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Winners of the 2011 HensonFuerst "My PSA Contest!" Announced

You watched the entries… you voted… and now HensonFuerst Attorneys are proud to announce the winners of this year’s Bicycle Safety PSA Contest. Each year, we challenge students from eastern North Carolina students to use their imaginations and create a 30-second video about the importance of bicycle safety. In previous years, we limited the contest …

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Hazardous Antipsychotic Drugs

The New York Times published an eye-opening article about how some antipsychotic drugs given to the elderly are dangerous, and even potentially lethal. Nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents, nearly all of them with dementia, are given powerful atypical antipsychotic drugs even though the medicines increase the risks of death and are not approved …

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NC Takes a Step Backward on ATV Safety Regulation

North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill loosening the safety rules for adult riders of all-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs. This means that when the bill goes into effect on October 1, 2011, adults will be exempt from wearing helmets and eye protection while riding on private property. This is just plain goofy. Governor Beverly Purdue …

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Tips to Prevent an Accidental Medication Overdose

Got a headache…stomachache…cough…allergies?  Chances are you have some common drugs in your medicine cabinet. We read the labels, take a pill or a teaspoon of liquid, and move on with our lives. Most of us don’t think twice about the risks of over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, accidental overdose–in adults and small children–is more common than most people …

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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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