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NFL Launches Health Info Website

Last fall, the National Football League (NFL) unveiled new guidelines regarding concussions, encouraging players to recognize symptoms, report them to coaches, and  follow treatment suggestions. The announcement was met with cautious optimism that the culture of head-cracking aggression might be softened. The culture is as thick-skulled as ever, but the NFL is making another attempt, …

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FDA to Restrict Acetaminophen in Pain Medications

Acetaminophen—the active ingredient in Tylenol products—is a popular, over-the-counter pain reliever. Because it is so useful to treat many types of pain, it is often added to prescription narcotic pain medications. Even though you can buy acetaminophen in any supermarket or pharmacy, it is actually a potent drug, capable of causing permanent liver damage if …

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Winter weather contributes to more Asheville auto accidents

January 13, 2011 Winter weather in North Carolina contributes to more Asheville auto accidents, the Citizen-Times reports. Drivers should be cautious if they choose to proceed across icy roads. Asheville auto accidents are possible and may slow down traffic. For safety tips against winter storms and how to avoid Asheville auto accidents, check out the …

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Beware Scam by FDA Impersonators

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about a scam targeting people who purchase medications over the Internet or via “telepharmacies.” The criminals call the victims and identify themselves as FDA special agents or other law enforcement officials. The scammers tell the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet or the telephone …

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Arizona Shooting Spree Aftermath: Recovery from Brain Injury

The rapid response of the Tucson, Arizona medical team saved the lives of a dozen people shot in a gunman’s rampage. Among the injured was U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who had been shot in the head. This week, neurologist Richard C. Senelick, M.D., gives us a peek into the challenges Representative Giffords will face as …

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Home Depot Fined $70K

A Home Depot store in San Antonio has been fined over $70K by OSHA.  These proposed penalties have been issued secondary to multiple violations.  The Home Depot store was cited for failing to provide its employees with necessary safety equipment and failing to properly train its employees.    These violations were found to potentially lead to …

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A Blow to Firefighters in Pennsylvania

Governor Ed Rendell in Pennsylvania vetoed a bill that would have provided Worker’s Compensation Coverage to firefighters with cancer.  The bill had overwhelming support from the Pennsylvania Legislature.  http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/11/rendell_vetoes_bill_to_expand.html

UNC Receives Grant for Concussion Research

Some great news for University of North Carolina (UNC) fans, especially those with an interest in brain injury: NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League (NFL) owners, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at UNC to support concussion research. In addition, the NFL Players Association matched that grant …

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