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Health Tip: Prevent Fire Deaths and Injuries

Posted 23 Nov 2017 by

-- The American Red Cross says it responds to more than 64,000 disasters annually – mostly home fires. Every day, about seven people are killed and 36 people hurt in home fires. The organization's goal is to cut these numbers by 25 percent by the year 2020. Here's what you can do to help, the Red Cross says: Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms monthly. If any aren't working, change the batteries. Talk with every family member about a fire escape plan. Practice the plan twice a year. If a fire breaks out, leave the home as quickly as possible and call for help immediately. Never go back inside. Read more

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How to Stay Out of the ER This Thanksgiving

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – Taking some simple precautions can help keep you and your family healthy over the Thanksgiving holiday, says an emergency medicine expert. "A few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in news release from the organization. First, follow food safety guidelines. This means washing your hands thoroughly after handling uncooked meat and keeping it separate from other foods. Sanitize any surface that touches raw food. Refrigerate all leftovers within two hours. If you have allergies and did not cook the meal yourself, ask about the ingredients and how the food was prepared. Drink in moderation, the doctors' group advises. And, do not drink and drive. In addition, carefully plan and prepare meals so you ... Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Burns - External, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime Ones

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests. Experiments with skin cells and other cells in mice showed that daytime wounds healed about twice as fast as nighttime wounds. Then, when analyzing the wound recovery for 118 people with burn injuries, the researchers found that wounds that had occurred at night took 60 percent longer to heal than those that had occurred during the day. The body clock, also called your circadian rhythm, regulates wound healing by skin cells and optimizes healing during the day, the researchers concluded. They added that this could prove helpful for surgery and other medical procedures and might also lead to new drugs to improve wound healing. "We've shown that the daily cycles in our body clock control how well cells can repair damaged ... Read more

Related support groups: Burns - External, Scrapes, Minor Burns, Minor Cuts, Wound Infection, Minor Skin Conditions

Robots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room Soon

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Hospitals are jumping on a tech trend, enlisting the help of germ-killing robots to tackle a potentially life-threatening but preventable issue: health care-associated infections. For instance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville will begin deploying robots this month to protect hospitalized patients from harmful germs, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci). The medical center's first inpatient area to utilize the germ-killing robots will be the Vanderbilt Regional Burn Center. After patients are sent home, their rooms will be cleaned with the usual liquid disinfectants and then a robot will be wheeled into the room to perform additional cleaning. The robot will flood the room with enough ultraviolet (UV) radiation to kill microscopic germs that may still be lurking on surfaces, ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Burns - External, Viral Infection, Wound Infection

Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – First-degree burns are common and many can be treated at home, a dermatologist says. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, first-degree burns involve only the top layer of skin and often occur after contact with hot surfaces, like a curling iron or a stove. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. A first-degree burn may cause red and painful skin and mild swelling. "Although first-degree burns aren't as serious as higher-degree burns, they can hurt quite a bit and can leave a scar if not properly treated," Dr. Darrell Rigel, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University, said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Rigel offered tips on how to treat the burn. Cool it by immediately immersing the burn site in cool tap water or by applying cold, wet compresses. Continue for about 10 minutes or until the pain eases. Apply petroleum jelly ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Burns - External, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer. It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population. In a new study, researchers at the University of Ottawa examined firefighters' exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in smoke from fires. PAHs can cause genetic mutations and are known carcinogens. They are one of the hazardous substances released into the air when wood, plastics, furniture, electronics or building materials burn. The researchers collected urine samples from – and also wiped the skin and clothing of – more than two dozen Canadian firefighters before and after they responded to fires in 2015 and 2016. On average, the levels ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Burns - External, Diagnosis and Investigation

Health Tip: Suggestions for a Healthy Halloween

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by

-- Children look forward to Halloween more than many other holidays, but the occasion doesn't come without potential dangers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests how to keep your family safer on Halloween: Store-bought costumes should be labeled "flame-resistant." If you make your own costume, use flame-resistant fabrics, such as polyester or nylon. Kids should wear bright, reflective costumes. Or add strips of reflective tape, so they'll be more visible. Children should always use a flashlight for better visibility. Kids should wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure vision. Test the makeup first to see if it causes an allergic reaction. Children should never wear decorative contact lenses. Carefully inspect all candy. Check for allergens before allowing your child to eat any treats. Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe From Fire and Heat

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by

-- It's important to teach children from a young age the danger of fire. By setting clear and concise fire-safety rules, you will decrease the likelihood of dangerous burns. TheU.S. Fire Administration offers these suggestions: Keep children at least three feet away from anything hot, such as candles,space heaters and stovetops. Keep smoking materials locked up in an out-of-reach place, Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them. Never play with lighters or matches when you are with children. Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Safe During a Lightning Storm

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

-- Thunder and lightning storms are a fixture of summer's heat and humidity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to stay safe when lightning is near: As soon as you hear thunder, go inside, preferably in a safe building. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. If you cannot find shelter, remain as low to the ground in a crouching position with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Do not go near water during a thunderstorm, because lightning can travel through plumbing. Do not use electronic equipment, because lightning can travel through electrical systems. Corded phones should not be used during a thunderstorm, but cordless or cellular phones are safe. Avoid direct contact with concrete floors and walls, because lightning can travel through metal wires or girders embedded in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Seek Safety From Lightning

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by

-- If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, go inside immediately. If that's not possible, the National Weather Service suggests: Stay away from open fields, hilltops and ridge tops. Avoid tall objects, including single trees. In the woods, gather near a group of low trees. If you are with several people, stand apart to avoid the possibility of sharing lightning current. If you're camping, choose a low area. But remember that a tent offers no protection from lightning. Avoid anything that's wet. Also steer clear of metal objects, including fences and poles. Read more

Related support groups: Burns - External, Minor Burns

Eye Docs Debunk 5 Fireworks Myths

Posted 2 Jul 2017 by

SUNDAY, July 2, 2017 – Firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets may seem harmless enough, but there's really no such thing as safe fireworks for consumers, eye doctors warn. Each year, about 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated at U.S. emergency departments. Most of those cases involve children, including many who suffer eye injuries, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Most of the injuries are caused by legal fireworks that parents buy for their children, such as sparklers, firecrackers and Roman candles, according to the AAO. The group debunks five top fireworks myths. Myth 1. Sparklers are safe for young children. False. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees – that's hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers are responsible for most fireworks-related injuries among children age 5 and younger. Myth 2. It's safe to watch nearby fireworks if you don't light ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Burns - External, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Summer Fun Is Not Without Hazards

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Preventable deaths spike during the summer in the United States. But, following some simple safety measures can reduce accidents, the National Safety Council says. "Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the public service organization. In 2015, there were more than 146,500 preventable deaths in the United States from causes such as drowning, poisoning, traffic crashes, choking and fires. That was a 7 percent increase from 2014, according to the safety council. The rate of preventable deaths has increased after years of decline, largely due to the current prescription opioid abuse crisis and a rise in motor vehicle deaths. Summer is the time of greatest risk. Between 2011 and 2015, preventable deaths during the months of July and August exceeded 117,000, the council said. June is ... Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Sunburn, Poisoning, Burns - External, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acetaminophen Overdose, Prevention of Fractures

Fire Up the Grill Safely This Holiday Weekend

Posted 28 May 2017 by

SATURDAY, May 27, 2017 – Safety should be on the front burner when you fire up the barbecue this Memorial Day, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says. Propane used in gas grills is highly flammable and about 30 people in the United States are injured each year due to gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these incidents occur when someone lights a grill that hasn't been used in a while, or just after refilling and reattaching the gas container. The CPSC said people should routinely perform a number of safety checks. Check the tubes that lead into the burner for blockages from insects or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear a blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner. Inspect gas hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks, and make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing. Keep gas hoses as far away as possible from hot ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Newborns Safer

Posted 24 May 2017 by

-- Hundreds of babies die every year from accidents that are completely preventable. What can parents do to prevent a tragedy? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Whenever baby travels with you, always securely strap the infant into an appropriate car seat. The device should always be in the back seat and face toward the rear. Prevent falls by making sure baby is never left alone on any elevated surface. Secure stairs and other unsafe areas with a baby gate. Prevent burns by adjusting the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Never hold a hot beverage while carrying baby. Prevent choking by carefully cutting up food into small pieces. Avoid giving baby foods that pose a choking hazard, such as hot dogs, grapes, carrots, popcorn, peanuts or apples. Make sure baby cannot reach small items that may cause choking. Do not put blankets, pillows ... Read more

Related support groups: Burns - External, Minor Burns, Prevention of Falls

More Climate-Fueled Wildfires May Lie Ahead

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Climate change will fuel extreme wildfires across the globe in coming decades, including the western United States, scientists predict. Researchers in the United States and Tasmania analyzed data from nearly 500 extreme wildfires that occurred around the world between 2002 and 2013. "Almost all happened under bad conditions – high temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds – which tell us that weather and climate are very important," said study author Mark Cochrane. He's a senior scientist at South Dakota State University's Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence. The scientists then used monthly world weather data from 2000 to 2014 to predict likely changes in fire behavior between 2041 and 2070. The study authors concluded there would be a 20 percent to 50 percent increase in the number of days when conditions are prime for fires. "Those conditions ... Read more

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