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Bath time injuries rising among kids

Bathtubs and showers are associated with nearly half of the injuries in kids, and the rate is still increasing drastically, according to a new study.

“Unfortunately, adult supervision isn’t enough to prevent these injuries, they happen so quickly that a parent simply can’t react quickly enough to prevent them,” said Dr Gary Smith, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, US.

According to the study, more than 43,000 children in the US, 18 years and younger, are treated in hospital emergency departments annually for injuries occurring in a bathtub or shower.

Smith recommends installing support bars so that kids can hold onto them when getting in and out of the tub and shower.

Smith further advises parents to ensure that there are no sharp edges that children can fall against. The falls can also be prevented by using a slip resistant mat inside and outside the bath and shower.

The researchers said that most injuries occur to children under age four, and most often to the face.

Fish oil can cut memory loss

A new study suggests that taking fish oil supplements can reduce memory loss in old age.

Dr Karin Yurko-Mauro has revealed that taking a supplement of Omega 3 for six months had a beneficial effect on people with age-related forgetfulness and loss of learning ability during the study.

The research team tested the affect of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the most commonly found in fish oil, on 485 healthy people with an average age of 70, and found that memory and general brain function increased significantly.

The researchers hope that future studies will provide promising results suggesting that the fatty acid may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, if new techniques can be found to diagnose it before it take holds.

Middle-aged men prone to diabetes

Middle-aged men are almost twice as likely to have diabetes compared to their female counterparts, according to a new study.

A report from the health charity Diabetes UK found that cases of diabetes have risen four times faster in men aged 35 to 44 over the last 12 years compared with women of the same age.

Over that time, men have consistently been more overweight than women, which is fuelling their higher rates of Type 2 diabetes.

This type is associated with unhealthy lifestyles, including a lack of exercise and obesity, and accounts for around nine out of 10 cases of the disease.

On contrary, the other sort of diabetes, Type 1, is not linked to obesity and usually develops in childhood or adolescence.

“It’s very worrying that men of this age are developing diabetes at such an alarming rate compared to their female counterparts,” said Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK.

Detecting ovarian cancer better

A new study conducted by doctors at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Centre-Markey Cancer Centre suggests that ultrasound outperforms symptom analysis when it comes to detecting ovarian cancer among women.

The researchers selected 272 women participating in annual trans-vaginal screening (TVS) from 31,748 women enrolled in a free screening project at the university, and compared symptom results to ultrasound and surgical pathology findings.

The team observed that TVS performed better than symptoms analysis for detecting malignancies — 73.3 per cent versus 20 per cent sensitivity.

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