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Tainted Wipes Linked To Brain Damage, Deaths

Before every injections…before every catheter insertion…before anytime the skin needs to be punctured, the first step is to wipe the skin with an alcohol prep pad. Those are the little packets of rubbing alcohol-soaked gauze that are ever-present in hospitals and doctors’ offices. The alcohol pads sterilize the skin so that an injection is as …

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Lead Paint Contamination in Garner Daycare

This story is very disturbing. According to an article on WRAL.com, county inspectors found hazardous levels of lead paint inside Ridoutt’s Daycare Center. The facility closed its doors after receiving the final environmental lead investigation report on July 5. The report (available here: Wake County Lead Investigation Report) reported that hazardous levels of paint were …

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Another Sports Star Talks About Concussion Effects

His career is not well known here in the United States, but his pain may someday have an effect on the treatment of sports head injuries. Last Friday (July 8, 2011) Canadian Football Hall of Famer Matt Dunigan gave an emotional televised interview about his personal fight with post-concussion syndrome. The story was reported on …

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Memory Loss More Likely in the South

Here in North Carolina, as in many other southern states, we have a higher-than-average risk of cardiovascular disease, leading medical experts to call the band of high-risk states “the Stroke Belt.” Why? Well, no one really knows for sure. There are a few theories: That people in the south share some genetic susceptibility… that southerners …

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