Mar 6 2012

Public Health News Roundup: March 6

Cold Air Raises Heart Attack Risk for People with Heart Disease

People with heart disease may not be able to compensate for their bodies' higher demand for oxygen when inhaling cold air, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, from researchers at Penn State University. That means that heart disease patients are at risk for attacks when doing activities in the cold such as shoveling or running. Read more on heart health.

Few Americans Practicing Good Health Habits

An American Heart Association survey released yesterday finds that only 12 percent of American adults regularly get good nutrition, exercise and oral care. The most common reason for ignoring a good habit was lack of time. Among the survey results:

  • 80 percent of respondents say eating at least nine servings of fruit and vegetables daily is a struggle.
  • 25 percent aren’t brushing and rinsing their teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily.
  • About 60 percent say it is difficult to get the American Heart Association’s recommended levels of exercise—at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week.

Health often starts in our communities, where we live, learn, work and play. Read more on healthy community efforts to make healthy choices more accessible to everyone.

Kids' Concussion Symptoms Can Last a Year

Some children who suffer a concussion have continued difficulties, such as attention and memory problems, for three to twelve months, according to a new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Read more on concussions and public health.

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