Health Highlights: Aug. 6, 201308/06/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Sports Injuries Sent 1.35 Million U.S. Kids to ER Last Year:
About 1.35 million American children were seen in hospital
emergency departments for sports-related injuries in 2012,
according to a new report.
The leading causes of sports injury-related ER visits by
children ages 6-19 were sprains and strains, fractures, cuts and
scrapes, and concussions, Safe Kids Worldwide said. The non-profit
advocacy group noted that the cost of treating such injuries is
more than $935 million a year,
In 2012, concussion accounted for 12 percent of youngsters'
sports injury-related trips to the ER, which works out to about one
concussion-related visit every three minutes. Athletes ages 12-15
accounted for 47 percent of concussion-related visits.
Overall, one in five children who go to an ER for treatment of
an injury is there for a sports injury, according to Kate Carr,
Safe Kids president and CEO,
"Far too many kids are arriving in emergency rooms for injuries that are predictable and preventable," Carr said.
Whooping Cough May Shorten Life Expectancy: Study
Being born during whooping cough epidemics may shorten people's
life expectancy, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed birth and death records from 1813 to 1968
in five rural parishes in Sweden. They found that the risk of
premature death was 40 percent higher among men born during
whooping cough epidemics and 20 percent higher among women born
during these epidemics,
The New York Timesreported.
Women born during whooping cough epidemics were also at
increased risk for miscarriages and of having children who died in
infancy, the Lund University researchers found.
They said that lung infections such as whooping cough during
infancy may cause permanent damage that makes lung infections
during adulthood more dangerous. The long-term dangers of whooping
cough should be studied and women who had it in infancy should be
monitored in pregnancy, said study lead author Luciana Quaranta,
Last year, the United States had its largest whooping cough
outbreak in 60 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Illegal Buttock Injections a Problem in U.S.
A number of deaths have been reported among the growing number
of American women who have illegal injections to make their
In some cases, home-improvement materials such as silicone are
being injected by people with no medical training, the
Deaths from these types of illegal buttock injections have been
reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New
York. In Mississippi, an interior decorator faces trial in the
deaths of two women who were injected at her house.
There is little data on the procedures or injuries they cause,
but doctors and officials say there are a growing number of them.
Online forums used to set up illegal buttock injections have
thousands of responses, the
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