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What Parents Can Do About Kids' Sports Concussions

Concussion is finally gaining respect as a serious injury. Doctors have begun calling it “mild traumatic brain injury,” which more fully and accurately defines what concussion really is. High schools and high school sports organizations have begun setting more stringent standards for evaluating a student athlete after a head injury–no matter how minor the injury …

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FDA Reminder: Grill Safely to Prevent Foodborne Illness

Summer officially starts next week, but grilling season has already been going strong in North Carolina for weeks. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a reminder to practice basic food safety to help prevent foodborne illness. These may sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many people let safety lapse when …

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Is Your Nurse Competent?

The North Carolina Board of Nursing has issued a new statements designed to clarify the scope of practice for nurses. These position paper provide guidelines about what the standards for competent care are for LPNs and RNs. Topics include what to do when assessing a patient, planning for a client’s needs, implementing the plan, evaluating …

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Poor Outcome from Long-Term Acute Care Hospitalization

People recovering from serious illness used to recuperate in a traditional hospital, no matter how long it took. But in the past 15 years, a new form of hospital–the long-term acute care hospital–has emerged. These hospitals can provide intensive and specialized care for patients who don’t necessarily need all of the services offered by a …

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When Is a Sport Not a "Sport"?

For girls and young women, one sport accounts for more than 65% of of all high school catastrophic injuries, and more than 70% of all collegiate catastrophic injuries. (For the record, “catastrophic injuries” are life changing events, including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and death.)  Less severe injuries are also common–each year, this sport sends more …

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