November 26, 2012

Thrills, Spills, Fractures, ERs

1 Inflatable Bouncers Injuring 30 Kids a Day

The number of U.S. children injured each year while playing on inflatable bouncers such as bounce houses, moonwalks and slides has soared from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 in 2010, when 30 kids per day went to ERs for such injuries. Among those treated, 27 percent suffered sprains or strains, 19 percent had neck or head injuries, and 28 percent had broken bones. The most frequent cause was falls, followed by collisions and stunts such as flips or somersaults. Unlike trampolines, there are no national safety guidelines for inflatables, but safety experts recommend that parents anchor them firmly and not allow younger and older kids to bounce on them together, since smaller children are more likely to be hurt. They also call for guidelines similar to those for less-injurious trampolines.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Playground Injuries, Children's Injuries, Bounce Houses, Inflatable Bouncers, Bounce House Injuries, Inflatable Bouncer Injuries

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HIV Infections Fall Sharply

2 End of AIDS Epidemic May Be in Sight

The United Nations, in a recently released report, states that the end of the worldwide AIDS epidemic is feasible and cites better access to drugs that treat and prevent the infection. In 2011, about 34 million people were living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, says the report. Deaths from AIDS numbered 1.7 million in 2011, down from 2005’s peak of 2.3 million. Plus, the number of new infections in 2011 was 20% lower than in 2001. While AIDS remains a serious global health challenge, educational programs coupled with new drug therapies are helping to prevent AIDS-related deaths worldwide. Despite the progress, Sub-Sahara Africa still accounts for 71% of new cases, underscoring the need to boost prevention efforts there, says UNAIDS.

More at Nbcnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: AIDS Risk Reduced with One Pill a Day

Tags: AIDS, HIV, United Nations, AIDS Epidemic

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Nurses Do It Better

3 Nurses Increase Flu and Pneumonia Shot Rates

Results from a retrospective study found that when nurses are in charge of telling the elderly and at-risk adults know about flu and pneumonia vaccines and giving them, they are more likely to get them. With the flu shot, a 44 percent increase in the odds of a person getting it when given by a nurse was observed. The likelihood of people getting a pneumonia vaccine given by a nurse more than doubled. One hypothesis is that doctors' time is taken up by dealing with their patients' chronic health issues in the office but the nurse has time. Researchers feel that there is still room for improvement and hope to combine several approaches that are shown to be successful such as reaching out to patients via text and phone calls.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Study Links Nurse and Patient Safety

Tags: Access to Care, Flu Shot, Nurses, Pneumonia Vaccine, Vaccinations for the Elderly, Preventive Care

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