The Subtle Dangers of Low-Level Falls

If you’ve ever slipped off a curb or stumbled while descending the final step on a flight of stairs, you’ve probably laughed it off as ‘not a big deal.’ But while low-level falls don’t always result in severe injuries, they can be surprisingly dangerous — particularly among seniors or those with pre-existing injuries. Unfortunately, low-level falls are becoming increasingly common. Recent analysis of data from the National Trauma Data Bank suggests that the rate of fatal falls among elderly adults increased by 55 percent between 1993 and 2003. Based on this research, experts believe that 30 percent of adults over…

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Thanksgiving Travel Dangers — And What to Do About Them

Thanksgiving is almost here — and you’re eager to hit the road. Whether you plan on driving for a few minutes or a few hours, your journey may be more perilous than you suspect; data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates an uptick of 19 percent in traffic accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday. Read on to learn about the most significant Thanksgiving travel dangers — and what you can do to stay safe. Increased Traffic Traffic isn’t just a workweek phenomenon; Thanksgiving can spark truly frustrating jams. Combine the usual pitfalls of traffic with drivers determined to arrive…

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Timely Facts About Fall Sports Head Injuries

From Little League to the NFL, traumatic brain injuries are increasingly of concern in all levels of athletics. Highlighted below, recent statistics shed light on the scope of the problem: Injuries On the Rise Traumatic brain injuries have plagued athletes for decades, but all signs point to an increase in prevalence. Data from the High School Reporting Information Online injury surveillance system indicates that participation in main high school athletic categories increased 1.04 fold between 2005 and 2015; meanwhile, concussions in these sports increased a shocking 2.2 fold. Not Just Football When most people think about sport-related brain injuries, they…

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Are You Vulnerable to Lead Exposure? What to Know Before Working With Contractors

It is currently common knowledge that lead exposure can cause severe health problems — particularly for young children. But while lead-based paint has long been banned in new construction, it remains a considerable risk in millions of homes built before lead was widely recognized as a threat. In pristine condition, lead-based paint does not necessarily harm homeowners — but that all changes when general contractors enter the picture. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones as you proceed with home renovation projects: Lead-Safe Certification Issued in 2008 and recently reaffirmed, the EPA’s Renovation, Repair…

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Halloween Tips and Tricks for Parents of Toddlers: How to Handle First-Time Trick-Or-Treating

For decades, trick-or-treating has been a Halloween rite of passage. Kids love the costumes and the candy, but parents? Not necessarily. For parents of toddlers (especially first-time trick-or-treaters), this holiday is little more than a source of stress. From scary houses to excessive sugar, a lot can go wrong. Follow these simple steps to ensure more treats than tricks: Avoid Elaborate Costumes Preteens love to go all out with crazy costumes, but with toddlers, simple is always best. When in doubt, avoid fancy headpieces or other elaborate accessories. Most toddlers struggle with masks, so opt for nontoxic face paint instead….

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Are Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in the DC Area?

Pedestrians in the DC area are advised to become extra vigilant as they are walking along the streets of our communities. Local crashes are leaving a string of victims, many of whom are seriously injured and others whose death leaves a mourning family. The first concern in attempting to prevent a spike from becoming a trend is to make drivers and pedestrians aware of the situation and re-educate everyone on basic safety guidelines for sharing the roads and obeying traffic signals. Are Pedestrian Accidents Getting Out of Hand in the DC Area? Listed below are just a handful of recent…

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Nootropics: How Safe Are They, Exactly?

In a competitive workforce and academic sphere, employees and students are more desperate than ever to gain an edge on the competition. Several believe that nootropics — drugs specifically designed to enhance cognitive function — represent that edge. Proponents claim that nootropics are highly beneficial and 100 percent safe, but a growing body of research suggests otherwise. Read on to learn more about these drugs — and why experts are sounding the alarm. Defining Nootropics Much of the danger surrounding nootropics lies in the struggle to define and classify these substances. Depending on whom you ask, nootropics could include dietary…

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The Hidden Dangers of Infant Walkers — Why Doctors Are Calling For a Ban

Baby walkers may be cute, but experts warn that they’re deceptively dangerous. According to an alarming NPR report, walkers are responsible for over 2,000 hospital emergency room visits every year. Additionally, a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that 230,000 children under the age of 15 months were treated in United States emergency departments for walker-related injuries such as concussions and skull fractures. Read on to learn more about the dangers of walkers — and how they cause developmental delays. Why Are Walkers So Dangerous? Experts have long regarded walkers as a hazard. Already in 1994, the Consumer…

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Is the E-Cigarette Trend Actually an Epidemic?

Cigarette smoking has seen huge declines in the last few decades, only to be replaced by an alarming alternative: e-cigarettes. Marketed as safer, these battery-operated devices allow users to inhale aerosols, which frequently contain nicotine. New data from the Centers for Disease Control suggests that over nine million American adults regularly vape or smoke e-cigarettes. Perhaps more alarmingly, these products are a hit among teenage smokers — and they often serve as a gateway drug to cigarettes or cigars. Experts worry that e-cigarette use has reached epidemic proportions — are their fears overblown? The Dangers of E-Cigarettes While users largely…

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What Parents of Newly Minted Drivers Can Do to Protect Their Teens

Your teenager recently aced parallel parking and the rest of the driver’s test. Now, it’s time to hit the road. As parent, however, you’re naturally wary. After all, car crashes remain a top killer for adolescents. You can’t monitor your teen at all times, but you can provide an element of protection from afar. Follow these tips to keep your teen safe on the road: Select Vehicles With Teen Driver Mode Several of today’s finest vehicles feature driving modes specifically designed to address parent concerns. Chevrolet, for example, provides teen driving technology to monitor young drivers’ behavior and, if necessary,…

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