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Energy Drinks Land Young Children in The ER
Neil Wagner

The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is dangerous to children. It can cause seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Read more >


Choking on Chia Seeds
Neil Wagner

Chia seeds are nutritious, but they can also be dangerous if consumed dry. Who knew? Read more >


Gas Disconnects Traumatic Memories, Loosens the Grip of PTSD
Alice G. Walton

Xenon gas may be a better PTSD treatment: It helps disconnect traumatic memories from the pain that can go with them. Read more >


Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Leslie Carr

Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >


Access to Guns Linked to Homicide, Suicide Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

A gun in the home means a huge increase in the likelihood of suicide and homicide. Read more >


SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Alice G. Walton

Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >


Vaginal Delivery Is A Viable Option Following Caesarean Birth
Charlotte LoBuono

Women who had a C-section with their first child often are successful giving birth vaginally for the next. Read more >


Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
Neil Wagner

The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >


The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Neil Wagner

Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >


Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Neil Wagner

Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >


Alcohol Changes Awareness of Drunk Driving
Neil Wagner

People need to decide before they drink that they won't drive. It's too late after they've had a few. Read more >


Weather Changes are Linked to Violence
Alice G. Walton

Tempers rise with temperature, and globally, this is not good news. Read more >


Accidents on the Rise for Pedestrians on Cell Phones
Neil Wagner

A pedestrian walks into a lamppost. Drivers distracted by cell phones aren't the only ones in the ER Read more >


Social Media Improves Organ Donor Registration
Charlotte LoBuono

Social networking turns out to be a good way to get people registering at state organ banks. Read more >


Methane Gas Abundant in Wells Near Fracking Sites
Neil Wagner

Water from wells near the Marcellus formation has six times the methane of those farther away. Read more >


When Good Hikes Go Bad
Neil Wagner

Over half of all hikers are seriously under-prepared. Here are 10 items you need to bring with you — even for a short hike. Read more >


Veterans with Multiple Brain Injuries Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
Alice G. Walton

Veterans who sustain more than one head trauma are at much greater risk of suicide. Read more >


iPods in the ICU
Neil Wagner

Listening to music — or noise-canceling headphones — can ease patients' anxiety. Read more >


Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
Leslie Carr

The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >


Road Kill: Nearly Half of Teens Text While Driving
Neil Wagner

Half of all teens text while driving, a danger for all. Parents are the front line of defense. Read more >


Distracted Driving: Now It's the Family Dog
Neil Wagner

Driving with your dog is a pleasure...and a dangerous distraction, especially for the elderly. Read more >


Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >


Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

Summertime means vacation and trips to the amusement park. But before you strap yourself and your kids in, consider the safety issues. Read more >


A Game Helps Keep Older Drivers Safer on the Road
Neil Wagner

Video games designed to challenge mental abilities can help seniors reduce cognitive decline. Read more >


Medical Breakthrough: A Better Hospital Gown!
Neil Wagner

Finally, a hospital gown that doesn't leave you exposed. Why did it take so long? Read more >


Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >


Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Neil Wagner

Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >


Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Alice G. Walton

Ibuprofen can occasionally lead to serious kidney problems in children. Read more >


Ash Borer Beetles Destroy More than Trees
Neil Wagner

Ash borer beetles have killed 100 million trees. The impact on health is also serious. Read more >


Reframing the Debate: Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

Successful public health campaigns are models for how to make guns safer and reduce their allure. Read more >


Why Did the Distracted Pedestrians Cross the Road?
Neil Wagner

It's really not possible to cross a busy intersection safely while multitasking. You need to pay attention. Read more >


Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
Alice G. Walton

A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >


Surgical Malpractice Occurs Too Often, Costs Billions
Alice G. Walton

Leaving instruments in patients or operating on the wrong body part happens too often. Read more >


Pediatricians Come Out in Favor of Emergency Contraception for Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

The AAP says girls need to know emergency contraception is an option when birth control fails. Read more >


Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
Neil Wagner

For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver. Read more >


Taking Early Control of Traumatic Memories May Help Treat PTSD
Alice G. Walton

A new treatment for PTSD helps prevent memory from running amok. Read more >


Inexperienced Doctors Are More Expensive
Alice G. Walton

Young doctors cost patients far more than experienced physicians. What does this tell us about... Read more >


Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Neil Wagner

Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >


Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
Leslie Carr

A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young? Read more >


Too Many Children Swallowing Laundry Detergent, Magnets
Neil Wagner

Toddlers have been swallowing small packets of dishwasher and laundry detergent. Magnets, too. Parents need to keep them out of reach. Read more >


Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >


Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Alice G. Walton

Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >


Home Visits for Asthma: Healthcare that Works
Neil Wagner

For kids with asthma and their parents, home healthcare visits save time and money... Read more >


Death and Taxes: Road Fatalities Rise on Tax Day
Neil Wagner

The stress of doing taxes can distract us on the road. Traffic fatalities rise every tax day... Read more >


Little League Safety: Protecting Future All Stars
Esther Entin, M.D.

Tips to keep Little Leaguers injury-free. Learn the rules and risks and stay out of the ER. Read more >


Headphones: More Powerful than a Locomotive
Neil Wagner

Headphone use can turn deadly when shutting out the world means being unaware of approaching traffic... or trains. Read more >


From Sepsis to Shock: What Happens When Bacteria Invade the Body
Jeffrey P. Green, M.D.

Severe sepsis is a raging infection that shuts down organs. It is important to find it fast, but that can be tricky. Read more >


When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Alice G. Walton

Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >


Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Alice G. Walton

Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >


Brain Tsunamis Increase Head Trauma Destruction
Michael J. Gertner

Brain tsunamis increase head trauma destruction the way their watery counterparts wipe out homes... Read more >


Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Alice G. Walton

Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >


Fall Back and Change the Batteries
Neil Wagner

Burning anything in a closed space puts you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a silent killer. Get a CO detector. Read more >


The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory and the Brain
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.



Emergency Rooms: Longer Waits Lead to Poorer Outcomes
Neil Wagner

There is evidence that long waits in the emergency room are themselves a medical emergency. Read more >


Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Alice G. Walton

Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >


Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Alice G. Walton

Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >


Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Alice G. Walton

Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >


You Can Learn CPR in 60 Seconds
Neil Wagner

Learning the basics of CPR - call 911, perform 100 chest compressions a minute until EMTs arrive - can save a life. Read more >


Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Alice G. Walton

Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >


Stem Cells Help Paralyzed Monkey Regain Mobility
Alice G. Walton

Researchers say that implanting stem cells allowed a paralyzed monkey to walk - and jump - again... Read more >


New Guidelines Simplify CPR
Neil Wagner

If you see someone who needs help breathing, call 911 and then start using chest compression to keep the blood flowing. Read more >


FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Alice G. Walton

Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >


Texting to Death
Neil Wagner

It has been estimated that for every 1 million new cell phone subscribers, deaths due to distracted driving rise by 19%. Read more >


Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Data to Aid Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you have had a cesarean section, you may still be able to deliver a child vaginally. Read more >


Fewer Emergency Rooms, More Patients
Neil Wagner

ERs are over-burdened with non-emergency care. Wait times are measured in hours. Why? Read more >


Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Alice G. Walton

Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >


Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >


CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Alice G. Walton

Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >


Inexpensive Injection Could Save Thousands of Trauma Victims
Neil Wagner

Using the compound TXA, which helps prevent bleeding, could save the lives of many accident victims. Read more >


If You're Awaiting Medication, Don't Interrupt Your Nurse
Alice G. Walton

If a nurse is interrupted while preparing your medication, ask him or her to check it again to avoid a possible error. Read more >


Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Neil Wagner

Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >


Under Acute Stress, Higher Blood Pressure May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is not a good thing, but it does appear having high BP in times of heart stress is an advantage. Read more >


Interrupting Blood Supply May Help Patients during Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Interrupting the blood flow when someone has a heart attack may help protect the heart from damage. Read more >


SIDS and Serotonin: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not yet known, but low levels of serotonin may play a role. Read more >


A Simple Test for Concussions
Neil Wagner

A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >


Texting and Driving Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

You should NEVER text while driving. You are six times more likely to crash. Read more >


A Reminder for New Year's Eve: Coffee Does Not Sober You Up
Neil Wagner

Coffee does not sober you up. In fact, it may impair judgment further. Read more >


Decision-Making Suffers in the Sleep-Deprived, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

People who are sleep-deprived cannot make quick, "gut" decisions. For first-responders like police officers, this can be dangerous. Read more >


A New Way to Treat Spinal Injury
Neil Wagner

An experimental approach using micelles to prevent the spread of nerve damage shows promise. Read more >


Raising Safer Teen Drivers: What Works?
Esther Entin, M.D.

As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your child safe on the road is to set rules and pay attention to their activities. Read more >


Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Neil Wagner

Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. Read more >


Many Americans Lack Quick Access to Top-Quality Emergency Care
Alice G. Walton

Since time is often critical in an emergency, it is important to know whether the ER you are going to is capable of handling... Read more >


Kids and OTC Cold Meds Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

Roughly two-thirds of children's emergency room visits come from kids drinking OTC cold medication while unsupervised. Read more >


Salmonella in Peanut Butter: Outbreak Continues
Neil Wagner

The plant in Georgia responsible for the outbreak of salmonella has been found. What the FDA has to say about finding the peanut butter on shelves... Read more >


Turf Wars: Artificial Surfaces Match Grass for Overall Safety
Jordana Bieze Foster

Injuries during matches played on artificial turf are more likely to be severe than match injuries played on grass. Read more >


Treating the Poisoned Patient
Barbara M. Kirrane, M.D., and Robert S. Hoffman, M.D.

Over two million people a year are exposed to poisonous toxins. Read more >


Location, Location, Location: Surviving Cardiac Arrest
Lindsey Harle, M.D.

When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >


Sports-Related Concussions: Risks and Recovery
Jordana Bieze Foster

Concussions can be difficult to spot, especially when young athletes hide their symptoms to keep playing. Read more >


ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
Neil Wagner

When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >


Seeing It Coming
Tom Gilbert

Many of us know one or two of the warning signs of heart attack, but few know all the symptoms or have a clear idea of what them. Read more >


Infection Control and Healthcare
Keith F. Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.



Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Stephen R. Thom, M.D., Ph.D.



Rapid Response Key in 1918 Flu Pandemic
Tom Gilbert

The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic may be ancient history to most of us but medical researchers are still learning valuable lessons from it. Read more >


The Children of 9/11
Tom Gilbert

Nearly 73 percent of children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center catastrophe developed a psychiatric illness in the years following the event. Read more >


Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.



Road Traffic Injuries: Can We Stop A Global Epidemic?
Lauren P. Giles, B.A.; Elisabeth S. Hayes, M.B.A.; and Mark L. Rosenberg, M.D., M.P.P.

The causes of RTIs have been established: excessive speed, consumption of drugs and alcohol, failure to use seatbelts and poor road design. Read more >


Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
Richard E. Dixon, M.D., and David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.



Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >


"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Morgan Campbell, M.D.

Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >


To Sydney and Beyond
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

If you are short of breath in the days following a long airplane trip, see a doctor ASAP. Read more >


Bioterrorism — Are We Prepared?
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

For most of us, bioterrorism seems out there with alien invaders as something likely to occur on television but not in real life. Read more >


Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >


How to Handle the Heat
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Our skin is the radiator of the car. It is the place where most of our cooling occurs. Read more >


Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Eddy Barasch, M.D.

Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >





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