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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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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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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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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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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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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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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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Most people don’t know what they’ll be doing this weekend, much less the answer to the biggest question of all: When are you going to die? Well, a new iOS app called Deadline can’t make plans for your weekend but it will supposedly give you an idea of when you’ll meet your maker, provided something unforeseen doesn’t happen first.

Scanning your iPhone’s Healthkit tool, Deadline uses information like height, blood pressure, hours slept, steps walked daily and a few other pertinent facts to give you a ballpark date and time of when you’ll breathe your last breath.

The app’s maker, Gist LLC, wrote on the Apple iTunes page that, “No app can really accurately determine when you will die. Instead, the app actually monitors your own health and motivates you to make better lifestyle choices or consult a physician, if necessary.”

So while no one lives forever, at least you might be able to improve your lifestyle a bit to extend your own personal deadline.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists might be able to tell you what causes the flu but they’re at a loss for a definitive explanation as to why it occurs more often during the late autumn and winter months than the rest of the year.

However, that won’t stop health experts from at least offering a conjecture about the prevalence of the flu from late October though early spring.

Previous studies have theorized that flu virus particles hang in the air longer and move greater distance in cold, dry weather than during the hotter summer months.

New York City pulmonary specialist Dr. Len Horovitz says that theory make sense as does the fact that the flu is more easily spread when people spend more time indoors, especially when they go to holiday parties.

Also, the school year typically begins in September, which account for kids spreading germs from classmate to classmate.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If that’s not enough to make you worried, sleep specialists at the NYU Langone Medical Center contend the disorder might also hamper your spatial memory.

That includes not remembering things like locking the front door of your house or turning off the iron.

Dr. Andrew Varga explained while scientists haven’t found a direct cause-and-effect relationship between sleep apnea and spatial memory impairment, there appears to be some association since sleep apnea normally affects the deepest level of sleep when dreams occur.

Varga say that this might also prevent people from forming certain memories.

About four percent of the population suffers from this disorder, particularly middle-age men. One way to mitigate the problem is with a breathing aid during sleep.

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