July 02, 2020
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Help for COVID's Sickest
Neil Wagner

The steroid dexamethasone is used to reduce inflammation; it can also save the lives of coronavirus patients who can't breathe. Read more >

Self-Quarantine's Payoff
Charlotte LoBuono

Staying home reduces the transmission of COVID-19. Here's a view of how much it helps. Read more >

Doctors Weigh in on Chloroquine
Neil Wagner

As a treatment for COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine is questionable and a danger to some. And then there are the lupus patients who need it. Read more >

Unmasked Marauders
Charlotte LoBuono

It's hard to believe that some people don't feel masks are necessary. A new study makes clear just how far COVID spreads when people talk. Read more >

Foods to Build Immunity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not only about wearing a mask. Nutrition plays a major role in supporting your immune system. Read more >

Telemedicine: The Doctor Will See You Online
Charlotte LoBuono

Telemedicine could free up hospital staff and offer a safer way for patients to see their doctors during the pandemic and beyond. Read more >

Diehard Fans
Neil Wagner

When local teams lose, ER admissions for heart attacks go up, suggesting a new way of looking at the agony of defeat. Read more >

Not Yet On the Road Again
Neil Wagner

Travel restrictions really help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Shelve your dreams of travel. For the time being, stay close to home. Read more >

The Hunt for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Neil Wagner

A vaccine that stimulates the immune system is creating immunity to COVID-19 in mice. Read more >

Getting Food to Seniors and the Poor
Laurie Wiegler

The poor and elderly need to be able to buy food online and have it delivered, too, especially during emergencies like the COVID crisis. Read more >

Why You Probably Don't Need a Medical Mask
Laurie Wiegler

It's natural, but not necessarily wise to think of using a mask for protection from the COVID-19 virus. Here's who should -- and shouldn't. Read more >

Putting the Brakes on COVID-19
Neil Wagner

International airports have a major role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of disease. What travelers need to know. Read more >

Short-Circuiting Premature Births
Charlotte LoBuono

Taking low-dose aspirin while pregnant can reduce the risk of hypertension and premature birth. Read more >

Treating Kids' Burns at Home
Leslie Carr

Children's skin is vulnerable to burns from scalding or hot surfaces. Cut the chances a skin graft will be needed by doing this immediately. Read more >

Marijuana and HIGHway Driving
Charlotte LoBuono

More and more people are smoking pot regularly. It can affect their driving even when they're not stoned. Read more >

The Rising Cost of Having a Baby
Charlotte LoBuono

Out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy care have gone up by 50 percent and more since 2008, prompting many women to skip checkups. Read more >

E-Scooter Injuries Rise
Charlotte LoBuono

E-scooters are becoming popular, especially in cities. Head and facial injuries -- and surgeries -- are also up. Protect yourself. Read more >

Hospital Stays Can Bring Blood Pressure Problems
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People who are sent home on higher doses of blood pressure meds after a hospital stay are at far great risk for readmission -- and fainting. Read more >

Getting Serious About Gun Violence
Neil Wagner

Gun violence kills nearly as many youth as automobile accidents do. A special issue on gun violence offers proven ways to reduce the danger. Read more >

Teen Suicide

Teen suicide rates are rising, particularly for girls. A team of researchers offers a picture of the problem and advice for parents. Read more >

Sensing Seizures Before They Happen

Dogs can detect whether someone with epilepsy is going to have a seizure. It's all in the nose. Read more >

Mass Shootings and Gun Laws
Leslie Carr

The more permissive a state's guns laws are, the higher the likelihood a mass shooting will occur. Read more >

An App to Prevent Overdose Deaths
Neil Wagner

Opioid overdose deaths are preventable if Naloxone can be administered quickly. That's where cell phones come in. Read more >

Grandpa's Gun
Neil Wagner

What do you do when a senior gun owner shows signs of dementia? Some guidelines for families and doctors. Read more >

CPR Training -- At the Airport
Neil Wagner

The American Heart Association has come up with a good way to spend your time when you're stuck at the airport: Learn how to save a life. Read more >

Let Patients Choose
Neil Wagner

When people with PTSD were able to choose which of two proven treatments they received, they did a lot better. Read more >

Sleepy People Are Dangerous
Neil Wagner

Too little sleep is a problem -- especially when others' lives depend on your performance. Read more >

Teens, Smartphones, and Cars
Charlotte LoBuono

Over a third of teen drivers text while driving. Parents need to make clear it's never OK to pick up the phone while behind the wheel. Read more >

Women's Survival Rates Better with Women Doctors
Charlotte LoBuono

There are a number of reasons why women heart patients are more likely to die if their doctor is a man. Read more >

Hot Parked Cars
Alice G. Walton

Leaving a child or a pet in a parked car can quickly become fatal. Read more >

Head Injuries Bring Headaches
Esther Entin, M.D.

People who have had a head injury have persistent and more frequent headaches, prompting calls for a new diagnosis. Read more >

Faster Relief from PTSD
Neil Wagner

Two weeks of exposure therapy relieved soldiers' symptoms of PTSD just as well as eight weeks did. Read more >

Thrills and Spills on the Hill
Charlotte LoBuono

Olympic skiers and snowboarders make it look easy. Here are a few tips to keep injuries to a minimum. Read more >

Holidays, Dogs, and Chocolate
Neil Wagner

Chocolate and dogs don't mix. It can cause vomiting, seizures and even death. Keep your pup safe over the holidays. Read more >

Become a Life Saver
Neil Wagner

If you know how to stop bleeding or give CPR, you become the bystander who can make a difference. Read more >

More Guns, More Gun Deaths
Neil Wagner

Two studies examine the idea that gun ownership and concealed carry laws protect us from gun violence. Read more >

Reduce Hospital Tests, Reduce Costs
Leslie Carr

Unnecessary tests harm patients and hospitals' bottom lines. Read more >

Movies, Guns and Kids
Neil Wagner

What happens when kids who have seen a film clip featuring guns find one in a drawer? Read more >

Gun Laws Make a Difference
Esther Entin, M.D.

A nationwide study in the U.S. finds that stricter gun laws reduce ER admissions and deaths. Read more >

What Keeps Parents Up at Night
Esther Entin, M.D.

A national poll identifies 10 of the biggest fears parents have when it comes to their children's health and safety. Read more >

Troubling Searches on Suicide
Charlotte LoBuono

Google searches about suicide rose dramatically when the TV series, 13 Reasons Why, aired. Many clinicians are concerned. Read more >

Tooth Decay, Canadian Style
Neil Wagner

In Canada the costs of healthcare means limits to dental coverage. It also inspires comparisons. Read more >

An Expensive Trip to the Emergency Room
Neil Wagner

People who lack health insurance and use the ER as their doctor's office often pay a huge price. Read more >

African Americans Less Likely to Receive Statins
Charlotte LoBuono

Competing guidelines for the use of statins in people with atherosclerosis may leave African Americans less protected. Read more >

Baby Product Safety Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

Most of the injuries to infants and toddlers happen at home and involve products designed for child safety. What parents need to look for. Read more >

Women, Sports, and Concussions
Charlotte LoBuono

Women seem to be at greater risk for sports-related concussions than men are. A study starts to unpack why this is. Read more >

A High Tech Sleep Hazard
Charlotte LoBuono

High tech baby monitors use sensors to keep track of respiration and heart rate. They may not help and can make parents crazy. Read more >

Ice Capades
Neil Wagner

Icy conditions can be treacherous. Some boot treads help keep you upright better than others. Read more >

Doctor vs. App
Neil Wagner

Online diagnosis is growing, but how good is it? A new study pits MDs against symptom checkers and comes up with an answer. Read more >

A Spoonful of Medicine Helps the Medicine Go Wrong
Neil Wagner

When measuring doses for children, there's a right way and a way that almost guarantees you'll get it wrong. Read more >

Kids' Soccer Injuries Soar
Neil Wagner

The number of visits to the ER each year among young soccer players rose by 78%. Injuries were even more common for those over 12. Read more >

Laser Pointers Are Not for Kids
Esther Entin, M.D.

When kids look at laser pointers, severe and lasting eye damage is often the result. Read more >

A Safer Kind of Football Practice
Alice G. Walton

A simple change to kids' football practice routines can reduce the risk of brain injury by over a third. Read more >

It's About Turf
Neil Wagner

Many of the injuries high school football players suffer are the result of the surfaces they play on and could be avoided. Read more >

Zika in Utah
Esther Entin, M.D.

The Zika virus has killed an elderly person in Utah and infected another. The CDC is investigating. Read more >

How Australia Ended Mass Shootings
Neil Wagner

There hasn't been a mass shooting in Australia since it enacted new gun laws in 1996. Not one. Read more >

Women's Heart Attacks Dangerously Under-Treated
Charlotte LoBuono

Women in cardiac arrest are 30% less likely to have an angiogram or angioplasty than men. Now the question is, why? Read more >

An Accident Waiting to Happen
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teenagers drive more — and cause more accidents — during the summer. Parents can do a lot to reduce the risk. Read more >

Everybody In the Pool!
Esther Entin, M.D.

The water may be fine, but pools, spas and water parks can also be havens for water-borne pathogens. Read more >

Would You Like a Perforated Intestine with That Burger?
Neil Wagner

Wire bristles from the brushes used to clean grills can land people in the hospital. Read more >

Violent Neighborhoods and Teen Homicide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain physical changes to violent areas can improve safety and could reduce teen homicides. Read more >

Smartphones: Not So Smart in A Crisis
Neil Wagner

Smartphones can give us physical directions, but they are pathetic at emotional support. Read more >

Distinctive Deaths, State-by-State
Neil Wagner

Where to go to find the most unintentional gun deaths, fatal police encounters and traffic fatalities. Read more >

Asthma Attacks Follow School Breaks
Charlotte LoBuono

Children with asthma often end up in the hospital shortly after school vacations. There's a reason for this. Read more >

Why We Miss So Many Heart Attacks in Women
Esther Entin, M.D.

Heart attacks in women can be sneaky. Know the warning signs. Read more >

Assaults Plague Emergency Medical Workers
Neil Wagner

Who knew it was so dangerous to answer a call for help? Assaults on paramedics are too common. Read more >

The Holidays Are Hard on Pets
Neil Wagner

The holidays pose dangerous opportunity for cats and dogs. Read more >

Crib Bumpers Are Deadly
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents think they are doing a good thing when they put soft bumpers in their children's cribs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >

DUI: Punish Drunks, Or Safeguard The Public?
Neil Wagner

In many states a first-time DUI will land you in class with a suspended license. But this doesn't safeguard the public. There's a better way. Read more >

As Gun Laws Go, So Go Suicides
Neil Wagner

When gun licensing is enacted, suicides drop by as much as 40 percent. It's the opposite when such laws are repealed. Read more >

Overcoming the Fear of Vaccines
Neil Wagner

Parents who refuse vaccines do it to protect their kids. When they see the damage not vaccinating can do, they often reconsider. Read more >

Logging In for A Diagnosis
Neil Wagner

Symptom checkers help patients decide whether a trip to the ER or doctor is necessary. So how good are they? Read more >

Life in the Texting Lane
Neil Wagner

The texting lane one university installed on its stairs was all in fun, but not everyone sees it that way. Read more >

Bouts of Anger, Stress, Can Bring on A Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Anger management may be good heart attack prevention. Read more >

Study Pinpoints the Chief Source of Gun Violence
Neil Wagner

Better screening for mental stability is not the solution to gun violence, a new study finds. Read more >

Childhood Trauma's Lasting Impact
Esther Entin, M.D.

The effects of traumatic events in childhood can last a lifetime. But they don't need to. Read more >

Body Cameras Can Prevent Violence
Neil Wagner

Body cameras cut police violence by over 50% and could perhaps have saved Michael Brown's life. Read more >

Brain Impact of Football Hits Seen in Even High School Players
Charlotte LoBuono

Scans of high school players' brains show how hard hits jar the brain and disrupt cells' communication. Read more >

Cozy, Comfy, and Dangerous
Esther Entin, M.D.

Nearly half of all infants are put to bed with bedding that poses a risk of SIDS and suffocation. Read more >

CPR Phone Coaching Saves Lives
Neil Wagner

Bystanders can save lives when 911 operators give them CPR instruction over the phone. Read more >

Energy Drinks Land Young Children in The ER
Neil Wagner

The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is dangerous to children. It can cause seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Read more >

Choking on Chia Seeds
Neil Wagner

Chia seeds are nutritious, but they can also be dangerous if consumed dry. Who knew? Read more >

Gas Disconnects Traumatic Memories, Loosens the Grip of PTSD
Alice G. Walton

Xenon gas may be a better PTSD treatment: It helps disconnect traumatic memories from the pain that can go with them. Read more >

Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Leslie Carr

Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >

Access to Guns Linked to Homicide, Suicide Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

A gun in the home means a huge increase in the likelihood of suicide and homicide. Read more >

SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Alice G. Walton

Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >

Vaginal Delivery Is A Viable Option Following Caesarean Birth
Charlotte LoBuono

Women who had a C-section with their first child often are successful giving birth vaginally for the next. Read more >

Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
Neil Wagner

The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >

The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Neil Wagner

Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >

Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Neil Wagner

Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >

Alcohol Changes Awareness of Drunk Driving
Neil Wagner

People need to decide before they drink that they won't drive. It's too late after they've had a few. Read more >

Weather Changes are Linked to Violence
Alice G. Walton

Tempers rise with temperature, and globally, this is not good news. Read more >

Accidents on the Rise for Pedestrians on Cell Phones
Neil Wagner

A pedestrian walks into a lamppost. Drivers distracted by cell phones aren't the only ones in the ER Read more >

Social Media Improves Organ Donor Registration
Charlotte LoBuono

Social networking turns out to be a good way to get people registering at state organ banks. Read more >

Methane Gas Abundant in Wells Near Fracking Sites
Neil Wagner

Water from wells near the Marcellus formation has six times the methane of those farther away. Read more >

When Good Hikes Go Bad
Neil Wagner

Over half of all hikers are seriously under-prepared. Here are 10 items you need to bring with you — even for a short hike. Read more >

Veterans with Multiple Brain Injuries Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
Alice G. Walton

Veterans who sustain more than one head trauma are at much greater risk of suicide. Read more >

iPods in the ICU
Neil Wagner

Listening to music — or noise-canceling headphones — can ease patients' anxiety. Read more >

Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
Leslie Carr

The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >

Road Kill: Nearly Half of Teens Text While Driving
Neil Wagner

Half of all teens text while driving, a danger for all. Parents are the front line of defense. Read more >

Distracted Driving: Now It's the Family Dog
Neil Wagner

Driving with your dog is a pleasure...and a dangerous distraction, especially for the elderly. Read more >

Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >

Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

Summertime means vacation and trips to the amusement park. But before you strap yourself and your kids in, consider the safety issues. Read more >

A Game Helps Keep Older Drivers Safer on the Road
Neil Wagner

Video games designed to challenge mental abilities can help seniors reduce cognitive decline. Read more >

Medical Breakthrough: A Better Hospital Gown!
Neil Wagner

Finally, a hospital gown that doesn't leave you exposed. Why did it take so long? Read more >

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >

Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Neil Wagner

Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >

Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Alice G. Walton

Ibuprofen can occasionally lead to serious kidney problems in children. Read more >

Ash Borer Beetles Destroy More than Trees
Neil Wagner

Ash borer beetles have killed 100 million trees. The impact on health is also serious. Read more >

Reframing the Debate: Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

Successful public health campaigns are models for how to make guns safer and reduce their allure. Read more >

Why Did the Distracted Pedestrians Cross the Road?
Neil Wagner

It's really not possible to cross a busy intersection safely while multitasking. You need to pay attention. Read more >

Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
Alice G. Walton

A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >

Surgical Malpractice Occurs Too Often, Costs Billions
Alice G. Walton

Leaving instruments in patients or operating on the wrong body part happens too often. Read more >

Pediatricians Come Out in Favor of Emergency Contraception for Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

The AAP says girls need to know emergency contraception is an option when birth control fails. Read more >

Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
Neil Wagner

For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver. Read more >

Taking Early Control of Traumatic Memories May Help Treat PTSD
Alice G. Walton

A new treatment for PTSD helps prevent memory from running amok. Read more >

Inexperienced Doctors Are More Expensive
Alice G. Walton

Young doctors cost patients far more than experienced physicians. What does this tell us about... Read more >

Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Neil Wagner

Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >

Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
Leslie Carr

A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young? Read more >

Too Many Children Swallowing Laundry Detergent, Magnets
Neil Wagner

Toddlers have been swallowing small packets of dishwasher and laundry detergent. Magnets, too. Parents need to keep them out of reach. Read more >

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >

Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Alice G. Walton

Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >

Home Visits for Asthma: Healthcare that Works
Neil Wagner

For kids with asthma and their parents, home healthcare visits save time and money... Read more >

Death and Taxes: Road Fatalities Rise on Tax Day
Neil Wagner

The stress of doing taxes can distract us on the road. Traffic fatalities rise every tax day... Read more >

Little League Safety: Protecting Future All Stars
Esther Entin, M.D.

Tips to keep Little Leaguers injury-free. Learn the rules and risks and stay out of the ER. Read more >

Headphones: More Powerful than a Locomotive
Neil Wagner

Headphone use can turn deadly when shutting out the world means being unaware of approaching traffic... or trains. Read more >

From Sepsis to Shock: What Happens When Bacteria Invade the Body
Jeffrey P. Green, M.D.

Severe sepsis is a raging infection that shuts down organs. It is important to find it fast, but that can be tricky. Read more >

When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Alice G. Walton

Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >

Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Alice G. Walton

Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >

Brain Tsunamis Increase Head Trauma Destruction
Michael J. Gertner

Brain tsunamis increase head trauma destruction the way their watery counterparts wipe out homes... Read more >

Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Alice G. Walton

Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >

Fall Back and Change the Batteries
Neil Wagner

Burning anything in a closed space puts you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a silent killer. Get a CO detector. Read more >

The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory and the Brain
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.

Emergency Rooms: Longer Waits Lead to Poorer Outcomes
Neil Wagner

There is evidence that long waits in the emergency room are themselves a medical emergency. Read more >

Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Alice G. Walton

Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >

Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Alice G. Walton

Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >

Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Alice G. Walton

Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >

You Can Learn CPR in 60 Seconds
Neil Wagner

Learning the basics of CPR - call 911, perform 100 chest compressions a minute until EMTs arrive - can save a life. Read more >

Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Alice G. Walton

Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >

Stem Cells Help Paralyzed Monkey Regain Mobility
Alice G. Walton

Researchers say that implanting stem cells allowed a paralyzed monkey to walk - and jump - again... Read more >

New Guidelines Simplify CPR
Neil Wagner

If you see someone who needs help breathing, call 911 and then start using chest compression to keep the blood flowing. Read more >

FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Alice G. Walton

Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >

Texting to Death
Neil Wagner

It has been estimated that for every 1 million new cell phone subscribers, deaths due to distracted driving rise by 19%. Read more >

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Data to Aid Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you have had a cesarean section, you may still be able to deliver a child vaginally. Read more >

Fewer Emergency Rooms, More Patients
Neil Wagner

ERs are over-burdened with non-emergency care. Wait times are measured in hours. Why? Read more >

Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Alice G. Walton

Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >

Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >

CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Alice G. Walton

Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >

Inexpensive Injection Could Save Thousands of Trauma Victims
Neil Wagner

Using the compound TXA, which helps prevent bleeding, could save the lives of many accident victims. Read more >

If You're Awaiting Medication, Don't Interrupt Your Nurse
Alice G. Walton

If a nurse is interrupted while preparing your medication, ask him or her to check it again to avoid a possible error. Read more >

Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Neil Wagner

Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >

Under Acute Stress, Higher Blood Pressure May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is not a good thing, but it does appear having high BP in times of heart stress is an advantage. Read more >

Interrupting Blood Supply May Help Patients during Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Interrupting the blood flow when someone has a heart attack may help protect the heart from damage. Read more >

SIDS and Serotonin: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not yet known, but low levels of serotonin may play a role. Read more >

A Simple Test for Concussions
Neil Wagner

A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >

Texting and Driving Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

You should NEVER text while driving. You are six times more likely to crash. Read more >

A Reminder for New Year's Eve: Coffee Does Not Sober You Up
Neil Wagner

Coffee does not sober you up. In fact, it may impair judgment further. Read more >

Decision-Making Suffers in the Sleep-Deprived, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

People who are sleep-deprived cannot make quick, "gut" decisions. For first-responders like police officers, this can be dangerous. Read more >

A New Way to Treat Spinal Injury
Neil Wagner

An experimental approach using micelles to prevent the spread of nerve damage shows promise. Read more >

Raising Safer Teen Drivers: What Works?
Esther Entin, M.D.

As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your child safe on the road is to set rules and pay attention to their activities. Read more >

Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Neil Wagner

Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. Read more >

Many Americans Lack Quick Access to Top-Quality Emergency Care
Alice G. Walton

Since time is often critical in an emergency, it is important to know whether the ER you are going to is capable of handling... Read more >

Kids and OTC Cold Meds Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

Roughly two-thirds of children's emergency room visits come from kids drinking OTC cold medication while unsupervised. Read more >

Salmonella in Peanut Butter: Outbreak Continues
Neil Wagner

The plant in Georgia responsible for the outbreak of salmonella has been found. What the FDA has to say about finding the peanut butter on shelves... Read more >

Turf Wars: Artificial Surfaces Match Grass for Overall Safety
Jordana Bieze Foster

Injuries during matches played on artificial turf are more likely to be severe than match injuries played on grass. Read more >

Treating the Poisoned Patient
Barbara M. Kirrane, M.D., and Robert S. Hoffman, M.D.

Over two million people a year are exposed to poisonous toxins. Read more >

Location, Location, Location: Surviving Cardiac Arrest
Lindsey Harle, M.D.

When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >

Sports-Related Concussions: Risks and Recovery
Jordana Bieze Foster

Concussions can be difficult to spot, especially when young athletes hide their symptoms to keep playing. Read more >

ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
Neil Wagner

When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >

Seeing It Coming
Tom Gilbert

Many of us know one or two of the warning signs of heart attack, but few know all the symptoms or have a clear idea of what them. Read more >

Infection Control and Healthcare
Keith F. Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Stephen R. Thom, M.D., Ph.D.

Rapid Response Key in 1918 Flu Pandemic
Tom Gilbert

The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic may be ancient history to most of us but medical researchers are still learning valuable lessons from it. Read more >

The Children of 9/11
Tom Gilbert

Nearly 73 percent of children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center catastrophe developed a psychiatric illness in the years following the event. Read more >

Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.

Road Traffic Injuries: Can We Stop A Global Epidemic?
Lauren P. Giles, B.A.; Elisabeth S. Hayes, M.B.A.; and Mark L. Rosenberg, M.D., M.P.P.

The causes of RTIs have been established: excessive speed, consumption of drugs and alcohol, failure to use seatbelts and poor road design. Read more >

Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
Richard E. Dixon, M.D., and David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.

Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >

"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Morgan Campbell, M.D.

Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >

To Sydney and Beyond
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

If you are short of breath in the days following a long airplane trip, see a doctor ASAP. Read more >

Bioterrorism — Are We Prepared?
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

For most of us, bioterrorism seems out there with alien invaders as something likely to occur on television but not in real life. Read more >

Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >

How to Handle the Heat
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Our skin is the radiator of the car. It is the place where most of our cooling occurs. Read more >

Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Eddy Barasch, M.D.

Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >

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