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17 Jul

Concussions Do Not Negatively Impact Kids’ IQ, New Study Finds

Suffering a concussion does not appear to lower intelligence or IQ scores in children. Researchers say this new finding should help ease the concerns of millions of parents.

12 Jul

Pickleball Injuries Are on the Rise. Why Are So Many Players Ignoring the Pain?

In a new Harris Poll, nearly 50% of people say it’s not worth seeing a doctor for a sports injury they think will probably heal on its own.

07 Mar

Which High School Sports Cause the Most Injuries?

While the overall number of high school sports injuries is decreasing, more serious head and neck injuries are being reported, a new study finds.

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Toos E-Scooters Could Be Fire Hazard; Warning Issued After 2 Die in House Fire

Toos electric scooters are a fire hazard and people should stop using them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned Monday.

The Toos Elite 60-volt electric scooters, also marketed under the name Zooz, were sold exclusively at Toos Urban Ride stores in New York and online at the Toos website.

Two people recently died in an apartment fire that local fire officials de...

Biometric Gun Safes Recalled After 12-Year-Old's Death

More than 60,000 gun safes have been recalled following the death of a 12-year-old boy and dozens of reports that unauthorized people can open the Fortress Safe devices.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said a pr...

America's Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

As pint-size witches, ghosts and superheroes roam the streets on Halloween, it's important for adults to keep their eyes on safety.

“It's always best for an adult to accompany young children when they trick-or-treat,” said Dr. Sadiqa Kendi, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Medica...

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...

Kids Still Getting Injured After Swallowing High-Powered Magnets

Despite warnings and public education campaigns, kids continue to suffer injuries from swallowing small but strong magnets, according to a new study.

Children are also inserting high-powered, rare-earth balls into their ears and noses, even in households where parents fully understand the dangers of the toys, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

“High-powered, ra...

U.S. Injuries From E-Bikes, E-Scooters Jumped 21% in One Year

E-bikes, e-scooters and hoverboards are everywhere -- and injuries related to their use are soaring.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a new report on Tuesday showing that injuries associated with these so-called micro-mob...

Big Rise Seen in Gun Deaths, Overdoses Among U.S. Kids

America's kids are safer now than a decade ago when it comes to many types of injury, with two glaring exceptions: drugs and guns.

That's the crux of a new study that looked at injury trends among U.S. children and teenagers between 2011 and 2021.

It found that nonfatal injuries from accidents and assaults fell by 55% and 60%, respectively, during that time period. That included sub...

Take These Steps to 'Fall-Proof' Your Home

The risk of falls increases in older age, and along with it, the risk for serious physical or psychological damage, but there are steps people can take to help prevent these accidents.

Each year, about 27% of adults 65 and older fall and about 10% of those are injured.

“If you've experienced a fall or have a fear of falling, you are at a higher risk of falling. Once an older adult...

Water Beads Can Expand Inside Body, Causing Kids Serious Harm. Should They Be Banned?

Ashley Haugen's 13-month-old daughter, Kipley, woke up projectile vomiting in their Texas home one morning in July 2017.

The Haugens took her to the doctor after it became apparent she wasn't keeping anything down. After not responding to medication, Kipley was whisked to a nearby children's hospital for emergency surgery.<...

Gun Injuries Rise as Neighborhoods Gentrify

As working class neighborhoods gentrify, you'll likely see rents rise, pricey restaurants move in — and maybe also a rise in gunshot wounds, researchers say.

In U.S. neighborhoods that gentrified, gun injuries were 62% higher than they were in similar neighborhoods that hadn't gone upscale, according to a new study.

Overall firearm incidence was also 26% higher in these gentrifyi...

Another School Sports Season: How to Lower Your Child's Odds for Injury

Playing sports can offer a lot of benefits for kids, but it's also important to help protect them from injuries.

Parents and coaches can make a big difference in helping kids play safely, according to Nemours Kids Health.

The medical organization suggests starting with proper equipment. Use it, but also make sure the safety gear is the right size, fits well and is right for the sp...

Earthquakes Are Unpredictable: Plan Ahead to Lower the Danger

When an earthquake struck the center of Morocco earlier this month, killing nearly 3,000 and injuring thousands more, no one was expecting it.

That sudden rapid shaking of ground as the rocks underneath the earth shift can happen anywhere, but higher-risk areas in the United States include Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Washington and the entire Mississippi River Valley....

Mountain Biking May Not Be as Risky as You Think

If mountain biking is your exercise of choice, go for it.

A new study finds that the benefits of this sport outweigh the risks, dashing a common view that it's always dangerous, injury-inducing and meant for thrill seekers.

“Mountain biking and hiking a...

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 ...

How Kids Are Being Injured by Ceiling Fans

It's fun to playfully toss a toddler into the air, or tote a kid piggyback-style on your shoulders.

But those delightful giggles may come with a risk of head injury from a typically overlooked hazard -- the room's ceiling fan.

Each year U.S. emergency rooms treat about 2,300 children for head injuries caused by ceiling fans, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission data colle...

Study Confirms it: Texting While Walking Is Dangerous

It seems obvious that texting and walking can be a dangerous duo, but now a new Australian study offers solid evidence of the dangers.

Emergency room doctors Dr. Michael Levine and Dr. M...

Ouch! You Injured a Nail: Tips on Best Treatment

If you've ever slammed a door on your finger, you know how badly an injured nail feels, but do you know how to treat one?

First, do what you can to prevent one.

"To prevent a nail injury, I tell my patients to keep their nails short, so they do not bend or catch on objects," said Dr. Shari Lipner, an associate professor ...

Why Stairs Might Be a Bigger Hazard for Young Women

When it comes to falling down stairs, young women are more prone to take a tumble than their male counterparts.

According to a new study, this is because they are more likely to be distracted or to wear impractical footwear.

Going down a staircase while talking or texting on the phone or engaging in other distractions is an invitation to take a header, researchers report. Women were...

Here's How to Make Summer Sports Camp a Safe Adventure for Your Kid

If your child is in sports camp this summer, you'll want them to have fun and stay safe.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) offers some tips on dealing with existing medical conditions, staying hydrated and heat safe, avoiding weather dangers and protecting skin from the sun.

“Just as parents don't drop off their children at a pool without a lifeguard, they shouldn...

As Pickleball's Popularity Rises, So Do Related Injuries

Pickleball has burst onto the scene, inspiring people of all ages to pick up a paddle.

But as with any sport, it's possible to get hurt. Some best practices can help prevent injuries, according to a sports medicine expert.

For pickleball players, the most common injury is to the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder.

This can cause shoulder pain, especially with movement and use...

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...

When Kids Fatally Shoot Other Kids: Tragedies That Don't Have to Happen

When a child unintentionally shoots and kills another child in the United States, they've likely been playing around with an unlocked, loaded gun, new research reveals.

Analyzing a decade's worth of data, researchers also found that 4 out of 10 such gun deaths involve kids 2 to 4 years old. About two-thirds of the unintentional fatal shootings happen at the victim's home, and both victim ...

7.5 Million 'Baby Shark' Bath Toys Recalled Due to Serious Injuries to Kids

Nearly 8 million Baby Shark and Mini Baby Shark bath toys have been recalled because they can cause serious injuries to children.

When using these bath toys, particularly in a bathtub or wading pool, a child can sit, slip or fall onto the shark's hard plastic top fin, posing risks of impalement, lacerations and puncture wounds, according to the company, Zuru.

This recall includes bo...

Is That Hand-Me-Down Crib or Stroller Safe? Most Parents Unsure, Survey Finds

Baby equipment is costly, so many parents buy it used, but they're not always sure whether it's still safe, a nationwide poll reveals.

About half of the 932 parents surveyed in February said they had used pre-owned equipment for their baby, most often cribs and high chairs, according to a University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital poll released May 15.

Yet, 2 in 3 s...

Rate of Fatal Falls Among U.S. Seniors Doubled in 20 Years

Older Americans are dying of falls at more than double the rate of 20 years ago -- with women, men and all racial groups showing increases, according to a new study.

In 2020, the study found, just over 36,500 Americans age 65 and up died of a fall-related injury. That was up from roughly 10,100 deaths in 1999.

Adjusted for age, those numbers translated into a more than twofold incre...

Half of Chicago's Residents Have Witnessed a Shooting by Age 40

Living with the potential for gun violence takes a “cumulative physiological toll” on people in Chicago and across the country, said researchers whose new study found that half of that city's residents had witnessed a shooting by age 40.

The study followed Chicagoans from childhood and adolescence in the 1990s over the course of 25 years.

Of the more than 2,400 study participan...

Injury-Proof Homes: Creating Safe Spaces for Older Adults

There's nothing like the comfort and security of home. For many, a home is a place filled with fond memories of happy times.

It's no wonder older adults choose to extend their independence by trying to stay in their homes as they get older, an experience called aging in place.

But as a person ages, what used to be ordinary in the home can be challenging or even a hazard. Almost one-...

Certain Carbon Monoxide Alarms Sold on Amazon May Not Work, Feds Warn

If you bought a carbon monoxide detector on Amazon and it was sold under the names GLBSUNION and CUZMAK, stop using it.


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  • Gear Up (Helmets Included) for a Safe Bike Season

    As the weather warms, folks are bringing out their bicycles for a ride.

    That's great, but it's important to be ready for a safe biking season: The national rate of bike accidents is two fatal crashes and 2,630 accidents requiring emergency room visits every week.

    Angela Mountz, community car seat saf...

    Mitch McConnell Released from Hospital, Sent to Rehab for Recovery

    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was released from the hospital on Monday and sent to a rehabilitation facility, after suffering a concussion last Wednesday night following a fall at a dinner.

    “Leader McConnell's concussion recovery is proceeding well and the Leader was discharged from the hospital today,"...

    Reducing Home Hazards Cuts Seniors' Risk of Falling

    Nearly one-third of older people fall each year, most of them in their own homes. But it's possible to reduce those numbers by a quarter, according to a new study.

    Five steps can cut the risk of falls by 26%, the researchers reported in the March 10 issue of the Cochrane Database of ...

    Mitch McConnell in Hospital With Concussion After Tripping at Washington Hotel

    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will remain hospitalized with a concussion after suffering a fall during a dinner on Wednesday night.

    “Leader McConnell tripped at a dinner event Wednesday evening and has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion," McConnell's communications direc...

    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...

    Shark Bites Are Declining Worldwide

    It's a little safer to get into the water: Unprovoked shark attacks dropped to a 10-year low worldwide in 2022, shark watchers say.

    A total of 57 unprovoked bites occurred in 2022, tying with 2020 for the fewest number of reported incidents during the last 10 years, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.

    Of those attacks, five were fatal -- do...

    How Ice & Snow Can Harm Your Wrists, Hands

    Winter's icy beauty can also be dangerous.

    An orthopedic expert offers some tips for avoiding serious injuries on slippery ground or hazards hidden by snow.

    "When people have injuries during the winter, it commonly involves tripping over an object or slipping on ice," said

    You Can Prevent Sports Overuse Injuries

    “Move it or lose it” the saying goes, but too much exercise or playing sports can lead to overuse injuries.

    These injuries include damage to bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles due to repetitive actions, such running, throwing, biking, lifting and swimming, to name a few.

    An overuse injury can be the result of poor training techniques such as doing too much too fast; not warm...

    Some Athletes May Need an Extra Month for Concussion Recovery

    Some college athletes take longer to recover from a concussion, but a new study offers them some good news.

    They may still be able to return to play -- after one extra month of recovery, researchers report Jan. 18 in the journal Neurology.

    "Although an athlete may experience a slow or delayed recovery, there is reason to believe recovery is achievable with additional time ...

    Slips, Slides: Winter Injuries Can Be Serious

    Wearing proper gear, watching out for snow and ice hazards, and “walking like a penguin” are just some of the tips that can help prevent winter accidents, one medical expert says.

    “A variety of injuries can occur during the winter,” cautioned Dr. Mahmood Gharib, a physiatrist at the University of Minnesota Medica...

    Holiday Toys: Fun, But Remember Safety, Too

    Keeping an eye on safety will let the joy from holiday toys last longer, without a trip to the emergency room, experts say.

    Last year, more than 200,000 people were treated in emergency departments for toy-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Dr. R...

    Odds for Early Death Rise After Severe Injury Linked to Alcohol

    Before you toast the holiday season with too much alcohol, here's a sobering thought.

    Folks who get injured severely enough while intoxicated to require hospital treatment are five times more likely to die in the coming year, according to new research published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs<...

    It's Snow Season: Stay Safe on the Slopes

    Skiiers and snowboarders, take note: You're less likely to get hurt if you ease back into the winter sports season.

    “We see a lot of patients in the After-Hours Clinic (of the department of orthopaedic surgery) on their way back from skiing and snowboarding,” said Dr. Sabrina Sawl...

    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...

    What & How You Sing Might Impact Risk to Vocal Cords

    How singers use their voices, including the genre of music they perform, has an impact on vocal injury, new research finds.

    Dr. Lesley Childs, medical director of the Voice Center at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, led a two-part study of more than 1,000 patient records.

    The study looked at phonotra...

    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, according to Jen Lau

    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 Safety Commission (CPSC) urges.

    "With the holiday shopping season upon us, it is critical to anchor your new TV or...

    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 report from the U.S. National Center for He...

    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 they couldn't afford was 23% higher than among similar adults without traumatic injuries. These patients were also more li...

    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...

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