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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...

23 Nov
Shopping Black Friday for TVs, Furniture? Don't Forget the Tip-Over Kit

Shopping Black Friday for TVs, Furniture? Don't Forget the Tip-Over Kit

That new television, cabinet or appliance you're looking to snag on Black Friday or Cyber Monday could bring unexpected dangers to your home.

So don't forget to buy a kit to anchor it to the wall and keep it from tipping over and harming young kids, the Consumer Product ...

16 Nov
Pandemic Saw Big Rise in Deaths to Millennials From Multiple Causes

Pandemic Saw Big Rise in Deaths to Millennials From Multiple Causes

Americans aged 25 to 44 — so-called millennials — are dying at significantly higher rates from three leading killers than similarly aged people just 10 years ago, the latest government data shows.

Looking at data collected between 2000 and 2020, the new

15 Nov
Many Insured Americans Are an Injury Away From Bankruptcy: Study

Many Insured Americans Are an Injury Away From Bankruptcy: Study

One in 5 privately insured American adults hospitalized for a traumatic injury end up with medical bills they can't pay, a new study finds.

Among more than 3,100 working-aged insured adults who suffered a traumatic injury, the risk of incurring co-pays and deductibles th...

15 Nov
Jay Leno Recovering After Serious Burn Injuries

Jay Leno Recovering After Serious Burn Injuries

Comedian Jay Leno, former host of "The Tonight Show" and an avid car collector, suffered burn injuries when one of his cars burst into flames last weekend.

Leno, 72, is recovering at the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he is in stable condition and being trea...

09 Nov
Targeting Key Cells in Spinal Cord Got Paralyzed Patients Walking Again

Targeting Key Cells in Spinal Cord Got Paralyzed Patients Walking Again

In an advance in treating spinal cord injuries, researchers have pinpointed nerve cells that are key to allowing people with paralysis to walk again.

The findings come, in part, from nine patients involved in an ongoing Swiss study that is seeking to restore movemen...

03 Nov
Another Reason to Keep Daylight Saving Time: Fewer Deer-Car Collisions

Another Reason to Keep Daylight Saving Time: Fewer Deer-Car Collisions

Motorists are more likely to plow into a deer on U.S. highways after the annual "fall back" end of daylight saving time (DST), a new study shows.

That's because frisky deer in the middle of their mating season (also known as rut) are crossing roads that become shrouded i...

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...

30 Sep
After Ian's Destruction: How to Safely Enter, Clean Flood-Damaged Homes

After Ian's Destruction: How to Safely Enter, Clean Flood-Damaged Homes

The devastation left by one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in years is immense. But residents flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn.

First off, always assume there's potential risk from

26 Sep
Thousands of U.S. Kids Have Died Riding ATVs, Many More Sent to ERs

Thousands of U.S. Kids Have Died Riding ATVs, Many More Sent to ERs

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan has seen way too many kids who have been seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle (A...

08 Sep
Feds Tighten Safety Standards on Tiny High-Powered Magnets That Have Injured Kids

Feds Tighten Safety Standards on Tiny High-Powered Magnets That Have Injured Kids

New federal safety standards announced Wednesday aim to keep kids and teens safe from serious or life-threatening injuries from accidental swallowing of high-powered magnets.

The new standards require that certain products with loose or separable magnets contain only tho...

07 Sep
Microneedling Can Help Surgical Scars Fade, Especially If Done Early

Microneedling Can Help Surgical Scars Fade, Especially If Done Early

A technique called microneedling may help surgical scars heal more attractively — especially if it's done within a couple of months of surgery, a small study suggests.

Researchers found...

31 Aug
U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by Nearly 1 Year in 2021 Due to Pandemic

U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by Nearly 1 Year in 2021 Due to Pandemic

Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second straight year, government health officials reported Wednesday.

The decline from 77 years in 2020 to 76.1 years in 2021 puts U.S. life expectancy at the lowest level since 1996, according to the report from the C...

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...

25 Aug
Helmets Protect Young Lacrosse Players, Study Finds

Helmets Protect Young Lacrosse Players, Study Finds

A rule requiring high school girls who play lacrosse to wear protective headgear is paying big dividends in Florida.

Their risk of

17 Aug
Bedsores Can Cause Serious Harm — Are U.S. Nursing Homes Hiding Cases?

Bedsores Can Cause Serious Harm — Are U.S. Nursing Homes Hiding Cases?

People might want to think twice before relying on federal quality ratings to help choose a nursing home for an elderly or frail relative, a new study warns.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Nursing Home Compare website in the 199...

16 Aug
2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

Millions of infant swings and rockers are being recalled because crawling babies can get entangled in straps that dangle beneath them.

The recall applies to MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and ...

15 Aug
One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

The dangers of school traffic is a major worry for many parents, a new poll finds.

In fact, a third of more than 900 parents surveyed last spring said speeding and distracted parent drivers are their main concern, and drivers who don't follow the rules should be banned ...

15 Aug
Playing Football, Hockey in High School Ups Odds for Stimulant Abuse

Playing Football, Hockey in High School Ups Odds for Stimulant Abuse

Taking part in certain sports in high school may lead to misuse of prescription stimulants in the years after graduation, a new study finds.

It reported that high school seniors who play contact sports are 50% more likely to abuse prescription stimulants in their 20s. Se...

12 Aug
Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?

It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerable to being blown aloft and even flipped over if left unmoored...

06 Aug
Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

Pickleball has become a wildly popular sport for older Americans, but seniors who enjoy playing it should know about potential injuries and how to avoid them.

The most common problem is with the...

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...

18 Jul
Could an Experimental Cancer Drug Help Treat Spinal Injury?

Could an Experimental Cancer Drug Help Treat Spinal Injury?

A drug in development as a cancer therapy may also help the body regenerate damaged nerves after spinal injuries, new research suggests.

Scientists at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom report that they used cell and animal models to show that the drug, d...

09 Jul
Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

Wearing a bike helmet can save the life of your young child or teenager, but it needs to fit well to really do its job.

A well-fitting bike helmet significantly reduces the odds of serious head injury or death due to a bicycle, scooter or skateboard accident, experts say...

01 Jul
U.S. Fireworks Injuries Are on the Rise

U.S. Fireworks Injuries Are on the Rise

Fourth of July celebrations often include festive picnics and dazzling fireworks, but these holiday pyrotechnics are causing a growing number of injuries and deaths.

Fireworks-related injuries and deaths in the United States have climbed by about 25% over the past 15 yea...

30 Jun
Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

Many U.S. parents don't take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries, claims a new survey released just ahead of the Fourth of July.

15 Jun
Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies ...

14 Jun
Kids Can Suffer Severe Injuries at Trampoline Parks

Kids Can Suffer Severe Injuries at Trampoline Parks

Bouncing on a trampoline is always risky, but kids are more likely to suffer serious injuries at a trampoline center than at home, according to researchers who are calling for mandatory safety standards at the centers.

U.S. emergency departments treat nearly 100,000 chil...

13 Jun
Vaping-Linked Lung Injuries Can Leave Long-Term Symptoms

Vaping-Linked Lung Injuries Can Leave Long-Term Symptoms

Many who suffer vaping-related lung damage will have long-term health problems lasting at least a year, a new study reports.

A substantial proportion of patients continue to be wracked with breathing difficulty, brain fog and mood disorders a year after their initial dia...

03 Jun
Feds Warn of Bedrails That Can Entrap; 3 Deaths Reported

Feds Warn of Bedrails That Can Entrap; 3 Deaths Reported

At least three elderly Americans suffocated after getting trapped in Mobility Transfer Systems adult portable bedrails, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says anyone who has the rails should stop using them immediately.

The

12 May
Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One Sport

Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One Sport

If your teens play just one sport, new research suggests you might want to encourage them to try others.

Researchers report that focusing solely on one sport puts high school athletes at increased risk for injuries and burnout.

The investigators surveyed 975 U.S. h...

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...

09 May
Obesity Raises a Woman's Odds for Broken Bones

Obesity Raises a Woman's Odds for Broken Bones

Being overweight or obese is never good for one's health, but now a new study suggests it increases a woman's risk of broken bones.

For the study, researchers followed 20,000 women and men, aged 40 to 7...

03 May
Costs From Gun Injuries Highest in U.S. Regions With Weak Gun Laws

Costs From Gun Injuries Highest in U.S. Regions With Weak Gun Laws

U.S. regions with weak gun laws face the highest hospital costs from gun injuries, with the South leading the way in injuries and fees, a new study says.

Taxpayers cover nearly half of the cost of gun injuries nationwide, said researchers led by Dr. Sarabeth Spitzer, of ...

01 May
Spring Sprains: Sports Injury Season Begins

Spring Sprains: Sports Injury Season Begins

As youth spring sports kick into high gear, it's important to know about injury prevention and treatment, an expert says.

Injury risks and preventive mea...

07 Apr
L.A. Study Shows E-Scooter Injury Rate Soaring

L.A. Study Shows E-Scooter Injury Rate Soaring

Electric scooters may be a boon for the environment but not so much for riders.

A surprising study finds that the injury rate in one Los Angeles neighborhood for riders of

05 Apr
Are Standard Tests Accurate at Spotting Concussion?

Are Standard Tests Accurate at Spotting Concussion?

Outdoor sports season is nearly here, and with rough play comes the risk of concussion.

But one of the most-used tools to assess sports-related

04 Apr
Body & Mind: Rehab Psychologists Help When Illness, Injuries Strike

Body & Mind: Rehab Psychologists Help When Illness, Injuries Strike

If you're recovering from a significant injury or illness, a rehabilitation therapist could be a big help in getting back to your normal daily life, according to experts.

"You don't get a manual that comes with your injury that tells you how to navigate returning to your...

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

18 Mar
SUVs, Trucks More Prone to Hitting Pedestrians

SUVs, Trucks More Prone to Hitting Pedestrians

When you're out for a walk, watch out for SUVs, pickups, vans and minivans that are making turns at street corners, a new report warns.

It found that those larger vehicles are much more likel...

09 Mar
Heaters, Pools, Bed Rails: Household Dangers Can Kill Seniors

Heaters, Pools, Bed Rails: Household Dangers Can Kill Seniors

A new report delivers a troubling statistic: Seven in 10 consumer product-related deaths occur among those over 65, even though these people only account for 16% of the U.S. population.

Each year, consumer products are linked to roughly 3,800 deaths and nearly 3 million ...

04 Feb
U.S. Kids Still Dying From Toppling TVs, Furniture

U.S. Kids Still Dying From Toppling TVs, Furniture

Before your eyes become glued to the Super Bowl or the Winter Olympics, make sure your TV and furniture are anchored to the wall to protect little ones from potentially deadly tip-overs.

Between 2018 and 2020, an average of 22,500 Americans a year required emergency depa...

01 Feb
'Dr. Chimp Will See You Now'? Primates Use Medicine, Study Suggests

'Dr. Chimp Will See You Now'? Primates Use Medicine, Study Suggests

Chimpanzees aren't monkeying around when they catch insects and place them on open wounds, researchers report.

An ongoing study of about 45 chimps in Loango National Park in Gabon is the first to document via video that such "healing" behavior is occurring, according to ...

18 Jan
Her Arm Got Caught in Family's Treadmill. It Could Have Been Worse.

Her Arm Got Caught in Family's Treadmill. It Could Have Been Worse.

It can happen so fast.

One moment, a family is eating dinner together like usual. Soon after, they go off to do other things before being brought back together by a child's scream.

That is what unfolded in the Beckman home in State College, Pa., one October ...

25 Dec
12 Steps to the Best Holiday Gift: Health

12 Steps to the Best Holiday Gift: Health

Give yourself and your loved ones the gifts of health and safety this holiday season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

The agency outlines 12 ways to do that, beginning with a reminder that washing your hands with soap and clean running water...

21 Dec
5 Million More Americans Became Gun Owners During Pandemic

5 Million More Americans Became Gun Owners During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a surge in new gun owners across the U.S., a new study finds.

The data shows that between January 2020 and April 30 of this year, 5.1 million Americans bought their first guns, following 2.4 million who did so in 2019.

The number...

21 Nov
TV, Furniture on Your Holiday Gift List? Add in an 'Anti-Tip-Over' Kit

TV, Furniture on Your Holiday Gift List? Add in an 'Anti-Tip-Over' Kit

If you buy or get items such as furniture or TVs during the holidays, be sure to get anti-tip-over kits for them to protect your children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says.

From 2017 through 2019, an average of 11,100 U.S. children were treated ea...

17 Nov
Teen Social Media Posts About Cutting, Other Self-Harm Are Soaring

Teen Social Media Posts About Cutting, Other Self-Harm Are Soaring

American teens are increasingly turning to the social media giant Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves, a new study reveals.

"It could be an attempt to share their emotional or psychological pain with others or find support from othe...

12 Nov
Mouse Study Points to Possible Breakthrough Against Spinal Cord Injury

Mouse Study Points to Possible Breakthrough Against Spinal Cord Injury

Severe spinal cord injuries are incurable today in humans, but a new injectable therapy that restored motion in laboratory mice could pave the way for healing paralyzed people.

The therapy -- liquid nanofibers that gel around the damaged spinal cord like a soothing ...