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Stay Safe From the Sun & That Backyard Grill This Memorial Day

Memorial Day means firing up that backyard grill for the season, hopefully under warm, sunny skies.

You can be sure to enjoy the day without hazards by taking a few simple precautions, said Dr. Mike Ren, an associate professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.


Mom's Curling Iron Can Be Big Burn Hazard for Kids

Tens of thousands of U.S. children received burns over a decade from beauty devices found in many homes: curling irons.

“Hair styling tools are a timeless piece of our everyday routine, helping to create the picture-perfect look. Yet they have the greatest propensity to create a not so picture-perfect accident when not handled with care,” said Dr. Brandon Rozanski, lead author of a ne...

Scientists Produce 'Bioprinted' Human Skin for Wound Healing

People recovering from wounds or severe burns might one day be treated with fully functional “bioprinted” skin created in a lab, a new study suggests.

Researchers say they “printed” skin samples containing all six major human cell types found in skin.

The result was multi-layered, full-thickness skin containing all three layers present in normal human tissue: epidermis, derm...

Don't Get Burned Grilling, and Other Hot Weather Tips

It's always a good idea to use caution when having some summer fun -- and that includes preventing burns from barbecues and other heat sources.

An expert from UT Southwestern Medical Center offers tips for avoiding heat-related pitfalls, including grilling and metal playground equipment during extreme outdoor temperatures.

“Concrete, metal and even plastic surfaces sitting in the ...

Fireworks for the 4th? Here's Your Safety Checklist

It's been said many times, but it deserves repeating: Use caution when handling fireworks.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is repeating the message to try to help people avoid injuries to the fingers, hands, arms and face.

"It may be a tradition to let children and teens oversee fireworks, but parents should always be cautious. Fireworks-related injuries can have...

Is Your Tap Water Too Hot? Scalding Burns Send Thousands to ER Each Year

A water heater set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit can release water from the tap hot enough to cause a second-degree burn in about nine minutes.

Turned up to 130 degrees, that injury happens in just 25 seconds. At 140 degrees, it only takes three seconds, according to a new study that tallied the personal and financial costs of scalding injuries in the United States.

Researchers led by ...

Why Instant Noodles Are a Danger to Your Kids

Ramen danger: A steaming cup of instant noodles is a big cause of scald injuries in children, researchers report.

A new study that examined pediatric admissions at University of Chicago Medicine for burn injuries caused by hot liquids found that nearly one-third were caused by instant noo...

Don't Feel the Burn: Stay Safe From Heat Injuries

In 2021, U.S. emergency rooms treated more than 193,000 burn injuries caused by an array of products, ranging from cooking devices to fireworks and space heaters.

Most of these burns were preventable, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Children under age 10 are especially vulnerable, accounting for 26% of all burn injuries in 2021, according to a commission news r...

Holiday Kitchen Accident? Here's How to Treat Minor Cuts, Burns

From burns to cuts, kitchen accidents happen, and they may be more likely as you cook for holiday gatherings.

Treating those injuries quickly and effectively can help begin the healing process and may reduce scarring, according to a skin expert at the American Academy of Dermatology.

"Whenever your skin is injured -- whether by accident or from surgery -- your body works to rep...

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 excitement and joy surrounding meal preparation at this time of year, but it also can be stressful,” said

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  • 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 treated for "burns that he received to his face and hands from a gasoline accident in his garage over the weekend," hospital...

    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 evening three months ago. The youngest of the family's three children, 3-year-old Hazel, suffered a serious friction bur...

    It's Time to Replace Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

    Setting your clocks back an hour this Sunday also means it's time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says.

    Working alarms are especially important because people are spending more time at home due to the pandemic, which means furnaces, fireplaces and other fuel-burning appliances are being used mo...

    For Kids, Accidental Burns Another Scar of the Pandemic

    Accidental burns among U.S. children rose by one-third during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

    "COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders inevitably created a new dynamic between children and their social environment. One result was the increased risk of burns those children experienced," said Dr. Christina Georgeades, a study author and pediatric surgery resear...

    Backyard Fireworks on the 4th?  Rethink It to Keep Your Child Safe

    If you're planning on shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges you to find other ways to celebrate the holiday.

    "We know that sales of fireworks increased in 2020 as did injuries, so parents and caregivers need to be vigilant this 4th of July, and leave any fireworks to the professionals," Dr. James Dodington, a member of the executive comm...

    Fireworks Deaths Spiked in Pandemic; Stay Safe This 4th

    The COVID-19 pandemic likely played a role in the 50% increase in deaths from fireworks in the United States last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says.

    Many public fireworks displays were canceled last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That led many people to light rockets, sparklers and firecrackers in their own backyards, the agency said.

    The result: A...

    Dyeing Your Hair? Beware Chemical Burns

    Nothing can perk up your appearance like a new cut and color, but failure to take proper precautions when having your hair dyed could result in chemical burns on your scalp, an expert warns.

    "We usually see this injury around prom season and into summer," said Dr. Nneka Okafor, an assistant professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    "We are ...

    'So Happy:' World's First Hand/Face Transplant Patient Doing Well

    Joe DiMeo's life changed forever when he fell asleep at the wheel on U.S. Route 22 in New Jersey on July 14, 2018.

    The horrific crash left him with third-degree burns on 80% of his body and a grim prognosis.

    Now, more than two years later, DiMeo, 22, is the recipient of the world's first successful double hand and face transplant, and on the road to recovery.

    The historic surg...

    Any Mask Containing Metal Could Cause Burns During an MRI, FDA Warns

    Patients who wear face masks with metal parts or coatings during MRIs could suffer facial burns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Monday.

    That's because metal parts such as bendable nose clips or wires, staples on the headband, nanoparticles (ultrafine particles), or antimicrobial coating that may contain metal (such as silver or copper) can heat up during an MRI.

    The FD...

    Injuries Shoot Up After Fireworks Laws Loosened in West Virginia

    West Virginia loosened fireworks sales rules in 2016. And since then, the state has seen a 40% boom in fireworks-related injuries, researchers say.

    The regulation change made it easier for people to buy Class C fireworks such as Roman candles, bottle rockets and fountains.

    "Since there has been a trend among states to liberalize these laws, I think it is wise for states ...

    Pandemic Means More Backyard Fireworks This Year -- And More Danger

    With communities across the United States canceling Fourth of July celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, backyard fireworks are likely to be more popular than ever.

    And that has many health experts worried. They fear injuries will soar among amateurs who don't know how to use fireworks safely. Even before the holiday, explosives are being set off in America's backyards and on c...

    Biggest Hurdle for Young Burn Survivors Is Acceptance

    The way they're treated by other people can cause young burn survivors more distress than their physical challenges, two surveys find.

    In one, researchers asked 64 burn survivors between 17 and 25 years of age what they found hardest to deal with. The seven most common responses: people staring; being bullied; memories of being burned; needing more surgeries; self-consciousness about ...

    Is Vaping a Scourge on Your Skin?

    Burns on the face, arms and hands that require skin grafts. Acne boils and ugly rashes. Black hairy tongue and other oral lesions.

    These are some of the ways that vaping can do serious damage to someone's skin, a new evidence review shows.

    For example, an estimated 2,035 people with electronic cigarette burn injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms between 2015 and 201...

    Scorching Pavement Sends Some to the ER With Burns

    Make sure rubber, not your skin, meets the road: When skin touches sunbaked pavement, serious burns can quickly set in.

    In sizzling regions like the Southwestern United States, all it takes for a severe burn is 2 seconds of unprotected skin-on-asphalt contact, experts say.

    "Our research shows that in our city, the risk starts when the ambient temperature reaches 95 degrees F...

    Could Your Cellphone Charger Electrocute You?

    Because of their capacity to distract, cellphones and sleep are not the best of bedfellows.

    But besides keeping you awake, new research warns that bringing your smartphone to bed could literally shock you.

    The report describes instances of people who were accidentally electrocuted and burned by phone charging cords.

    "A charger relies on the contained transfer of ...

    Another Vaping Danger: E-Cigarette Explodes in Teen's Face

    A vape pen exploded in the face of 17-year-old Nevada boy, breaking his jaw and requiring multiple surgeries to repair the damage, according to a case report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.

    The 2018 incident highlights a little-known danger of e-cigarettes -- the devices can unexpectedly blow up, causing burns and severe facial damage.

    "He was [using] t...

    Fatal Medical Emergencies on the Rise Worldwide: Study

    Injuries, heart attacks, lung infections, strokes and other medical emergencies caused about half of the world's 28 million deaths in 2015, a new study reports.

    Such deaths are on the rise, and rates are much higher in poor countries than wealthy ones, the researchers said.

    "We believe our study is among the first to identify the scope of the burden emergency medical conditi...

    Glass-Fronted Fireplaces Pose Burn Dangers for Kids

    Glass-fronted gas fireplaces can pose a serious risk to young children, an emergency room physician warns.

    Dr. Michael Gittelman, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, cited the case of a 3-year-old boy whose hand was badly burned when he touched the glass door of the family's gas fireplace.

    "Young children, like the boy in my emergency room, are at particular ...