Health and Safety

WINNERS of the 2012 HensonFuerst PSA Contest for Bicycle Safety

Wow! The talent in North Carolina schools is impressive! After a tough deliberation, we are finally able to announce the winners of our fourth annual bicycle safety public service announcement (PSA) contest: In the middle school category, the first-place winner is Makaila Roberts, 7th grade student at West Edgecombe Middle School in Rocky Mount; In …

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Parents Surprised by Playground Slide Risk to Toddlers

Good parents concerned with their children’s safety on the playground are shocked when their toddlers break a leg. The parents are devastated when they discover that they caused the injury. According to an article in The New York Times, broken legs are a “common” injury among toddlers who ride down slides (especially spiral slides) on …

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Repeat After Me: "Did You Wash Your Hands?"

Health writers are very savvy when it comes to medical procedures. They talk with doctors, nurses, and medical researchers daily, and they read medical journals the way the rest of us read Sports Illustrated or People magazines. That’s what makes the opinion piece in the latest issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association …

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Half of All Store-Bought Chicken is Contaminated

When it comes to the dangers of raw chicken, most people immediately think of Salmonella. And yes, raw chicken is definitely susceptible to Salmonella. But a new study reveals that E. coli is also surprisingly common. According to an article in The New York Times, researchers bought and tested packaged raw chicken products from 10 …

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Celexa Can Cause Heart Abnormalities

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued safety information about popular antidepressant medication Celexa (generic name: citalopram hydrobromide). Celexa is in the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which make more of the brain chemical serotonin available to brain cells. In August 2011, the FDA issued a Drug Safety …

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