April 29: Weekly Health Roundup

10 Minutes to Fit

Lack of time – the most common reason many skip the gym. Thankfully, a Canadian study just uncovered the key to getting fit, and it will only take you 10 minutes! Making use of high intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT. Check out this no-brainer workout, via Men’s Journal

Huge Health Care Price Differences in Same Area

While efforts to improve cost transparency in the healthcare industry are well underway, consumer information sites have found that things are still a long way from where they need to be. MRI prices, for example, range from $475 to $6,221 in the same general area, via USA Today

China Sees Childhood Obesity ‘Explosion’ in Rural Provinces

We’re familiar with the headlines over here, but China is about to see an dramatic increase in news reporting on the declining health of their youngest citizens. A 29-year study recently published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology found that “almost 17 percent of boys and 9 percent of girls” are currently categorized as obese, via CNBC

Brain Injuries May Cause Lasting Sleep Problems

Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, has been found to be linked to increased daytime sleepiness along with longer sleep durations at night. Thouhg many consider daytime sleepiness little more than an irritant, it is actually a fairly dangerous phenomena. Car or other accidents are much likelier to occur if a person is excessively sleepy, via Tech Times

Parents’ Debt May Influence Children’s Emotional Wellbeing

After studying families for nearly three decades, researchers found that as family debt increased, so did a child’s behavioral problems. While not all debt is bad debt (student loans and home mortgages are linked to better child wellbeing), debt from credit card, medical and payday loan debt are common and the most dangerous to the health and happiness of children, via Reuters

Time to Weigh In

Are you going to try to the 10-minute workout? We sure are right after finishing this paragraph! Have you tried identifying the cost of a health procedure prior to scheduling it? How was your experience with the ease of which you identified the cost and how it stacked up to other providers in your area? What about the childhood obesity epidemic in China – think Western diets are to blame? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!