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10/17/08

HealthWise at 5 for 10.17

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  • CDC Warns Against "Car Surfing"

CDC experts are coming out with a strong warning against a common activity among teenage boys: car surfing.  That is when one person rides on the outside of a moving vehicle while someone else drives.  Researchers at the CDC examined newspaper articles from the past 18 years, and found 99 reports of fatalities or serious injuries linked to car surfing.  Most of the injuries and deaths occurred among teenagers, primarily from the South and Midwest. 

Bumps and blows to the head were the most common injury, and a majority of the accidents occurred in august.  Experts say the numbers may actually be higher because the information came from newspaper articles and some places may not have reported every car surfing accident.

  • Exercise Slows Brain's Aging

If you want to keep your brain young as your body ages...exercise.  Researchers at the University of Illinois say there is now enough evidence to prove an active lifestyle will better brain function, and prevent some age-related decay.  They cited several previous studies.  One study found that six months of aerobic exercise could slow age-related deterioration.  Another found that women who were the most physically fit performed better on cognitive tests than those who were not active. Researchers say exercise even appears to help patients who have developed Alzheimer's.

  • Paws for Parkinson's Walk & Dog Show

Lace up those sneakers and brush your dog, it is time for the annual "Paws for Parkinson's Walk and Dog Show".  Just take your four-legged friend to the Buddy Holly Park Saturday.  Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk begins at 9am.  You can go one or 5 miles and you can walk or run.  Then, the dogs will compete for the smartest, cutest, best costume, and more.  For information, call 725- 0941 or click here.

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