Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 5:13 PM
Republicans are pressuring the Department of Justice to explain its rationale for executing a search warrant on former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence Monday. House GOP...
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 5:09 PM
Dr. Todd Ellerin, chief of infectious diseases at South Shore Health, explains monkeypox vaccine dosing, and gives tips on determining whether rash is monkeypox or something...
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:37 PM
Idaho instituted a near-total abortion ban.
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:17 PM
Health - FDA approves splitting of monkeypox vaccine doses to stretch supply, green-lights shot for children
The announcement comes days after HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra declared a public health emergency over the globally circulating virus, once endemic only to Africa.
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:11 PM
Nicole Lorraine Linton, the 37-year-old woman accused of killing six in a fiery Los Angeles collision, reportedly has a track record of car crashes.
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:07 PM
The FDA will allow health-care providers to administer the shots through intradermal injection, or between the layers of the skin, for adults.
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:03 PM
Healthcare has finally begun to embrace digital transformation after years as a stubborn holdout. The coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated adoption of technologies such as...
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:53 PM
Questions about the musician's mental health after sporting her new bald look is another example of the annoying stigma surrounding Black women and our hair choices.
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:29 PM
The Cowboys won't have secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator for their trip to Denver later this week. The team released a statement that Joe Whitt is...
Health feed - News BreaK Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:17 PM
The metaverse can be considered any mixed-reality realm that, while rooted in real life, lets participants collaborate and transact in immersive virtual spaces via augmented...
WebMD Health Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:24 PM
People who have bariatric surgery double their chances of marriage or divorce. The study looked at data from 1,441 bariatric surgery patients and found that never-married patients were over 50% more likely to get married, and married patients were more than twice as likely to get divorced.
WebMD Health Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:04 PM
Managing type 1 diabetes is never easy. But if you ask 16-year-old climbing star Katie Bone, she'll tell you that she will never let this disease get in the way of her goals.
WebMD Health Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1:06 PM
Researchers have found that the linings of kids' noses are better able than those of adults to guard against SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Mark's Daily Apple Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:00 AM
Everything in the world is conspiring to make you fall over. The ground is slippery, slick, and studded with protrusions. The earth moves under your feet. Discarded banana peels are an ever-present threat. Gravity itself exerts a constant downward pull. You probably only think about balance when you decide to test it—or when you lose it. But you're relying on it every second that you're not lying prone. Whenever you work at your standing desk, step out of the shower, hustle across a busy intersection, or ride your kids to school on your bikes, you can thank your balance for allowing you to successfully move through your day without injury. Stop for a second and think about how much goes into maintaining balance: Musculoskeletal strength and coordination: Balance requires not just adequately strong bones, muscles, and joints but also proper alignment. Muscles that are too tight or too weak can cause imbalances. Vision: Visual input provides an overview of the physical surroundings, and external focus (looking at a point in the environment) helps keep us from losing our balance as easily. Vestibular system: The fluid in our inner ears acts as a kind of level, telling us where our bodies are in space. Somatosensory system: The nerves in our muscles and connective tissues relay information about our position in the surroundings. Cognition: The brain has to integrate all the information coming in from the body and make adjustments on the fly to fight gravity. That we (usually) manage to stay upright at all is impressive! Why is balance important? This might be obvious, but let's run through it. Balance isn't just standing on a stable surface without toppling over (static stability). It's also maintaining your posture and technique while walking, running, jumping, cycling, or anything else that involves movement (dynamic stability). Balance is essential for all of us, and especially for athletes whose feats put them at regular odds with the forces that threaten to throw them off kilter. Athletes with better balance are less prone to falls and injury, especially if they have a prior history of injury. The older you get, the more challenging balancing becomes, which makes sense. Muscular strength, bone density, vision, and somatosensory function all decline with age. Bone loss typically accompanies menopause, which is why over 70 percent of hip fractures in seniors occur in women. If you're unlucky enough to suffer a hip fracture after the age of 50, you have a 24 percent chance of dying within a year. Balance assessments are an effective predictor of fall risk in the elderly. Better balance, less risk, as you'd expect. What can I do to improve my balance? Get enough sleep. I don't care if you're sick of hearing me crow about sleep. It's that important, and I'm going to continue to detail the many facets of life affected by poor sleep. The day after a night of sleep deprivation, your dynamic balance suffers. Your ability to integrate sensorimotor function with visual input to control posture … Continue reading "How to Improve Balance, and Why It's Important"