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Survival Odds Improving for Severe Burn Victims

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – The odds of surviving severe burns have steadily increased in recent decades, researchers report. "Remarkably, a patient up to the age of 40 who has sustained a 95 percent body burn now survives half the time, whereas in earlier times a 50 percent body burn killed that same person," Dr. David Herndon said in a news release from the American College of Surgeons. He's ...

Health Tip: Create a Fire-Safety Plan

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

-- Working smoke alarms lower a person's chances of dying in a home fire by half, according to the National Safety Council. These alarms should be tested monthly. In addition, you should have a fire safety plan for your family, the organization stresses, offering these additional suggestions: Practice home fire drills at least twice a year. Draw a floor plan of your home with exit areas clearly ...

Health Tip: Winterize your Home

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by

-- When the weather gets colder and the winds gustier, it's time to winterize your home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Install weather stripping, insulation and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls. Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks. Have heating systems inspected by a professional. Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.

Staying Warm, Cozy and Safe by the Fire

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by

SUNDAY, Dec. 24, 2017 – Holiday gatherings might not seem complete without a warm crackling fire, but when a get-together includes kids, safety needs to be on everyone's mind. First of all, a window should be cracked open to provide proper ventilation whenever a fire is burning, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. Then, the group suggests, take these additional steps to help avoid ...

Health Tip: Fry Your Turkey Safely

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by

-- Fried turkey has become a trendy dish for the holidays. Here are some safe-preparation suggestions, courtesy of the U.S. National Safety Council: Set up the fryer more than 10 feet from the house. Keep children away from the fryer. Locate a flat area to ensure that the oil is even and steady. Use a thawed and bare turkey. Use caution when handling the fryer lid. The handle may become very hot ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care – a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think. Cuts, burns and infections are reported more than a quarter of the time, according to the online survey of more than 7,500 U.S. adults. "In another study, we found that 3 percent of all adults who were ...

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 ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Topical Products by Phillips Company: Recall - Due to Concerns of Manufacturing Practices

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by

ISSUE: Phillips Company is voluntarily recalling all lots of Tetrastem, Diabecline, Tetracycline-ABC, VenomX, Acneen, StaphWash, StringMed, NoPain and LidoMed distributed by Phillips Company, with business offices located in Sun City, Arizona, to the retail level. The products are being recalled after an FDA inspection found significant manufacturing practices that calls into question the safety, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cats Absorb Flame Retardants -- Likely That Children Do Too

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – House cats can have high levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their blood, say researchers, warning that young children might, too. The contaminants were in house dust, according to Swedish researchers who took dust samples from 17 homes and blood samples from the resident cats. "The brominated flame retardants that have been measured in cats are known [hormone] ...

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