Monday, 17 September 2018

Many babies still being injured in infant walkers

Baby walkers give quick mobility - up to four feet per second - to young children before they are developmentally ready.

Baby walkers remain a serious and preventable source of injury to young children and should not be used. There are safer alternatives, such as stationary activity centers that spin, rock and bounce, but do not have wheels, and good old-fashioned belly time, where a child is placed on their belly on the floor and allowed to learn to gradually push themselves up, then crawl and eventually walk.

The majority of the injuries occurred when a child in a walker fell down stairs, often wounding the head or neck. according to the study published in Pediatrics.

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Low dose aspirin risks overwhelm benefits in healthy elderly

In healthy elderly people who never had a heart attack, the widespread practice of taking a baby, or low dose, aspirin every day may do more harm than good, according to a US-Australian study of more than 19,000 volunteers.

The trial has "provided convincing evidence that aspirin is ineffective in preserving good health in elderly people without a medical (reason) to be using it," chief author Dr John J. McNeil of Monash University in Melbourne told Reuters Health in an email.

The results - which show that risks of major bleeding in low-dose aspirin users overwhelm any heart benefits - were reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented Sunday at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris.

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Recharge your brain at work with exercise that does not require much thinking

Non-working memory exercise is good for recharging your brain

A good way to recharge your brain at work might be with a short bout of exercise that doesn't require much concentration, according to a small study from Japan.

"The present study suggests that simple exercise is better than cognitively demanding exercise during working hours," lead author Keita Kamijo, an assistant professor on the faculty of sports sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, told Reuters Health by email.

Working memory is what allows people to maintain and update information in their brains about things they're working on, such as assignments, goals and strategies.

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Warning: Australians warned to cut strawberries after needles found in fruit - updated

Australians have been warned to cut strawberries before eating them after sewing needles were found in several punnets, triggering the withdrawal of three brands from sale nationwide.

Australian authorities earlier this week asked people to dispose of strawberries purchased from Woolworths Group if they bore the brand of Berry Licious or Berry Obsession after three punnets were discovered to include fruit embedded with sewing needles.

The advice was late on Thursday expanded after police in Australia’s north east said they had received four complaints about needles with Donnybrook branded strawberries.

All three brands have now been withdrawn from sale.

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If you just came back from Australia with lots of strawberries, please cut them before eating. If you bought strawberries from local stores, please check where they are from.

You may want to read No import of Australian strawberry brands with needle contamination: AVA