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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

April marks the 25th Anniversary of Alcohol Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “One Too Many.” According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), alcohol causes: One too many…deaths from drunk drivers. One too many…children born with fetal alcohol syndrome. One too many…risky behaviors. One too many…families torn apart by alcoholism. One …

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An Easier Way to Find Product Recall Information

In January, President Barack Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which called for a more user-friendly recall search engine. That new search engine is now online and available to everyone. It allows you to search for recalls of any product regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including: Cosmetics …

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The Sweet Smell of Carcinogens

Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, shampoos, air fresheners, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and “odor neutralizing” sprays–all come in a variety of chemically created scents, and many of the chemicals are classified as toxic. A study reported in ScienceDaily reported that 25 commonly used scented products emit an average of 17 chemicals each. Of the 133 different chemicals …

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Older Adults With Limitations Benefit from Volunteering

It seems counterintuitive, but research shows that volunteering can provide health benefits…even for older adults who have physical limitations that make daily activities difficult. “As functional limitations increase, the risk of dying increases, but not among those who volunteered,” said Morris Okun, an Arizona State University professor of psychology [and lead author of the study]. …

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Five Steps To Eliminating Traffic Deaths

Want to totally eliminate motor vehicle fatalities in North Carolina?  Dr. Herb Garrison, head of the East Carolina Injury Prevention Program, knows how…and he has outlined his methods in the latest issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal. The article, written with coauthor Jennifer Smith, is titled: Is Fatality-Free Travel on North Carolina’s Streets and …

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Concussions Affect Women More Than Men

A recent article in The Globe and Mail (a newspaper out of Toronto, Canada) reports on new research  that suggest that: Women are more likely than men to suffer a sports-related concussion; Women have more severe symptoms in the days immediately following the concussion; Women may experience symptoms for a longer period of time than …

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