Here are the latest health headlines folks in South Los Angeles ought to know about:
Predicting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through neuroscience: Although doctors can't predict who will develop PTSD -- the long-term disorder that results from experiencing a traumatic event -- a new study from Tel Aviv University aims to identify people who may be more susceptible to it. Researchers say that the earlier PTSD is diagnosed, the better chance the individual has for treatment. Looking forward, this study could be used to help monitor soldiers who may be at a higher risk for the disorder.
Number of U.S. cancer survivors increasing; will reach 18 million by 2022: According to a report released by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, the number of cancer survivors in America will increase by one-third over the next ten years. Although the incidence rates of cancer are decreasing, the number of survivors is growing as the American population ages and more people beat the disease. Almost 50 percent of cancer survivors are 70 or older, and only 5 percent are under 40.
Step away from the stilettos; how high heels can cause long-term damage: According to an article from the Huffington Post, wearing high heels often can cause muscle strain and even inflict permanent damage to the back, ankles and knees. Although stilettos appear to lengthen legs, they can actually shorten calf muscles leading to stiffness and a limited range of motion for one's ankle.
World Health Organization (WHO) asks every person to be a 'hero' and donate blood: Today is World Blood Donor Day, where countries throughout the world host events and donations for people willing to give their blood. "Voluntary blood donors come from all walks of life, all regions, backgrounds, religions and ages," according to WHO. They say that giving blood without getting paid is a "heroic" gesture that can save lives and "help improve life expectancy and the quality of life for patients suffering from life-threatening conditions."
New study claims nearly everyone carries 10,000 species of bacteria on, and inside them: According to a new study from the Human Microbiome Project, no matter your level of cleanliness, there are about 10,000 species of bacteria and related material on and in your body. Most of these bacteria are harmless, but some left unregulated can be dangerous. By cataloging these different types of bacteria, scientists will be able to explore their relationship to the immune system.
California's motorcycle helmet laws saves lives and money: A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more lives are saved in states that require motorcycle riders and passengers to wear helmets-- known as universal helmet laws. Between 2008 and 2010 there were more than 14,000 motorcyclist deaths; 6,000 of which involved people not wearing helmets. States with these universal laws save money also: In California, about $394 million per year is saved in medical costs and productivity, according to the study.
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