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More Contaminated Well Water in Raleigh

Last year, we told you about wells in Wake Forest, NC, that were contaminated with a carcinogenic chemical called trichloroethylene (TCE). Now, a new neighborhood faces a different threat to their drinking water. According to an article in the News & Observer, half of the wells in an East Raleigh neighborhood contain excessive levels of …

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Flu Hurts Nursing Homes Residents in More Ways than Illness

The 2012-2013 flu season is turning out to be one of the worst and most dangerous in years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of this week, most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI). Nationwide, 47 states report widespread geographic flu activity. Since …

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Button Batteries are Dangerous for Children and Pets

Lithium disc or “button” batteries–those coin-sized round batteries–are found in many items these day, including mini remote control devices, watches, flameless candles, musical greeting cards, bathroom scales, hearing aids, calculators, and small electronic toys. Because of their small size and appealing shape (looking very much like shiny candy bits), button batteries are frequently swallowed by …

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Doctors Recommend Safety Rules for Cheerleaders

  What do you call an activity requires strength, stamina, flexibility, agility, planning, and coordination with team members?  What if the participants were required to train with weight-training and aerobic exercises?  And what if that activity was performed in gymnasiums, in stadiums, and on outdoor fields?  And what if teams competed regionally and nationally? Sounds like a …

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Docs Warn of Trampoline Dangers for Kids

  “The home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged.” That is the conclusion of a policy statement issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the journal Pediatrics. According to an article on NBCnews.com, Dr. Michele LaBotz believes that pediatricians need to actively discourage recreational trampoline use.  “This is not a toy. It’s a …

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September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Every year, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed on the first day of Fall (get it?). The goal is to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year’s them is “Standing Together to Prevent Falls.” According to the National Council on Aging, most falls can be …

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