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Health Briefs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Health Briefs

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Byline: Charlie Patton

ST. JOHNS NAMED AS STATE'S HEALTHIEST COUNTY

St. Johns County is the healthiest of Florida's 67 counties, while Putnam and Union counties are the least healthy, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released last week by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Clay County was seventh in the rankings; Flagler County was 23rd; Nassau County was 29th; Duval County was 47th; Baker County was 62nd.

The study is available at www.floridacharts.com.

$25,000 BAPTIST GRANT AIMED AT CONCUSSIONS

Baptist Health made a $25,000 grant this month to the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program for testing and education regarding concussions in youth sports.

The grant will be used to perform baseline testing for athletes and to conduct tests after an injury. The money will also help fund education programs for athletes, coaches, parents and physicians about concussion symptoms, safety and treatment.

From 2001 to 2009, the number of annual traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits nationally increased significantly, from about 153,000 to 248,000, with the highest rates among males between the ages of 10 and 19.

DEMENTIA STUDY GIVES A STRONG PREDICTOR

The strongest predictor of whether a man is developing dementia with Lewy bodies- the second most common form of dementia in the elderly - is whether he acts out his dreams while sleeping, Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered.

Patients are five times more likely to have dementia with Lewy bodies if they experience a condition known as rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder than if they have any of the risk factors now used to make a diagnosis, the study found.

The study's findings could improve diagnosis of this dementia in men, which can lead to beneficial treatment, said lead investigator Melissa Murray, a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic in Florida. …

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