December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Every year, more than 250,000 kids under the age of 14 are injured by toys.
So if you’re shopping for young children this holiday season, here are some tips and resources to help keep kids safe.
Prevent Blindness, the sponsors of Safe Toys and Gifts Month, : offers this pretty comprehensive do and don’t list Avoid toys that shoot or include parts
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What is the biggest risk to kids on Halloween night? It’s not an overdose of sugar, or the possibility of tainted treats. It’s the traffic.
says child pedestrian accidents increase 400% on Halloween, compared to an average day. The Mother’s Complete Guide to Halloween Safety
The greatest number of accidents occur between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm.
The guide gives the following tips for …
I just watched a video from
, a YouTube series created by Aaron Carroll, MD. Dr. Carroll is both a pediatrician and a healthcare researcher; his goal is to educate patients about how the healthcare system works (or doesn’t) and answer questions about common health topics. Healthcare Triage
This video focuses on an unfortunate reality in our healthcare system—roughly half of common treatments aren’t based on good research.
read on It’s spring and sporting equipment is coming out of the closets!
That’s why April is designated Sports Eye Safety Month.
If you and/or your kids play a sport that involves fast-moving balls, frisbees or sticks,
the American Academy of Ophthamology (AAO) wants you to take steps to prevent eye injuries.
The eye tissue is very delicate and easily injured, and prevention of eye injuries is key.
Playing sportsball? Protect your
read on Even better, don’t use them at all unless your doctor tells you to.
You’ll save money, and you’ll probably be healthier.
I posted a few years ago that
. Earlier this month Healthy adults don’t need multivitamins a new study was published that showed not only do we (healthy adults) not need supplemental vitamins and minerals, some may actually cause harm. What the study showed
The study was funded by …
read on Talk to your doctor first! The American Heart Association (AHA) recently updated its guidelines about daily baby aspirin.
They no longer recommend it to prevent heart attacks in healthy adults over 50. So if you are taking it, talk to your doctor about whether you should continue.
The AHA made this change based on
a study published last fall in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that showed the … read on Even OTC Nexium has risks A new study published last week ties the common heartburn drug, Nexium, to an increased risk of kidney damage.
Nexium (esomeprazole) belongs to a class of drugs called
Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs. It was approved by the FDA to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 2001.
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), a group of drugs that reduce the production of stomach acid,
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It’s been a while since I posted about staying safe in the hospital, so it’s time for an updated post.
Because the problem really isn’t getting any better.
Although there’s been much effort over the last decade to increase patient safety and reduce medication errors,
medical mistakes still contribute to approximately 250,000 deaths every year.
Different sources rate medical error as the second or third …
read on LASIK isn’t a cure all
LASIK has tempted me.
I’ve been nearsighted almost my entire life, and began wearing glasses when I was 5.
I would love to wake up in the morning and not have to fumble for my glasses, or worry about my lenses getting wet in the rain or fogging up when I come in from the cold.
I would love to say goodbye to irritating contact …
read on Anyone taking an antidepressant needs to read this
Last winter a nurse friend of mine ended up in the emergency department.
Sick with a cold, she took NyQuil before going to bed. She woke up a few hours later with dizziness, tense muscles, her heart racing and her whole body shaking.
Her husband called 911. On the way to the ED, her blood pressure became dangerously high.
At the ED …