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Shovel Snow Safely

Experts offer tips on how to avoid injury while performing winter task

Family Needs to Know When Patient Survival Is Uncertain

In most cases, loved ones prefer doctors be honest about possible outcomes, study finds

How to Avoid a Holiday Trip to the ER

Following basic safety rules should help keep celebrants safe

U.S. May Soon Face Shortage of General Surgeons

It means people will wait longer for ER treatment, elective procedures, study says

Car Crashes, Falls Top List of Accidental Injuries for Kids

CDC researchers say it's an under-recognized public health problem

Rapid Response Teams Don't Cut Hospital Heart Attacks, Death Rates

Money may be better spent in other areas, experts say

Parents Often Choose ER for Routine Kids' Care

Wait times, frustration with primary care doctors driving the trend, study finds

When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient

Study finds those tending Alzheimer's relatives at risk for hospital visits of their own

Patient's Race Doesn't Affect Emergency Room Care

Trauma treatment similar regardless of ethnicity, U.S. study finds

IV 'Ice Slurry' Quickly Cools Body for Surgeries

Innovative approach could give heart attack victims, other patients more time, developers say

Speed Not Always of the Essence With Heart Cases in ER

Study found some low-risk patients can wait for tests

ER Physicians Press for New Cardiac Arrest Strategies

More bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time would boost survival rates, survey finds

Flu Vaccine Could Prevent 357,000 Deaths in Pandemic

Predictive model shows shots would also save $7 billion in related health-care costs

Minorities More Likely to Die in ER

Lack of insurance could play a major role, study suggests

Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Vary Widely

Fivefold difference in 10 North American sites

Heart Attack Care Often Delayed for the Poor

Reasons for slowed time to treatment remain unclear, experts say

Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents

Whether it's raking leaves or climbing ladders for repairs, work safe

Stress Disorder Affects 20% of Intensive Care Patients

Prior history of mental health problems, sedative use contribute to risk, study says

Later Use of Clot-Buster After Stroke Possible: Study

tPA can be safely given beyond the current 3-hour limit, international researchers find

Retail Clinics Attracting Those Without Regular Doctors

Users mostly seek preventive care or assistance with easy-to-treat illnesses, study says

Older Patients Less Likely to Be Taken to Trauma Centers

Authors of new study say aim is to generate awareness of the problem

Heart Drug Used in Ambulance Boosts Survival

High dose of tirofiban plus standard therapy had lower overall mortality, study finds

Safety Triggers, Training Cut Nail Gun Injuries

Study urges more regulation of tools responsible for more than 35,000 ER visits yearly

Many Miss Out on Stroke Treatment

Less than quarter of victims get to hospital quickly enough to limit damage, study shows

ER, Doctor Visits Topped 1 Billion in 2006

As America grows older, that's an average of 4 a year per person, CDC report says

OTC Cold Medicines Sending Children to Emergency Rooms

The FDA recently advised that kids under 2 not use these products

Diving Accidents Common Among U.S. Kids

About 6,500 kids seen in ERs each year, study finds

Accidental Overdoses in the Home Soaring

Study finds huge increase in number of people dying after mixing meds, illegal drugs

ER Visit Leaves Many Confused

New research shows most don't understand what was done or what they now need to do

Nursing Homes Unprepared for Pandemic Flu Fallout

Only a quarter have emergency plan, less than half have educated staff, study finds

Health Tip: Keep Stitches Clean and Dry

Take care of them properly

Trauma Center Counseling Reduces Kids' Repeat Injuries

Emergency department 'teachable moments' remembered well by parents, youngsters, study finds

ELS Plus CPR Boosts Blood Flow After Cardiac Arrest

Catheter procedure keeps heart tissue alive, benefits other organs, study finds

Two-Drug Treatment Didn't Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

But the case isn't closed, American cardiologists say

Extreme Heat a Deadly Risk for Older Adults

Their bodies don't cool quickly, so caution should rise with temperatures

Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers

Surgeons group offers tips on how to be footloose and injury-free

Health Tip: Prepare for an Emergency

What to include in a kit

Public Lacks Confidence to Help in Cardiac Emergencies

Survey finds less than 25% sure they could perform CPR, use automated defibrillator

Certain Tests in ERs Raise Cancer Risk for Some

Study found too many X-rays, CT scans and nuclear medicine tests led to radiation buildup

Study Finds Gender Disparity in Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Men checking into ERs sicker than women, more likely to die within a year

Telemedicine a Cost-Effective Alternative to ER Visits

Study finds more than 25% of pediatric 'emergencies' could have been handled online

Experimental Blood Substitutes Unsafe, Study Finds

FDA delay in acting on heart hazards might have put some in jeopardy, researchers say

Off-Hours Heart Patients Less Likely to Get Angioplasty

But study also finds survival rates similar, no matter when admission occurred

Seniors Avoid ER at Start of Month

Researcher suggests they might want to avoid theft of Social Security checks

Hands-Only Resuscitation OK for Cardiac Arrest

New American Heart Association guidelines don't require ventilation

Chest Pain May Signal Cocaine Use in Young Patients

It's important that doctors ask about drug use upfront, experts say

White Men With Chest Pains Treated Fastest in ERs

Government study found minorities, women not given heart treatments as quickly

New Method Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival

Emergency crews focus on uninterrupted chest compression, experts say

Two Drugs Found Equal in Treatment of Septic Shock

But vasopressin might be slightly better than norepinephrine in less severe cases

In-Hospital Stroke Deaths Rise on Nights, Weekends

Staffing changes may be to blame, experts say