Up, Up and … to the Hospital

WW_trampolineI have a friend whose nose is slightly crooked to the right because he broke it from bouncing on a trampoline in his youth (and it was the safer kind, one with an enclosure). The rise of trampoline parks — where kids and adults catapult and fling themselves in all kinds of ways — has only spurred injuries like these to jump into the stratosphere, MedPage Today reports. Trampoline park injuries in children bounced from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014. The injuries are more serious in the parks, as well. Children who took a tumble in a trampoline park were 76 percent more likely to be admitted to the hospital compared to those injured on a backyard trampoline at home, the report states. This is unlikely to change much because trampoline parks are just a good time. 

Kids Are Covered and Business Is Good

WW_CHIPIn his Wonkblog post Tuesday for the Washington Post, Jeff Guo cites research showing that the Children’s Health Insurance Program not only provides health care coverage for nearly 8 million American kids but has had a “fascinating side effect” on the U.S. economy. “By giving families peace of mind, by assuring they could afford health care for their children no matter what, CHIP encouraged more people to start their own businesses,” said Harvard economist Gareth Olds. Guo suggests this and other research may provide ammunition to those who argue “that strong welfare policies not only alleviate poverty but boost economic growth.”

Flossing a Waste of Time?

WW_flossingZika is spreading, superbugs are a major threat and now we learn that flossing has not been proven to have health benefits. The Associated Press took on Big Floss with its investigation into the lack of research proving that flossing lives up to claims that it reduces gum disease and cavities. Turns out there really isn’t much to support those claims, and apparently $1 billion worth of floss is sold in the U.S. — some or all of which may be for naught. Except for the fact that it feels darn good to get that food debris out of your teeth.

We Choose Asthma

WW_amishMedPage Today recaps a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests that old-world farming practices may be good for you. After comparing the allergic responses of children raised in Amish farm communities — where technology is shunned — with those raised in a Hutterite community, which allows for modern technology use, the prevalence of asthma and allergic sensitivity was four to six times lower among the Amish. So, to lower the odds of getting asthma, kids can be raised in the Amish fashion. “They plow with horses and milk cows by hand instead of using milking machines,” says one of the study’s authors, the University of Chicago’s Anne Sperling, in the article. “The kids have chores and they have a lot of contact with animals."