From the monthly archives:

October 2012

Home Safety: Fall Protection

October 31, 2012

Did you know? Bone density isn’t as cut and dry as advertised: it waxes and wanes with the seasons, with altitude (if you move), varies by race, and there isn’t a good standard of comparison (machines that measure bone density aren’t all made the same, and calibration isn’t standard either: your best bet is sticking […]

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Whether you’re an adult attending a party or a kid trick-or-treating, it’s important to stay safe on Halloween, a holiday that offers a lot of opportunity for trouble. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Costumes If you live somewhere cold, try and incorporate warmth into your costume—a wig, hat, long sleeves or pants. […]

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If you haven’t taken the kids to the pumpkin patch, here’s a tip: make sure you do plenty of hand washing afterword. Many pumpkin patches include other attractions like bouncy castles, hay rides, and petting zoos. Unfortunately, the animals in the petting zoo can be a source of e. coli and other types of food […]

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The outbreak of spinal meningitis, caused by steroid injections contaminated with fungus, aren’t proving easy to treat. The particular fungus causing the outbreak, a black mold called Exserohilum rostratum, rarely infects humans, and even then only those with very weakened immune systems. This outbreak, however, has lead to hundreds of infections because of its direct […]

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Although it may seem obvious, a new study has confirmed that using antivirals to treat Hepatitis C can reduce liver cancer caused by Hepatitis C by about 50%—and previous studies have shown a reduction of up to 70%. Hepatitis C symptoms can rage silently in the liver for years before they become apparent, and by […]

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