Unhealthy Discounts?

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… making news this week…
Violence in and out of school.
Why heavy drinking and memory don’t mix.
And…whether kids are the key to a happy family.

Up first this week….startling stats about violence in and out of school.

The research, published in the journal Pediatrics, tracked emergency room visits between 2001 and 2008.

In all, 10-percent of the near 7-point-4 million emergency visits involved students intentionally injured in school. 10 to 14 year olds and boys were most often those involved.

Fractures were the most common intentional injury in school.

Girls, and teens between 15 and 19 were at higher risk of intentional injury outside of school. Lacerations were the most common violent injuries here.

Now…to news about heavy drinking and the toll it takes on middle-aged men and their memory.

British researchers used 10 years of self-reported data from 5-thousand-54 men and 2-thousand-99 women. Their average age was 56.

All were given memory and executive function tests over the same time period.

Men who drank two-and a half drinks each day or more had noticeable memory loss – up to six years worth. No differences were found in memory or executive function in men who didn’t drink or were light to moderate drinkers.

In women, there was weak evidence that heavy drinking was associated with a faster decline in executive function.

Finally this week… family happiness…and how much kids add to the equation.

Princeton researchers evaluated data gathered from nearly 1-point-8 million Americans. All were asked to report real life, daily experiences.

Parents reported more joy and more stress than nonparents… but approximately the same level of life satisfaction as those without kids at home.

Overall, those who live with children are more likely to be married, richer, better educated, more religious, and healthier.

But overall childless couples are just as happy…and had less stress…than those with kids.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news for healthier living.

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