Doctors: Skinny Jeans Can Lead to Nerve, Muscle Damage

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Skinny jeans may be fashionable, but squatting in them for long periods of time may cause muscle and nerve damage.

This is a case study of a 35-year-old woman who arrived at a hospital complaining of severe weakness in both of her ankles.

Doctors say the day before she helped someone move and had spent many hours squatting in tight jeans while emptying cupboards.

Later that night, she developed numbness in her feet, tripped and fell, and laid there for several hours before she was found.

By the time she got to the hospital she had lost all feeling in her lower legs and feet and couldn’t move her ankles or toes properly.

ER staff had to cut the jeans off her.

Doctors determined she had a condition called compartment syndrome.

Squatting in the tight jeans caused swelling that damaged muscle and nerve fibers in her lower legs due to prolonged compression.

After four days of treatment she was able to walk on her own again and was sent home.
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Americans are getting bigger and not in a good way.

A new study finds less than one-third of Americans are currently at a healthy weight.

More than one-third are obese and another 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight.

The new report used data from a national health survey involving more than 15,000 men and women gathered between 2007 and 2012.

Based on this data, researchers estimate more than 32 million men and 36 million women are obese, and 36 million men and 29 million women are overweight.

The team warns obesity is linked to a number of chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

They say obesity is not getting better and the numbers should be alarming to all.

A spokesman for the American Heart Association says the findings are not surprising.
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Google is testing a cardiac sensor wristband that could become a game changer in the health and medical industry.

The gadget would allow doctors to remotely monitor patient’s health.

The device measures electrical pulses of the heart, skin temperature and can assess environmental stressors including light and noise levels.

The company is aiming to include activity sensors that could help in the study of Parkinson’s disease or aid heart attack patients.

The wristbands are just a science experiment right now but the technology is promising.
 

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