Safety

Preventing Bedsores

If your loved one has become bedridden due to illness or infirmity, it is important to take steps to prevent bedsores, also known as “pressure ulcers,” which are areas of broken skin caused by the pressure of lying in one spot too long without moving. Bedsores themselves cause pain, but worse than that, if left …

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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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More Teen Driver Deaths in 2011

A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that more teen drivers are dying on the road. Researchers compared the statistics from the first six months of 2010 and the first six months of 2011. Results showed that, nationwide, the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 190 to 211–an …

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Speak Up Today for Years of Cycling & Walking Safety

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs.  If you walk, run, or ride a bike, this should be of concern to you since these programs help ensure that roads are designed with greater attention to the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. Without these programs, these basic …

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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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