Health & Spirit

High, Kids

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Elevated blood pressure levels aren't just for adults anymore. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports the ailment is increasing in children. It's estimated that 3.5 percent of kids in the U.S. have hypertension, or chronic high blood pressure. The rise is worrying enough that a new set of screening and treatment guidelines are being released to pediatricians, which include an annual blood pressure test for every kid.

Contact Your Eye Care Provider

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control says that virtually every person over the age of 25 who wears contacts -- 87 percent -- has at least one bad habit when it comes to wearing and taking care of their vision aids.

The most common no-nos were not swapping out contacts or contact cases often enough and falling asleep without first removing contacts. These bad habits increase chances of an eye infection or vision problems.

Body of Knowledge

It's estimated that 37 thousand billion billion chemical reactions -- that's 37 followed by 21 zeroes -- occur per second in the human body.

Get Me That, Stat!

From 1999 to 2007, the death rate from drug overdose among adolescents (ages 15-19) more than doubled (1.6 deaths per 100,000 to 4.2). From 2007 to 2014, it declined 26 percent to 3.1 per 100,000. The opioid/heroin crisis has reversed that trend. In 2015, the rate was back up to 3.7 per 100,000.

Number Cruncher

A Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (47.6 grams) contains 200 calories, 108 from fat. It has 12 grams of total fat or 18 percent of the recommended total fat intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet.


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