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Learning how to fall can limit injury

Aging increases the risks of and from falling as our bones become more brittle and do not heal as effectively. A CDC report with annual numbers from 2014 illustrates the scale: 29 million Americans fell, which resulting in seven million injuries and more than 27,000 deaths.

When the dangerous or defective condition of a NYC sidewalk or premises contributes to a fall injury there are remedies available. However, proactive measure can reduce the risk of falling as well as the severity of an injury.

Asbestos found in children’s makeup

Because of asbestos contamination, Claire’s will recall a number of makeup product marketed to children including a bedazzled rainbow heart makeup set, pink glitter palette with eye shadow and lip gloss and metallic hot pink glitter makeup. Are any of these in your ‘tween or even younger daughter’s bedroom?

And this is not the only time that products manufactured in China with talc have been found to contain asbestos. In 2015, Environmental Working Group found asbestos fibers in several brands of crayons and crime scene investigation toys.

Toxic Shock Syndrome: A risk in the fine print on a tampon box

Most women recognize that Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is possible complication of tampon use. It is in the fine print on boxes of these feminine hygiene products from regular to super absorbent.

But do most young women know what TSS is and what it can do? The potentially fatal condition is caused by a staph or other bacterial infection. As the most absorbent part of a woman’s body, what is placed in the vagina can have serious consequences that few completely understand.

How to make sure your baby's first foods are safe

What is safe enough for baby? If you are a new parent, this question is probably something you consider frequently. A new report from an alliance of scientists points to risks associated with a narrow rice cereal diet.

Baby cereal and other on-the-go first baby foods like puffs often contain rice. Rice plants draw up inorganic arsenic from soil and water, brown rice absorbs even more. And newer research links arsenic exposure to cognitive and behavioral problems in young children.

Could Amber-Alert type system locate hit-and-run drivers?

It is possible. The city council is debating the details of how such a system might work. By bringing more individuals to justice, it could enforce the importance of staying at a scene and reduce the number of hit-and-run accidents across the city.

In fiscal 2016, the NYPD received reports of almost 45,000 hit-and-run accidents. Very few of the drivers in these crashes were ever identified or located. In that same period, there were only 510 related arrests.

The season for NYC sidewalk injuries: Who is responsible?

There is nothing quite like New York City during the holiday season. Tourists and residents alike enjoy strolling on thoroughfares past buildings transformed into decorated, festive cityscapes.

However, with seasonal festivities can come potential danger related to snow and ice on walkways. Slipping or tripping and falling on a sidewalk because of inadequate ice treatment or snow removal can cause severe injuries like facial abrasions and fractures, broken wrists and arms, brain injury or even worse.

Tip-over danger causes more deaths, Ikea recall continues

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently reissued a recall announcement related to Ikea MALM dressers and chests. Several of the models are sold specifically for kids bedrooms in colors such as pink, white, lilac, green and grey-turquoise. 

Approximately 17 million units sold in the United States are affected by the recall. Immediately stop using these dressers and chests unless you are able to properly anchor them to the wall.

3-D printing defects: Who would be liable?

In a young industry experiencing fast growth, that very growth can push innovation too quickly while ignoring safety concerns. The use of 3-D printing has gone from “something of the future” to ubiquitous presence in a number of industries.

A prediction that by 2020 China will have bought 15 to 20 billion of them shows the potential scope. They are and will increasingly be used to print guns, medical devices and tissues used in medical treatments. What if something goes wrong and a printer produces a defective part?

What are the top causes of medical malpractice claims?

When medical providers fail in their duties, patients’ lives are at stake. People can face serious injury if treatment protocols don’t meet medical standards.

An incorrectly ordered medication could cause a fatal interaction. Misdiagnosis of cancer or a stroke can be a death sentence. If a surgeon operates on the wrong body part, patients pay the price

Wear your bike helmet on every ride and wear it correctly

Do you know how to tell if a bike helmet fits correctly? Wearing a bike helmet that is the wrong size or not properly adjusted is “simply stupid.”

This is the conclusion that starts a recent New York Times piece on the subject. A staggering statistic underlies the importance of the issue – in 97 percent of fatal cycling accidents the rider was not wearing a helmet at all.