Health Tip: Lift weights with a partner

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

New Research: South Africa sees progress

One year after implementing a 2010 recommendation of using the antiretroviral drug nevirapine as preventive treatment in South Africa for mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, cases have decreased to less than 3 percent when measured at four to eight weeks after mothers gave birth.

-- CDC

Did You Know?

Volcanic emissions and smoke from wildfires are mixtures of gases and fine particles that can cause breathing difficulties or coughing and can harm your eyes. -- CDC

Health Tip: Lift weights with a partner

If lifting weights is a regular part of your fitness routine, then you probably could benefit from having a spotter. Your partner can help you get to your next level, helping you lift that extra 10 pounds that may be dangerous by yourself. You can help each other keep track of breathing and reps, too, and provide motivation for that last rep.

-- Life Fitness

Number to Know

10 million: Of the estimated 16 million people who inject drugs worldwide, it is estimated that 10 million are infected with hepatitis C. -- World Health Organization

Children’s Health: Hurt feelings are unhealthy

Although there may not be bruises or broken bones, psychological maltreatment can scar children for a lifetime and result in severe emotional distress, developmental problems and disruptive behavior. Emotional or psychological abuse is a repeated pattern of behavior by a parent or caregiver that can be verbal or nonverbal, active or passive, intentional or unintentional, but is interpreted negatively by a child, and can result in developmental, social, emotional and academic problems.

-- AARP

Boomer Health: Taking calcium supplements?

A recent study of 24,000 German men and women found those who consumed a daily calcium supplement in hopes of fighting off osteoporosis had an increased risk of heart attack by 86 percent. However, people who consumed 820 milligrams of calcium from foods like dairy had a 30 percent lower risk of heart attack than the test group that consumed the lowest amount of calcium. Researchers believe the difference is because calcium in the food is absorbed more slowly.

-- AARP