How Concussions Can Lead to Accelerated Brain Aging: A Summary of the Science

Athletic concussions regularly hit headlines, but brain injuries are also alarmingly common outside of professional sports. A poll from NPR and Truven Health Analytics suggests that approximately one-quarter of Americans have suffered at least one concussion at some point. The long-term cognitive health implications could be staggering, as we reveal below: Issues with Executive Functioning While a growing body of research suggests that concussions can negatively impact a variety of brain processes, the effects are most evident with executive functioning. Impairments to the frontal lobe may leave sufferers struggling to focus or control their impulses. Brain scan data from the…

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All About the New Smoke Detector Recall: Part II

If you own a smoke detector manufactured by Kidde, you might need a replacement. We’ve already discussed the types of smoke detectors impacted by a recent recall and what the replacement process entails. Next, we’ll delve into the reasons for the recall — and what this says about fire safety and emergency plans moving forward: Why Were Kidde’s Smoke Alarms Recalled? When products are recalled, many people take the announcement at face value. Often, this means taking the most basic steps to secure their replacements without actually bothering to figure out why the originals were compromised in the first place….

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All About the New Smoke Detector Recall: Part I

You rely on your smoke detector to warn you of danger you might otherwise be unable to discern. This key tool could spell the difference between life or death in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, not all smoke detectors are as reliable as manufacturers claim. This is evident based on a recent recall, which has consumers understandably worried. Most people don’t know which types of smoke detectors they have or how they function, so you’ll definitely want to check if you purchased your detector after early 2019. Keep reading to learn which smoke alarms are problematic and how you…

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How to (Safely) Enjoy Your Outdoor Fire Pits

Those cool summer nights spent sitting around a fire pit with friends and family are upon us. But before you light up your fires, it is a good idea to revisit some fire safety tips and make sure you are complying with your local county’s fire pit regulations. For basic fire safety, Consumer Reports offers five tips to help keep you safe. First, pick a safe place for your fire. Ideally, this means 20 to 25 feet away from anything that could burn. For yards with less space, Consumer Reports recommends keeping at least a 10-foot buffer zone. Second, be…

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How Strength and Balance Training Can Help Seniors Avoid Slip And Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries are both common and devastating for seniors, who are vulnerable to everything from concussions to broken bones. While these accidents can’t always be avoided, certain exercises can reduce risk by making it easier to maintain your balance or respond quickly to a sudden slip. The following moves are especially helpful: Sit to Stand This simple exercise improves both leg strength and general balance. All it requires is a sturdy chair. Begin by sitting with your feet flat on the ground. Position yourself near the front of the seat. Lean your chest towards your toes to shift…

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Playing Spring Sports While Social Distancing — How to Have Fun AND Stay Injury-Free

  Competitive and recreational sports are starting to return after a long COVID-prompted break. Athletes are eager to hit the field, but even in outdoor environments, some element of risk remains. Still, it’s possible to get involved in spring sports without compromising your health, as we explain below: Avoid Locker Rooms So far, evidence suggests that limited spread occurs during actual athletic events. The bigger problem? Indoor settings such as restrooms and locker rooms, where athletes are more likely to be in close contact — often without masks. While changing prior to and after events may seem inconvenient, it’s the…

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Supreme Court Makes Suing Corporations Over Defective and Dangerous Products Easier

  The Supreme Court recently released a unanimous 8-0 ruling that will help individuals injured by defective and dangerous products overcome jurisdictional hurdles in filing a lawsuit. The case, Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, involved two car accidents – one occurring in Montana and another in Minnesota. The first accident involved a driver traveling near her home when her Ford Explorer’s tread suddenly separated from a read tire. The second incident stemmed from a Ford vehicle with an air bag that failed to deploy. The consolidated lawsuits were each brought in the states where the respective…

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How to Avoid Injury While Building a Snowman or Enjoying Other Snow And Ice Projects

From snowman and snow fort building to ice sculpture carving, a variety of winter activities allow you to show off your creativity and indulge your inner child. Unfortunately, many of these pursuits are surprisingly dangerous. While many people take precautions for shoveling snow and clearing ice, they don’t consider the possibility that they might suffer injuries during such seemingly innocent activities as building snowmen.There’s no need to sacrifice outdoor fun this winter; follow these steps to stay safe: Dress For the Weather It seems obvious, but warm winter clothing can reduce your risk of suffering frostbite or hypothermia. The key…

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Crazy Winter Sports That Lead to Excessive Injuries

Winter sports that make the most of the snow and ice may be exciting, but they also tend to be among the most dangerous outdoor activities. These can lead to a variety of injuries, including everything from broken bones to concussions. The following winter activities are especially risky: Skijoring Nordic skiing provides a great workout and a winter version of runner’s high, but it can be even more fun when accompanied by man’s best friend. Skijoring brings dogs (and sometimes, horses) into the mix, with incorporated animals towing their human companions through the snow. This can be exceedingly dangerous, as…

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Anxiety and Depression After an Injury: How Common Is It And What Can You Do?

There are many facets to post-injury recovery, including not only rest and healing, but also, regaining long-term strength and dealing with oft-ignored mental health concerns. If the potential for anxiety and depression are not tackled early on, these issues could add significant difficulties to the already challenging prospect of physical recovery. Keep reading to learn more about the prevalence of mental health issues following physical injuries — and to discover how these concerns can be addressed. How Common Are Mental Health Problems After Injury? The potential for developing depression or anxiety largely depends on the nature of the injury. These…

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