Electric Scooters Are Sending People to the Emergency Room

Scooters are becoming more and more popular, especially in cities, where commuters might find a car to be inconvenient. A scooter allows for rapid transit along city streets without the hassle of parking. As scooter use increases, however, emergency room visits have sky-rocketed. Injuries It is common for scooter accidents to cause broken noses, wrists and shoulders, as well as facial fractures and lacerations. As with any other kind of vehicular accident, the victim may sustain permanent brain damage from blunt head trauma. At this time there is no national data on scooter injuries, but if you talk to emergency…

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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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Food Safety Education Month – Key Things to Know

Foodborne illness is no joke; every year, these diseases strike one in six Americans. Of these, 128,000 end up in the hospital and at least 3,000 die. During Food Safety Education Month, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerts Americans to the risks everyday meals can pose. This year, don’t ignore the problem; read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Food Should Be Cooked And Served at the Right Temperature You regularly check the temperature of meals while cooking, but what about when serving a meal? Both are important. According to…

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Medical Implant Devices and the FDA: User Beware? (part 2)

We previously discussed an ongoing public health concern where the FDA’s approval process for medical devices appears to be dangerously lacking—to the point that many devices get released to market without a clinical trial. What does this truth mean for you or your loved ones who might need an implanted medical device? What steps can you take to stay safe? Do Your Own Research If your doctor recommends a certain medical device, you don’t have to assume it’s safe because your doctor says so. Find out about the device—not just what it is and what it does, but who makes…

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Medical Implant Devices and the FDA: User Beware? (part 1)

When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approves a medical device designed to improve your health, can you assume the device is safe? Not so fast, according to some critics. Modern medicine relies more and more on implantable medical devices to help certain patients—from artificial hips and knees to coronary stents and pacemakers, from cataract lenses to breast implants. Yet remarkably, as author/reporter Jeanne Lenzer points out in a recent interview, less than 1 percent of FDA-approved medical devices even undergo clinical trials. (By comparison, drugs must go through at least two trials prior to approval.) Even devices considered…

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