If you have young children, be sure to keep both your dishwasher pods and your laundry detergent pods safely locked away. Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich recently cautioned via Facebook that roughly one child per hour suffers poisoning from eating laundry detergent pods (Erin's information comes from a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics).
Televisions are not as sturdy as they used to be. Add that to the fact that the number of households with more than one TV has increased dramatically in the last few decades and you have a recipe for disaster that many parents do not think about: Injuries to children caused by falling television sets.
Last week, we posted the beginning of the Emergency Care Research Institute's (ECRI) list of the 10 most dangerous technology-related hazards in American hospitals. This post presents the rest of those risks, picking up with the fourth concern.
Earlier this week, NFL quarterback Michael Vick suffered a "pretty significant" concussion, in the words of Eagles coach Andy Reid. Despite Vick's importance to the team, he will apparently sit out next week's game to allow his brain time to recover instead of risking further damage.
Many California parents can easily imagine an awful scenario in which a teenage son suffers a crippling brain injury on the football field. Although brain injuries can cause devastating consequences, they sometimes go undetected and untreated. As a result, some players have a false sense of security and can run the risk of even worse injuries.
Several weeks ago, we covered a bounty scheme in a California association of a youth football league. The same league is in the news again this week after coaches allowed a team of 10- to 12-year-old boys to rack up no less than five concussions in a single game. All of the injured boys were on the losing team. The other side won, 52-0.
A large hospital system agreed to pay $123 million to more than 80 children who suffered abuse as the result of its alleged negligent supervision of a pediatrician. The case is an example of how the class action model can help even the odds between individual plaintiffs and large, sophisticated defendants.
A new type of magnetic toy became popular in the last few years. Powered by intense rare-earth magnets, the toys consist of a set of small, shiny magnetic spheres. The strength of the magnets allows users to create striking sculptures and shapes out of the spheres, held together by nothing but magnetism.
As discussed in the previous post, preventable child heatstroke tragedies occur far too frequently. The ongoing heat wave in Los Angeles means that more children may be in danger for heatstroke death if they are left in vehicles in these extreme temperatures.
The heat wave in Los Angeles has been putting pressure on the power grid and also causing dangerous conditions for older people and for outside exercise. Another danger that comes with extreme heat is the heatstroke that can occur if children are left in vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to raise awareness of the tragedy that can result from leaving a child in a hot vehicle.