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What & How You Sing Might Impact Risk to Vocal Cords

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) – 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 patien...

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...

Targeting Key Cells in Spinal Cord Got Paralyzed Patients Walking Again

In an advance in treating spinal cord injuries, researchers have pinpointed nerve cells that are key to allowing people with paralysis to walk again.

The findings come, in part, from nine patients involved in an ongoing Swiss study that is seeking to restore movement to people with paralysis.

All nine rapidly regained the ability to stand and walk with the help of implants that...

Another Reason to Keep Daylight Saving Time: Fewer Deer-Car Collisions

Motorists are more likely to plow into a deer on U.S. highways after the annual "fall back" end of daylight saving time (DST), a new study shows.

That's because frisky deer in the middle of their mating season (also known as rut) are crossing roads that become shrouded in darkness earlier in the day with the time change, researchers explained.

There's a 16% increase in deer-vehicle ...

New Window Blinds? Go Cordless to Save a Child's Life

How can you make your home safer for your young children? You might want to start by removing window coverings with cords that could strangle a toddler.

"Young children can quickly and silently become strangled on pull cords, conti...

After Ian's Destruction: How to Safely Enter, Clean Flood-Damaged Homes

The devastation left by one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in years is immense. But residents flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn.

First off, always assume there's potential risk from electricity or gas leaks, say experts at the U.S. Cent...

Thousands of U.S. Kids Have Died Riding ATVs, Many More Sent to ERs

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan has seen way too many kids who have been seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents.

"My kids are not allowed to ride in ATVs because of the horrific things I have seen," said Marwan, ...

Feds Tighten Safety Standards on Tiny High-Powered Magnets That Have Injured Kids

New federal safety standards announced Wednesday aim to keep kids and teens safe from serious or life-threatening injuries from accidental swallowing of high-powered magnets.

The new standards require that certain products with loose or separable magnets contain only those that are weak or too large to swallow.

The aim is to reduce injuries that can occur when swallowed magnets att...

Microneedling Can Help Surgical Scars Fade, Especially If Done Early

A technique called microneedling may help surgical scars heal more attractively — especially if it's done within a couple of months of surgery, a small study suggests.

Researchers found that for 25 patients, microneedling improved the long-term appearance of scars after various types of surgery — based...

U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by Nearly 1 Year in 2021 Due to Pandemic

Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second straight year, government health officials reported Wednesday.

The decline from 77 years in 2020 to 76.1 years in 2021 puts U.S. life expectancy at the lowest level since 1996, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The drop of nearly one year in 2021, plus a drop of nearly two years i...

Child ER Visits for Swallowed Button Batteries Doubled in a Decade

Trista Hamsmith's 18-month-old daughter, Reese, died after swallowing a button battery that slipped out of a remote control in the fall of 2020, and the mom-turned-advocate has spent the past two years trying to make sure no other child di...

Helmets Protect Young Lacrosse Players, Study Finds

A rule requiring high school girls who play lacrosse to wear protective headgear is paying big dividends in Florida.

Their risk of concussion is lower than that of players in states without such a mandate,

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  • Bedsores Can Cause Serious Harm — Are U.S. Nursing Homes Hiding Cases?

    People might want to think twice before relying on federal quality ratings to help choose a nursing home for an elderly or frail relative, a new study warns.

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Nursing Home Compare website in the 1990s to publicly report patient safety indicators for every nursing facility in the nation.

    But the site appears to ...

    2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

    Millions of infant swings and rockers are being recalled because crawling babies can get entangled in straps that dangle beneath them.

    The recall applies to MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and rockers manufactured by Thorley Industries of Pittsburgh. The company, which does business under the name 4moms, and the...

    One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

    The dangers of school traffic is a major worry for many parents, a new poll finds.

    In fact, a third of more than 900 parents surveyed last spring said speeding and distracted parent drivers are their main concern, and drivers who don't follow the rules should be banned from school parking areas.

    According to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health from ...

    Playing Football, Hockey in High School Ups Odds for Stimulant Abuse

    Taking part in certain sports in high school may lead to misuse of prescription stimulants in the years after graduation, a new study finds.

    It reported that high school seniors who play contact sports are 50% more likely to abuse prescription stimulants in their 20s. Seniors who take part in any sport are more likely than those who don't to abuse these drugs, said lead author Philip Veli...

    Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

    Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?

    It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerable to being blown aloft and even flipped over if left unmoored, a new study warns.

    But even when staked firmly in place, researchers warn that the biggest problem is the potent...

    Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

    Pickleball has become a wildly popular sport for older Americans, but seniors who enjoy playing it should know about potential injuries and how to avoid them.

    The most common problem is with the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder, which can cause pain. Issues can included

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  • Paintball Guns Are Being Used to Harm - And Blinding Victims

    When a paintball bursts out of a CO2-powered gun, it can travel nearly 300 feet per second.

    Pointed in the direction of a face, that paintball - meant to be used in certain jobs or for entertainment while wearing protective gear - can cause devastating injury to the eye, including ruptur...

    Cats Injured in Wildfires at High Risk for Blood Clots

    While California works to restore its landscape after years of historic wildfires, new research could transform the way in which veterinarians treat animals recovered from damaged forests.

    The study found that cats who inhaled smoke or suffered burns are at risk for forming deadly clots. Not only that, the scientists were able ...

    Could an Experimental Cancer Drug Help Treat Spinal Injury?

    A drug in development as a cancer therapy may also help the body regenerate damaged nerves after spinal injuries, new research suggests.

    Scientists at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom report that they used cell and animal models to show that the drug, dubbed

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  • Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

    Wearing a bike helmet can save the life of your young child or teenager, but it needs to fit well to really do its job.

    A well-fitting bike helmet significantly reduces the odds of serious head injury or death due to a bicycle, scooter or skateboard accident, experts say.

    Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some tips for getting a helmet that's neither too small nor too loose, w...

    U.S. Fireworks Injuries Are on the Rise

    Fourth of July celebrations often include festive picnics and dazzling fireworks, but these holiday pyrotechnics are causing a growing number of injuries and deaths.

    Fireworks-related injuries and deaths in the United States have climbed by about 25% over the past 15 years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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  • July 1, 2022
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  • Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

    Many U.S. parents don't take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries, claims a new survey released just ahead of the Fourth of July.

    The poll of more than 2,000 parents of children ages 3-18 was conducted this spring and found that more than half sa...

    Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

    At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies warned in new alerts issued Tuesday.

    Rockers should never be used for sleep, and infants should never be unsupervi...

    Kids Can Suffer Severe Injuries at Trampoline Parks

    Bouncing on a trampoline is always risky, but kids are more likely to suffer serious injuries at a trampoline center than at home, according to researchers who are calling for mandatory safety standards at the centers.

    U.S. emergency departments treat nearly 100,000 children a year for

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  • June 14, 2022
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  • Vaping-Linked Lung Injuries Can Leave Long-Term Symptoms

    Many who suffer vaping-related lung damage will have long-term health problems lasting at least a year, a new study reports.

    A substantial proportion of patients continue to be wracked with breathing difficulty, brain fog and mood disorders a year after their initial diagnosis with

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  • June 13, 2022
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  • Feds Warn of Bedrails That Can Entrap; 3 Deaths Reported

    At least three elderly Americans suffocated after getting trapped in Mobility Transfer Systems adult portable bedrails, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says anyone who has the rails should stop using them immediately.

    The

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  • Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One Sport

    If your teens play just one sport, new research suggests you might want to encourage them to try others.

    Researchers report that focusing solely on one sport puts high school athletes at increased risk for injuries and burnout.

    The investigators surveyed 975 U.S. high school athletes and found that more than 1 in 5 had a high level of specialization in one sport, while more than 42%...

    Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning Risks

    With summer comes warm weather and swimming. But for some people, knowing how to swim may not be enough to ensure their safety.

    That's because certain medical conditions bump up the risk for drowning in a big way, according to a new Canadian study.

    About one in three adults and children over age 10 who drowned in Canada between 2007 and 2016 had a chronic health condition, the stud...

    Obesity Raises a Woman's Odds for Broken Bones

    Being overweight or obese is never good for one's health, but now a new study suggests it increases a woman's risk of broken bones.

    For the study, researchers followed 20,000 women and men, aged 40 to 70, in the Canadian province of Quebec from 2009 until 2016. During a median follow-up of 5.8 years, 497 women and 323 me...

    Costs From Gun Injuries Highest in U.S. Regions With Weak Gun Laws

    U.S. regions with weak gun laws face the highest hospital costs from gun injuries, with the South leading the way in injuries and fees, a new study says.

    Taxpayers cover nearly half of the cost of gun injuries nationwide, said researchers led by Dr. Sarabeth Spitzer, of the surgery department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

    And an "anti-poor policy" is evident in the...

    Spring Sprains: Sports Injury Season Begins

    As youth spring sports kick into high gear, it's important to know about injury prevention and treatment, an expert says.

    Injury risks and preventive measures can vary by sport, according to Dr. Marcus Knox, a physical therapist in the department of orthopedic surgery at B...

    L.A. Study Shows E-Scooter Injury Rate Soaring

    Electric scooters may be a boon for the environment but not so much for riders.

    A surprising study finds that the injury rate in one Los Angeles neighborhood for riders of e-scooters topped that for users of motorcycles, bicycles and cars nationwide.

    "There are millions...

    Are Standard Tests Accurate at Spotting Concussion?

    Outdoor sports season is nearly here, and with rough play comes the risk of concussion.

    But one of the most-used tools to assess sports-related concussion from the sidelines isn't as precise as one might like, a new study a...

    Body & Mind: Rehab Psychologists Help When Illness, Injuries Strike

    If you're recovering from a significant injury or illness, a rehabilitation therapist could be a big help in getting back to your normal daily life, according to experts.

    "You don't get a manual that comes with your injury that tells you how to navigate returning to your usual pattern of functioning," said Brigid Waldron-Perrine, a rehabilitation psychologist at Michigan Medicine-Universi...

    U.S. Surgeons' Group Is Working to Save Trauma Victims in Ukraine

    Images of Ukrainians being carried on stretchers from bombed-out buildings, wounded and bleeding, are heartbreaking, but one American surgeons' group is doing its part to help teach the war-torn country's citizens how to halt life-threatening bleeds.

    When serious injury strikes, time is of the es...

    SUVs, Trucks More Prone to Hitting Pedestrians

    When you're out for a walk, watch out for SUVs, pickups, vans and minivans that are making turns at street corners, a new report warns.

    It found that those larger vehicles are much more likely than cars to hit and kill pedestrians when making turns, suggesting that the drivers of the larger vehicles may not ha...

    Heaters, Pools, Bed Rails: Household Dangers Can Kill Seniors

    A new report delivers a troubling statistic: Seven in 10 consumer product-related deaths occur among those over 65, even though these people only account for 16% of the U.S. population.

    Each year, consumer products are linked to roughly 3,800 deaths and nearly 3 million emergency department visits among older Americans, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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  • U.S. Kids Still Dying From Toppling TVs, Furniture

    Before your eyes become glued to the Super Bowl or the Winter Olympics, make sure your TV and furniture are anchored to the wall to protect little ones from potentially deadly tip-overs.

    Between 2018 and 2020, an average of 22,500 Americans a year required emergency department treatment for tip-over injuries, and nearly 44% were under 18, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm...

    'Dr. Chimp Will See You Now'? Primates Use Medicine, Study Suggests

    Chimpanzees aren't monkeying around when they catch insects and place them on open wounds, researchers report.

    An ongoing study of about 45 chimps in Loango National Park in Gabon is the first to document via video that such "healing" behavior is occurring, according to the team from Osnabrück University in Germany and the Ozouga Chimpanzee Project. The study was published Feb. 7 in the ...

    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...

    12 Steps to the Best Holiday Gift: Health

    Give yourself and your loved ones the gifts of health and safety this holiday season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

    The agency outlines 12 ways to do that, beginning with a reminder that washing your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds helps prevent the spread of germs. That precaution is particularly important as the Omicron var...

    5 Million More Americans Became Gun Owners During Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a surge in new gun owners across the U.S., a new study finds.

    The data shows that between January 2020 and April 30 of this year, 5.1 million Americans bought their first guns, following 2.4 million who did so in 2019.

    The numbers are concerning, experts said, because when guns are brought into a home for the first time, everyone who lives there i...

    TV, Furniture on Your Holiday Gift List? Add in an 'Anti-Tip-Over' Kit

    If you buy or get items such as furniture or TVs during the holidays, be sure to get anti-tip-over kits for them to protect your children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says.

    From 2017 through 2019, an average of 11,100 U.S. children were treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for injuries from tip-overs. And between 2000 and 2019, 469 children aged 17 and you...

    Teen Social Media Posts About Cutting, Other Self-Harm Are Soaring

    American teens are increasingly turning to the social media giant Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves, a new study reveals.

    "It could be an attempt to share their emotional or psychological pain with others or find support from others," said study lead author Amanda Giordano. She is an associate professor of counseling and human development services ...