Health Advice




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In the ongoing war against obesity, we're losing -- and that's a good thing. New research shows that in high-income countries, the obesity rate has slowed slightly. Rates are still rising, but not quite so fast. (Rates have tripled since 1976.)

The less good news is that 42% of the adult U.S. population is obese, based on body mass index criteria.

Grown-ups, however, don't get the credit directly. The most notable reductions in obesity rates have been among preschool children.

Body of Knowledge

The eyeball would seem to be particularly delicate. After all, it's essentially a bag of water (more precisely, a liquid called vitreous humor). But eyeballs are surprisingly resilient. Researchers at the Institute of Human Anatomy, a private human cadaver lab, dropped cow eyeballs (pretty similar in structure to human ones) from the top of a five-story flight of stairs.

They bounced.


Get Me That, Stat!

In a 2009 study of 1,300 children hospitalized for nonfatal dog bites, 37% were from the family pet.

Mark Your Calendar

September is typically back-to-school month and, maybe, back to paying attention to your health after a summer of beer and barbecue. September is a busy awareness month for blood, prostate and ovarian cancers, atrial fibrillation, cholesterol, sickle cell anemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, sepsis and pediculosis prevention (lice, as in those kids returning to school).


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