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Injuries & Emergencies

911 Basics: Responding to a Heart Attack
Chest pain could be simple indigestion or a heart attack. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack, and knowing how to respond, could save a life. The following guidelines can help you make the right decisions and take the right steps when seconds count.
A Serious Look at Fainting
Fainting (syncope) is a brief loss of consciousness. This leads to falling down or needing to lie down, followed by a quick recovery. Fainting by itself is not a problem, but it could be a sign of a serious health condition.
Acute Spinal Cord Injury
A traumatic injury to the spine can cause a bruise, a partial tear, or a complete tear in the spinal cord. Read on for details about causes, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and management.
Bruises
A bruise is a collection of blood underneath the skin that is caused by injury to an area of the body. Sometimes enough bleeding occurs so that a lump also forms.
Child Health Emergencies
A good guideline to follow is that a medical emergency is any time your child has an injury or illness you believe threatens his or her health or may cause permanent harm.
Common First Aid Mistakes
Rather than helping, common first aid mistakes can make matters worse. Here are a few common first aid falsehoods and what you should do instead.
Concussion’s Effects Can Spread to the Classroom
Any blow to the head can cause a concussion. Some of the symptoms may fade quickly, but others can linger. Your child may have trouble sleeping or thinking.
CPR Training and You
If you know CRP, you could make the difference between life and death for a stranger or someone in your family.
Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?
Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.
For Seniors: Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted
The number of older people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.
For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat
After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature--especially heat--as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Head Injury
A head injury is a broad term that describes many injuries that occur to the scalp, skull, brain, and underlying tissue and blood vessels in the head. Head injuries are also commonly referred to as brain injury, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), depending on the extent of the head trauma.
Heart Attacks and Women
For many women, a heart attack may feel like a strange discomfort in the back or some other easily ignored sign, instead of crushing chest pain.
Help Your Back Work for You
Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you likely won't realize that until you hurt it. Read on for some tips for back pain relief, and learn how to keep your back strong.
How Safe Are Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
Overall, cosmetics and personal care items are considered safe. But that doesn't mean that there aren't risks associated with their use, particularly if you don't use them correctly.
How to Prevent Common Running Injuries
Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.
How to Prevent Electronic Device Maladies
The next time you’re using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, pay close attention to what you do. It's likely the last thing you’re thinking about is the repeated strain on your fingers and wrists.
In Case of Emergency...Be Ready for Anything
Don't wait to think about disaster until you're dealing with one. In the hurried confusion, you're likely to miss important items as you prepare your home or leave to seek shelter.
Knees Are Casualties of Women's Sports
Active women are at least twice as likely to suffer serious knee injuries as men, but it's not just athletes who are at risk.
Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind
A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.
Low Back Pain
Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment, such as changes in activity, weight loss, quitting smoking, and other steps. Sometimes medicine or surgery is needed.
Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers
Stingers occur when the shoulder and head go in opposite directions, the head is moved quickly to one side, or the area above the collarbone is hit.
Safety for You and Your Child
You can help your child by being prepared and preventing injuries from happening. It is important to take charge of your child's health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe.
Scars
Detailed information on the different types of scars, and how to treat them.
Sports Safety
Because children's bodies are still growing and their coordination is still developing, children are more susceptible than adults to sports injuries.
Sports-Related Injuries
What is a contusion? A sprain? A strain? Find out more about these common sports injuries.
Sprained Ankles Need Attention
When you sprain an ankle, 1 or more ligaments on the outside of your ankle become stretched or torn.
Sprains, Strains, Breaks: What’s the Difference?
If you've sprained your ankle, you know what pain is. But maybe that "sprain" was a "strain" or possibly even a "break." The amount of pain in each case can be virtually equal.
Sunburn
Detailed information on sunburn, including symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts and scrapes are everyday occurrences, and most can be safely treated at home. Knowing how to clean and care for a cut yourself and when to seek a doctor’s care can help reduce infection and speed healing.
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