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04 Dec
Put Safety at Top of Your Holiday Toy Gift List

Put Safety at Top of Your Holiday Toy Gift List

Getting toys for some of the tots in your life this holiday season? Experts at Penn State Health offer tips on making safe choices.

Each year, about 200,000 U.S. children end up in the emergency room with a toy-related injury, ranging from poisoning to choking hazards, a...

02 Dec
988 Mental Health Hotline Back in Business After Daylong Outage

988 Mental Health Hotline Back in Business After Daylong Outage

A national hotline that people can call in a mental health emergency went down for a day before it was restored late Thursday.

Those in crisis could still reach counselors by texting 988 or visiting 988lifeline.org during the outage. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental ...

23 Nov
Your Child Is Sick. Do You Call Your Doctor or Head to the ER?

Your Child Is Sick. Do You Call Your Doctor or Head to the ER?

It's a common dilemma when your child seems sick: Do you call the doctor, make a trip to urgent care or head straight to the emergency room?

If it's not an emergency, a call to your child's pediatrician may help guide you. The doctor's staff may recommend bringing your c...

23 Nov
Keeping T-Day Kitchens Safe for the Whole Family

Keeping T-Day Kitchens Safe for the Whole Family

The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving's hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.

The nation's leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.

“There's a lot of...

16 Nov
America's ERs Are Jammed, Affecting Patients on Other Wards

America's ERs Are Jammed, Affecting Patients on Other Wards

A crowded, overwhelmed emergency department raises the risk of death and suffering for patients throughout a hospital, a new study warns.

“The more the emergency room was crowded, the more people were dying throughout the hospital,” said lead researcher

15 Nov
More U.S. Kids Are Heading to ERs After Drinking Cough Suppressant

More U.S. Kids Are Heading to ERs After Drinking Cough Suppressant

Increasing numbers of young children are showing up in emergency rooms after accidentally ingesting the cough suppressant benzonatate, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.

Benzonatate is a non-narcotic cough suppressant first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis...

14 Nov
Illinois Study Shows Big Jump in Suicide-Linked ER Visits by Teens

Illinois Study Shows Big Jump in Suicide-Linked ER Visits by Teens

Illinois has seen a recent surge in the number of kids arriving in the emergency room for suicidal thoughts -- both during and shortly before the pandemic, according to a new study.

Among kids ages 5 to 19, ER visits for suicidal thoughts rose by 59% across the state bet...

14 Nov
Dangerous Myths Keep Many Adults With Food Allergies From Getting an EpiPen

Dangerous Myths Keep Many Adults With Food Allergies From Getting an EpiPen

The EpiPen is a known lifesaver when someone with a serious food allergy eats something they can't tolerate.

Yet the auto-injection treatment is greatly underused in the United States, according to a new survey.

Just over half of at-risk adults said they had ever ...

14 Nov
Does Your Child Have a Cold or Severe RSV? Signs to Look For

Does Your Child Have a Cold or Severe RSV? Signs to Look For

As most American parents already know, cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness of childhood, are surging this year. Hospitals are filling up with babies and toddlers very ill with the easy-to-catch illness, which is coming back with a vengeance after lying...

11 Nov
America's ER Docs Warn of Surge in Patients Due to 'Tripledemic'

America's ER Docs Warn of Surge in Patients Due to 'Tripledemic'

Emergency rooms are clogged with people who are waiting for inpatient beds or other care and it's causing a crisis, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

ACEP is one of more than 30 medical, patient advocacy and public health and safety groups...

11 Nov
Liability Fears Keep Some Schools From Stocking Asthma Inhalers

Liability Fears Keep Some Schools From Stocking Asthma Inhalers

It's a potentially deadly issue: Some U.S. school administrators don't keep life-saving albuterol asthma inhalers on hand because they're afraid of getting sued for misuse. That's true even in states like Illinois, where strong "stock albuterol" laws are on the books, research...

08 Nov
Heat Waves, No A/C: A Deadly Combo at Texas Prisons

Heat Waves, No A/C: A Deadly Combo at Texas Prisons

Heat waves may be killing prisoners in Texas, according to an analysis that found far-higher-than-normal death rates in the state's non-air-conditioned prisons.

“The majority of Texas prisons do not have universal air conditioning,” noted ...

03 Nov
Check Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries as Clocks Go Back on Sunday

Check Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries as Clocks Go Back on Sunday

When you set your clocks back on Sunday, do some simple at-home safety checks that could save your life.

Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to be sure they're working. This is also a good time to replace their batteries.

The

27 Oct
Black Americans Less Likely to Receive Lifesaving CPR: Study

Black Americans Less Likely to Receive Lifesaving CPR: Study

When someone collapses in front of witnesses, the chances of receiving potentially lifesaving CPR may partly depend on the color of their skin, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when Black and Hispanic Americans suffer cardiac arrest, they are up to 37% less l...

21 Oct
ERs Seeing Huge Rise in Cases of Sexual Assault

ERs Seeing Huge Rise in Cases of Sexual Assault

Victims of sexual assault are seeking treatment in U.S. emergency rooms in growing numbers, with University of Michigan (UM) researchers detecting a 15-fold increase between 2006 and 2019.

Rapes and other forms of sexual assault occur every 68 seconds in the United State...

11 Oct
U.S. Hospitals Under Strain as ER Wait Times Lengthen

U.S. Hospitals Under Strain as ER Wait Times Lengthen

Two new studies paint a bleak picture of emergency departments across the United States.

There are not enough beds to go around and pronounced staffing shortages. As a resu...

10 Oct
Americans Are Prioritizing Mental Health, With New 988 Hotline There to Help

Americans Are Prioritizing Mental Health, With New 988 Hotline There to Help

As the 988 crisis line debuts across the United States, a new Harris Poll shows that Americans are ready to make mental health and suicide prevention a top priority.

Over eight in 10 adults now believe ...

04 Oct
New Window Blinds? Go Cordless to Save a Child's Life

New Window Blinds? Go Cordless to Save a Child's Life

How can you make your home safer for your young children? You might want to start by removing window coverings with cords...

27 Sep
Spikes in Blood Pressure Bring Many Americans to the ER

Spikes in Blood Pressure Bring Many Americans to the ER

When it comes to why U.S. heart patients wind up in the emergency room, uncontrolled high blood pressure (or "hypertension") fuels about one-third of those medical crises.

“These v...

23 Sep
America's ER Docs Alarmed by Rising Violence From Patients

America's ER Docs Alarmed by Rising Violence From Patients

The stories grabbed headlines during the pandemic: Violent episodes in U.S. emergency rooms where patients attacked doctors.

Now, a new poll shows just how widespread the

22 Sep
Feds Warn of Home Carbon Monoxide Detectors That May Fail to Alarm

Feds Warn of Home Carbon Monoxide Detectors That May Fail to Alarm

Consumers should immediately stop using HECOPRO digital display carbon monoxide (CO) detectors because they can fail to warn about the presence of the dangerous gas, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

The CPSC issued the warning Thursday after detec...

20 Sep
How to Spot -- Or Prevent -- Dangerous Aortic Dissection

How to Spot -- Or Prevent -- Dangerous Aortic Dissection

Sudden severe chest or upper back pain are possible signs of an aortic dissection. Your first thought might be "heart attack" but an aortic dissection is very different.

Vascular and cardiac surgeons are well aware of the dangers associated with an

16 Sep
Tear in Heart's Aorta Often Deadly, Though Survival Improving

Tear in Heart's Aorta Often Deadly, Though Survival Improving

A torn aorta can often be deadly, but a new study has found that survival has improved significantly over the past several decades.

But it can still be five times more deadly if not repaired surgically, the researchers added.

15 Sep
Too Often, Victims of Sexual Assault Face High Medical Bills

Too Often, Victims of Sexual Assault Face High Medical Bills

Some survivors of sexual assault may face a further trauma after seeking medical care: a huge emergency room bill.

That's the finding of a new study that analyzed U.S. emergency department charges for care related to

12 Sep
Repeat Blood Donation Won't Harm Your Health

Repeat Blood Donation Won't Harm Your Health

Frequent blood donors don't need to worry about iron deficiency harming their health, new research shows.

Even though about 35% of donors can become iron deficient after repeated blood dona...

29 Aug
Child ER Visits for Swallowed Button Batteries Doubled in a Decade

Child ER Visits for Swallowed Button Batteries Doubled in a Decade

Trista Hamsmith's 18-month-old daughter, Reese, died after swallowing a button battery that slipped out of a remote con...

26 Aug
Too Few U.S. Cities Have Good Hurricane Evacuation Plans

Too Few U.S. Cities Have Good Hurricane Evacuation Plans

This year's hurricane season has been quiet so far, but if and when it cranks up many American cities won't be prepared to execute mass evacuations, a new study finds.

After Hurricane Katrina slammed into...

10 Aug
U.S.-Russia Nuclear War Could Leave 5 Billion Dead Due to Famine

U.S.-Russia Nuclear War Could Leave 5 Billion Dead Due to Famine

Even a "small" nuclear war, far short of a global conflict, could kill much of the world's population due to starvation, a new study projects.

Any nuclear war would have obviously devastating effects in the places where it was waged — obliterating cities, instantly kil...

24 Jul
It's Hurricane Season, So Get Your Storm Medical Kit Together

It's Hurricane Season, So Get Your Storm Medical Kit Together

Living in a region where tropical storms, hurricanes or other weather emergencies are likely means being ready for a quick evacuation.

"Part of preparedness is having a plan," said Dr. James McDeavitt, executive vice president and dean of clinical affairs at Baylor Colle...

19 Jul
Which Americans Are Most (and Least) Prepared for Disasters?

Which Americans Are Most (and Least) Prepared for Disasters?

When hurricanes, floods and fires hit, everyone can struggle to respond and cope, but new research suggests that women, people with kids under 18, renters, the poor, and Black and Asian Americans are the most vulnerable to weather disasters.

These groups need special he...

19 Jul
Paintball Guns Are Being Used to Harm - And Blinding Victims

Paintball Guns Are Being Used to Harm - And Blinding Victims

When a paintball bursts out of a CO2-powered gun, it can travel nearly 300 feet per second.

Pointed in the direction of a face, that paintball - meant to be used in certain jobs or for entertainment while wearing protective gear - can cause devastating

18 Jul
Cats Injured in Wildfires at High Risk for Blood Clots

Cats Injured in Wildfires at High Risk for Blood Clots

While California works to restore its landscape after years of historic wildfires, new research could transform the way in which veterinarians treat animals recovered from damaged forests.

The study found that...

15 Jul
America's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Launches Saturday

America's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Launches Saturday

Starting Saturday, if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or having a mental health crisis, you can dial just three numbers -- 988 -- to get help.

Callers will be connected to a train...

15 Jul
People on Dialysis Face Higher Death Risk After Hurricanes

People on Dialysis Face Higher Death Risk After Hurricanes

A hurricane threatens anyone in its path, but it can be especially deadly for people who need kidney dialysis to survive, new research shows.

An analysis of patient data spanning two decades l...

29 Jun
Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need...

28 Jun
Odds for Emergency Room Visits Rise With Pot Use

Odds for Emergency Room Visits Rise With Pot Use

Toking up increases your risk of landing in the hospital, a new study reports.

Recreational marijuana use was associated with 22% greater odds of needing to visit an emergency room or be hospitalized, Canadian researchers found.

27 Jun
Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

Despite improvements in treatment for heart attacks, care lags behind for women.

Women are still less likely to receive timely care, according to a new study that reviewed 45...

21 Jun
As Heat Waves Continue, Experts Urge Steps to Stay Safe

As Heat Waves Continue, Experts Urge Steps to Stay Safe

As a weekend heat wave that put more than 15 million Americans in the Northern and Central Plains on alert slowly moves east, the nation's emergency doctors have advice to keep you safe.

"Overexposure to the sun or heat can turn into an emergency faster than most people ...

08 Jun
The 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The mental health equivalent of 911 is about to launch across the United States, but a new study finds that many communities may not be prepared for it.

Beginning July 16, a new 988 number will be available 24/7 for Americans dealing with a

04 Jun
Could You Spot and Save a Person Drowning?

Could You Spot and Save a Person Drowning?

When you're at a beach or pool, would you be able to identify someone who's drowning and take action to save them?

"Even the most experienced swimmers can be in danger if the weather is bad, currents are strong or a medical emergency occurs in the water," said Dr. Gillia...

24 May
Pandemic Has U.S. Hospitals Overwhelmed With Teens in Mental Crisis

Pandemic Has U.S. Hospitals Overwhelmed With Teens in Mental Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it imposed took a dramatic toll on kids' mental health, increasing the demand for services in an already overburdened system.

As a result, many kids found themselves being "boarded" in emergency departments as they awaited care, ac...

18 May
ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have.

"Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or...

16 May
Hispanics Wait Half-Hour Longer in ER When Chest Pain Strikes

Hispanics Wait Half-Hour Longer in ER When Chest Pain Strikes

When Hispanic Americans arrive in the emergency room with chest pain, they have to wait longer for care than other people with the same symptoms, a preliminary study finds.

Chest pain, a potential sign of heart attack, is one of the leading reasons people end up in an ER...

09 May
Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning Risks

Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning Risks

With summer comes warm weather and swimming. But for some people, knowing how to swim may not be enough to ensure their safety.

That's because certain medical conditions bump up the risk for drowning in a big way, according to a new Canadian study.

About one in th...

04 May
Women, Black Patients Wait Longer in ERs When Chest Pain Strikes

Women, Black Patients Wait Longer in ERs When Chest Pain Strikes

Women and people of color with chest pain - the most common symptom signaling a heart attack - face longer waits in U.S. emergency departments than men and white people do, new research reveals.

04 Apr
Follow-Up Care Can Prevent Repeat ER Visits for Child's Asthma

Follow-Up Care Can Prevent Repeat ER Visits for Child's Asthma

After a child shows up in the emergency room in the throes of an asthma attack, follow-up care is the best way to avoid another visit to the hospital down the road.

But when researchers analyzed claims data on more than 90,000 asthma-related emergency department (ED) vis...

01 Apr
U.S. Surgeons' Group Is Working to Save Trauma Victims in Ukraine

U.S. Surgeons' Group Is Working to Save Trauma Victims in Ukraine

Images of Ukrainians being carried on stretchers from bombed-out buildings, wounded and bleeding, are heartbreaking, but one American surgeons' group is doing its part to help teach the war-torn country's citizens how to halt

01 Apr
Firefighters, Police Can Be Lifesavers If You're Hit by Cardiac Arrest

Firefighters, Police Can Be Lifesavers If You're Hit by Cardiac Arrest

You have a much better chance of surviving a cardiac arrest if non-medical first responders immediately begin CPR or use an automated external defibrillator (AED), according to a new study.

28 Mar
Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to Get Bystander CPR

Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to Get Bystander CPR

If you collapse in a public place from a cardiac arrest, your chances of receiving lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are substantially better if you're white inste...

27 Mar
Head Bump? Here's Signs You Need ER Care

Head Bump? Here's Signs You Need ER Care

Knowing the signs of brain injury and when to seek emergency care could save a life, an expert says.

"The brain is the body's command center," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "One of the smartest ways to protect it is ...