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Health Tip: Prevent Backover Accidents on the Job

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

-- Many workplace vehicles have backup alarms, but the alarms don't prevent backover accidents altogether. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggests how to help prevent backover accidents: Ensure that trained spotters use hand signals to alert drivers about when it's safe to proceed. Drivers should remain in visual contact with spotters while backing up, and should ...

How to Stay Safe on the Mountain

Posted 21 Jan 2018 by

SATURDAY, Jan. 20, 2018 – The growing popularity of snowboarding and skiing has meant more injuries on the slopes, a new review shows. In 2015, more than 140,000 people were treated in U.S. hospitals, doctors' offices and emergency rooms for skiing and snowboarding-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Snowboarders are three times more likely than skiers to ...

Health Tip: Prepare for High Winds

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

-- High winds can occur during a thunderstorm, hurricane or other strong weather system. The National Weather Service suggests how to prepare for high winds: Trim tree branches away from your home and powerlines. Secure loose gutters and shutters. Identify an interior room, such as a basement or bathroom, that you can go to. If you live in a mobile home, identify a sturdy building nearby. Update ...

Health Tip: Protect Children from Playground Hazards

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by

-- Playing at the playground is a rite of passage, but it doesn't come without risks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospital emergency departments see more than 20,000 children aged 14 and younger for playground-relatedtraumatic brain injurieseach year. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions for evaluating a playground: Check out ground surfaces, which ...

Health Tip: Kids and Window Blinds

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

-- Window blind cords are potential choking and safety hazards for young children. Nearly 17,000 children under age 6 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries from 1990 through 2015, data published recently in the journal Pediatricsfound. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions to help keep kids safer: Blinds with cords should be replaced with ...

Seniors Don't Need Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements: Review

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes. It turns out there's little evidence supplements protect against hip fractures and other broken bones in older folks, according to data gathered from dozens of clinical trials. "The routine use of these supplements is ...

Choosing Safe Toys for the Holidays

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – When trying to choose the perfect toys for kids this holiday, consider the age of the child first, a leading pediatricians' group says. Buying toys that are too advanced can be not only frustrating for kids, but also dangerous, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). When children receive age-appropriate toys they are more likely to be engaged and have ...

Don't Play Around When It Comes to Toy Safety

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – There's nothing like a child's expression when getting a new toy. But toy safety belongs at the top of your holiday shopping list. A landmark study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that more than 3 million kids went to U.S. emergency rooms from 1990 through 2011 for toy-related injuries. Falls and collisions are the most common injuries ...

Memo to Motorcyclists: Beware the Full Moon

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – A full moon may spell extra danger for motorcyclists, a new study suggests. Momentary distractions are a common cause of crashes. Because a full moon can be a major distraction and occurs about 12 times a year, researchers decided to investigate whether full moons might be linked to more motorcyclists' deaths. "Glancing at the full moon takes the motorcyclist's gaze off ...

Preventing Childhood Accidents at Home

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – As a parent, you may worry most about your kids when they aren't with you. But many of the falls that send a million children to the ER each year happen at home. Plenty of these accidents involve falls from beds, chairs, baby walkers, bouncers, changing tables and high chairs. Some of these injuries are minor cuts and scrapes, but nearly 60 percent involve a bang to the ...

Health Tip: Staying Safe in a Parking Lot

Posted 6 Dec 2017 by

-- More than 50,000 vehicle accidents occur in parking lots and garages each year, leading to about 500 deaths and more than 60,000 injuries, the National Safety Council says. It pays to be especially careful during the holidays, when drivers are increasingly distracted by the hustle and bustle of the season. The council offers these safety suggestions: Don't cut across the lot to get to a ...

Better Balance at Every Age

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – You probably take balance for granted, but it's a motor skill that benefits from training throughout life. Working on your balance is key to staying active and injury-free today and in the future. Balance is part of some exercise disciplines, and there are also specific exercises you can do. Get started with heel-to-toe walking. Place the heel of your right foot just in ...

Health Tip: Drive Safely During a Snow Storm

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by

-- If you don't have to drive while it's snowing, don't. But if you must be on the road, the National Weather Service suggests: Slow down. Roads may be slippery, even if they do not look wet. Clean all snow and ice off your car before starting a trip. Let someone know where you are going and what route you will take. Fully charge your cell phone before leaving home. Keep an emergency kitin the ...

Modern Times May Mean Weaker Biceps for Women

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – A life of hard farm work apparently gave ancient women stronger arm bones than modern women, even today's elite rowers. That's the finding of British researchers who compared the bones of a wide range of present-day women with the bones of women who lived in Central Europe during the first 6,000 years of agriculture. Women from 7,400 to 7,000 years ago had similar leg ...

Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. "We found that there appears to be a ...

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