April 24, 2010

Comprehensive CDC Study

1 87,000 Sent to ER Annually from Tripping over Pets

Pet owners who trip over their dogs and cats end up in the emergency room at the rate of 87,000 times per year, according to a new study from the CDC in the Journal of Safety Research. Dogs are the biggest culprits, and elderly female pet owners most at risk, with teens and young adults next. Six in ten injuries occur in the home, while three in ten occur outside, mostly while walking dogs. Dogs may be more dangerous because of their greater weight over cats. Dr. Sandra Fryhofer says she tells her pet-owning patients, "Make sure you walk the dog, not let the dog walk you." The researchers said that injuries that didn't end up in the emergency ward were not included in their numbers. Nevertheless, with 80 million pet owners in the United States, the overall danger is not large.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pets, Dogs, Cats, Tripping over Pets, Seniors, Fractures, Journal of Safety Research

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British Asparagus Booming

2 Volcano Disruption a Boon to Local Farmers

British consumers are eating more locally produced asparagus and snow peas because the usual suppliers to European countries, located in places like Kenya, were isolated by Iceland's volcanic eruption. Most of the publicity surrounding the disruption triggered by the eruption of the volcano centered around the human passengers whose lives were disrupted. But air freight shipments were also disrupted, and perishable products like food that cannot be warehoused for long periods were the worst hit. Clifford Soper of the British Asparagus Festival says, "Short term, the market has gone bonkers. The supermarkets are clamouring for asparagus to fill the gaps on the shelves left by the fresh veg not being air freighted."

More at Telegraph | Hat tip to SlashFood | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Small Slaughterhouses Support Local Food Trend

Tags: England, Local Food, Vegetables, Asparagus, United Kingdom, Britain, Iceland, Volcanos, Airlines

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New Trend a Headache for Some

3 3-D Movies and Television Could Make Some Sick

The latest trend in entertainment might not agree with everyone. A doctor with the Jules Stein Eye Institute, says approximately 20% of people could experience disorientation or, in severe cases, seizures from viewing shows in 3-D. These problems can occur because the 3-D environment could strain the ocular system, causing disorientation when a person returns to seeing from a normal perspective. The Samsung 3D LED TV even comes with a health warning cautioning that certain flashing images or lights could induce epileptic seizure or stroke, and that motion sickness, perceptual aftereffects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability may result. Doctors say the most common side effects may be dizziness or other discomfort, with the percentage of serious problems being small.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: New Treatment for Glaucoma on Horizon

Tags: Dizziness, Seizures, Eye Problem, 3-D Movies

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Receiving a Heart from Homeless

4 Heart Transplant Outcomes

Transplant patients receiving donor hearts from the homeless may be at increased risk for complications. Researchers from Cedars-Siani found that half of the homeless donor organ recipients studied died within a year of their operation. Researchers speculate that poor hygiene of the homeless could be a factor. Recipients who had smoked also experienced an increased risk of transplant failure. Receiving an organ from the opposite gender also negatively affected outcome. However, when patients received a heart from someone of a different race, survival outcome wasn't affected. Patient age during transplant procedure didn't affect survival rates among patients. Findings were presented at the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Heart Transplant, Transplant Rejection, Rejection Factors, Cedars-Siani, Donor Hearts, Homeless Organ Donors, Heart Transplant Success, Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Heart

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Destroy Stinky Armpit Odor

5 Underarm Odor Folk Remedy

If nothing seems to work to control armpit odor, maybe it's time to look at a folk remedy. A question-and-answer column called People's Pharmacy in Saturday's Chicago Tribune took up the idea of a different kind of deodorant used by some people who have a difficult time controlling underarm odor. That "deodorant" is milk of magnesia, which contains magnesium hydroxide. A wonder laxative, milk of magnesia has been around for about 100 years. One reader quoted in the column said he's been using the folk remedy for more than 35 years. While it's good for getting things flowing, milk of magnesia apparently also stops sweat and odor in armpits!

More at Chicago Tribune | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Underarm Odor, Armpit, Folk Remedy, Stop Sweat, Milk of Magnesia, Control Underarm Sweat, Magnesium Hydroxide

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