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Ocean Injuries More Common Than Thought

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study found that injuries caused by ocean waves are more common and more severe than you might think.

According to a release from the University of Delaware, there have been 1,121 injuries requiring emergency room treatment in the state of Delaware over the past three summers that were related to ocean waves.

Researchers worked with lifeguards to determine how many of these injuries occurred in the surf zone -- the part of the beach between the water's edge and where the waves break. Many of the 1,121 injuries occurred in two feet of water or less, with the patient being knocked over by a wave and driven into the sand.

The study determined that the most frequent beach-related injuries were to the arm and shoulder. On the contrary, neck and spinal injuries were less common than experts expected, making up just under five percent of beach injuries. The patients that did hurt their neck or spine, however, often suffered life-changing injuries.

Interestingly, many of the injuries reported in the study occurred in clusters. On 21 percent of the days studied, there were no injuries at all, whereas on 26 percent of days there were five or more injuries.

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Survey: Majority of Americans Not Ready for Bathing Suit Season

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The unusually warm weather in many parts of the U.S. has lots of people thinking summer, but a new survey reveals most people feel they’re not ready for bathing suit season.

A Nutrisystem survey conducted by Harris Interactive finds 59 percent of Americans saying they’re not ready to put on a bathing suit, with 24 percent indicating they feel pressure to lose weight.

Among the survey's additional findings:

-- 67 percent of women don’t feel ready for bathing suit season.
-- 50 percent of men and 33 percent of women say they are ready for bathing suit season.
-- Single adults have a higher level of bathing suit “readiness” than married adults, 50 percent vs. 39 percent.
-- People who live in the West are more likely to feel pressure to lose weight than those who live in the Northeast, 29 percent compared to 20 percent.

The Nutrisystem/Harris Interactive survey involved 2,211 U.S. adults.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


After Near-Drowning, 12-Year-Old Boy Walking and Talking

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(PUYALLUP, Wash.) -- It was an ordinary summer day when Charles "Dale" Ostrander went to the beach with his church group.  As his mother dropped him off, Dale, 12, made his customary sign of a heart for her, and she showed it back to him.

A few hours later, her son was fighting for his life after being dragged under by a riptide off the shores of Washington State.  He spent an estimated 20 minutes under water in the chilly Pacific Ocean, and when rescuers pulled him out, he had no pulse and wasn't breathing.  But, remarkably, Ostrander survived.

And even though he's still in the hospital, doesn't speak much now, and has to undergo grueling therapy, the Spanaway, Wash., boy is walking, dressing himself and learning to talk all over again.

In an interview with ABC News at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Dale's parents, Chad and Kirsten Ostrander, say their son's survival is nothing short of a miracle.

"I think God answered a lot of people's prayers," Chad Ostrander said.

Dale's dramatic Aug. 5 rescue made headlines across the nation.  The currents were strong that day and as the boy waded in just a little, the powerful riptide tugged his feet out from under him and swept him away.

Nicole Kissel, 12, was on her boogie board nearby when she heard Ostrander yelling for help.  Ignoring the pleas of her father to come ashore, she used her board to swim into the churning waves and grab Ostrander.

"When I got to him I put him on the board, I grabbed the board and several waves hit us, one of the waves knocked us off," she said.

Emergency responders performed CPR and started an IV.  At the hospital, Ostrander was placed in a medically induced coma.  Four days later, he opened his eyes.

Nicole Kissel visited him that week, and he told her "thank you."

Since then, many have asked whether his survival was a due to the CPR, the cold water -- the ocean temperature was around 56 degrees, or something else.

"This is a miracle from God because it goes against the laws of nature," Terry Minge, the Ostrander family's pastor, said.

Dr. Benjamin Abella, director of clinical research in the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania, said Ostrander's survival may be due to the fact that the waters in which he was submerged were sufficiently frigid.

"A number of studies have shown that hypothermia -- reduced body temperature -- is highly protective of the brain when it is starved for oxygen and blood flow," Abella said.  "The water that bathed him was certainly quite cold, and it's likely that his core body temperature dropped during his cardiac arrest event."

Abella said Ostrander's age and overall health may have also been factors in his survival.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Going to the Beach? Pack Your...Meat Tenderizer?

David De Lossy/Photodisc(BREVARD COUNTY, Fla.) -- Depending on which beach you're visiting, you might want to carry some vinegar or meat tenderizer, just in case you get into a tete-a-tentacles with jellyfish.

Vinegar was the solution of choice this Memorial Day weekend when about 800 stings were reported at Florida beaches, primarily Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.

Eisen Witcher, Brevard County's assistant ocean lifeguard chief, said that strong, east onshore winds had pushed the jellyfish toward the beaches.  Most people were stung on their ankles, arms and torsos, Witcher said, and there were two cases of allergic reaction in which people had to be transported to a hospital for respiratory issues.

Witcher offered these tips for treating stings:

  • Get out of the water and check respirations. People react to stings differently.
  • Watch for swelling.
  • Rinse area with vinegar solution or a meat tenderizer.
  • Scrape away tentacle or residual stingers.
  • And about that whole "urine cures jellyfish stings" myth: Witcher advised against it because urine actually carries a low ammonia content, which won't reduce pain as effectively as the other remedies.

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