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Falling out of windows; Kids and vitamins, Adults gaining weight

August 22, 2011 1:50:32 PM PDT
Taking a look at kids falling out of windows, vitamins and education, and men and women gaining weight.Kids falling out of windows

An alarming number of children are injured every year after falling out of a window.

In the first national study on this problem, researchers find that every year, more than 5,000 kids are injured from window falls. On average that's 14 children a day.

"One out of every 4 kids that fall end up being hospitalized and these are very serious injuries often involving the head," said Dr. Gary Smith with Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Here in New York City, the law requires apartment buildings to install guards on all windows in households with kids under 11.

But this study goes beyond high rise buildings. It finds that most of the falls happened from 2nd story windows.

Screens are not enough though. 80 percent of the falls happened in homes with a window screen.

The researchers recommend a window guard or a window stop that keeps the window from opening more than four inches.

And move all furniture away from windows so kids can't climb up on top and fall out.

Click here for a fact sheet on how to prevent window falls.

Vitamins and school

If you're looking to give your child an extra edge in the classroom this year, check their dinner plate.

Many foods contain vitamins and minerals that have been linked to improved academic performance.

A recent Swedish study found that teens who consumed more folic acid got better grades in school.

"You can find folate it lentils, prepared cereals, any kind of bean product and the nice thing with the beans is that it also provides fiber," said Kristin Kirkpatrick, with Cleveland Clinic.

Broccoli and spinach are also good sources of folate and iron, which is another brain booster.

For picky eaters, talk to your child's doctor about a pediatric multivitamin, but steer clear of supplements. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that "supplemental vitamins are expensive and probably unnecessary for the healthy child older than 1 year who consumes a varied diet."

Marriage and weight

For those of you who are married, you know it can sometimes affect your waistline.

Many people let themselves go after they tie the knot, but it turns out its different for men and women.

There's a new study out that finds that women gain more weight after getting married and men gain more weight after divorced.

It's not clear why this is but the researchers say it could be that married women are busy taking care of their husbands and have less time to exercise.

Men who rely on their wives lose that health benefit when they get divorced.


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