Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Our bones may seem rock-solid, but the tissue (and yes, it’s living tissue) is constantly being created and destroyed. As we age, the process can skew toward bone destruction, leading to porous, weak bones that break easilya condition called osteoporosis. The good news is that there are many things that prevent osteoporosis, including weight-bearing exercise, proper nutrition, and medication.
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious [...]
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests a possible link between certain menopause symptoms — moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats — and higher rates of hip fractures and weaker bones. Hot flashes are common during menopause, affecting about 60 percent of women. The hormonal changes during menopause also affect [...]
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends. The drugs in question are a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This class includes drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. As people get older, these drugs [...]
MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Toddlers who wound up in the emergency room after falls at home were more likely to have parents who did not use safety gates or teach their kids not to climb onto kitchen counters or furniture, a new study finds. In the United States, 1 million children are treated [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study of more than 43,000 children finds that falls are the most common cause of head injuries among younger kids. For children under the age of 2, falls accounted for 77 percent of head injuries. For kids aged 2 to 12, falls caused 38 [...]