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One unexpected way your distracted driving could be tragic
Friday, May 11th, 2012

It happens every year, usually starting in the spring. 38 children die each year in hot cars. Most were accidentally left in the vehicle by parents or caregivers.   Parents think it can never happen to them:  how could you be so careless as to forget your baby in the car? But the majority of these tragic deaths […]

Window Fall Prevention
Monday, April 30th, 2012

Over the weekend, there was a breaking news story of a Vancouver toddler who climbed out a third floor bedroom window, made his way onto the roof, and fell to the ground.  The child has been listed in good condition as of Sunday evening. Thankfully, this incident had a happy ending, but it could have […]

Help Kids Avoid Common Bicycle Crashes
Saturday, April 7th, 2012

About 400,000 children are treated in emergency rooms every year for bicycle-related injuries. Some crashes are inevitable, but you can prepare your kids to avoid the some of the most common bike crashes. 1.       Get Ready Properly fit and adjust the bike helmet to your kid’s head. Most bike crashes will just result in scraped […]

Sports and the Danger of Repetitive Brain Injury
Thursday, March 1st, 2012

An extended piece in The Atlantic gives rare insight into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disorder that has historically affected athletes – particularly boxers – but has recently been found in others who have sustained serious head injuries.   Brain traumas, especially chronic injuries sustained in sports, can lead to permanent brain damage. Surprisingly […]

Protecting Young Athletes through Hit Counts
Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) has just released Hit Counts­, a report that advocates taking unprecedented steps to protect young athletes from concussions and traumatic brain injuries. The report suggests that “the fastest and most effective path to safer youth sports is to regulate the amount of brain trauma that a child is allowed to […]

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse
Thursday, November 10th, 2011

This week, many of us are cringing with horror and fear at the allegations of a cover-up of child sex abuse at Penn State.  If there is one good thing that can come from this scandal, let it be the rekindling of a national discussion about the often-hidden problem of sexual abuse.  Institutions like schools, […]

Thousands of Children Burned by Batteries
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

There is an alarming rise in the number of children ingesting lithium batteries: injuries and deaths from the “button” batteries affected more than 3,400 children last year. The batteries, which are increasingly common and used in remote controls, thermometers, calculators, musical greeting cards, scales, toothbrushes and toys, cause internal burns in the esophagus and throat. […]

Accidental Poisoning Cases Rise in U.S.
Monday, October 31st, 2011

30 children die every year in the U.S. from accidental medicine poisoning.  The alarming rise of cases of child poisoning was highlighted in recent report by Portland’s KGW and Seattle’s KING5 news, which tells the story of a doctor whose toddler was poisoned by pills she mistook for candy while trick-or-treating in his office last […]

5 Tips for Backpack Safety
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

If you have a school-age child, chances are good that you have heard them complain about the weight of their textbooks. While this may seem like mere inconvenience, backpacks filled with heavy textboxes could have long-term effects on your child’s shoulders, neck and back. Here are 5 ways you can help lighten the load on […]

Chronicling the Dangers of the School Zone
Monday, August 8th, 2011

The Los Angeles Times published an article detailing the various dangers and health hazards posed by our nation’s schools, including: Injuries: While gym class injuries remain a threat, inactivity may have more long-term health consequences for the population in general.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 3.8% of elementary schools, […]