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Docs Warn of Trampoline Dangers for Kids

  “The home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged.” That is the conclusion of a policy statement issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the journal Pediatrics. According to an article on NBCnews.com, Dr. Michele LaBotz believes that pediatricians need to actively discourage recreational trampoline use.  “This is not a toy. It’s a …

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September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Every year, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed on the first day of Fall (get it?). The goal is to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year’s them is “Standing Together to Prevent Falls.” According to the National Council on Aging, most falls can be …

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Looking for Answers in Wake Forest Well Water Contamination

At least 21 families are living with a threat of potential cancer after their wells have been found to be contaminated with TCE–a cancer-causing cleaning agent. According to an article on WRAL.com, the water was likely contaminated by two small circuit board assembly companies that were formerly located on Stony Hill Road near Wake Forest. …

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Burn Risk from Common Topical Muscle and Joint Pain Relievers

If you can purchase a medication or cream in a supermarket without a prescription, it has to be safe…right?  Not necessarily. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an advisory for common over-the-counter (OTC) topical muscle and joint pain relievers, including Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, Icy Hot, and Mentholatum. The various formulations–which include creams, lotions, …

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