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Stocking Epinephrine in Schools Might Save Lives

Advocates say one in four allergic reactions happens for the first time on school grounds

Avoiding Injury During Winter Sports

Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating are common causes of sprains, dislocations, fractures

No Harm Done From 'Scoop and Run' Police Transport Policy: Study

Survival of gunshot, stabbing victims similar whether they're moved by police or EMS

Medicaid Use May Boost ER Visits, Study in Oregon Suggests

Expansion of public insurance plan unlikely to reduce urgent care, researchers say

When Winter Fun Isn't So Fun

Sledding, skating, skiing and other cold weather activities all carry a potential risk of harm

Rise in U.S. High Chair Injuries Stuns Experts

Either safety straps aren't working or adults don't use them properly, researchers say

Study Challenges Myths About Frequent ER Users

They're likely to have chronic health conditions, rather than mental illness or substance abuse, authors say

Morphine, Blood Thinner Plavix a Bad Mix for Heart Attack Victims: Study

Painkiller appeared to slow, diminish anti-clotting effect of heart drug

FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report

Alcohol contributing to ER visits from hallucinogen, federal officials say

Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids' Christmas List, Experts Say

Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report cites playthings that could choke or poison a child

Nail-Gun Injuries on the Rise Among Construction Workers

More than half of patients in Australian study needed surgery

CPR Devices No More Effective Than Hands-On Method: Study

Researchers compared survival rates after resuscitation for cardiac arrest

CPR Training Rates Lower in Poor, Rural U.S. Communities

Less bystander resuscitation training also seen in the South, Midwest and West

Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Have Early Warning Signs

Study of men highlights importance of seeking medical help for chest pain, shortness of breath

Antidote Might Reverse Complication From Blood Thinner Pradaxa

In early tests, new drug allowed blood to clot again with no apparent side effects

Transfusions During Hospital Transport May Help Trauma Patients Survive

Study compared short-term survival in severely injured patients

Bone Doctors May Miss Signs of Domestic Abuse, Survey Finds

Most orthopedic surgeons not trained to recognize broken bones caused by intimate-partner violence

Divorce May Raise Risk of Accidental Death

Rates of preventable deaths, such as in a fire, twice as high for divorced people, study finds

Fewer ER Visits for Kids After Cold Medicine Restrictions

CDC study ties improvement to label changes, voluntary manufacturer withdrawals

Signs of Early Kidney Damage Found in Some 9/11 Responders

Researchers say those who were exposed longest to polluted air at Ground Zero were most affected

Certain Allergies Plus Blood Pressure Meds Could Be Bad Mix

People on ACE inhibitors can experience oral allergy syndrome, a rare reaction to some fruits, vegetables

For Children of Teen Parents, Most Injuries Due to Falls: Study

ER records suggest efforts should be made to teach better supervision skills to young parents, researcher says

Health Tip: Keep a First Aid Kit in the Car

Include an over-the-counter painkiller

Too Few Kids Follow Bike Helmet Laws, Study Finds

In L.A. County over 5-year period, 8 of 9 children who died in bike accidents weren't wearing helmets

'Super-Magnets' Pose Rising Threat to Kids, Study Finds

Ingestion of these magnets in desk toys, other items continues, pediatricians say

Ultrasound Device May Improve Emergency Stroke Care: Study

In combination with a powerful clot-dissolving drug, the technology might help clear blocked arteries

Seniors With Serious Injuries Often Don't Receive Specialized Care

Elderly patients treated in regular emergency rooms have higher mortality rates after release

Bullet Wounds Kill 8 Percent of U.S. Kids Treated at ERs

That's a higher level of serious injury and death than any other cause, even car accidents, study finds

Appendix Removal Isn't Riskier on Weekend, Study Says

But the bill you get afterward might be a bit higher

Better-Educated Public May Bring More Lifesaving CPR, Study Shows

In Denmark, survival after cardiac arrest rose as more bystanders received training

Many More Kids Visiting ER for Sports Concussions, Study Finds

Better awareness of traumatic brain injury may be reason, experts say

Medicaid Patients Behind Jump in California ER Visits, Study Finds

Number of adults treated in emergency rooms rose nearly 1 million between 2005 and 2010 in the state

'Bath Salts' Drugs Led to 23,000 ER Visits in One Year: U.S. Report

These stimulants are especially dangerous when combined with other drugs, expert says

Chest Pain Less Common in Female Heart Patients: Study

Emergency staff should be aware of other symptoms of heart attack, unstable angina, researchers say

CPR Underused by Minorities, Study Finds

Different approach to classes needed in urban areas, researchers say

Two Studies Highlight Benefits of Electronic Health Records

New record-keeping method may help improve diabetes care, tracking of childhood growth disorders, studies say

Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents' Drug Detox Meds

Buprenorphine responsible for 2,380 poison cases, 4 deaths in less than 3 years, study found

Readmission Rates for Children May Not Reflect Hospital Performance

Study suggests that parents should base decisions on other factors

Hospitals Increasingly Give Powerful Clot-Buster for Stroke

But drug known as tPA is still underused, study author says

Ultra-Early Treatment Reduces Disability After Stroke: Study

Administering clot-busting drugs within 90 minutes of mild stroke boosts odds for recovery, experts say

Medical Lessons Learned From the Boston Bombing

Rapid use of imaging was critical in stemming marathon's death toll, researcher says

Certain Beer Brands Tied to More ER Visits, Study Finds

Knowing which types of alcohol are linked to serious injuries may help guide new policies, researcher says

What to Do If Your Child Chokes

Infants require different steps than older kids

ER Docs Can Tell Difference Between Stroke, Bell's Palsy

Some symptoms, such as facial paralysis, may be similar, but very few are misdiagnosed, study finds

Casino Smoking Ban Tied to Drop in Ambulance Calls

Colorado county law likely reduced illness from secondhand smoke, study suggests

Childhood Hazard: Choking on Food Persists

About 34 children admitted to U.S. emergency rooms daily as experts urge greater public awareness

Homemade Blowgun Darts Pose Choking Dangers for Teens

Boys found DIY instructions online in 3 emergency cases described in report

As U.S. Population Ages, ER Visits Will Lengthen

And hospitalizations stemming from these visits will rise, study predicts

Cost, Quality, Accessibility Spur Poor to Choose ER Care

Current U.S. health care system makes it easier to go to hospital than visit doctor's office, findings show