WHATS THE BUZZ

Hot tubs pose serious risk for injury

There has been a drastic increase in the number of injuries from hot tubs over last 18 years in the US.

The study conducted by the Centre for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital showed that from 1990-2007, the number of unintentional hot tub-related injuries increased by 160 per cent.

It showed 73 per cent of the patients with hot tub-related injuries were older than 16 and approximately one half of all injuries resulted from slips and falls.

Lacerations were the most commonly reported injuries and the lower extremities and the head were the most frequently injured body parts. Among children younger than six years, near-drowning was the most prevalent mechanism of injury, accounting for more than two-thirds of injuries.

Experts have recommended placing slip resistant surfacing in and around the hot tub and limiting time and temperature of hot tub exposure to 10-15 minutes at no more than 104° F can help prevent injuries.

Eating quickly can make you overeat

Gorging on your favourite meal can make you overeat, say researchers.

The research team from Laiko General Hospital in Athens, Greece, has found that eating quickly, as compared to slowly, curtails the release of hormones in the gut that induce feelings of being full.

The decreased release of these hormones can often lead to overeating.
“Most of us have heard that eating fast can lead to food overconsumption and obesity, and in fact some observational studies have supported this notion,” said Dr Alexander Kokkinos, lead author.

“Our study provides a possible explanation for the relationship between speed eating and overeating by showing that the rate at which someone eats may impact the release of gut hormones that signal the brain to stop eating,” Kokkinos added.

Electronics helps improve health

The use of electronic tools and technology applications can significantly help improve people’s health care processes.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggest that electronic tools for consumers can help improve their adherence to medication and clinical outcomes like smoking cessation.

Consumer health informatics applications are defined as any electronic tool, technology or electronic application designed to interact directly with consumers, with or without the presence of a health care professional, and that provides or uses personal information to help a patient better manage his or her health or health care.

Personalised informatics tools can include applications such as online health calculators, interactive computer programs to aid decision making, SMS text and email messages, which can be applied to a variety of clinical conditions, including cancer, smoking, diabetes mellitus, physical activity and mental health disorders.

Colourful fruits boost immunity

Want to keep the flu at bay? Well, then make your immune system stronger by having colourful fruits and vegetables.

Health/wellness expert Amy Hendel says that in addition to vitamins, minerals and fibre, fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients, believed to come from the compounds that give these foods their vibrant colours. These phytonutrients provide a wide range of health benefits, including supporting a healthy immune system.

A study, America’s Phytonutrient Report, found eight in 10 Americans are missing out on the health benefits of a diet rich in colourful fruits and veggies, resulting in a phytonutrient gap.

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