February Is National Heart Month: Tips For Achieving a Healthy Heart Now And Year-Round

The Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day may be your February high points, but there’s far more to this month than chocolate and chicken wings. It’s also National Heart Month — a key opportunity to raise awareness of the concerning role heart disease plays in modern society. Think of this as your second shot at a New Year’s resolution: the chance to reassess your habits and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Incorporate the following practices into your daily routine to protect your heart this month and throughout the year: Eat More Fruits And Veggies Eating healthy can feel like a struggle…

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Strong, Small Magnets Are an Ingestion Risk for Children

Most parents know the dangers of children accidentally swallowing small parts that could break off toys or other objects—parts this size create a choking hazard. However, small magnets pose an additional danger of causing severe internal damage if the magnets affect each other once swallowed. Children’s toy makers generally exclude small magnets and small parts to avoid this danger, but they both can be included in accessories marketed towards adults. Tiny Magnetic Decorations Rare-earth magnets are powerful, tiny magnets often sold as stress relievers or as a customizable desk decoration. Many manufacturers include warnings on the packaging to keep away…

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Are Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in the DC Area?

Pedestrians here in the DC area are keeping an eye over their shoulder as they are walking along the streets of our communities. Local crashes are leaving a string of victims injured and, in some cases, leaving families to mourn. Drivers take the safety of those around them into their hands when they get behind the wheel, and we clearly need our drivers to be more conscientious. However, even simple day-to-day awareness on the part of the pedestrian can sometimes be enough for them to foresee and avoid a potential disaster. Are Pedestrian Accidents Getting Out of Hand in the…

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Voluntary Recalls of Over 165,000 Inclined Infant Sleepers

The CPSC has announced new recalls totaling more than 165,000 inclined sleepers across four manufacturers. Summer Infant, Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., and Graco voluntarily recalled these products in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no incidents or injuries reported to the CPSC for the recalled products. However, these recalls are precautionary since there have been many infant fatalities associated with inclined sleepers from other manufacturers. The recalls include the Summer Infant “SwaddleMe By Your Bed”, Evenflo “Pillo Portable Napper”, Graco “Little Lounger Rocking Seat”, and multiple inclined sleeper models from Delta Enterprise Corp. For a full…

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What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Do you feel moody, tired, or overwhelmed during specific times of the year? If so, you may suffer from a mental health issue that plagues millions of Americans: seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although it remains widely misunderstood, awareness of this problem is on the rise. The sooner you can identify it and seek help, the easier you’ll find it to get through the year’s most miserable seasons. Signs And Symptoms SAD symptoms can vary dramatically from one person to the next, to the point that the timing of the disorder is often more indicative than the symptoms themselves. Issues typically…

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Staying Safe in the ICU: Tips and Insights to Make Your ICU Experience Healthier And More Comfortable

Trips to the intensive care unit (ICU) are notoriously nerve-wracking. A single visit to this fast-paced environment could result in a myriad of interventions, few of which you will likely understand. Add the heightened risk of infection and a touch of personal anxiety, and it’s easy to see why this setting is so miserable for so many patients. You’re not doomed to suffer, however. A few simple steps could transform your ICU trip from awful to manageable. Seek Clarification During your time in the ICU, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals may use terms or phrases you find confusing. When…

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Skiing And Snowboarding Safety Tips You Might Not Already Know About

Winter activities may be exciting, but they’re also dangerous. Experts at the Center for Injury Research and Policy highlight the wrists and arms as chief areas of injury for snowboarders, while skiers more commonly encounter issues with their knees, heads, or faces. Serious incidents often involve traumatic brain injuries, which are the leading cause of death in both sports. Thankfully, a variety of precautions can minimize these risks. Wear Proper Safety Equipment Far too many skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes without bothering to invest in necessary equipment. No matter how advanced their skill level, winter athletes can benefit from…

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Types of Wintry Mixes And Hazards They Might Cause

It’s no secret that winter roads are hazardous, but not all cold weather conditions look exactly alike. Each type of wintry mix prompts its own unique annoyances and hazards. Knowing the difference is critical before you hit the road. Freezing Rain At first glance, freezing rain may look like conventional showers. This form of precipitation is deceptively dangerous, however, as it transforms into a translucent layer of ice as soon as temperatures drop below freezing. This makes both driving and walking extremely dangerous, especially if ice prompted by freezing rain is covered by a thin layer of snow. If possible,…

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Public Concern Over Thousands of Unsafe Products Sold By Amazon Through Third Party Vendors

People usually assume shady internet transactions involve anonymous Craigslist ads or the dark web, not the world’s largest internet retailer. However, a recent study by The Wall Street Journal found that Amazon had over 4,000 unsafe items listed for sale on their website at a given time. The deficiencies varied by product, but items had in common federal agency warnings or prohibitions regarding their safety. Infractions varied from missing or misleading warning labels, to outright dangerous and banned products. The largest category of items were those that posed a choking hazard to children. Other products were found to have high…

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