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Kansas teen miraculously survives 10-inch knife in face: ‘It was really shocking’

A Kansas teen is lucky to be alive, let alone talking and joking around, after he was rushed to the hospital with a 10-inch knife sticking out of his skull. Eli Gregg’s mom, Jimmy, said she was making dinner when she heard her kids playing around outside and what she thought was a scream from her 15-year-old son.

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Jimmy Gregg said she still isn’t sure what happened, but she heard her son screaming before he showed up at the door with a knife sticking out of his face. (The University of Kansas Health System)

“At first I thought it was just normal, and then he came to the door and when he opened the door it was just blood and he had a piece of metal in his face, and it was really shocking,” Jimmy Gregg, who still isn’t sure exactly what happened, said. “I thought it was a metal rod, and then when he came all the way in the door I could see that it looked like a knife handle or something – and that’s what it was and my immediate thought was to call 911.”

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Paramedics rushed the teen to Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas, where doctors saw the potential for damage to the carotid artery in his brain, opening up the possibility for stroke or serious damage, and decided to transfer him to the University of Kansas Health System.

“It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event,” Dr. Koji Ebersole, of The University of Kansas Health System, who helped remove the knife, said.

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The blade was actually indenting the vessel but miraculously did not cause any damage. (The University of Kansas Health System)

Ebersole explained that the sharp side of the blade was resting on the area of the blood vessel that leads right into Gregg’s brain, meaning that a slight cut or tear would have led to massive bleeding.

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“If we get a cut there, it’s going to have overt bleeding that I don’t think we would be able to survive, so we had to come up with a number of strategies to protect that,” he explained.

Doing so meant controlling the blood supply to the area with balloons and catheters before actually removing the blade from Gregg’s face. Another challenge, Ebersole said, was the dangerous nature of the knife, meaning surgeons had to use a surgical vice rather than their bare hands to grip the blade.

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The teen, pictured before his injury, suffered no lasting damage but said he plans to stay away from sharp objects. (The University of Kansas Health)

The procedure went as well as the team hoped, and less than 24 hours later Jimmy Gregg said her son has returned to his usual self. He’s been placed on antibiotics and will likely need a tetanus shot, but his immediate plans involve staying away from any sharp objects.

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“I haven’t really had a chance to process it – everything happened so fast,” she said. “It’s amazing that 24 hours later he’s back and how he is supposed to be. He’s got some healing to do but he’s out of danger for the most part. It’s such a relief.”

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Colorado hospital faces lawsuit from dozens of patients over ‘severe infections’ causing at least 1 death: report

Dozens of people sued Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on Saturday, a year after the Colorado hospital said reported “breaches” in sterilization procedures involving surgical instruments may have put patients at risk of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Many of the 67 patients and 20 spouses who filed the lawsuit have said the infections they suffered led to serious pain.

“This is not about money, it’s about Porter not doing this to anybody else,” Michael Pitcock, one of the plaintiffs who developed an infection after a knee replacement four years ago, told The Denver Post. “This should be preventable.”

Centura Health, which operates the hospital, did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver was sued by dozens of patients over sterilization processes on Saturday. (Porter Hospital-GE)

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The lawsuit detailed the Denver hospital’s alleged missteps in cleaning equipment sufficiently, triggering “hundreds of severe infections.” The infections, which dated back to 2015, have caused at least one death, the newspaper reported.

Back in April 2018, the hospital acknowledged issues with sterilizing equipment. However, it reportedly downplayed the frequency with which the equipment got close to patients. “We have not seen a bump in our overall totals or infection rates,” Dr. Patty Howell, Porter’s chief medical officer, told The Denver Post at the time.

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The hospital reportedly sent around 5,800 letters that year warning patients who’d had orthopedic or spine surgeries in the previous two years that they were at risk for contracting Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV.

An investigation reportedly found 76 instances of surgical instruments and trays contaminated by items including chunks of bone, cement, blood and in one case, a dead insect. The findings spanned 2017 and early 2018, the newspaper added.

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‘Sperminator’ strikes again: Donor’s 50th baby mama is homeless 18-year-old from Harlem

The Sperminator strikes again — this time donating his seed to an 18-year-old who lives in an East Harlem shelter. Her daughter, due July 12, will make it number 50 for the serial sperm donor.

Ari Nagel, the 43-year-old CUNY math professor who donates his sperm to women across the globe for free, has racked up serious spawn this past year: 15 babies since last Father’s Day, bringing the grand total to 48. One woman is due to give birth in early July, followed by Kaienja Garrick, who lives in the East River Family Center, a family shelter with a shared bathroom and kitchen.

“I think it’s a nice shelter. It’s probably nicer than my apartment,” Nagel told The Post, adding that he didn’t know how old Garrick was when she reached out to him last August. “I never asked her age — I try to help whoever asks,” he said. “I think Kai is more mature than I was at her age after everything she has been through.”

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Garrick has been on her own for about two years after leaving her mother’s Jamaica, Queens, home because “we fought a lot.” Without other family nearby (her father lives in Georgia), Garrick, who is unemployed, ­entered the shelter system.

Last August, a month after her 18th birthday, she decided to try to get pregnant.

“I knew if I could raise my little sister, I can raise my own baby,” she said of her 7-year-old sibling. “I’ve been taking care of her since she was born.”

Kaienja and her girlfriend of three years, Dee Slobert, ruled out going to a clinic, chalking it up to hassle and expense. (Slobert, 21, lives in a different Manhattan shelter with her mother and brother.)

That’s when Garrick did an online search for “free sperm donation” and found Nagel.

“I didn’t know what a ‘Sperminator’ is,” she said. But after a few Facebook exchanges, Garrick knew he was the one.

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“He didn’t ask about anything,” she said. “ It’s good not to ask a lot of questions — it’s a woman’s choice.”

They met up in Manhattan Beach last fall, where Nagel donated into a cup on the spot. Two weeks later, Garrick knew she was going to be a mom.

Last month, several members of Nagel’s “mom squad” — women who have given birth thanks to him — showed up at Garrick’s baby shower with diapers, clothes and cash.

“They were great and I’m so grateful,” said Garrick, adding that Nagel, who also attended, brought a Google Home electronic device for reading to the baby.

(Garrick didn’t get to meet all the women, however: She was hours late to the party, as she was getting her hair done, and some of the guests left before she arrived. Nagel cracked to Garrick’s father: “She’s only 18, you have to give her a break.”)

Garrick admitted it’s a bit much to process the multitudes of half-siblings her child will have.

“[Nagel] has so many kids, you don’t know who the siblings could be,” she said.

When her daughter eventually starts dating, she plans to inquire about the person’s family background — to make sure they’re not a relative.

She and Slobert have a name picked out for their daughter: Kaidee, a hybrid of their names.

Garrick hopes to soon score an apartment voucher through her caseworker for her, Kaidee and Slobert, who has plans to finish high school and one day work in engineering. (Slobert is currently unemployed and not enrolled in any school programs.)

Garrick said she will receive her own high-school diploma later this month through the Department of Education’s Pathways to Graduation program.

Nagel is confident Garrick will be a good mom. “My 18 was different than hers — people mature at different ages, but better too young than too old,” he said, noting that infertility increases with age.

And Garrick brushes off skeptics, including her own mother, who don’t approve of her having a baby. “It’s not their decision — it’s mine,” she said.

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She added that, unlike the five moms who have sued Nagel, Garrick has no plans to ask him for child support.

“I think it’s sad — it’s not like he charges us [for his sperm],” she said. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be blessed to have a child. It’s hard to find people like that. Nothing’s free in this world.”

Meanwhile, the Sperminator continues spreading the love. Last week, he made sperm donations in Latvia and Thailand — where, according to Nagel, a 39-year-old Buddhist virgin paid for him to visit.

Taking stock of his offspring, he said: “It would be crazy if I was raising them on my own, but there are over 50 amazing, loving moms that are doing a great job raising the children.

“Although I struggle financially, I feel rich with joy and love and am so blessed to be a part of so many wonderful families.”

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Surgeon left 57-inch wire inside patient’s body after angioplasty, lawyer claims as malpractice trial opens

Opening statements were heard in a Nevada courtroom this week in a trial over a Las Vegas man’s claim that a surgeon left a 57-inch wire inside his body nearly 15 years ago.

German “OT” Ortiz, 70, filed a lawsuit against the Heart Center of Nevada and Dr. Mark Taylor, the surgeon who performed his angioplasty in 2005.

Ortiz’s attorney told a jury Tuesday that an X-ray in 2015 revealed the wire ran inside Ortiz’s body from his aorta to one of his thighs, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

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Ortiz’s lawsuit alleges medical malpractice; professional negligence; negligent infliction of emotional distress; negligent hiring, training and supervision; and loss of consortium.

Doctors were able to remove the bulk of the wire in a surgery a year ago, but 20 inches still remain near his thigh, the Review-Journal reported.

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Central Venous Catheter Insertion, Some of the remaining equipment that will be used to finish the catheterization remains in the sterile pack kit, including guide wire plus tubing and the triple lumen catheter. (Getty Images)

His attorney said the wire was a guide for a catheter necessarily inserted during the angioplasty, but when the catheter was removed the wire remained.

Taylor’s lawyer said he met the standard of care and that another doctor must have left the wire in because he was never informed it was missing.

Ortiz’s lawyer said a doctor “must pay careful attention” during surgery and is responsible for “any injuries caused,” the Review-Journal reported.

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The trial is expected to last a week.

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Boy, 5, dies of Ebola as outbreak crosses Congo border

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A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim in the current Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, while his 3-year-old brother and grandmother tested positive for the disease that has killed nearly 1,400 people in Congo.

The outbreak’s spread into Uganda prompted the World Health Organization to revisit whether the second-largest Ebola epidemic in history should be declared a global health emergency. A WHO expert committee meets on Friday. Such declarations almost always boost attention and donor funding.

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The boy’s mother had taken him and his brother from Uganda into Congo, where her father was ill. WHO said he died of Ebola, and officials believe those who mourned him became infected, too.

The family then crossed back into Uganda via an unguarded foot path, bypassing official border crossings where health workers have been screening millions of travelers since the outbreak was declared in August.

Authorities in both countries now vow to step up border security.

Experts have long feared Ebola could spread to neighboring countries because of rebel attacks and community resistance hampering containment work in eastern Congo, one of the world’s most turbulent regions. The virus can spread quickly via close contact with bodily fluids of those infected and can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.

The 5-year-old boy’s mother and grandmother, along with several other children, were stopped at a border post before crossing into Uganda. A dozen of them already showed symptoms of Ebola.

Congo’s health ministry said those 12 were put in an isolation center, but in fact they were told to remain where they were staying until transport was found to an Ebola treatment unit, Dr. Dominique Kabongo, a local coordinator of response teams, told The Associated Press.

Instead, six family members quietly crossed into Uganda.

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“Many people are evading (border) customs and using small footpaths and it is difficult for us to follow the contacts,” Kabongo said.

On arrival in Uganda, where authorities had been alerted by Congolese colleagues, the boy received treatment while relatives were isolated and tested. The boy’s uncle is among seven suspected cases now identified in Uganda.

On the Congo side, five family members who did not cross into Uganda have tested positive for Ebola, the health ministry said.

Health teams in Uganda “are not panicking,” Henry Mwebesa, the national director of health services, told the AP. He cited the East African nation’s experience battling previous outbreaks of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers.

This outbreak “is not going to go beyond” the boy’s family in Uganda, he added.

While officials vowed to close unauthorized crossings, an AP reporter in the border area where the family crossed saw surveillance teams patrolling the Ugandan side. Some footpaths, however, remained unguarded. Some people wade across the shallow Lubiriha River.

The “stubbornness of Congolese” is a challenge in screening, a Ugandan Red Cross official, Francis Tumwine, told the AP at one border crossing last week. “They have failed to understand that Ebola is there, they think that it is witchcraft which is killing them.”

A Congolese trader, Muhindo Kaongezekela, added: “We are not sure if there’s Ebola in Congo. In Congo, if they find you with a headache, they take you to the hospital and later say they died of Ebola.”

This is the first time this restive part of vast Congo, veteran of several Ebola outbreaks, has experienced the virus.

Resistance by residents wary of authorities has hurt containment efforts in an outbreak where an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine is being widely used for the first time. More than 130,000 people have received the vaccine.

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Uganda is more stable than eastern Congo, and it has vaccinated nearly 4,700 health workers. WHO is shipping another 3,500 doses this week for health workers and contacts of those infected.

The WHO expert committee has twice decided that this outbreak, while of “deep concern,” is not yet a global health emergency. But international spread is one of the major criteria the United Nations agency considers before making a declaration. WHO has advised against travel restrictions.

The first cross-border case is “tragic but unfortunately not surprising,” said Dr. Jeremy Farrar with the Wellcome Trust, which funds Ebola vaccine research.

While Uganda is well-prepared, he added, “we can expect and should plan for more cases in (Congo) and neighboring countries. This epidemic is in a truly frightening phase and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.”

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‘Old Town Road’ sparks breakthrough when mostly nonverbal autistic boy sings along, mom says

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More than just a catchy tune, “Old Town Road” gave one Minnesota family a miracle.

The popular country-rap hit is apparently the song that sparked something inside of an autistic, mostly nonverbal boy from Cottage Grove, a city roughly 25 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

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Sheletta Brundidge posted a video online last week of her son, 4-year-old Daniel, humming along to “Old Town Road,” by Lil Nas X and featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Then, something incredible happened.

“It was just a hum at first,” Brundidge told the Tennessean. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, he’s singing ‘Old Town Road.’ Then he started saying the words. This is a child who hasn’t said three or four words together in the time he’s been alive.”

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The mother said she broke down in tears, and quickly called her husband to come see their son before she filmed the “breakthrough.”

“It took us six months for us to teach him the letter A. Without any teaching, he was able to listen to it, absorb it, memorize it and then recall it,” she said. “All this money we spent on therapists and doctors and supplements … and ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ is the one who brought my son the breakthrough that he needed.”

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Brundidge said she’s working with Daniel’s therapists to figure out why he responded to the jam, and is hoping to find other songs that might work the same.

Lil Nas X, who performed the song with Cyrus and country superstar Keith Urban at CMA Fest on Saturday, tweeted in response to Daniel singing: “what a king.”

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Miracle of a UK baby who defied odds of survival with rare heart defect

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Vanellope Hope Wilkins was diagnosed with a rare heart defect at just nine weeks’ gestation—a severe malformation that most babies don’t survive.

The UK baby had thoracic ectopia cordis, which meant her heart had formed outside her chest. Vanellope was given a 10 percent chance of living after birth.

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Still parents, Naomi and Dean Wilkins, decided to try surgery, knowing full well they could lose their baby. Vanellope was born prematurely at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and was swept into surgery to repair her defects.

According to The Sun, the parents had prepared for the worst, bringing a cocoon to the hospital in case their little girl died.

But after multiple three-hour-long surgeries, the doctors managed to insert a breathing tube, then re-inserted Vanellope’s heart inside her chest. Doctors covered the heart with a mesh for protection and finally, skin grafted from her arm, reports The Sun.

After 14 months of surgeries and close hospital care, little Vanellope left for home in February. Naomi Wilkins says her daughter was born with her arm protecting her heart.

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Though wary of Vanellope’s fragile condition, Wilkins told The Sun that her family was adjusting well to life at home.

According to Texas Children’s Hospital, only 8 out of 1 million babies are born with ectopia cordis. Of those, 90 percent are either stillborn or die within the first 3 days.

The hospital has seen its own little miracle, discharging a 3-month-old baby named Audrina with the condition in 2013. Both cases required dozens of doctors and medical staff during surgeries and afterward to give the babies a fighting chance.

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Although ectopia cordis doesn’t have a clear cause, experts say the condition is unlikely genetic. According to Texas Children’s Hospital, cases like Vanellope’s and Audrina’s give doctors hope for helping more babies born with the condition.

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New Mexico AG issues health warning after ‘vampire facial’ clients contract HIV at spa

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a consumer health warning concerning “vampire facials” after two former patients from an Albuquerque spa tested positive for HIV.

“I am highly concerned that these procedures are not being regulated at the State and Federal level and am announcing a criminal investigation into this incident,” said Balderas in a release by his office.

“In addition, I am calling for action by the FDA and State Attorneys General across the nation. We cannot allow more people to fall victim.”

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Banderas’ health warning, issued on Thursday, comes just over a month after the New Mexico Department of Health encouraged clients of the VIP Spa in Albuquerque to get tested for HIV after two former patients tested positive for the virus following “injection-related” procedures.

“The likelihood that these [cases] resulted from a procedure at the spa are high,” Dr. Tierney Murphy of the health department stated at the time, KRQE reported.

As of late April, over 130 former clients had gone in for testing.

“I am highly concerned that these procedures are not being regulated at the State and Federal level and am announcing a criminal investigation into this incident.”

— New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

“Vampire facials,” or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapies, can only be carried out by licensed nurses or physicians, the attorney general reiterated.

Maria Ruiz, the owner of the VIP Spa, held a cosmetologist’s license, which is not valid for medical procedures, KOAT reported.

“That’s way beyond her scope of practice as an aesthetician, so that would not be something that we would even license,” Kathy Ortiz, the deputy director for Boards and Commissions, told KRQE in APril. “First off, she didn’t have a license, so that was basically why we were able to close the establishment.”

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While some believe the “vampire facial” can be effective, scientific studies have yet to prove long-lasting effects of the procedure, which involves extracting platelets from a client’s blood and injected those platelets back into the patient’s face through micro-needling. Doctors also deem the procedure itself relatively safe, but there’s always risk when it comes to handling blood.

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Vampire facials, officially known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapies, involves extracting platelets from a client’s blood and injected those platelets back into the patient’s face through micro-needling for what some believe to be rejuvenative purposes. (iStock)

“The risk of infection using blood products is greater than using sterile injectibles,” New York City-based plastic surgeon Michelle Copeland, M.D., previously told Fox News. “It’s not a closed syringe, so there is a risk when transferring the product from one tube to another.”

Urging anyone in New Mexico who believes they may have received a vampire facial from an unlicensed cosmetologist, or believe they were exposed to a communicable disease, to contact the attorney general’s office.

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New York doctors shocked by what they find during surgery on brain tumor

Doctors at Mount Sinai in New York, who cut into a 42-year-old woman’s brain last September to remove a suspected malignant tumor, were reportedly baffled when they found a mass resembling a “quail’s egg.”

It turned out to be a baby tapeworm.

“It was very shocking,” one of the surgeons told The Washington Post. “We were scratching our heads, surprised at what it looked like.”

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After doctors removed the mass from Rachel Palma’s brain they cut it open and placed it under a microscope. They realized it was a tapeworm in the larval stage.

Palma, a newlywed, was diagnosed with neurocysticercosis, a parasitic brain infection caused by the Taenia solium tapeworm, according to The Post.

“Of course I was grossed out,” Palma told The Post. “But of course, I was also relieved. It meant that no further treatment was necessary.”

Larval tapeworm parasites are rare, according to the Mayo Clinic, but can be spread by people who have adult tapeworms and don’t wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom. It’s unclear if that’s how Palma contracted it.

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Before the surgery, Palma had suffered from hallucinations, headaches and confusion. She told The Post her systems have completely gone away and she got a “happy ending.”

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Deaths from falls among older Americans are on the rise

New research shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 deaths yearly.

The findings highlight the importance of fall prevention. A separate study bolsters evidence that programs focusing on improving muscle strength and balance can help achieve that goal.

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Both studies were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Circumstances weren’t included in the data, but traumatic brain injuries and hip fractures leading to steep health declines are among causes of death in older adults who fall.

“Deaths from falls may have increased because older people are living longer, living longer independently, and are living longer with chronic conditions,” said Elizabeth Burns, a study co-author and health scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s injury center.

She noted that some medications also make older adults prone to falls. That includes prescription drugs affecting balance. Burns said research shows their use of certain psychiatric medications that can cause drowsiness and vision problems has increased substantially in recent years.

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The new analysis included 16 years of U.S. vital statistics data on adults aged 75. Fatal falls increased from 8,600 in 2000 to 25,190 in 2016. Separate CDC data show they climbed even higher in 2017, to almost 26,440 fatal falls in Americans aged 75 and older.

The rate in the study more than doubled, from 51 fatal falls per 100,000 people to 122 falls per 100,000. The results echo studies of fatal fall trends in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Weight-bearing exercise such as walking; balance exercises; and resistance exercises to strengthen muscles can also reduce risks for falls, said Dr. Marco Pahor of the University of Florida’s aging and geriatric research department, who wrote an accompanying journal editorial.

The program studied in the second study involved exercises three times a week at home for a year, with five sessions led by a physical therapist. These include seated and standing leg lifts, knee bends and backward walking, plus walking half an hour at least twice weekly.

Participants were 344 Canadian adults aged 70 and older who had experienced a recent fall. Half were randomly assigned to the program plus usual care by a doctor; the remainder received only usual care.

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There were 236 falls during the study among the exercise group compared with 366 falls among the others.

Pahor said many older adults aren’t aware of programs that can help them. Many U.S. communities offer fall prevention exercises programs at senior centers, and the National Councilon Aging offers tips online.

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