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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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"My Mother's Head Is So Hard…": First-Hand Lessons From a Fall

Over the past three years, I have written several blogs about preventing falls in the home. (The most recent blog was posted on September 20, 2012, to honor National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. To read that blog, click here: National Falls Prevention Awareness Day). After years of researching information for Health & Safety blogs, I …

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HensonFuerst Attorney Speaks with Wake Forest Residents About Toxic Wells

On Friday, December 7, HensonFuerst attorney Anne Duvoisin  met with Wake Forest residents to discuss possible actions now that some local well water has been found to be contaminated with toxic chemicals. On November 7, 2012, we wrote about the frightening and infuriating news of water contamination in the Wake Forest neighborhood of Stony Hill. …

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Inflatable Bounce Houses Cause Surprising Number of Injuries

Get this:  Everyday, 30 children in the United States are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries sustained in accidents that happen in those happy, jumpy inflatable bounce houses. According to an article published in the journal Pediatrics, and reported on news.MSN.com, the number of bounce-house injuries have been increasing over the past few years. …

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  On December 4, 2012, there will be a public hearing on a new land condemnation project in Watauga and Ashe Counties.  The topic will be the proposed U.S. 221 widening project, from U.S. 421 in Deep Gap to U.S. 221 Business/N.C. 88 in Jefferson. This road widening project will affect the properties, businesses, and …

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Frightening and Infuriating Water Contamination in Wake Forest

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a carcinogenic chemical, capable of causing liver tumors in laboratory animals. Although there have been no studies of the direct effects of TCE in humans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified TCE as a “probable human carcinogen,” based on animal research and studies of individuals exposed to TCE on the …

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New Troubles for Patients Who Received Contaminated Injections

Just when it seemed like the number of illnesses attributed to contaminated steroid injections was leveling off, there are reports of new–and serious–illnesses arising. According to an article in The New York Times, patients recovering from the meningitis outbreak are being struck by a second illness: epidural abscess, an injection near the spine at the …

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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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