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Flea Bites (In Humans)
Flea bites are caused by the parasitic insect, the flea. The most common species of flea in the US is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis. Signs and symptoms of flea bites in humans include itching, hives, a rash with bumps, red spots with a "halo," and swelling around the bite. Treatment for flea bites includes over-the-counter medicine and natural and home remedies to relieve and soothe itching and inflammation. The redness of a flea bite can last from a few hours to a several days.
Chiggers are a mite belonging to the Trombiculidae family. Chiggers are most commonly found in grassy fields, gardens, parks, forests, and moist areas around lakes or rivers. Contrary to popular belief, chiggers do not burrow into the skin. Chiggers insert a feeding structure into the skin and inject enzymes that destroy host tissue. The chiggers then feed on this dead tissue. The most common symptom of a chigger bite is itching. Treatment generally includes antihistamines and calamine lotion.
Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating. It can occur at any age and it appears as a rash that itches or feels prickly, and looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. Heat rash remedies include OTC creams and sprays. Usually heat rash resolves when the skin is cooled sufficiently. Medical treatment may be necessary if the sweat glands become infected.
The word "rash" means an outbreak of red bumps on the body. The way people use this term, "a rash" can refer to many different skin conditions. The most common of these are scaly patches of skin and red, itchy bumps or patches all over the place.
Food poisoning is common, but can also be life threatening. The symptoms for food poisoning are fever, abdominal pain, headache, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Food poisoning has many causes, for example, chemicals (from toxic fish or plants) and bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus or Salmonella). Treatment of food poisoning depends upon the cause.
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Appendicitis often causes sings and symptoms such as abdominal pain in the lower right quadrant, nausea, vomiting, abdominal tenderness, fever, and loss of appetite. Delay in surgery can result in appendix rupture with potentially serious complications.
Bee and Wasp Sting
Bees, wasps, and fire ants are related insects that belong to the Hymenoptera order. There are thousands of species of wasps found throughout the world. Common wasps are yellow jackets and hornets. Types of bees include honey bees, the Africanized honey bee (killer bee), and the bumble bee. There are four types of reactions to a bee or wasp sting; local reaction, systemic allergic reaction, toxic reaction, and delayed reaction. Individuals who have a systemic or toxic reaction generally require immediate medical treatment to prevent anaphylactic reaction, and possibly death.
A broken toe is one of the most common fractures among individuals. There are many causes of a broken toe, whether it is the big toe, middle toes, or little toe (pinky). Common symptoms and signs of a broken toe include pain, swelling, stiffness, and bruising. A broken toe can be treated with buddy taping the toe. There are instances where a doctor should be consulted for a broken toe.
Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
Poison ivy, oak, and sumac contain a substance called urushiol, which causes a rash on people who come in contact with them. Symptoms and signs include a red, swollen, itchy, blistering, bumpy rash. Treatment involves rinsing the exposed area with water, taking antihistamines and over-the-counter pain medications, using topical treatments such as calamine lotion, and applying cool compresses.
The most common causes of broken fingers are a traumatic injury to the finger or fingers such as playing sports, injury in the workplace, falls, and accidents. Treatment for a broken finger may be as simple as buddy taping the broken finger to the adjacent finger, or if the fracture is more serious, surgery. Fingers are the most commonly injured part of the hand.
Itch (Itching or Pruritus)
Itching can be a common problem. Itches can be localized or generalized. There are many causes of itching to include: infection (jock itch, vaginal itch), disease (hyperthyroidism, liver or kidney), reactions to drugs, and skin infestations (pubic or body lice). Treatment for itching varies depending on the cause of the itch.
Nosebleeds are common in dry climates during winter months, and in hot dry climates with low humidity. People taking blood clotting medications, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory medications may be more prone to nosebleeds. Other factors that contribute to nosebleed are trauma (including nose picking, especially in children), rhinitis (both allergic and nonallergic), and high blood pressure. First-aid treatments for a nosebleed generally do not need medical care. Frequent or chronic nosebleeds may require medical treatment such as over-the-counter (OTC) medication, and prevention of nose picking.
A broken foot is a common injury. There are 26 bones in the foot, and these bones can be broken (fractured) in a variety of ways. Signs and symptoms of a broken bone in the foot are pain, swelling, redness, bruising, and limping because the person is not able to walk on the affected foot. You can tell if you have a broken foot by medical examination that includes imaging studies. The healing and recovery time for a broken bone in the foot depends upon the type of fracture and the bones broken.
Hives (Urticaria & Angioedema)
Hives, also called urticaria, is a raised, itchy area of skin that is usually a sign of an allergic reaction. The allergy may be to food or medications, but usually the cause of the allergy (the allergen) is unknown.
A toothache is pain on or around a tooth. It may have a variety of causes, including a cavity, abscess, or even sinusitis. Toothache symptoms include pain, headache, earache, bad taste in the mouth, and gum swelling. Dental X-rays and other tests performed by a dentist are used to diagnose the cause of a toothache. Toothache treatment depends on the underlying cause. Taking proper care of the teeth and gums can help prevent toothache.
Spider Bites (Black Widow and Brown Recluse)
Most spiders in the United States are harmless; however, black widow and brown recluse spider bites may need medical treatment. Symptoms of a harmless spider bite generally include pain, redness, and irritation. Signs and symptoms of black widow spider bite include pain immediately, redness, burning, and swelling at the site of the bite. Sometimes the person will feel a pinprick or double fang marks. Brown recluse spider bite symptoms and signs are a mild sting, followed by severe pain and local redness. These symptoms usually develop within eight hours or more after the bite. Black widow and brown recluse spider bites have similar symptoms, for example, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, and abdominal or joint pain. Generally, brown recluse and black widow spider bites need immediate medical treatment. If you think that you or someone you know has been bitten by a brown recluse or black widow spider, go to your nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Department for medical treatment.
Heart Attack Symptoms and Early Warning Signs
Recognizing heart attack symptoms and signs can help save your life or that of someone you love. Some heart attack symptoms, including left arm pain and chest pain, are well known but other, more nonspecific symptoms may be associated with a heart attack. Nausea, vomiting, malaise, indigestion, sweating, shortness of breath, and fatigue may signal a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms and signs in women may differ from those in men.
Medical shock is a life-threatening medical condition. There are several types of medical shock, including: septic shock, anaphylactic shock, cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock, and neurogenic shock. Causes of shock include: heart attack, heart failure, heavy bleeding (internal and external), infection, anaphylaxis, spinal cord injury, severe burns, chronic vomiting or diarrhea. Low blood pressure is the key sign of sock. Treatment is dependant upon the type of shock.
Heat Exhaustion (First Aid Tips)
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement fluids. Warning signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. A person suffering from heat exhaustion should stop the activity are doing, move to a cooler environment, and rehydrate with liquids, for example, water or sports drinks. Complications of heat exhaustion are dehydration, muscle weakness, nausea, and vomiting. Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke (a medical emergency) if not treated.
Cuts, Scrapes, and Puncture Wounds
Cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds are common, and most people will experience one of these in their lifetime. Evaluating the injury, and thoroughly cleaning the injury is important. Some injuries should be evaluated by a doctor, and a tetanus shot may be necessary. Treatment will depend upon the severity of the injury.
Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. Other shingles symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, and body aches. Treatment focuses on pain management and shortening the duration of the illness with antiviral medications.
Dehydration is the excessive loss of body water. There are a number of causes of dehydration including heat exposure, prolonged vigorous exercise, and some diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, lightheadedness, constipation, and bad breath. Treatment for dehydration is to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.
A broken bone is a fracture. There are different types of fractures, such as: compressed, open, stress, greenstick, spiral, vertebral compression, compound, and comminuted. Symptoms of a broken bone include pain at the site of injury, swelling, and bruising around the area of injury. Treatment of a fracture depends on the type and location of the injury.
Burns (First Aid)
Burn types are based on their severity: first-degree burns, second-degree burns, and third-degree burns. First-degree burns are similar to a painful sunburn. The damage is more severe with second-degree burns, leading to blistering and more intense pain. The skin turns white and loses sensation with third-degree burns. Burn treatment depends upon the burn location, total burn area, and intensity of the burn.
Heat Stroke (A Very Serious Condition)
Heat stroke (heatstroke or sun stroke) is a form of hyperthermia. Heat stroke is a true medical emergency that can be fatal if not promptly and properly treated. Symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, absence of sweating, hot red or flushed dry skin, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, strange behavior, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, disorientation, seizure, and coma. A victim of heat stroke must receive immediate treatment to avoid permanent organ damage.
The shoulder is the most often dislocated joint in the body due to its mobility. Dislocation occurs when the head of the humerus is dislocated from its socket. Symptoms and signs of a shoulder dislocation include nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, weakness, and sweating. There are various methods of reducing a dislocation and returning the humeral head to its normal place. The method for reduction of a shoulder dislocation depends upon the type of dislocation, the patient, the situation, and the clinician's experience. Intravenous narcotics and muscle relaxants are often administered to relax the muscles and relieve pain.
Foreign Objects or Insects in the Ear
Objects or insects in the ear can be placed in the ear by patients themselves or an insect crawling in the ear. Earwax can also cause ear problems if Q-tips are overused to clean the ears. Symptoms of an object in the ear are inflammation and sensitivity, redness, or discharge of pus or blood. When to seek medical care for an object or insect in the ear is included in the article information.
Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs)
Sun sensitivity (photosensitivity) is an inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of medications or substances and sunlight. The effect on the skin is redness, which looks similar to a sunburn. Generally, these reactions are either phototoxic or photoallergic. Phototoxic drugs are more common than photoallergic drugs. Symptoms of phototoxic reactions are a burning and stinging sensation and then redness. Symptoms of photoallergic reactions are itching, redness, swelling, and blisters of the affected area. Treatment generally is discontinuation of the medication and topical application of creams.Treatment generally is discontinuation of the medication and topical application of creams.
Motion sickness is a feeling of unwellness caused by the inner ear and balance systems. Motion sickness can include sea sickness, car sickness, and train or plane sickness. Symptoms include, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, cold sweats, and pale skin. Treatment for motion sickness includes home remedies such as ginger, avoiding large or fatty meals prior to traveling, and OTC and prescription medications.
Cocaine and Crack Abuse
Cocaine is an addictive stimulant that is smoked, snorted, and injected. Crack is cocaine that comes in a rock crystal that is heated to form vapors, which are then smoked. Cocaine has various effects on the body, including dilating pupils, constricting blood vessels, increasing body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Hyothermia or extreme exposure to cold can be classified as either accidental hypothermia (unintentional cold exposure) and intentional hypothermia (generally induced for a medical procedure). Hypothermia is caused by exposure to extremely cold temperatures. Risk factors for hypothermia include cold exposure and/or certain medical conditions. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering; increased heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure; apathy, confusion, slurred speech, no reflexes, and dilated pupils. Medical attention is generally necessary to treat hypothermia.
Heat cramps usually affect people who sweat a lot during strenuous activity or work in a hot, humid environment. Symptoms of heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms, usually in the abdomen, arms or legs that occur in association with strenuous activity. Heat cramps are part of a group of heat-related illnesses. Heat cramps can sometimes lead to heat exhaustion or, in severe instances, heat stroke, which is a true medical emergency.
Anthrax is a deadly infectious disease that may be transmitted to humans by infected animals or by biological warfare. There are three types of anthrax: cutaneous, inhalation, and gastrointestinal. Symptoms of cutaneous anthrax include a swollen glands, muscle ache, headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and a red-brown raised spot that enlarges, blisters, and hardens, forming an ulcer crater with black crust. Symptoms of inhalation anthrax are flu-like and may progress to respiratory distress, shock, coma, and death. Symptoms of gastrointestinal anthrax include loss of appetite, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Treatment for cutaneous anthrax involves penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin, and ciprofloxin. Inhalation anthrax necessitates treatment with IV therapy with antibiotics.
There are two categories to cold weather-related injuries. 1) no freezing of body tissue (trench foot and chilblains), and 2) freezing of body tissues (frostbite). Chilblains in general, will not need medical attention (unless there is infection). Trench foot and frostbite, however, require medical attention. Symptoms of frostbite include pain, burning, numbness, and eventually a complete loss of sensation in the affected body part. The young, elderly, and patients with certain medical conditions (diabetes, hypothyroidism, circulatory problems, and psychiatric illnesses), are more susceptible to cold weather-related injuries. People who abuse alcohol and illicit drug user are also at risk for cold weather-related injuries.
Drowning (Dry, Wet, Near)
Drowning is a common cause of death and disability worldwide. In the US, it is the third most common cause of accidental death. Complications of drowning include: brain damage, pneumonia, ARDS, hypothermia, and spine fractures. At times, there are discussions of near drowning, wet vs. dry, or salt vs. fresh water drownings. Children and young adults are at most risk for drowning accidents. Medical emergencies in the water may lead to drowning such as: seizures, hypoglycemia, sudden cardiac death, or heart attack. Treatment of a drowning victim depends up on the severity of the injury. Prevention is the key to prevent drowning.
Hyperthermia (Heat-Related Illness)
Heat-related illness include heat rash, cramps, exhaustion, stroke, and sunburn. Treatment of heat related illnesses depend on the condition, but symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, seizures, and coma. Heat stroke is a medical emergency, and may result in death if not treated promptly. Heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke if not treated properly.
Dental injuries range from a chipped or fractured tooth to a knocked out tooth. Treatment depends upon the severity of the dental injury. Dental injuries may be prevented by aligning protruding front teeth with braces and using face masks and mouthguards while playing sports.
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that affects a number of different areas of the body at one time, and can be fatal. Causes of anaphylaxis can be food allergy, latex allergy, allergy to insect or but stings/bites, asthma, or other materials or conditions. Symptoms include flushing, itching, hives, anxiety, rapid or irregular pulse. Severe symptoms may be throat and tongue swelling, swallowing, and difficulty breathing. Some disorders appear similar to anaphylaxis such as fainting, panic attacks, blood clots in the lungs, heart attacks, and septic shock. If you think that you may be having an anaphylactic reaction, seek emergency care or call 911 immediately.
Snake Bite (Snake Bite)
There are venomous (poisonous) and nonvenomous (nonpoisonous) snakes. A venomous snake bite penetrates the skin and injects, secretes, or spits a toxin into the penetrated wound. Symptoms of a venomous snake bite include: redness at the site of the bite, swelling at the site of the bite, severe pain at the site of the bite, nausea and vomiting labored breathing disturbed vision increased sweating and salivation, and numbness or tingling in the face or arms and legs. Treatment of a venomous snake is a medical emergency, and the person that has been bitten needs to be taken to an emergency department or other emergent care facility as soon as possible.
Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted via the bite of an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, headaches, and weakness. Treatment involves a series of injections: rabies immune globulin and four rabies vaccines administered over 2 weeks.
Thallium is a metal that can be found in small amounts in the soil. When thallium enters the environment through coal-burning or smelting, it stays in the air, soil, and water for a long time and doesn't break down. Thallium exposure may come from eating contaminated foods, smoking cigarettes, touching or eating contaminated soil, living near a hazardous-waste site, or breathing workplace air in industries that use thallium.
Insect Sting Allergies
The majority of stinging insects in the United States are from bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants. Severity of reactions to stings varies greatly. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. In selected cases, allergy injection therapy is highly effective.
Travelers' diarrhea is generally contracted by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Food is the primary source of travelers' diarrhea. Enterotoxigenic E. coli is the cause of up to 70% of all cases of travelers' diarrhea. There are five unique classes of E. coli that causes gastroenteritis. Other bacteria responsible for travelers' diarrhea include Campylobacter, jejuni, shigella, and salmonella. Viruses such as rotavirus and Norwalk virus (norovirus) and giardia lamblia a parasite may cause travelers' diarrhea. Prevention is careful eating and drinking of water.
Concussion is a short-lived loss of brain function that is due to head trauma. There are two types of concussion, simple and complex. Symptoms of concussion include headache, nausea, dizziness, dazed feeling, irritability, visual symptoms. Physical signs include poor concentration, emotional changes, slurred speech, and personality changes. Concussion is diagnosed with physical examination and testing. Treatment for concussion in general are treatment for control of the symptoms, and time.
Hurricanes are based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, which places them in 5 categories. Weather (hurricane) predictions, names, and tracking are provided by The National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of NOAA. Hurricane season lasts from June to November. Preparing for a hurricane is necessary if you live in an area prone to them. Prepare a hurricane supply and first aid kit ahead of time that includes (this is not a complete list): One gallon of water per person for at least 3-7 days. Food for 3-7 days per person First aid kit Prescription drugs Cash Flashlight with fresh batteries Blankets Pillows Pet care items Additional hurricane preparedness items include: Have a safe place to go if necessary Secure your home Taking care of your pets WWhat to do after a hurricane Dealing with the mental stress of surviving a hurricane
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- More Americans DOA From Gun, Knife Wounds
- Health Tip: Learn Football Helmet Safety
- U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Dropped 6 Percent Last Year
- Make Your Amusement Park Visits Safe
- Take the Ouch Out of Bee Stings
- Health Tip: Prevent Skin Conditions in Athletes
- Cycle Smartly
- Hit-and-Run Deaths on the Rise
- Safeguard the Arms of Young Pitchers
- Terrorist Nuke Attack Could Overwhelm U.S. Medical System: Study
- Phone-Using Drivers Knowingly Ignore the Danger
- For Tree Workers, Stronger Storms Pose Deadly Hazards
- That Motorcycle Helmet Just May Save Your Spine
- Major League Pitchers Plagued by Two Types of Injuries
- What's a Bigger Threat: Wolves, Bears, Sharks … or the Family Dog?
- Broken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most Risk
- Health Tip: Performing CPR
- Health Tip: Create a Winter Emergency Kit For Your Car
- What to Do If Someone's Bleeding Badly
- Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime Ones
- Beat Back Mosquitos After Hurricane Irma
- Parents Say Schools Don't Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease
- When Hurricanes Strike, People Aren't the Only Victims
- Eight Deaths at Florida Nursing Home Under Investigation
- Florida Confronts Irma's Aftermath
- State Laws Curb Kids' Injuries Tied to Off-Road Vehicles
- Officials to Investigate Mercury Brought Ashore by Hurricane Harvey
- As Irma Aims for Florida, Residents Prepare for the Worst
- Be Cautious Going Home After Hurricane Harvey
- Harvey's Wrath Still Poses Risks to Children
- Health Tip: Prepare for a Hurricane
- Will Climate Change Bring More Highway Deaths?
- Health Tip: Stay Safe During a Lightning Storm
- Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup
- Bicyclist Deaths Rise in U.S., Men Are Likely Victims
- As Hurricane Harvey Targets Texas, Tips to Protect Yourself
- Teen Hospitalized After Sea Bug Attack
- Surgeons Warn of Trampolines' Down Side
- Health Tip: Preparing for an Emergency
- More U.S. Airports Offer Hands-Only CPR Training
- Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donations
- Guard Against Hearing Loss From Fireworks
- Health Tip: Seek Safety From Lightning
- Eye Docs Debunk 5 Fireworks Myths
- Health Tip: Practice Drowning Prevention at Home
- Eye Injury a July Fourth Safety Reminder
- Workers Unprepared for Heart Emergencies on the Job: Survey
- How to Dodge Summertime Threats
- Strike Back Against Snake Bites
- Summer Fun Is Not Without Hazards
- Helmets for Motorcyclists a No Brainer: Study
- Health Tip: Prepare for a Safe Road Trip
- The Cost of Bike Crashes in U.S. Tops $24 Billion a Year
- ERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription Practices
- Health Tip: Create a Spring Weather Kit
- Health Tip: Help a Broken Toe Heal
- Could an Ice Bag to the Face Be Life-Saver for Trauma Patients?
- Health Tip: Prepare for a Tornado
- Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear
- Health Tip: Babysitter Safety
- Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries
- Hey, Super Bowl Fans: Don't Choke on Game Day
- Study Examines Genital Injuries in U.S. Veterans
- 'Button' Batteries Pose Serious Risk to Children
- Navigating Ski Slopes Safely
- Hospital ICUs May Be Overused
- Many Ignore Fire Safety at Home, Survey Reveals
- Where Medical Pot Is Legal, Fatal Car Crashes Often Decline
- If You're Dashing Through the Snow to a Holiday Gathering…
- When Buying a Christmas Tree, Think Safety First
- Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations
- Health Tip: Watch for Open Flames
- Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood
- U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report
- Partial Repeal of Motorcycle Helmet Law Had Unwanted Effects: Study
- Almost 1 in 4 Face Surprise Bills After ER Visit
- Too Few U.S. Adults Have CPR Training
- CPR Simulator May Boost Nurses' Skills
- Health Tip: Control a Bleeding Wound
- Pint-Sized Football Players Still at Risk for Injuries
- Health Tip: Teach Your Family Fire Safety
- Health Tip: Prepare Your Home for a Flood
- Lasting Jump in ER Visits After Oregon Medicaid Expansion
- Health Tip: Using Kitchen Knives
- 11 Ways to Stay Safe When Doing Risky Tree Work
- How to Guard Against Deadly Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Having Battered Bahamas, Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on Florida
- Don't Let the Change of Seasons Put You at Risk
- Hurricane Matthew Takes Aim at Florida
- Fall Weather Can Be Tricky to Navigate
- Health Tip: Stay Safe on a Motorcycle
- Health Tip: Climb a Ladder Safely
- Health Tip: Motoring Safely After Dark
- Health Tip: Practice Safety When Fishing
- Keep Your Kids Active and Injury-Free
- AAA: Road Debris a Mounting Danger on U.S. Highways
- How to Have Fun -- and Stay Safe -- at the Beach or Pool
- Injuries Soar as Trampoline Parks Expand
- Some Tree Trimming Best Left to the Pros
- Play 'Pokemon Go' Without Landing in the ER
- Watch Where Pokemon Go Leads You
- U.S. Car Crash Deaths Down, But Still Surpass Other Nations
- How to Stay Safe When the Power Goes Out
- Handle Fireworks With Care on the Fourth
- Most Americans Want to Learn How to Help Those Injured in Disasters
- 45-Minute Class Helps Middle Schoolers Master CPR Basics
- School Coaches Often Ill-Equipped to Spot, Manage Concussions
- Following Water Safety Rules Saves Lives, Red Cross Says
- When to Ice, When to Heat
- Health Tip: Gear up for Sports
- Health Tip: When to Bandage a Wound
- Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Car Injury
- Halloween at the ER Is No Treat
- Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists
- Outdoor Enthusiasts Need a Lightning Plan
- What Parents Need to Know About Sports Participation
- Tips for Beating BBQ Burns
- Health Tip: First Aid for a Bleeding Wound
- Be Safe When Mowing The Lawn
- Start Tornado Preparation Now, Expert Advises
- Health Tip: Want to Be a Babysitter?
- Health Tip: Stock Your Car for Winter Weather
- CPR Training Rates Lower in Poor, Rural U.S. Communities
- Health Tip: Keep a First Aid Kit in the Car
- What to Do If Your Child Chokes
- Childhood Hazard: Choking on Food Persists
- Helping Children Make Sense of the Senseless
- Boston Bombing Injuries Like a 'War Zone'
- Play It Smart When It Comes to Lightning
- ER Admissions Over Holidays Linked to Higher Death Rates
- Inserting Breathing Tube May Not Be Best for Victims of Cardiac Arrest
- College Athlete Deaths in Workouts Spur New Guidelines
- Health Tip: Caring for Stitches
- Whole-Body CT Scans Can Miss Traumatic Injuries: Study
- Playground Injuries Often More Serious at Home
- Health Tip: Caring for Minor Burns
- FDA: Hand Sanitizers Make False Claims
- Do You Know When NOT to Call 911?
- Chest-Compression-Only CPR Saves More Lives
- Friends of Stroke Victims Reluctant to Call 911
- Happy, Healthy, Valentine!
- Holiday Safety and Health Tips
- Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
- Tornado Safety FAQs
- Pool Safety: Tips for a Safe Summer for Children
- Fireworks - How to Have a Safe Fourth
- The Mexican Pipeline: Surfing Medical Emergency in Mexico
- Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health
- Paper Shredder Safety
- Hurricane: Protection from Animal & Insect Related Hazards After a Natural Disaster
- Animal Disposal Following an Emergency
- Infection Control and Prevention for Community Shelters Following Disasters
- Hurricane Aftermath Health Concerns: How You Can Help
- Tornado: Fujita Tornado Damage Scale
- Tornado Safety
- Tornado Emergency - The Aftermath
- Work: How to Handle a Chronic Illness at Work
- Hurricane Safety and Preparedness: Act Now
- Paintball Guns & Other Air Guns are Lethal Weapons
- Candles Keep the Home Fires Burning
- Prevent Pool Electrocution
- Ambulance - Began As A Walking Hospital?