Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

11:44am

Thu May 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Says Helmets Are No Match For Tornadoes, But They Might Not Hurt

Noah Stewart shelters in the closet just 15 minutes before an April 2011 tornado demolished his house. Wearing the helmet may have saved his life, one doctor says.
Courtesy of the Stewart family

Can a helmet protect you in a tornado?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's no research on how effective helmets are in preventing head injuries during tornadoes.

But, in what looks like a first, the agency says, in effect, that it's not out of the question that they might help.

Last year, tornadoes claimed the lives of more than 500 people in the U.S. Some safety advocates say protecting your head with a sturdy helmet could help reduce injuries and deaths.

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9:59am

Fri April 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Work Is Messing Up Your Sleep

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:24 pm

One-third of workers say they're seriously short on sleep.
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It's no secret that Americans are short on sleep. But there's been disagreement as to why. A new study says here's one big reason: work.

An analysis from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health asked people where they're working, and how much they sleep. The more people work, the less sleep they're likely to get. And some jobs are much less sleep-friendly than others. Sort of saw those coming, even through our bleary eyes.

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12:48am

Fri April 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Can Helmets Cut Tornado Deaths? CDC Isn't So Sure

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:04 pm

Noah Stewart shelters in the closet just 15 minutes before an April 2011 tornado demolished his house. Wearing the helmet may have saved his life, one doctor says.
Courtesy of the Stewart family

12:07pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Americans' Cholesterol Levels Shrink, Even As Waistlines Expand

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:47 am

Americans are heavier than ever, yet the amount of cholesterol in our blood is on the decline.
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A curious — and good — thing has happened on the road to Obesity Nation: the share of the U.S. adult population with high cholesterol has dropped.

Data just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that only 13.4 percent of adults in this country have high cholesterol, according to data collected in 2009 and 2010.

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10:33am

Fri March 23, 2012
Health

Why Is The African-American Infant Mortality Rate So High?

Eight-year-old Erica and seven-year-old Alicia read their books with mom, Candice, and dad, Randy Reese. This Brighton family lost their firstborn, Nevaeh, who was born at just over a pound.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

Rita Beam was a young nurse working in the mother-baby unit at Denver's Rose Medical Center three decades ago when she noticed a disturbing disparity, which would forever define her career.

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