Review Category : Health

Parents Not So Gung-Ho About Their Sons Playing Football

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Football may be America’s most popular sport but a lot of parents aren’t so sure they want their kids playing the game, largely because of a growing fear about head injuries.

The RAND Corporation wanted to know how parents really felt about football and their children, particularly with all the publicity surrounding the NFL and former players suing the league for damages because of concussions they sustained during their career.

Fifty-five percent of parents said they had no qualms about their sons playing football, which was far below the average of 90 percent for virtually all other high school sports.

The RAND researchers also got some personal information about the parents to see how that might influence their decision.

Interestingly, people who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 were twice as likely to allows their kids to play football than Obama voters.

As for education, parents who earned a college degree were 46 percent less likely to feel comfortable about their sons competing on the gridiron than adults who didn’t get a college diploma.

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People Listen to Sad Songs to Make Themselves Feel Better

iStock/Thinkstock(BERLIN) — What did Elton John mean when he sang “Sad Songs Say So Much”? Perhaps he was trying to explain that rather than making people feel worse, sad songs can actually improve your mood.

That’s the crux of a new study by researchers from the Free University of Berlin, namely that music with melancholy lyrics and melody help people get through times of pain and loneliness.

According to the researchers, sad songs, unlike their more upbeat counterparts, evoke a series of complex emotions including nostalgia, peacefulness and tenderness, which regulates negative moods and leads to pleasurable effects enabling the listener to better express his or her emotions.

The researchers did add that sad music is appreciated more by “individuals with high empathy and low emotional stability.”

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Highlighters Are Pretty Much Good for Nothing

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ah, the highlighter. It was one of the many tools we used in class or home to help us better understanding our studies.

However, New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey contends that we were probably just fooling ourselves when we highlighted passages in yellow, pink or green because it didn’t really make us learn any better.

In his new book, How We Learn, Carey says the real key to absorbing our studies is by showing our brain what’s important and then repeatedly using and testing the information at hand.

Highlighting, however, is useless because it requires no mental effort, according to Carey, and the brain isn’t taught that the information is important.

A much better method of learning are the flashcards because they force the memory to recall something, which necessitates a form of mental straining. It’s not pleasant but it is effective.

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Relationships Formed by Cheating Usually Flop

iStock/Thinkstock(MOBILE, Ala.) — A guy meets a girl who’s going out with another guy, who she then cheats on. Pretty soon, the first guy steals the girl away and they become a couple.

It’s a process called mate poaching and it happens quite often. The only problem, according to University of South Alabama researcher John Foster, is that couples formed in this fashion usually fall apart.

In a series of interviews with both men and women who’ve been in relationships, Foster found that as many as 30 percent of couples were formed by cheating.

More often than not, the partner stolen away from another relationship said they were more dissatisfied than people in relationships where no cheating was involved.

Furthermore, the so-called “poached partner” also reported less commitment and less investment in their present lover.

As previous studies have showed, Foster says that cheaters are more likely to cheat again, which normally spells doom for any relationship.

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Colorectal Cancer May Be Increasing Among Young Adults

AlexRaths/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say that the rate of colorectal cancer has been on the decline for the last 30 years — except in young adults.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery, researchers found that in Americans aged 20 to 34, the rates of colon and rectal cancers have been increasing. They suggested a number of possible explanations for the increase, including higher rates of obesity and physical inactivity and the Western diet — all of which are known risk factors for colorectal cancer.

The study notes that the number of young adults who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually is still small, but that the figure is expected to double within the next 15 years. Researchers say the study could have major implications for cancer screening recommendations, which are currently recommended to start at age 50.

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DEA Collected Over 600,000 Pounds of Prescription Drugs at September Take-Back Event

Roel Smart/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The most recent Drug Enforcement Agency take-back event, held on Sept. 27, saw more than 600,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs turned in.

The DEA partnered with national, tribal and community law enforcement to take back unwanted prescription drugs at 5,495 sites. In total, 617,150 pounds of drugs were collected. The DEA says its four-year total — including nine take-back events — is about 4,823,251 pounds.

Unused prescription drugs “create a public health and safety concern,” the DEA said. Accidental ingestion, theft, misuse or abuse can lead to injury or death. In 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 22,134 Americans died from prescription drug overdoses.

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DEA Collected Over 600,000 Pounds of Prescription Drugs at September Take-Back Event

Roel Smart/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The most recent Drug Enforcement Agency take-back event, held on Sept. 27, saw more than 600,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs turned in.

The DEA partnered with national, tribal and community law enforcement to take back unwanted prescription drugs at 5,495 sites. In total, 617,150 pounds of drugs were collected. The DEA says its four-year total — including nine take-back events — is about 4,823,251 pounds.

Unused prescription drugs “create a public health and safety concern,” the DEA said. Accidental ingestion, theft, misuse or abuse can lead to injury or death. In 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 22,134 Americans died from prescription drug overdoses.

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Bengals Player’s Cancer-Stricken Daughter to See Him Play for First Time

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — After months of undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer, Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still’s daughter will get to watch her daddy play pro football in person for the first time on Thursday night.

And the 4-year-old is hoping he’ll do a robot dance.

“I got to do something for her,” Still told ABC News’ Cincinnati affiliate, WCPO, with a smirk. “You got to make a play. You can’t just be out there dancing for no reason.”

Still, 25, a defensive tackle, had originally been cut from the Bengals roster, but once they learned his daughter had stage 4 cancer, they re-signed him to their practice squad. He’s since been placed on the active roster.

Leah is now feeling well enough to leave the Philadelphia hospital where she’d been getting treatment and attend the home game in Cincinnati.

After the first quarter of the game, Leah is expected to be part of a ceremony in which the team presents a check to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for more than $1 million to go toward pediatric cancer research. The team raised money from sales of Still’s jersey, No. 75, which sold out, according to the team’s website.

“It’s going to be emotional just knowing that she’s there, especially with the check presentation that they’re gonna do at the game,” Still told WCPO.

It will be a special night for the team, Bengals spokesman Jeff Berding said at a news conference.

“It’s a little extra special because we have Leah Still in the house,” Berding said. “There’s been a tremendous amount of support from the community and across the country to support her and Devon Still and their fight against pediatric cancer.”

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‘Stilettos by State’ Research Shows Who Wears Highest Heels

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When you think of New York women, very often a Carrie Bradshaw-type teetering around on too-high heels is an image that comes to mind. But had Sex and the City taken place in Arkansas, those heels might have been even higher.

New research from fashion flash-sale site Gilt found the customers who purchased the highest heels don’t live in New York at all. Or California, for that matter. The states that topped out in inches were Nevada, Arkansas, Florida and the territory of Puerto Rico. Heels sold to customers in those areas averaged 2.3 to 2.9 inches high.

The lowest of heels wasn’t quite as surprising. Nebraska, Kansas, Maine and Delaware all had an average well under 2 inches. Even Alaskans wear higher heels than that.

According to Gilt’s tech blog, the researchers also got curious about dress color. Did one area of the country wear a particular color more than another? Turns out dress color isn’t nearly as varied as heel height.

They “found out that black is, um, still the ‘new black’ in every corner of the country.”

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“Scandal” Star Kerry Washington Reveals Her Post-Baby Fitness Regimen

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Kerry Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha welcomed daughter Isabelle in April, but the Scandal actress looks amazing just months after giving birth.

The 37-year-old spoke to BET’s 106 & Park and revealed the healthy approach she’s been taking to getting back in shape.

“I’ve always been a person who really approaches health in a proactive way. I work out, I eat right, so those were things I continued to do once the doctor said I could,” she said. “But not to be crazy about it. I’m breastfeeding, so I can’t starve myself.”

She continued, “It’s important for me to be a good mom and a good actor.”

This is one of the rare times Washington has spoken about her little girl and her personal life.

In August, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and revealed why she chose the name Isabelle. “I heard your baby’s named after her grandmother?” Washington asked Kimmel. “Mine is too, named after my grandmother.”

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