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Oct 19

NFL To Crack Down on Hard Hits

Posted by jay11284 in NFL , National Football League , Concussion


NFL - Trying to protect their players; but will they make the game less exciting?

Starting on October 20th the NFL (National Football League) is said to be establishing a new Head Protection Rule that head-to-head hits or "devastating shots."  This has come up in discussions especially because of the happenings this past Sunday, October 17th. These few hits that occurred this weekends games caused the NFL to take matters into their own hands to protect their players, but does this ruin the hard-hitting game that football should be? 

Josh Cribbs of the Browns sustained a concussion when James Harrison of the Steelers collided with him helmet to helmet. After this hard hit, no flag was thrown by any of the refs on field. In the same game Mohamed Massaquoi of the Browns left the field with a headNFL - Helmet to Helmet Hit Concussion injury after another hard hit by Harrison. In another case on Sunday Jackson of the Eagles sustained a very severe concussion on a flagrant helmet to helmet hit by Robinson of Atlanta. In this case a flag and penalty was called but he was no ejected even though many agree he should have been.

Oct 19

Medical oops occur more than they should

Posted by BeAcHbAbE03 in Unviersal Protocol , National Quality Forum , medical mistakes , archives of


Surgery is quite nerve wrecking and when you absolutely have to have it you want to make sure that your surgeon will perform the right surgery, on the right body part! While such operating room mistakes are pretty rare, a recent study published in the Archives of Surgery found out exactly how rare that is. While the National Quality Forum (NFG), a nonprofit group that sets the standard for American medical practices, says that these types of errors are “never events,” the new study says otherwise.

The study looked into 27,370 “clinician-reported adverse events” in a Colorado liability insurance database from January 2002 to June 2008. Of the total events, 25, or about .09%, were for surgeries performed on the wrong patients while 107, or .3%, were for surgeries done on the wrong site. While these may seem like minute statistics, it is worth noting that 5 of the wrong patient errors and 38 of the wrong patient procedure accidents suffered serious harm and one patient actually died as a result, never mind that these errors shouldn’t really be occurring anyway. When the authors looked at the errors in more detail, they found that half the time a misdiagnosis was to blame for the error, while poor medical judgment was to blame for 85% of the cases. Not surprisingly, poor communication was responsible for 100% of the mistakes.

These findings are surprising since in 2004, the Joint Commission issued the Universal Protocol, three pre-op steps that surgical teams are supposed to go through before each surgery to eliminate these very errors from occurring. The steps are quite simple too: the first is a confirmation of the procedure to be done, next is a clear marking on the correct site of surgery and last is a “time-out” before any incisions are made. This is where one final check is made to verify the patient’s identity and the procedure to be performed. Not surprisingly, in 72% of the cases, the “time-out” was not performed.

Oct 19

Ways to Help or Hurt Sperm Count

Posted by RandomThght9 in Sperm , Food


Men looking to boost their sperm count instead of hitting up the doctor for prescription drugs to help are in luck.


An article by MSN Health says that there are a few foods men can eat that will help fertility.

Oct 18

Long Island Hospitals Investing Millions in Renovations

Posted by DMBjamsto41 in stimulus , renovation , north shore , long island



                               (photo courtesy of Newsday.com)

New York’s hospitals will be seeing many updates, in particular area hospitals on Long Island. More than half of the Island’s 25 major hospitals have undergone or are currently undergoing renovations and expansions to the tune of $2.1 billion.  The availability of state grants and stimulus money from Obama’s health care overhaul, as well as the need for updated technology and better facilities demanded by consumers, have driven hospitals to upgrade their buildings. Furthermore, the recession has allowed for great deals on labor and materials.

Oct 18

Alarming health risk with some alarm clocks

Posted by Adams in sleep , insomnia , disorders , deaf , alarms


alarm clock

For some people it takes the sound of a chainsaw to wake up in the morning, which has been solved by a new product on the market, but maybe the product harms heavy sleepers more than it helps them.


Oct 15

Bullying Part II: Causes and Prevention

Posted by nat_bez in prevention , bullying , anti bullying




Of course, there is no one cause of bullying, but several factors have been cited with helping foster it. The major indication of bullying is life at home. Children that are neglected, abused or even bullied they at home will likely do the same to their peers. It was previously believed that bullies had low self-esteem and unpopular, but research is finally seeing that a lot of them are actually quite popular and confident. Those who do not receive attention, discipline and affection from parents are also to be bullies. While bullies of course come in all shapes and sizes, they do share some similar characteristics. They tend to be aggressive and dominating; although again just because someone acts that way does not mean that they will become a bully.

Oct 14

Fact or Fiction: Regrowing Teeth

Posted by KArthurXcalibur in Teeth , regowing teeth , mouth , dental disease , bones


There are websites circulating information on how to regrow teeth naturally, but is it really true?

One Hubpages.com blogger, Jerricho Usher, claims he had a third tooth develop after the loss of a second one. Jerricho says, “I had a tooth split in half after eating something,” which resulted in having the split tooth removed. After the tooth was removed, naturally there was a space where the tooth once was, he says.

Oct 13

Coal mining reminds us of the risks

Posted by waterbottle in coughing , coal mining , bronchitis , black lung , asthma


The health risks associated with coal mining aren’t anything new, but in light of the recent triumph of the rescued Chilean miners, understanding the dangers of being in or around such an environment is unhealthy.

While working directly with coal is risky, the indirect contact from coal and other related excrements can impact public health. According to April's American Journal of Public Health people who living in coal mining countries, have a higher probability of suffering from a range of health problems.


Oct 13

The Happy Meal Project

Posted by jay11284 in Project , Mold , mcdonalds , Happy Meal , Fast-Food , Decompose



If bacteria doesn't want to eat it why do you? This is a question you should ask yourself next time you choose to eat fast-food, or give your kids fast-food for that matter. Artist and Photographer Sally Davies bought a Happy Meal from McDonald's back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see if the food would hold up over time. October 7, 2010 marks the 180th Day that the Happy Meal has been left out, and still it shows no signs of decomposition.

The Burger and Fries in Davies kitchen has become "hard as a rock" but has yet to show any mold growth or color change. The Happy Meal has been photographed each week for the 6 month span and posted on Sally Davies Flickr. This project, as one would imagine, has been turning many heads.

Oct 12

More info on Asperger's Syndrome

Posted by Magnolia172 in PDD , HFA , DSM-IV , autism spectrum , Autism , Asperger's syndrome


What is it?

Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) was first diagnosed by Austrian psychiatrist, Hans Asperger, in 1944. Interestingly enough, because his work was not translated until the 70s, many children in English speaking countries were still misdiagnosed until the late 1980s when his work was finally available in English. Asperger’s Syndrome (or disorder) falls into the family of childhood disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders. It wasn’t until 1994, however, when it was included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association, that it was even recognized by medical professionals as a veritable disorder.  

Asperger’s is different from autism in several ways, and it has not yet been determined for sure whether it is classified as a subtype of autism or a separate syndrome.  Asperger’s symptoms only start at 3 years old, which is much later than autism, and the disorder itself is usually only diagnosed when the child is 5-9 years old. It is usually, although not always, characterized with above-normal intelligence levels (which is the opposite of autistic children), difficulties picking up on nonverbal cues, rigid and specific interests that include weird things like doorknobs, mathematics, and astronomy, emotionless vocal tone usually marked by a repetition of certain words or phrases, and difficulty reciprocating feeling and emphasizing. Those with AS can exhibit an unusually rich vocabulary, however, most have a problem understanding metaphors and will always interpret things in a literal way.

 Adults with Asperger’s are usually afflicted with similar symptoms and usually do best in fields that do not require much interaction with others. They shine in areas dealing with math, music and computer sciences. It is quite easy to assume incorrectly, that just because they have a high IQ, these individuals don’t have a disability. Even though they are extremely bright, they are quite undeveloped and immature in their social and emotional development. Outsiders may have trouble understanding this impairment, and as a result those with Asperger’s are usually prone to depression.