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Disabilities & Team Sports

According to Reuters, a study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation has found that adaptive sports can help disabled veterans boost self-esteem and lead overall healthier lives. The study tested the effects of adaptive sports on 220 disabled veterans with injuries ranging from spinal cord injuries to amputations to PTSD. Veterans with more than 10 years of participation scored 27 on a self-esteem analysis while those with one to five years’ experience scored 23. Since many veterans are highly active prior to their injuries, affording them the opportunity to participate in team sports despite their injuries can have a significant impact on their overall self-esteem.

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Pediatric Medication Dosing

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Reuters reports new recommendations published by the American Academy of Pediatrics which say that children’s liquid medications should be measured only in metric units in order to lower the number of children showing up in emergency rooms after unintentional overdoses. Despite the fact that metric units are known to be more accurate, many providers still write prescriptions using spoon-based dosing. This can lead to dangerous situations such as giving the child a tablespoon of medicine instead of a teaspoon, inadvertently tripling the prescribed dose. The recommendations also suggest that orally administered liquid medications be prescribed in milliliters (mL), and prescriptions should include leading zeros (0.5 for a half mL dose) and avoid trailing zeroes (0.50 mL) in order to avoid confusion.

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Mental Health Counseling

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A post in NPR’s Shots blog reports a pilot program being launched in NYC which allows teenagers to seek help with mental health issues by giving them the ability to send a text message to trained counselors. The idea behind the initiative is that if help was just a text away, teenagers might be less hesitant to reach out. Additionally, living in a digital era, teens are more outspoken on text than in phone conversations, and they may open up more to a counselor over text. Another advantage, counselors can work with local police to track down teenagers who appear to be in immediate danger. The program is currently being tested in 10 NYC high schools, and if it is successful it will be expanded into high schools citywide.

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Cardiovascular Fitness & Cancer

According to CBS News, a study published in JAMA Oncology has found that men who participate in high levels of cardiovascular exercise cut their risk of cancer death, if they were diagnosed at age 65 or older, by over one-third. Researchers gathered data from a group of men running on treadmills. Those who were capable of running an 11.5 minute mile and developed cancer were 10 percent less likely to die from the cancer compared to those men who were just half a minute slower. Additionally, study subjects who had high levels of cardiovascular respiratory fitness at age 50 were more than 50 percent less likely to develop lung cancer, and 40 percent less likely to develop colon cancer compared to those who had lower fitness levels.

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