In our regular Friday feature, the weekly Apple will summarize the top news in health and wellness.
- As the holiday weekend rolls into gear, experts warn grillers to be careful and use caution. Last year, six people died from serious burns from either using too much or the incorrect type of fuel, or when their clothing caught on fire. The Center for Product Safety estimates that over 18,000 people went to the ER last year because of grilling accidents gone wrong.
- Omega-3 fatty acids reduced symptoms in moderately depressed people in a recent study. However, fish oil did not benefit those suffering from anxiety disorders.
- Chicago leads the nation with heroin-related emergency room visits, just one of several troubling indicators of the growing heroin crisis in the Chicago metropolitan area since the late 90's. In a report released on Monday, researchers from Roosevelt University cited the escalating amount of overdose death in the collar counties, a significant proportion of Cook County jail inmates testing positive for heroin, and the trending amount of users that inject the drug. (Read more. . .)
- Experts advise cancer survivors that have underwent or are currently undergoing chemotherapy to exercise for 2.5 hours per week for health benefits. Chemotherapy ages the body by 10 years, and physical activity can counteract that. It also is beneficial for their mental health and attitude, and may help to prevent a recurrence of the disease as well.
- Too much fructose may contribute to high blood pressure, according to a new study. The added sugar found in pop and sweetened beverages - just as little as 4 cans a day - can significantly raise one's blood pressure. High fructose corn syrup, which is found in many processed foods, is also a guilty culprit.
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