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ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – For young people who ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) without a helmet, the risk of head trauma is an established and serious concern. New research, however, finds that these vehicles may also pose a high risk for severe chest injuries. "I believe that many parents are unaware of how serious ATV-related injuries can be," said the study's author, Dr. Kelly Hagedorn. She's a radiology resident at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. "Some parents view ATVs as being more similar to bicycles. However, many of the injury patterns are more similar to those sustained in motor vehicle collisions," she explained. ATVs are motorized recreational vehicles with three or four tires, designed for off-road use. Because they can weigh 300 to 400 pounds and travel at speeds of up to 75 miles an hour, ATVs can often be involved in ... Read more

Related support groups: Head Injury, Head Injury with Intracranial Hemorrhage, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness, Prevention of Fractures, Asphyxia

Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – About 4 percent of U.S. teens surveyed admit to trying the "choking game" – a potentially deadly game of temporary strangulation. And new research suggests that kids who "play" the game alone are much more likely to harbor thoughts of suicide. The so-called choking game is the practice of using hands, fingers or external wrapping materials – such as a belt, tie or noose – to apply strong pressure against the carotid arteries lining either side of the neck. Located on the right and left side of the windpipe, these arteries are critical conveyors of blood and oxygen to the brain. By interrupting the usual blood flow, and then suddenly removing pressure to restore flow, individuals reportedly trigger a short-lived feeling of euphoria. But, the practice carries a high risk for asphyxiation, loss of consciousness, and even death. And the risks grow when "players" ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Asphyxia

Baby Swings, Car Seats Not Safe for Sleeping

Posted 24 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 – Using car seats, swings, bouncers and other carrying devices as sleeping places for infants puts them at risk for injury or death, a new study warns. "Many parents use sitting or carrying devices, not realizing that there are hazards when they do this," said study author Dr. Erich Batra, of Penn State Medical Center, in Hershey, Pa. "Infants and young children should not be left unsupervised [awake or asleep] when using a sitting or carrying device due to the risk of suffocation and death," Batra said. Researchers reviewed 47 deaths among children younger than age 2 that occurred in sitting and carrying devices and were reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission between April 2004 and December 2008. All but one of the deaths were caused by asphyxiation. Two-thirds occurred in car seats, and 52 percent of those deaths were caused by strangulation ... Read more

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