April 2011

Engineers Develop Portable Test for Concussion

This is not generally available yet, but engineers at Georgia Tech may have developed a simple way to diagnose concussion. If tests are as conclusive as expected, we may soon be seeing these devices on football fields and many other athletic events. The test goes like this:  The person who received a head injury walks …

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Flying the Sickly Skies

There are many people who travel as part of their job.  They travel a lot.  The majority of that traveling is  done on airplanes.  Everyone has heard that close quarters on an airplane can increase the chances of getting sick.  While most people focus on the re-circulated air in the plane, it is actually surface …

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Cheerleaders Are Athletes, Part One

What do you call an activity requires strength, stamina, flexibility, agility, planning, and coordination with team members?  What if the participants were required to train with weight-training and aerobic exercises?  And what if that activity was performed in gymnasiums, in stadiums, and on outdoor fields?  And what if teams competed regionally and nationally? That sure …

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Exciting Changes to Nursing Homes Compare Website

For years we’ve been telling you about the Nursing Home Compare 5-star ratings posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The ratings help consumers evaluate the quality and safety of nursing homes across the country. Today, CMS has made three changes to Nursing Home Compare: Information about how consumers can file complaints …

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News About Old Drugs

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been busy! Earlier this month, we wrote about the FDA’s new search engine to find information about drug and food product recalls (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/). Now, they are also giving us information about two other medication-related topics: expiration dates and drug disposal. Medication Expiration Dates The other day, I …

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Three Common Mistakes Made by Teen Drivers

Compared with middle-aged driver, teen drivers are 10 times more likely to be involved in a car wreck. There have been lots of theories why, but now we know the actual reasons. Researchers analyzed  information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 795 serious crashes involving drivers who where 15 to 18 years old. …

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