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Summer Water Safety for Kids

For lots of kids, there aren’t many activities in the summer that are more fun than swimming, whether it’s in a pool, lake, or ocean. And while it’s great exercise for your children to be spending a lot of time in and around the water, there are (of course) dangers that they should be aware of. As a parent, you…

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To Rinse or Not to Rinse Your Food—That Is the Question

With all of the recent concern over food-borne bacteria such as E. coli, many people are wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their families. In particular, they’re wondering whether washing their foods before preparing and eating them really does any good. Interestingly, the answer to this seemingly simple question is both “Yes” and “No” depending on the…

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Good Workplace Ergonomics Matter! Lessons from Medical Lab Technicians

Are the bad ergonomics of your workplace causing you chronic back or neck pain? If so, you’re not alone. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are one of the leading causes of occupational injuries and disability throughout the world. In the United States, WRMSDs cause over 647,000 days of lost work every year and result in workman’s compensation claims costing anywhere from…

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The Hygiene Hypothesis: Are We Too Clean for Our Own Good?

Our ancestors would almost certainly be shocked by our obsession with hygiene and cleanliness: our compulsive washing with antibacterial soaps, our airtight doors and windows, our vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters. They might shake their heads and say, “A little dirt never hurt.”  In fact—even though practicing basic hygiene and staying germ-free does prevent the spread of disease—a little bit…

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Health Alert: Long-Term Exposure to Vibration Puts Some Workers at Risk

According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease report, chronic pain is the single leading cause of disabilities worldwide. It represents an enormous burden for the world’s healthcare systems—caring for afflicted patients costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Chronic pain is also a major concern for employers, who lose billions of dollars as a result of absences and…

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Trampoline Safety: What Parents Should Know

From a health and safety point of view, the best advice we could give parents who are considering letting their kids use trampolines at home is “Don’t do it!” Since 1977, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has strongly recommended against the use of home trampolines by children. In 2009, the last year for which complete data is available, nearly…

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Do Ergonomic Snow Shovels Really Make a Difference?

While it seems like such a commonplace activity, shoveling snow is notorious for being one of the most dangerous things you can do in the winter. The physical exertion it involves, coupled with cold temperatures, can put excessive strain on both your heart and back. Nearly 200,000 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for conditions related to snow shoveling between…

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Tips for Working on Your Feet All Day

Quite a few jobs require you to be on your feet all day. Cashiers, flight attendants, nurses, restaurant workers and retail salespeople—to name just a few—must spend long hours on their feet with little time for a break. This can cause a range of problems, including low back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sore feet, swollen ankles and bunions. Following…

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Automobile Head Restraints Prevent Injuries—Use Them Correctly!

Many people are under the mistaken impression that the head-sized extension at the top of your car’s seat is a head rest. It’s actually not a place to rest your weary head during a long drive, but rather a safety feature called a head restraint that is there to help prevent whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision. And…

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Health Update: Close-Up on Adverse Drug Reactions

You can’t switch on a television these days without seeing a commercial for some new pharmaceutical that will cure whatever may ail you (or cure you from an illness you never knew you had). If you pay attention to it, you will notice that nearly half the ad time is taken up with a long list of possible side effects…

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What is “Long-Term Health Care”?

Long-term health care, most commonly referred to as long-term care (LTC) is comprised of both medical and non-medical services provided to those who are unable to take care of themselves. Although LTC is most commonly used by the elderly, long term care may also be necessary for people of any age who are either chronically ill or disabled. Many have…

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Why Shoulder Joints Are Especially Vulnerable and What You Can Do to Prevent Injuries

The healthy shoulder joint allows us to move our arms a full 270 degrees in range, which no other joint can do. When you consider the shoulder’s range of motion and its complexity, it’s no wonder that this joint is particularly prone to injury. However, there are some steps you can take to help prevent shoulder damage. The anatomy of…

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