Review Category : Health

The Dark Side of High School Sports

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEMSON, S.C.) — High school athletes may value their health more than the rest of the general student population but paradoxically, they also tend to use narcotic painkillers more often than teens who don’t participate in extracurricular sports.

That’s according to a study out of Clemson University. Study author Bryan Denham adds that compared to previous surveys, more student athletes are using prescription drugs than in years past.

Denham said that 12 percent of male athletes and eight percent of female athletes admitted to taking painkillers, including morphine and codeine.

In a 2009 poll conducted of nearly 2,300 high school seniors from various sports, sponsored by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, football players were found to be most apt to use illegally-gotten drugs with white athletes abusing painkillers more than blacks or Hispanics.

Denham also warned that “use of narcotic pain relievers may become a habit with some adolescent athletes,” particularly in parts of the country where these narcotics are over-prescribed to adults and then fall into the hands of teens.
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Women, Be Wary When Negotiating with Men…and Women Too

iStock/Thinkstock(BERKELEY, Calif.) — Ladies, you may have a right to be skeptical if you think you’re being lied to during negotiations.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania say that experiments back up suspicions that women are bigger targets than men when it comes to fudging the truth. And it even happens when women negotiate with other women.

In one role-playing exercise, nearly one in four men said they lied to female participants but only three percent did the same with other guys.

When women role-played, 11 percent of participants told fibs to men while 17 percent lied to women.

So why do women often get the short end of the stick during negotiations? Essentially, they’re viewed as warmer than men and that translates into someone who can be more easily duped.

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Video Games Linked to Better-Adjusted Children, Study Says

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Giving your child a little extra screen time with his Xbox may not be the worst idea, according to a new study out of the University of Oxford.

While researchers found no positive or negative effects on young people who played video games “moderately” between one to three hours a day, the study suggests that the influence of such games is small when compared to other factors like family or relationships.

In the study of nearly 5,000 children and adolescents, researchers polled participants on the amount of time they spent playing games, as well as their satisfaction levels in life.

Three in four British children and teens play video games on a daily basis, and those who spent more than half their free time playing were not as well adjusted, researchers said. Those who played for less than an hour, however, had higher levels of sociability and satisfaction, and reported fewer emotional problems compared to non-players.

“‘Further research needs to be carried out to look closely at the specific attributes of games that make them beneficial or harmful. It will also be important to identify how social environments such as family, peers, and the community shape how gaming experiences influence young people,” said study author Andrew Przybylski.

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New York City Hospital Says Patient ‘Unlikely’ to Have Ebola

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is treating a possible Ebola patient who recently traveled to West Africa, hospital officials said.

The patient arrived at the hospital’s emergency room early Monday morning with “a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” according to a statement from the hospital. The patient has been isolated and is undergoing diagnostic testing.

“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff,” the hospital said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients.”

In a press conference Monday, hospital officials said the odds are this case is not Ebola. The patient arrived with a fever and had recent travel to a West African country, where he returned from last month.

ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser said the patient’s symptoms don’t necessarily point to Ebola, but Mount Sinai was following precautionary recommendations sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

“Many things cause fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” Besser said. “The steps they are taking are wise given the travel history, but nothing about the symptoms is specific to Ebola.”

“After consultation with CDC and Mount Sinai, the [NYC] Health Department has concluded that the patient is unlikely to have Ebola. Specimens are being tested for common causes of illness and to definitively exclude Ebola,” according to a department spokesperson.

The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone climbed to 887, according to the World Health Organization. 1,603 people have been infected in all.

It will take one or two days for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test the patient’s blood, which will have been treated to kill live virus, a CDC spokesman said. So far, the CDC has tested blood samples from six patients with potential Ebola symptoms who recently traveled to West Africa.

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Second American with Ebola Responding to Treatment in West Africa

Obtained by ABC News from Grady Hospital(ATLANTA) — The second American stricken with the Ebola virus is responding to treatment in West Africa and due at a specialized medical facility at Emory University on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kent Brantly, who was infected with virus while in South Africa, is improving at an Atlanta hospital.

The air ambulance that moved Brantly to Atlanta returned to pick up Nancy Writebol, assuming that doctors in Liberia determine she is fit for travel. Officials tell ABC News that Writebol has been given a second dose of the experimental drug that was also given to her colleague, who experienced improvement in his condition within 20 minutes.

Writebol is now eating, which health experts see as a good sign — usually Ebola patients don’t eat due to vomiting or the state of their deteriorating health.

Medical crews transported Brantley via ambulance to Emory Hospital on Saturday, though the vehicle was specially retrofitted for the critical care patients. During the trip, both the driver and additional paramedic in the rear were wearing special suits, with the patient in an isolation pod to prevent the spread of bodily fluids.

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Paramedics who rode in the ambulance with Brantly told ABC News’ Aaron Katersky they had no concerns of the virus spreading due to the security of vehicle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say transmitting Ebola is difficult, as it is not passed through casual contact or the air. Still, health officials are not discounting the present risk. The agency says the best way to get Americans safe is to pinpoint the virus at its source in affected countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.

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Adam Sandler Calls 8-Year-Old Fan with Leukemia

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — After a family friend wrote a blog post in which he tried to connect his friend’s 8-year-old son battling leukemia with the boy’s idol, Adam Sandler literally came calling.

In late July, John Kinnear wrote a sweet note about Jeff Lynch, whom he worked with in 2004, and his son Grady, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in February.

“He has a long, rough road ahead of him, but with the support of his awesome family and his doctors, I am confident he is going to kick cancer’s butt,” he wrote on AskYourDad.com.

Kinnear works with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and he wrote on July 24, “This time I’m not asking for any money, just for you to use your personal reach to get a message out.”

Grady’s wish?

“Grady wants to have a low-key BBQ and eat a kosher hot dog with Adam Sandler,” he added, posting a video of the boy inviting Sandler to a barbecue. “So anyway, just a shot in the dark, do any of you know Sandler or someone who knows Sandler, or someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Sandler. If you do, would you mind showing them this video?”

So guess what happened — Sandler got in touch with the boy and gave him a call.

“Adam Sandler’s people reached out to me earlier today and we were able to get them hooked up with Jeff and his wife Carry. Adam was fantastic and called Grady directly this evening, the two of them hit it off and had a great conversation! Here is a pic of Grady on the phone with his hero! Thank you all for your help in getting this out there. You are all awesome!” reads an update on the blog, along with a picture of Grady smiling wide.

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New York City Hospital Treating Potential Ebola Patient

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is treating a possible Ebola patient who recently traveled to West Africa, hospital officials said.

The patient arrived at the hospital’s emergency room early Monday morning with “a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” according to a statement from the hospital. The patient has been isolated and is undergoing diagnostic testing.

“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff,” the hospital said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients.”

ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser said the patient’s symptoms don’t necessarily point to Ebola, but Mount Sinai was following precautionary recommendations sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

“Many things cause fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” Besser said. “The steps they are taking are wise given the travel history, but nothing about the symptoms is specific to Ebola.”

The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone has climbed to 887, according to the World Health Organization. In all, 1,603 people have been infected.

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Adam Sandler Calls 8-Year-Old Fan with Leukemia

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — After a family friend wrote a blog post in which he tried to connect his friend’s 8-year-old son battling leukemia with the boy’s idol, Adam Sandler literally came calling.

In late July, John Kinnear wrote a sweet note about Jeff Lynch, whom he worked with in 2004, and his son Grady, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in February.

“He has a long, rough road ahead of him, but with the support of his awesome family and his doctors, I am confident he is going to kick cancer’s butt,” he wrote on AskYourDad.com.

Kinnear works with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and he wrote on July 24, “This time I’m not asking for any money, just for you to use your personal reach to get a message out.”

Grady’s wish?

“Grady wants to have a low-key BBQ and eat a kosher hot dog with Adam Sandler,” he added, posting a video of the boy inviting Sandler to a barbecue. “So anyway, just a shot in the dark, do any of you know Sandler or someone who knows Sandler, or someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Sandler. If you do, would you mind showing them this video?”

So guess what happened — Sandler got in touch with the boy and gave him a call.

“Adam Sandler’s people reached out to me earlier today and we were able to get them hooked up with Jeff and his wife Carry. Adam was fantastic and called Grady directly this evening, the two of them hit it off and had a great conversation! Here is a pic of Grady on the phone with his hero! Thank you all for your help in getting this out there. You are all awesome!” reads an update on the blog, along with a picture of Grady smiling wide.

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New York City Hospital Treating Potential Ebola Patient

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is treating a possible Ebola patient who recently traveled to West Africa, hospital officials said.

The patient arrived at the hospital’s emergency room early Monday morning with “a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” according to a statement from the hospital. The patient has been isolated and is undergoing diagnostic testing.

“All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff,” the hospital said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients.”

ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser said the patient’s symptoms don’t necessarily point to Ebola, but Mount Sinai was following precautionary recommendations sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

“Many things cause fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” Besser said. “The steps they are taking are wise given the travel history, but nothing about the symptoms is specific to Ebola.”

The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone has climbed to 887, according to the World Health Organization. In all, 1,603 people have been infected.

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How Did US Ebola Patients Get Experimental Drug?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Desperate to save the American Ebola patients in Liberia, Samaritan’s Purse started researching experimental treatments last week, according to an official at the National Institutes of Health.

The organization called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which referred them to an NIH employee deployed in Africa who would be familiar with the treatments.

“She was able to answer some questions and referred them to appropriate company and embassy contacts to pursue their interest in obtaining experimental product,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

He added that the NIH employee was not working in any official capacity for the NIH at the time. She was working for a team led by CDC and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

When the vials arrived, those caring for Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol could not tell if there would be enough of the experimental drug for both of them. Brantly said Writebol should get the dose first, but soon his condition worsened and doctors gave him the first dose. Doctors realized there was enough for both of them and gave Writebol the second dose shortly thereafter.

Within 20 minutes to an hour after getting the drug, Brantly “improved dramatically.”

Brantly was flown from Liberia to Emory University Medical Center over the weekend for supportive care, where he shocked doctors by walking into the hospital.

Writebol is expected to fly out Tuesday, and her appetite has reportedly improved.

“Her husband, David, told me Sunday her appetite has improved and she requested one of her favorite dishes — Liberian potato soup — and coffee,” Bruce Johnson, president of Writebol’s missionary group SIM USA, said in a statement.

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