Blog Posts in December, 2007

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  • New Snow Skiing Landscapes Call for Increased Helmet Use: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-Dec-2007

    Changes to popular skiing areas over the past decade, from open slopes to more wooded areas, mean that more snowboarders and skiers are moving slowly enough to benefit from the added protection a helmet can provide. The finding is one result of research recently published in the peer-reviewed, quarterly medical journal, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. Each year in the U.S., alone, 60 ...
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  • Preventing Furniture and Large Appliance “Tip-Over” Injuries

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Dec-2007

    Historically, approximately five children are killed each year as a result of tip-over accidents involving televisions or large furniture and appliances in the home, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In most recent years, the incidence of these events has been significanlty higher than normal — since 2000, 100 such fatalities have been reported. If you or ...
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  • Snow-Blower Safty: CPSC Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Dec-2007

    Nearly 600 finger amputations per year are attributable to snow-thrower machines, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Another 5,740 people per year, on average, wind up in the emergency room for other types of thrower-related injuries. Since 1992, at least 19 consumers have been killed by the machines. If you plan to use a snow-thrower for snow removal this winter, ...
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  • 2.5 Million Children Killed or Injured: What Can Parents Do? Home Safety Devices Are Available

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Dec-2007

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 2.5 million children are killed or injured as a result of basic home safety hazards. Most of those deaths and injuries are entirely preventable, and in fact, many of them can be prevented relatively easily, by purchasing and properly utilizing the following 12 commercially-available home safety and child-proofing ...
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  • Surprising Economic Impact of Skateboarding Injuries: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Dec-2007

    If a skateboard is on your shopping list this season, consider the results of recent research conducted at the University of California — Irvine. According to Irvine researchers, the average cost of a skateboarding injury is approximately $3,200. Medical costs comprise two-thirds of that figure, while one-third is wages lost during periods of recovery. Interestingly, researchers discovered ...
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  • Inflatable Air Mattresses Unsafe for Young Children

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Dec-2007

    The holiday season is a time of travel and a time when many households accommodate out-of-town visitors. As available beds become more scarce, many homeowners employ inflatable mattresses to accommodate additional guests. Those inflatable mattresses are too soft for sleeping infants, however, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning that the mattresses are safe only for adults ...
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  • States with Weak Seat Belt Laws Face Higher Rural Traffic Deaths

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Dec-2007

    There is a strong correlation between states that lack stringent seat belt laws and states that suffer high percentages of fatal accidents on rural roads, according to a recent analysis by researchers at the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety at the University of Montana. According to the researchers, while only 21% of Americans live in rural areas, 57% of all highway deaths occur on rural ...
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  • Unnecessary Caesarean Deliveries Linked to Increased Risk of Breathing Problems: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Dec-2007

    An elective caesarian delivery can quadruple the odds that the delivered baby will suffer breathing problems when compared against those babies delivered vaginally or via emergency caesarian section. The finding is the result of research conducted in Denmark and recently published in the British Medical Journal. At 37 weeks of gestation, 2.8% of the babies in the study delivered by intended ...
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  • Nighttime Driving Safety Recommendations

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Dec-2007

    According to the National Safety Council (NSC), traffic death rates triple at night, on average. Nighttime driving is both more difficult and more dangerous than many drivers realize — for drivers of all ages, but particularly for older drivers, who can’t see as well in the dark, and for younger drivers who are more likely to attempt to drive while impaired. By preparing your vehicle ...
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  • Winter Safety Tips for Portable Generators

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Dec-2007

    Winter weather often brings snow, sleet and ice, and consequently, power outages. Although portable generators can offer life-saving benefits during power outages, they can also be dangerous. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the best way to avoid accidents and injuries related to portable generators is to become familiar with their proper operating procedures. The agency recommends ...
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  • Keep Your Holiday Safe: Holiday Party Guidelines

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Dec-2007

    If you’re hosting a holiday party this season, keep in mind that a responsible host protects his or her friends and loved ones by planning in advance to prevent drunk driving. To help with that advance planning, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) offers the following holiday party safety tips to help ensure that your seasonal get-together is both successful and safe: " What Every Host ...
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  • Winter Safety and Injury Prevention Guidelines

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Dec-2007

    Winter can be a healthy and enjoyable season for kids and adults, alike. It can also be a dangerous season. According to experts at Children’s Hospital Boston : "In 2004, nearly 12,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for sledding-related injuries. In 2004, nearly 1,500 children ages 14 and under were treated for snowmobile-related injuries. In 2004, nearly ...
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  • Winter Fire Facts and Prevention Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Dec-2007

    Winter weather brings a higher incidence of home fires every year, many attributable to heating equipment. Many winter fires are also caused by holiday cooking, decorating and entertaining, however. This holiday season, protect your home and family by familiarizing yourself with the following winter home fire facts and safety tips, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association : Facts & ...
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  • PET Scans Found to Improve Lung Cancer Diagnosis

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Dec-2007

    The diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer patients may be improved by routine imaging with positron emission tomography (P.E.T.), according to a recent research review published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Obtaining images of tumors has long been critical in the diagnoses of many cancers, including lung cancer. Until recently, that imaging had been accomplished exclusively ...
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  • Holiday Candle Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Dec-2007

    An estimated 15,600 home fires were ingnited by candles in 2005, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Worse, those candle fires claimed the lives of 150 people, and injured another 1,270. If you plan to decorate with candles this holiday season, do yourself a favor and take time to familiarize yourself with the following candle fire data and safety tips, courtesy of the ...
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  • Common Holiday Dangers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Dec-2007

    The winter holiday season is a time of celebration and relaxation, but according to the Nemours Foundation, additional cooking and home decorating also help to make it a season of increased personal injuries. This year, take time to familiarize yourself with some of the following common holiday dangers, and enjoy a happier, healthier new year: "Poisoning Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, ...
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  • Safety Guidelines for Holiday Toy Shoppers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Dec-2007

    Toy sales peak during the holiday season. Each year at this time, hundreds of new toys flood the market. How can you tell which ones are safe and appropriate for your children and loved ones? The Nemours Foundation recommends the following age-based guidelines to determine appropriate developmental levels and help ensure that you’re buying the safest kinds of gifts this season: " Some ...
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  • Food Safety for Holiday Gatherings

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Dec-2007

    Even the most delicious holiday foods can become dangerous if mishandled. This season, if you’re transporting homemade foods to a family gathering, or planning to prepare food in someone else’s kitchen, follow these tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A) to help ensure that your gathering isn’t spoiled by foodborne illness: " · Plan ahead. Make sure ...
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  • Turducken: Exotic Holiday Dish Requires Special Safety Precautions

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 7-Dec-2007

    Turducken — a layered poultry dish made popular in Louisiana and often served during the holidays — is a deboned stuffed chicken inside a deboned stuffed duck inside a deboned stuffed turkey. Though the finished product closely resembles a whole turkey, it poses more health threats than typical poultry dishes. Safe steps in handling, cooking and storage are important to prevent ...
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  • Cooking for the Holidays? Guard Against Salmonella Poisoning by Properly Cooking Eggs

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 6-Dec-2007

    Cookie dough, homemade eggnog, and stuffing are popular holiday food items, each of which could potentially contain undercooked eggs. Those eggs sometimes host bacteria known as salmonella enteriditis (SE) — bacteria that can cause serious illness in consumers if eggs are handled or cooked improperly. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only 3% of Americans utilize a ...
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  • CPSC Notice: GE, GE Profile, Kenmore Microwave Ovens Recalled

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Dec-2007

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC ), General Electric is recalling approximately 92,000 microwave ovens. The CPSC notice is reproduced below in its entirety. NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2007 Release #08-110 GE’s Recall Hotline: (888) 240-2745 ...
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  • ABCs of Toy Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Dec-2007

    It’s the season of gift giving, and according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), one important key to an enjoyable holiday is to be mindful of the "ABCs" of toy safety: A wareness B enefits C onsumers. Consumers can increase their awareness of gift safety issues by shopping according to CPSC’s Top Safe Shopping Tips this year: "Ride-on Toys – ...
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  • Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Dec-2007

    Decorating for the holidays is one of the most common, most effective ways to express the festive mood of the season. Many holiday decorations pose safety threats when not used properly, however. This holiday season, take steps to ensure that your decorating traditions don’t put you or your loved ones at risk. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) offers the following holiday ...
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  • Aggressive Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer Increasing: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Dec-2007

    According to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, between 1998 and 2003 in the U.S., there was a 150% increase in the number of women who opted to have both breasts surgically removed after being diagnosed with cancer of a single breast. The surgical procedure — Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM) may often be unnecessary, according to researchers, as most affected women ...
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