New Research: Vitamin D deficiency
According to the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 77 percent of orthopaedic trauma patients had deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D.Patients ages 18 to 25 had the lowest levels of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency of any age group, with 29 percent deficient and 54.7 percent insufficient.
Did You Know?
More than half — 59 percent –– of the 13,405 outbreaks of foodborne illness reported in the U.S. between 1998 and 2008 involved food prepared in a restaurant or deli setting. -- CDC
Health Tip: Combine cardio, strength training
While cardio is essential to increase your heart rate up and burn calories, you also need to build and maintain your muscles. Having more muscle boosts your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day, even while at rest.
There are multiple ways to build your muscles, so find one you like: free weights, strength machines, resistance tools, or simply use the weight of your own body-squats, lunges, push-ups, planks and pull-ups.
-- Life Fitness
Number to Know
20: To effectively wash your hands clean, rub them together with soap and warm or cold water for at least 20 seconds. -- CDC
Children’s Health: 300 died from abuse in 2006
Researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics found 4,569 children were hospitalized due to serious abuse in 2006; 300 of these children died. The incidence was highest for children during the first year of life. The study authors note this is higher than the rate of sudden infant death syndrome.
Children covered by Medicaid had rates of serious abuse about six times higher than those not on Medicaid, which speaks to the importance of poverty as a risk factor for serious abuse, according to the study authors. The estimated national cost for the hospitalizations due to serious abusive injuries was $73.8 million.
Senior Health: Walking is the best exercise
Walking may be the single best and easiest thing you can do for your health in 2012. Research shows that creating a daily walking routine can help protect the aging brain against memory loss and dementia, help cut the risk of heart disease and reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes. Experts say all you need is 30 minutes of exercise several times a week.