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2009-12-01 07:20:00

STAFFORD, Va., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare costs are rapidly increasing due to the rapid aging of our population. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 60% of fatal falls occur in the home. Additionally, the total cost of falls in 2010 is expected to be between 68 and 100 Billion Dollars. More than 25,000 older adults died due to falls last year. Katharine Graham, former Washington Post Chairman, died as a result of a fall. Most of this cost and loss of life...

2009-09-23 07:35:00

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior Abilities Unlimited, LLC, based exclusively in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, celebrates its tenth year anniversary during the month of September. Since 1999, seniors, after realizing that the Medicare system doesn't facilitate preventative measures, have been taking the issue of fall prevention into their own hands. They've been paying for the company's Tandem Strength and Balance(R) service to be performed in their home so that their...

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2009-08-07 12:30:00

Certain types of medications given to the elderly could add to their risk of falling, according to a new study.Researchers in France conducted a 4-year study of 6343 elderly men and women who were taking an anti-anxiety drug. Participants had an average age of 74 years."Falls and associated injuries remain a major public health problem," researchers wrote.  "With little evidence that deaths and serious injuries from falls are declining, despite a strong focus in research and practice...

2009-06-10 07:40:11

Blurred vision, back pain and wrist injuries are common in the computer world. But now, physical injuries such as falling monitors and tripping over cords are sending significant numbers to the emergency room. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System Database reported over 78,000 injuries treated in the emergency room due to acute computer-related injuries between 1994 and 2006. The amount of patients increased 732 percent over the 13-year study, more than twice the increase of home...

2009-05-26 07:58:02

An estimated 35 percent of U.S. adults age 40 and older have vestibular dysfunction (inner ear balance disorders), and those who do may have a higher risk of falling, according to a report in the May 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.The vestibular system helps control an individual's balance, according to background information in the article. The two vestibular organs, within the temporal bone at the side and base of the skull, provide input to the...

2009-05-26 07:56:00

A full third of American adults, 69 million men and women over age 40, are up to 12 times more likely to have a serious fall because they have some form of inner-ear dysfunction that throws them off balance and makes them dizzy, according to Johns Hopkins experts.Among the other key findings of the three-year survey and study on the subject by the Johns Hopkins team are that a third of this group, or more than 22 million, were unaware of their vulnerability, having had no previous incidents...

2009-03-27 09:37:30

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 86,000 people are injured each year in falls caused by their cats and dogs. That's an average annual injury rate of 29.7 per 100,000 people, the agency said in a release. Nearly 88 percent of the injuries were associated with dogs and women were twice as likely to be injured than men. The findings are based on data from hospital emergency departments. Nearly 62 percent of dog-related injuries occurred inside or immediately...

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2009-03-18 15:40:00

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report showing the number of U.S. teenage girls who are having babies continues to increase, Reuters reported. The report said that while the U.S. population is more than replacing itself, the teen birth rate was up for the second year in a row. Federal health officials are concerned over teen births increasing, as they rose 3 percent in 2006 after a 14-year decline. Hispanic teens were the only group that showed a decline in the...

2009-02-04 12:24:59

Training people to avoid falls by repeatedly exposing them to unstable situations in the laboratory helped them to later maintain their balance on a slippery floor, according to new research from the Journal of Neurophysiology. The study furthered the understanding of how the brain develops fall prevention strategies that can be generalized to a variety of conditions. The research could eventually help people, including the elderly, for whom falling is an important health issue. The study,...

2008-08-25 15:01:00

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: CDC Injury Center Media Relations, +1-770-488-4902 ATLANTA, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following advisory is being issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: WHAT: Technology is useful for developing social and communication skills, but can pose risks to adolescent health and safety. To help parents and educators better understand and address "electronic aggression," (any kind of aggression perpetrated through technology which...


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