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How Safe is Your House’s Plumbing?

When we think about safety hazards in the home, most of us probably don’t give our house’s plumbing a second thought. Certainly, it doesn’t seem to pose the kinds of immediate risks that your home’s electrical or natural gas delivery systems do. However, if something goes wrong with your hot water heater, pipes, valves or faucets, it can lead to…

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Playground Safety Checklist: Basic Design and Maintenance

If you’re a parent, you may have noticed that hard asphalt and sharp edges are on their way out at playgrounds around the country. In large part, these changes are due to concerns over injuries and law suits. Over 200,000 children in the US are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for playground-related injuries. That’s a lot of opportunity…

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Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Workplace: What the Statistics Tell Us

Musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace account for a full third of all cases of injury and illness that require days off from work in order to recuperate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) “are injuries or illnesses affecting the connective tissues of the body such as muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, or spinal disks.” Following…

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Occupational Health and Safety: Tips for Construction Workers

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 721 fatal accidents on construction sites in 2011, accounting for 17.5% of all worker fatalities that year. The leading causes of death to workers on construction sites were falls, electrocution, being struck by an object and becoming trapped. OSHA estimates that by eliminating these four primary causes, approximately 400…

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Chiropractic Care in the Workplace: The Information Technology Sector

Increasing numbers of companies are realizing the positive impact that on-site wellness programs have on their health care costs. An article from the American Journal of Health Promotions noted that, for every dollar that a company invested in a company wellness program, they generally received a return of between $2.13 and $10.10. Not a bad investment! An estimated 75% of…

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How Might Breath Analysis Change the Future of Diagnostic Tests?

Imagine having diagnostic tests taken that were painless, fast, less expensive than a blood test, and could easily be performed multiple times, even while exercising or sleeping. Scientists have been developing devices that can do just that by measuring certain components in the breath. Although it may seem more like something in a scene from Star Trek, the possibility of…

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What is Personalized Medicine?

Since the first healers began treating people for illness, the way it worked was that you described your symptoms to the doctor, who would then give you a physical examination and perhaps run some tests. Then he or she would make a diagnosis of your condition and treat you with drugs or other therapies that were standard for that condition….

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Spring Cleaning Health Tips

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s a perfect time to open up the windows in your house, let in some fresh air and give the whole place a good scrub. But you should also be aware of some of the possible health hazards involved in getting your place spic and span. You don’t want to be breathing harmful…

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What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient practice dating back to early Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures. It was one of the most popular healing methods used by the ancient Egyptians. Cupping involves placing a heated cup, most commonly made of glass or ceramic, over a certain area of the skin to produce suction. This suction is intended to increase blood flow to…

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What Everyone Should Know About Heavy Metal Poisoning

Even if you do not spend a lot of time in an industrial manufacturing environment, there is a chance that you may be exposed to heavy metals on a regular basis. Although it is not a common problem, you could be at risk of heavy metal poisoning (sometimes referred to as heavy metal toxicity) from such things as eating lots…

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Auto Accident Folklore—Being Thrown Clear and Bracing for Impact

You have no doubt overheard someone at work or at a party telling his friends that he never wears a seat belt—and that he has some really good reasons.  The story usually goes something like this:  He heard from a buddy he knows that a friend of a friend who was not wearing a seat belt had a bad car…

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Choosing the Best Pillow for a Healthier Night’s Sleep

Let’s face it. You probably don’t give a lot of thought to the pillow you sleep on. And you probably didn’t give your pillow much thought when you purchased it either. The truth is that most people don’t. It’s not unusual for a person (or a couple) to spend thousands of dollars on a high-quality mattress but then buy pillows…

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