Emergencies and First Aid News

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5/5/2017
Pot a Factor in More ER Admissions for Colorado Teens After Legalization

Number of urgent care cases where teen showed pot use rose 4-fold after legalization, study finds

4/26/2017
Could an Ice Bag to the Face Be Life-Saver for Trauma Patients?

This easy remedy might give first responders needed time to transport injured patients, researchers say

4/24/2017
Most Patients Not Shy About Revealing Sexual Orientation

This information is important and people feel it's relevant to their health, researchers report

4/21/2017
When to Pick the Nose in a Medical Emergency

Instead of shots, some ERs are giving patients medicine through the nostrils, researchers say

4/19/2017
Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs

Bigger, more powerful machines seem to cause more severe traumas, researchers report

4/19/2017
Police-Inflicted Injuries Send 50,000 to ER Annually in U.S.

Substance abuse and mental illness common among those injured, study says

4/12/2017
Do Marathons' Road Closures Lead to More Local Deaths?

Elderly with heart problems fare worse on race days, perhaps due to delays in care, researchers say

4/6/2017
Defect Prompts Mylan to Recall Some EpiPens

Rare cases of 'failure to activate' during potentially fatal allergic reactions spurred the action, company says

4/4/2017
EpiPen Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade

Study questions steep price hikes for lifesaving drugs, even among insured patients

3/21/2017
Do Energy Drinks + Booze = More Injuries?

Adding caffeine boost to alcohol could make a dangerous cocktail, study suggests

3/20/2017
ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators

Having the devices easily accessible might save the lives of more cardiac arrest victims

3/7/2017
Would You Feel Safe in a Driverless Ambulance?

Vehicles would free up an extra person to care for patient, but studies find Americans have mixed views

3/6/2017
Asthma Much More Lethal for Black Children, Study Finds

This group has 6 times the odds of dying from the illness compared to whites, Hispanics

3/2/2017
Rising Number of Kids Ill From Drinking Hand Sanitizers: CDC

Some children aged 6 to 12 may be intentionally consuming brands containing alcohol, researchers say

2/28/2017
Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain

Another study casts doubt on notion that potent painkillers can really help

2/25/2017
Ice Fishing Can Invite Serious Injuries

Anglers may suffer burns, concussions and broken bones

2/22/2017
Head Position Just After Stroke Doesn't Affect Recovery: Study

Lying flat or sitting up slightly neither boosted nor harmed patients' outcomes

2/17/2017
Anti-Addiction Meds Given in ER Can Help Battle Abuse

Giving drugs to reduce cravings appears to be effective option, study finds

2/15/2017
Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Patients are 30 percent more likely to get hooked on painkillers if their ER physician prescribes them frequently

2/15/2017
Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Equipment safety, emergency training and time for recovery are key to avoiding trouble, experts say

2/13/2017
Beware Heart Attack Risk From Shoveling Snow

Canadian study finds cases rose for men after heavy snowfalls

2/11/2017
How to Stay on Your Feet During Slippery Winter Conditions

Any surfaces that look wet and dark are probably icy, safety experts say

2/6/2017
Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices

Two U.S. studies find them unable to get adequate kidney dialysis and end-of-life care

2/4/2017
Hey, Super Bowl Fans: Don't Choke on Game Day

Be especially careful with meats as these foods are most likely to get stuck, study finds

1/6/2017
Blood Shortage Prompts Red Cross Call for Donations

Says decline in donors seen over holidays

1/6/2017
Seniors' Health Can Tumble After ER Visit

Disability and loss of agility more likely six months after treatment, study finds

12/27/2016
On Hospital Wards, Patient Crises May Have 'Domino Effect'

When one patient has an emergency, the odds that a 2nd patient will face trouble also rises, study finds

12/22/2016
Serious Yoga Injuries, Though Rare, Are on the Rise

Problems requiring ER care up about 70 percent, even more in older people, study finds

12/20/2016
Obamacare May Have Broadened Patients' ER Choices

Insurance affects where people go for emergency care, study finds

12/20/2016
Stay Safe, Play Safe in a Winter Wonderland

Athletic trainer offers tips to avoid cold weather-related injuries

12/14/2016
NYC 'Zombie' Outbreak Highlights Dangers of Synthetic Drug

Up to 85 times more potent than real marijuana, study says

12/9/2016
Drones a Safe Way to Transport Blood: Study

Finding means they could be used to supply accident sites, natural disasters, rural areas

12/5/2016
Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

Synthetic product could save lives on battlefield and in remote areas, but much more study is needed

12/4/2016
Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged

Men more often resorted to violent means, while women turned to poisoning, drowning, study finds

11/28/2016
U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report

New illnesses and financial pressures are potential threats, researchers say

11/25/2016
Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER

Up to 1 in 10 seniors affected, but harm or neglect can be difficult to identify, geriatric specialist says

11/21/2016
Retail Health Clinics Fail to Curb Routine ER Visits, Study Finds

Many people still rely on the emergency department for help with minor health problems, like earaches

11/16/2016
Almost 1 in 4 Face Surprise Bills After ER Visit

Although hospital may be in insurance network, doctors who treat you may not be, study finds

11/8/2016
Kids With Cardiac Arrest Less Likely to Survive CPR at Night

Researchers don't yet know why chances of success better at other times of day

10/21/2016
More Kids and Teens Heading to ER With Headaches

Study finds hospital admissions for head pain also up; reasons are unclear

10/18/2016
'Ghost Pepper' Burns Hole in Man's Esophagus

San Francisco patient spent 23 days in hospital after eating super-hot pepper in contest

10/17/2016
U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

1 in 5 emergency doctors reports waiting at least 2 days for a bed for someone who's mentally ill

10/7/2016
Matthew Battering Florida Coast

Storm surge a big concern, officials say

10/6/2016
Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital

Patients treated at hospitals with better track records gained additional year of life, study finds

10/6/2016
Having Battered Bahamas, Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on Florida

FEMA offers guidance on how to prepare for the huge storm; more than 2 million people urged to leave their homes

10/5/2016
Hurricane Matthew Takes Aim at Florida

Federal agencies offer advice on how to prepare for possible impact of dangerous storm

9/13/2016
Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER

And they're more likely to be transferred without getting treatment, study finds

8/29/2016
Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen

Manufacturer responds to mounting criticism about price hikes

8/15/2016
Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed

Canadian study shows many are kept in buildings that aren't always open

8/13/2016
Taking a Bike Ride? Don't Forget Your Helmet

Wearing the right head gear will dramatically reduce your risk of serious injury or even death