IN THE NEWS
Globally, cardiovascular disease is still ranks as the leading cause of death among adults ages 35 to 70, but cancer has become the No. 1 cause of death in some high-income and middle-income countries. According to a recent study analyzing causes of death across five continents conducted by the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Canada, cancer has surpassed cardiovascular disease in countries including Sweden, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Poland and Turkey. In high-income countries, death from cancer was twice that from cardiovascular disease researchers said. The study noted that “this epidemiological transition” might be due to improved prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in high-income countries.
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STUDY SAYS
Weight loss surgery lowers risk of death
Although more than 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. are overweight or have obesity, new research suggests weight loss surgery can reduce the risk of premature mortality. According to a recent study conducted by the Heart & Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, people who have undergone weight loss surgery have a 41% lower risk of death.
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LIVING HEALTHY
Sports injury prevention
As physical activity continues to gain popularity, the number of sports injuries also increases. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 8.6 million people experience a sports injury episode each year. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to prevent a sports injury:
- Take time off
- Wear the right gear
- Strengthen muscles
- Use proper technique
- Take breaks
- Do not play through pain
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NUMBER TO KNOW
71.5 million: According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, a record 71.5 million consumers used about 40,000 for-profit health clubs in 2018.
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