Injury Prevention

Making Teen Driving Safety a 2012 Resolution

Car wrecks are the leading cause of death among North Carolina teens, and crashes are surprisingly common. In NC, teenage drivers are involved in car wrecks approximately every 24 minutes. According to research, the most common mistakes that cause teen wrecks are speeding, inattention and distraction, and failure to yield. And while drunk driving is …

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Top Medical and Drug Stories of 2011

Medical stories are some of the most heartbreaking:  You trust your health to a doctor or hospital, and something goes wrong. Maybe you end up sicker than you were before. Sometimes, the error may result in death. Here is a round-up of the most important medical and drug stories of the year. (To read any …

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Holiday "Booze It & Lose It" Campaign Has Begun

State and local law enforcement officers will be working to keep motorists safe this celebratory season with the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted across North Carolina, now through Monday, Jan. 2. This is part of the ongoing effort by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) to …

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Thanksgiving "Click It or Ticket" Campaign Underway

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign is in force throughout North Carolina, from now through Sunday, November 27, 2011. The Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign is designed to crack down on motorists who are not wearing their seat belts. “It is the law to wear your seat belt, no matter …

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Pharmacist Changes May Reduce Drug Injuries

Pharmacists are highly trained professionals. They are proficient in biology, chemistry, public health, and pharmacology. They are trained to dispense prescription drugs, while also advising patients and physicians about drug interactions, dosages, and side effects. Some pharmacists also compound new medicines by mixing ingredients. But lately, these drug experts have been stuck behind the counter …

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Staying Safer After Carotid Stenting

Results of a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggest guidelines for patients that could help keep them safer after carotid stenting. In fact, this advice might even save lives. A stent is a tiny tube that acts to keep an artery open, allowing blood to flow properly. Stents …

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