Health and Safety

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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Coffee with Coworkers May Increase Your Lifespan

Don’t think of Monday as the start of a rough work week–think of it as another opportunity to improve your health. The trick is to have supportive relationships with your coworkers. Research published in the journal Health Psychology found that companies that offer a friendly work environment and encourage supportive relationships have employees that live longer. …

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When Bargains & Garage Sales Can Be Dangerous

Do you brake for yard sales?  Bargain-hunt on Craigslist?  Raid Grandma’s attic for useful items? You may unintentionally bring home danger. According to an article in The New York Times, there are many items that should never be handed down or passed along. And the list is lengthy! Baby cribs, for instance: From 2007 to …

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