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Cheerleaders Are Athletes, part 2: Just Chunk It

Last week, in part one of this 3-part blog on Cheer safety, we told you about why it was important for Cheer to be recognized as a sport: namely, safety. Schools are required to provide trained coaches for athletes, and “real” sports are provided with the space and equipment necessary for safe practice. Cheer squads …

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North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

May 1-7, 2011, is North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. NAOSH Week is intended to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment. This is just one tool the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members use throughout the year to promote …

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Engineers Develop Portable Test for Concussion

This is not generally available yet, but engineers at Georgia Tech may have developed a simple way to diagnose concussion. If tests are as conclusive as expected, we may soon be seeing these devices on football fields and many other athletic events. The test goes like this:  The person who received a head injury walks …

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Cheerleaders Are Athletes, Part One

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? That sure …

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Exciting Changes to Nursing Homes Compare Website

For years we’ve been telling you about the Nursing Home Compare 5-star ratings posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The ratings help consumers evaluate the quality and safety of nursing homes across the country. Today, CMS has made three changes to Nursing Home Compare: Information about how consumers can file complaints …

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News About Old Drugs

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been busy! Earlier this month, we wrote about the FDA’s new search engine to find information about drug and food product recalls (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/). Now, they are also giving us information about two other medication-related topics: expiration dates and drug disposal. Medication Expiration Dates The other day, I …

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Three Common Mistakes Made by Teen Drivers

Compared with middle-aged driver, teen drivers are 10 times more likely to be involved in a car wreck. There have been lots of theories why, but now we know the actual reasons. Researchers analyzed  information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 795 serious crashes involving drivers who where 15 to 18 years old. …

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