Disease & Injury Prevention

Kids Have More Accidental Drug Poisonings

This is a frightening new statistic:  Between 2001 and 2008, the number of accidental drug poisonings surged 22 percent among children ages 5 and younger. According to research published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers gathered data on more than half a million cases reported to the poison control center. In 95 percent of cases, …

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Child Passenger Safety Week

This coming Sunday, September 18, starts Child Passenger Safety Week. According to Safe Kids USA, a government site devoted to all things related to children’s safety, Child Passenger Safety Week is celebrated every year to remind parents and other caregivers of the need to keep children of all ages properly restrained in the seat that …

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Excess Stroke Risk Halts Brain Stent Study

Stents have been used successfully for years in people with atherosclerosis to keep arteries around the heart open and prevent a first, second, or third heart attack. About six years ago, stents were approved for use in the brain, with the hopes of preventing strokes. The brain stents failed miserably. A study designed to test …

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How To Pack a Safe School Lunch

When it comes to school lunches, parents might have concerns about the nutritional quality of cafeteria food, or about whether their children will trade their healthy, homemade lunches for junk food. But most parents don’t even think about whether their children’s lunches put them at risk for foodborne illnesses. According to an article in The …

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Hurricane Preparedness, North Carolina Style

The first real threat of the 2011 hurricane season is upon us, and her name is Irene. Hurricane Irene battered the Bahamas earlier this week, and now this Category 3 storm is heading toward the North Carolina coast. Today, Governor Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for the counties east of Interstate 95. According …

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Window Falls Still a Risk for Children

Every week, about 100 children and adolescents in the United States are treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries sustained from window falls. Approximately 25 percent of the injured children were hospitalized. A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital documented the incidence and causes …

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