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According to a study published in HealthDay, approximately 176 children are sent to hospital emergency departments due to skateboarding mishaps every day. The study examines “data spanning two decades” and found that over 64,500 children and teens were treated for skateboarding injuries in the U.S. every year. The majority of these injuries were fractures and dislocations.

https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/child-safety-news-587/skateboarding-mishaps-send-176-u-s-kids-to-ers-every-day-710195.html



The American College of Rheumatology has listed five procedures that patients should strongly question: A) Getting tested for Lyme disease as the cause for musculoskeletal problems when there is no exposure history; B) Getting an MRI of peripheral joints to routinely monitor inflammatory arthritis; C) Taking biologic drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis before a trial of methotrexate or other conventional non-biologic meds; D) Repeating DEXA scans to follow osteoporosis more than once every two years; E) Getting sub-serology ANA blood tests without a previously positive ANA.

 



Lowering Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease 

Dr. Steve Lipsky MD, FACEP

Dr. Gary Small, professor of Psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and a leading expert on Alzheimer’s Disease,  has written a book entitled: “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life”. He states that although genetics does have a role to play in one’s risk for developing  the dreaded disease, it “accounts for only a small part of the risk”. He states 10 ways to help guard oneself against the disorder:

  • Brisk Walking – 90 minutes/wk
  • Staying Mentally Active – Engaging in stimulating activities such as taking classes, doing    challenging puzzles, reading.
  • Taking It Easy – Reducing anxiety and stress decreases hormones that impair learning and recall. Try yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and getting help from others.
  • Staying Socially Connected – Being isolated and alone is bad for mental health. One recent study showed that a 10-minute stimulating conversation is better for cognitive health that watching 10-minutes of a rerun TV comedy
  • Eating Omega-3 Fatty Fish – At least 2 times per week (or capsules) – once again, they protect the brain from inflammation and degeneration
  • Eating Green Leafy Vegetables and Colorful Fruits – Once again, they’re rich in antioxidants which protect the brain.
  • Maintain Ideal Body Weight – Obesity has been linked to an increase risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as hypertension and diabetes that can damage the brain.
  • Get Enough Sleep – Recent studies say 6-8hr/night. This let’s one think more clearly and decreases the levels of amyloid plaques in the brain that can be toxic to cells and lead to Alzheimer’s (we think).
  • Take a Multi-Vitamin Daily – Provides insurance that your brain is getting enough Vitamin B, D, and other nutrients it needs for normal functioning.
  • Take Care of Medical Illnesses – Hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and others if left untreated lead to cognitive decline.

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