thing, men tend to lead less healthy lifestyles than women and take part in more risky behaviors. What’s more, women tend to take better care of themselves when they do get sick. But with health problems such as cancer, heart disease,…

Strengthen Your Social Ties as You Age Featured Photo

When you were a kid, you knew who your best friend was, you went on playdates, and you always had a birthday party on the calendar. But as you age, friendships aren’t always as easy to make and maintain. However, strong social ties are just as important now as they were then. In fact, having…

superfoods to help fight diabetes

Lots of foods can be healthy choices if you have diabetes or are concerned about getting it. But a few really pack a punch with vitamins, minerals, fiber, or healthy fats. Make room on your plate for these nutritional powerhouses. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which helps lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. That’s important, because diabetes nearly doubles…

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1. Reusing unwashed grocery bags The problem: Reusable grocery bags reduce waste. But they may also harbor germs that could contaminate your food and make you sick. The fix: Wash reusable bags frequently. Put cloth ones in the washing machine, and scrub plastic ones with hot, soapy water. Store in a cool, dry place. 2. Eating large…

(HealthDay News) — Early surgery to fix tears in a shoulder rotator cuff muscle is a good idea because it improves strength, function and other outcomes in the long term, a new study from France finds. Researchers also believe this kind of repair can prevent the rotator cuff muscle from deteriorating. This kind of repair…

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(HealthDay News) — Here’s some good news for America’s seniors: The rates of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have dropped significantly over the last decade or so, a new study shows. The analysis of nearly 1,400 men and women 70 and older found that the number of dementia cases dropped from 73 among those…

(HealthDay News) — Just a few minutes of exercise a day — even light workouts — can reduce an older man’s risk of early death, a new British study claims. Each additional 30 minutes a day of light activity — such as easy gardening or walking the dog — was associated with a 17 percent…

Men Develop Atrial Fibrillation Earlier Than Women Featured Image

According to new research, men develop atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, about a decade earlier than women. Atrial fibrillation can increase your risk for stroke, heart failure, and death. In fact, people with atrial fibrillation are nearly 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who don’t have the condition….