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What You Need to Know About Toy-related Injuries

Report Shows Increase in Toy-related Injuries Treated in U.S. Emergency Rooms In 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 265,700 toy-related injuries, compared to 265,000 the year before. And 73 percent of those injuries were to children under the age of 15. In fact, approximately 83,700 were to those under 5 years of age. As with previous years, the most commonly injured part of the body is the head and face area, with the most common injuries being lacerations, contusions, or abrasions. The top three specifically identified toys associated with…

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Diabetic Eye Disease to Increase

Diabetes, the Leading Cause of New Cases of Blindness, Projected to Increase Diabetic Eye Disease Numbers 35 Percent in Near Future According to a recent study from Prevent Blindness, more than 8 million Americans have diabetic retinopathy,  with total cases projected to increase by 35 percent by 2032, and by 63 percent by 2050. Diabetic retinopathy patients have an average age of 66 years, the youngest of any of the major eye diseases. And individuals with diabetes are 25 times more likely to become blind than those without diabetes, according to the National Eye Institute. Diabetes is the leading cause…

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Avoiding Eye Injuries at Home

Eye Injuries at Home Send Thousands of Adults and Children to the Emergency Room Every Year Most Eye Injures Can Be Prevented Through Safety Practices and the Use of Proper Eye Protection In 2014, more than 193,000 adults and children were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States for eye injuries sustained in the home, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Many of the items that were involved in injuries are commonly used in and around the home — cleaning supplies, lawn equipment and power tools. In a recent study, “Age and…

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