Beware of Trucks and SUVs When Going for a Walk.

An analysis of single-vehicle pedestrian crashes found that the risk of a pedestrian being killed by a right-turning vehicle was 89% higher for pickups and 63% higher for SUVs than standard cars. These findings suggest the need to examine the visibility designs of larger vehicles to reduce blind spots when making turns. Insurance Institute for…

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Cholesterol Issues in 30s Linked to Alzheimer’s Risk.

Researchers analyzed data on nearly 5,000 people who underwent thorough exams during three specific age periods: 35-50, 51-60, and 61-70. They found that individuals who developed Alzheimer’s disease later in life were more likely to have had lower levels of high-density lipids (HDL) or “good” cholesterol and higher levels of triglycerides as early as age…

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Triglycerides Increase Stroke Risk?

Researchers monitored 870 patients with a history of stroke and found that those with high triglycerides suffered repeat strokes at double the rate of those with normal triglycerides levels. Despite their findings, the research team is uncertain if triglycerides are fully to blame and will conduct further research to determine if lowering blood lipid levels…

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Irregular Periods Linked to Greater Risk for Liver Disease.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition that occurs when fat accumulates in the liver from causes other than excessive alcohol consumption, and it is associated with a number of poor health outcomes. An analysis of data concerning 72,092 women under the age of 40 found that those with long or irregular periods were…

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Vaping May Increase Risk of Diabetes.

An analysis of data concerning over 600,000 adults found that e-cigarette use may be associated with a 54% increased risk for prediabetes—a term used to describe elevated blood sugar levels that have not yet reached the threshold for diabetes diagnosis. Senior researcher Dr. Shyam Biswal adds, “There is a real concern that there’s a perception…

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Potential Long-Term Effects of High School Football.

Compared with middle-aged individuals who did not play contact sports or any sport in high school, those who played high school football were more likely to have sleep problems and to take medication for either chronic pain or headaches during the last year. However, the study did not find that former high school football players…

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Nearly 1 in 3 Adults Don’t Know the Most Common Heart Attack Symptom.

According to a recent study, only about 70% of adults in the United States and Canada can identify chestpain/discomfort as a symptom of myocardial infarction. Other common heart attack symptoms include shortness of breath; arm/shoulder pain/discomfort; feeling weak, lightheaded, or faint; and jaw, neck, and back pain. Korean Circulation Journal, December 2021

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A Crowded ER Can Cost Lives.

An analysis of data concerning more than 5 million emergency room (ER) visits found that if delays in admission exceed five hours, an individual’s risk of death in the next 30 days increases by 8%. Emergency Medicine Journal, January 2022

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