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Schools Encouraged to Sanitize Unhealthy Locker Rooms

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  The most unsanitary  place in a school is probably the locker room. In  ‘Your Health News,’ some advice to help organized sports teams defeat their opponents and sickness in the locker room. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 10 to 15 percent of college athletes who sit out of a game, have some fort of infection that spreads…

Cancer Patients Say Marijuana Helps

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  Some patients say marijuana is helping them. In ‘Your Health Minute,” any cancer patients living in states with legalized marijuana use the drug to treat physical and psychological symptoms of the disease. Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Washington State surveyed more than 900 cancer patients. Two-thirds had used marijuana in the past and about a quarter…

Why is Alabama Ranked Among the ‘Least Happy States?’

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  Do Alabamians agree they are among the least happy states. In ‘Your Health Minute,’ who’s the happiest in the United States? According to one study, they are folks who live in Minnesota. The financial website “Wallet Hub” ranked the states on life satisfaction, based on factors like emotional health, income level, depression rates and sports participation. Rounding out the…

Frequent Blood Donations Don’t Affect Your Health

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  In Your Health Minute today, new research finds giving blood frequently has no major side effects. Researchers in England studied over 45-thousand blood donors over a two year period. They found frequent blood donations, every 8 weeks for men and 12 weeks for women , had not impact on the quality of their lives, mental function or physical activity….

It’s True, Exercise Becomes a Habit

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  Men who exercised when they were young are more likely to exercise when they get older. In Your Health Minute, men who are physically active in middle age tend to continue exercising after retirement. A new British study followed over three thousand men for 20 years. Those who were active in their 40’s and 50’s were neatly three times…

Why are Women Less Likely to Reach Their Treatment Goals Than Men

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  Men more likely to take their heart meds as prescribed.   In Your Health Minute today, women with heart disease are less likely to reach their treatment goals than men. This is according to a new Dutch study of over 10-thousand heart patients in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Researchers found men had better control of their cholesterol…

Older Diabetics More Likely to Break Bones

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    Older diabetics warned about dangerous bone fractures. Older adults with diabetes may be more likely to break a bone. Researchers found type two diabetics had deficits in the cortical or protective outer surface of bone. This increases the risk of a fracture even if bone density is normal. Diabetics are especially prone to hip fractures which are the…

Exercise Improves Mental Health

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  Exercise is like good medicine. Exercise can improve the physical and mental health of senior citizens. A new Gallup study found older adults who exercised were 32-percent more likely to feel optimistic than their sedentary peers. They were also 42-percent less likely to be diagnosed with depression and 27 percent less likely to feel daily stress. Physical activity was…

OPIOID DRUGS SHORTENING THE AMERICAN LIFESPAN

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    The number of opioid deaths a major concern for federal health officials. Opioid drugs are shortening the overall lifespan of Americans. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control looked at death rates in 2000 and in 2015. During this time, overall life expectancy increased by two years reaching 78-point-eight years. But, deaths from drug poisoning, mostly…

When Children have a Cell Phone They are Likely to be Cyberbullied

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  Children being bullied on their cell phones. A new study finds elementary school students who own a cell phone are more likely to be cyberbullied. Third and Fourth graders with phones had the highest risk of being cyberbullied. And more cell phone owners admitted they had been a cyberbully themselves. Experts say continuous access to  social media and  texting…