Don’t Mix Sleds with Alcohol and Poor Light

Physicians in the U.K. have reported in a letter to the British Medical Journal an increase in sledding injuries following recent snow falls. The damages varied from minor fractures to serious injuries. It was their observation that many of these were caused by mixing poor light and drinking alcohol. PositiveTip: Enjoy winter's gift of snow. Sled…

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Restrict Kids Access to Guns

In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend restricting children's access to firearms. One in 5 injury deaths of those younger than 20 years is firearm related. In 2009, 114 individuals under age 20 died as a result of unintentional gunshot injuries, and more than half of these involved 15-19…

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Alcohol-induced Blackouts May Predict College-age Injury Risk

Risky drinking and its consequences are common on college campuses. In fact, in 2001 almost 600,000 such injuries occurred and in 2005 almost 2,000 U.S. College students died as a result. Now, researchers have discovered that alcohol induced blackouts can be a predictor of the likelihood of booze-related injuries. Study participants who reported no alcohol-fueled…

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