Asthma in the U.S.
|Updated: 5/15/2012 5:38 pm
||Published: 5/15/2012 4:36 pm
More than 12% of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetime.
That's the result of the Centers for Disease Control and prevention's survey called "Asthma's impact on the nation."
Some highlights include: the disease increased 15% from 2001 to 2010. The estimated cost of asthma to society is more than 50-billion dollars.
The disease accounted for more than 3,000 deaths and nearly a half million hospitalizations.
A Stanford University study shows more American adults are having trouble with sleepwalking.
Researchers say they found more than 8-million U.S. adults experience sleepwalking an increase over previous studies.
And nearly one out of three Americans say they've been caught sleepwalking at least once - usually as children.
One possible factor: the study found use of over-the-counter sleep aids increased the likelihood of sleepwalking in some adults.
Doctors say sleepwalking is usually harmless, though it can lead to injuries if sleepwalkers fall or run into obstacles.
Weight Loss Coaster
Inspiration to lose weight can come from lots of places, the most obvious being health concerns.
But one Virginia man, weighing 300 pounds, was not allowed to ride a roller coaster at Kings Dominion Theme park.
Park workers at the volcano ride told Nat Ambrose the harness would not fit him, and he couldn't ride for safety reasons.
Ambrose said he was embarrassed and decided to make some serious changes.
He lost 105 pounds in nine months! He returned to the park a new man and rode the coaster.
That just goes to show - you can find motivation anywhere to lose weight.