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"It Couldn't Happen to Me"–Heat Deaths in Children

SafeKids USA is always slightly ahead of the curve–in a good way. They want to remind everyone that even though spring has just begun, the weather here in North Carolina has already topped 70 degrees. But with these glorious days comes the opportunity for tragic news:  reports of children left unattended in a vehicle, dying …

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Massage Proved to Help Control Pain and Improve Healing

For most people, massage is a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed only rarely. But athletes know better…they understand that receiving a massage after a strenuous workout or game can help their bodies recover more quickly. Now, science has proved the health-promoting benefits of massage. According to an article in ScienceDaily, there’s no reason to feel …

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Research Reveals Details About Stair-Related Injuries in Young Children

A new article in the journal Pediatrics, in a 10-year period, about 932,000 children under the age of 5 were taken to hospitals for injuries they sustained on a staircase, usually at home. According to an article in The New York Times: “What that tells us is that we have much more that we need …

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Germs in School: What You'll Wish You Didn't Know

An article on WRAL.com reported on an investigation of germs in kids’ lunch boxes…and elsewhere around schools. This story will make you want to get out the extra-strength disinfecting scrub! Dr. LeAnn Jaykus, a food science professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and her team examined the level of contamination in children’s lunch boxes, …

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Take Medication for Stomach Acid, Beware of Diarrhea

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that a class of medications call Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) is associated with a risk of developing Clostridium difficile-association diarrhea (CDAD). A diagnosis of CDAD should be considered for patients taking PPIs who develop diarrhea that does not improve. The FDA is working with manufacturers to …

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Top Bicycle Safety Tips, from Someone Who Has Seen Too Many Injuries

Bicycling is fun…healthy…and a great way to spend time outdoors with friends and family. But when bicycles share the road with motor vehicles, this sport can be dangerous, as well. Every year, more than half a million people end up in a hospital emergency room after a bicycle injury—usually minor cuts and scrapes, but a …

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Serious Injury from Heading a Soccer Ball

Research recently revealed that repeatedly heading a soccer ball can lead to concussion-like brain injuries. (To read a HensonFuerst blog about this topic, click here:  https://www.hensonfuerst.com/brain-injury/tbi-lawyer/heading-to-brain-injury/) Now, an even more serious type of injury from heading a soccer ball is discussed in a brief article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  Paraphrasing from the …

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New Year's Celebration Takes a Tragic Turn

Beginning at the stroke of midnight, New Year’s celebrations turn loud. In my semi-rural neighborhood, the fireworks, gun shots, and shotgun blasts lasted a full 30 minutes. It’s a routine way to welcome the new year, but apparently we are lucky to have come away without injuries. According to an article in the Tampa Bay …

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