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Recent Health Articles: Most Adults Don’t Know Concussion Signs. FDA’s Terrible Mistake? Plus, More!

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#1 New Concussion Survey Reveals Majority of Adults Are Unable to Recognize Common Concussion Symptoms

With students heading back to school and the fall sports season approaching, surprising new data from Abbott’s Concussion IQ Survey reveals that a large number of adults in the United States lack basic understanding about concussion signs and symptoms, risk and treatment.

#2 Just 1 in 10 are Referred for Cardiac Rehab after Treatment for Heart Failure

UCLA-led study finds rate is ‘startling’ considering proven benefits of these exercise programs. Read More

#3 The FDA is Making a Big Change to Nutrition Labels, and It’s Probably a Big Mistake

What sounds good in theory doesn’t always pan out in practice. Harvard’s Behavioral Science and Regulation Group, citing a widespread misunderstanding of serving sizes, warned that consumers may read new labels as “endorsing” larger portion sizes. Read More

#4 The Weighty Issue of Backpacks

Kids will soon sling on their backpacks stuffed with books, binders, electronic tablets and head out the door to school. “Although there is no evidence that backpacks can cause scoliosis, there is no doubt they cause strain in children’s backs as well as back pain and worsen an anomaly already present,” said Dr. Jose Brodas of Pocono Medical Center Physicians Associates, East Stroudsburg. Read More

More News & Recent Health Articles:

Violence Intervention Programs ‘Could Save Hospitals Millions’

While violence intervention programs have demonstrated that they can be an effective way of preventing violent injury, little has been known about their financial implications. A new study now suggests that these interventions could save various sectors millions of dollars.

Study: Physical Therapy Should be Considered ‘Front Line’ Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

New research from Spain on CTS sufferers concludes that in terms of pain and function, physical therapy is equal to surgery at 6 and 12 months after baseline, and actually produces greater improvements earlier on. Read More

Playing Adaptive Sports Linked to Higher Employment, Economic Impact

Wheelchair basketball players are aggressive, conditioned and determined, just like people without disabilities. Unlike them, though, is their likelihood of employment and economic independence. But a new study from the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) finds playing an adaptive sport can have dramatic results on the athlete and the economy.

New Cases of Alzheimer’s Possibly Stabilizing, Researchers Claim

Research published in The Lancet Neurology indicates the number of people with dementia in some Western European countries is stabilizing. Read More

Sleeping with Contact Lenses Could Lead to Vision Loss

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, among the 41 million adults in the United States who wear contacts, 99% of them wear, wash or store their lenses in unhygienic ways.

For Athletes, the Risk of Too Much Water

Are we, with the best of intentions, putting young athletes at risk when we urge them to drink lots of fluids during steamy sports practices and games? A new report about overhydration in sports suggests that under certain circumstances the answer is yes, and that the consequences for young athletes can be — and in several tragic cases already have been — severe and even fatal.

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