Public Health News Roundup: October 22
Survey: High School Football Players Often Hiding Concussions
Approximately half of high school football players who showed signs of concussions did not report the possibility out of concern that they would not be allowed to continue with the sport, according to survey results to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. Concussions—especially repeated concussions—can lead to long-term brain injury. "The good news is that kids are paying attention and have gotten some increased knowledge," said Michael Israel, MD, of the department of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. "But they also know that due to state rules, if they have certain symptoms they have to go through a certain protocol to get back to play. Some of them are potentially hiding their symptoms to avoid being pulled." Read more on concussions.
Overweight People More Likely to Be Hospitalized
Simply being a few pounds overweight makes a person more likely to be hospitalized, according to a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. The two-year study included approximately 250,000 people. The most common reasons for hospitalization were diabetes, heart disease, chest pain, arthritis and asthma. "There is considerable evidence that severe obesity is bad for your health, resulting in higher rates of disease and consequently higher use of health services and higher death rates," said study author Rosemary Korda, from the Australian National University in Canberra. Read more on obesity.
Bullies More Likely to Suffer from Mental Health Disorders
Kids with mental health issues are three times more likely to be bullies than those without mental disorders, according to a new study. The study found that depression and oppositional defiant disorder made children three and six times more likely to bully their peers, respectively. "These findings highlight the importance of providing psychological support not only to victims of bullying, but to bullies as well," said Frances Turcotte-Benedict, MD a Brown University master's of public health student and a fellow at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I. "In order to create successful anti-bullying prevention and intervention programs, there certainly is a need for more research to understand the relationship more thoroughly, and especially, the risk profile of childhood bullies." Read more on violence.