Emergencies and First Aid News

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12/19/2012
States Lagging in Emergency Preparedness: Report

Budget cuts, complacency threaten gains in U.S. readiness, public health experts warn

12/17/2012
Fewer Children Injured From Swallowing Caustic Chemicals: Study

Despite better prevention efforts, too many kids still consume household cleaning products

12/17/2012
New Guidelines Seek to Streamline Care for Worst Heart Attacks

Time is of the essence to avoid brain damage and save lives, experts say

12/10/2012
Gaps in Care Found for Sickle Cell Disease Patients

More effort needed to ease transition to adulthood, researchers say

12/4/2012
'Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER: Report

Users don't know what chemical mix they're getting or which complications can arise, experts warn

11/30/2012
Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe for Tots

Keep kids' ages in mind when shopping, doctors urge

11/29/2012
Climbers With Altitude Sickness Show Signs of Brain Bleeds Years Later

Mountaineers who've had the illness should gradually prepare for rising elevations, researchers say

11/26/2012
Injuries Skyrocket From Inflatable Bounce Houses: Study

Dozens of kids treated daily on average in U.S. emergency rooms

11/25/2012
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazards Rise in Colder Weather

Heating devices such as fireplaces, furnaces, lanterns can emit deadly gas

11/13/2012
Doctors Need Better Ways to Spot, Treat Concussion in Kids

Survey suggests need for improved training, quicker response

11/12/2012
Genital Injuries Common But Preventable, Researchers Say

Men more often hurt, with younger males tending to get injured on bikes, older males slipping in the tub

11/9/2012
Study: Allergies Need to Be Taken Seriously

Found that those who wound up in the hospital often did not have epinephrine, had not seen allergist

11/2/2012
Food Allergies Can Make Kids Targets for Bullies

Some children reported that other kids intentionally contaminated their food with allergens

11/2/2012
Power Slowly Returns to Much of Northeast After Sandy

But almost 4 million remain without electricity as death toll rises to 92

11/1/2012
Sandy's Death Toll Rises, Even as East Coast Struggles Back to Life

At least 75 are dead and millions remain without power

10/31/2012
Sandy Leaves Massive Blackouts, Flood Damage in Her Wake

At least 51 are dead and millions are left without power

10/30/2012
Sandy's Wrath Brings Massive Blackouts, Flooding Across Northeast

At least 39 are dead and millions are left without power

10/29/2012
Keep Pets Safe During Hurricane Sandy

Experts remind people to take special care of their animals in emergency situations

10/29/2012
Millions Brace as Hurricane Sandy Slams the East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/29/2012
Docs Make Push to Lower Kids' Pain, Stress in ER

Pediatric group recommends ways to better manage distress

10/28/2012
Millions Prepare as Hurricane Sandy Starts Assault on East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/28/2012
Harvest Season Can Be Hazardous for Farmers

ER doctor offers safety advice to avoid traumatic injuries, other health problems

10/26/2012
Hurricane Sandy Has East Coast in Its Crosshairs

Start making emergency preparations now, experts say, because it could rival 1991's 'perfect storm'

10/26/2012
Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns

Even ingesting tiny amounts of over-the-counter drops, sprays can have serious effects

10/25/2012
Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy, Experts Warn

Its severity could rival 1991's 'perfect storm,' forecasters predict

10/23/2012
Kids Still Swallowing Magnets Despite Warning Labels

When more than one is ingested, they can cause life-threatening complications in stomach, bowel

10/22/2012
Post-Flight Fainting May Signal Dangerous Blood Clot: Study

Long-distance flights can increase people's risk for pulmonary embolism, researchers say

10/19/2012
'Plugged-In' Teens Vulnerable in Traffic: Study

Research shows they're more likely to be hit by cars while using electronic devices

10/15/2012
Drop in Illicit Drug Use in Cities, Uptick in Prescription Drug Abuse

ER visits from street drugs declined 8 percent in 3-year period, study found

10/8/2012
CT Scans of Kids in ER With Stomach Pain Skyrockets

Between 1998 and 2008, CT use ballooned from 1 percent to 15 percent of these cases, study shows

10/7/2012
Doctor Offers Hunting Safety Tips

Heart attacks, falls bring many hunters to the emergency room

10/4/2012
Lung Function Recovery Seen in People Exposed to World Trade Center Site

Breathing tests improved more for 9/11 rescue crews than nearby workers

10/2/2012
Many Pedestrians Hit By Cars Are Distracted By Mobile Devices

The problem is much more common among children, teens

9/27/2012
Hospital Observation Units Could Save Billions in Health Costs, Study Says

ER patients not ready for home can receive care in these units instead of being admitted as inpatients

9/21/2012
Injuries No Worse for Tasered Teens Than Adults: Study

Most teens subdued by police were larger, older

9/13/2012
Many More U.S. Households Ready for Disasters: CDC

But most don't have a written evacuation plan, researchers find

9/5/2012
Longer Resuscitation After Cardiac Arrest May Be Warranted, Study Suggests

Finding is controversial since common practice is to cease efforts early when patients fail to respond

8/30/2012
Tiny Batteries Pose Growing Threat to Kids

So-called button batteries can cause choking and death, report warns

8/29/2012
ER Study Shows Drop in Deaths After Trauma Injury

Experts say advances in treatment, better guidelines over past decade may explain trend

8/21/2012
Rosie O'Donnell's Heart Attack a Lesson for Women

Symptoms can be subtler than in men, experts say

8/14/2012
Physical, Mental Toll of Japanese Nuke Plant Meltdown Assessed

Residents living near doomed reactor showed relatively low radiation exposure, study found

8/13/2012
Strategy May Help ER Docs Spot Heart Attacks Within an Hour

Cardiac enzyme data may enhance diagnosis, but some experts say more study is needed

8/7/2012
Weekends More Fatal for Older Patients With Head Injury: Study

Death risk rose when hospital admission occurred on Saturday, Sunday

8/6/2012
Minority Patients at Higher Risk of Having Ambulances Diverted

California researcher says rerouting to other ERs can harm patients' health

8/3/2012
Trauma Patients at Higher Risk of Dying of Hypothermia: Study

Paramedics can help by controlling IV temperature and heating ambulance, researcher says

7/30/2012
'Women and Children First?' Not So, Says Study

But critic questions conclusions about who is saved first during ship sinkings

7/25/2012
High-Tech CT Scan May Get People With Chest Pain Home Faster

But benefit for low-risk patients isn't clear as test increases cost and radiation exposure

7/20/2012
Many Americans Not Prepared for Disasters: Poll

Nearly half of adults surveyed do not have emergency supplies, researchers find

7/19/2012
Tornadoes Don't Have to Be Deadly, Experts Say

Having a 'safe room' nearby, staying alert to warnings key to saving lives, CDC notes

7/9/2012
Stroke Patients Hospitalized on Weekends Don't Seem to Do As Well

U.K. study shows worse outcomes for those admitted on Sundays