A Poison Ivy Survival Guide for Parents

“Leaves of three, let it be.” Many of us grew up with that handy rule about how to spot poison ivy. But maybe your smaller kids didn’t get the memo yet. So now it’s poison ivy season again. The kids are playing outside or going off to camp and since they don’t know what to … Read More

Keep Your Kids Sun-safe

As the temperatures rise, so does the amount of time kids spend outside. Swimming and outdoor sports are great ways for them to stay fit, but they also mean increased exposure to the sun. Here are some things parents can do to make sure summer is both fun and safe: 1. Keep babies out of … Read More

Kids’ Sports: How to Avoid Overuse Injuries (Video)

Kids’ injuries have gone beyond fractures, sprains and concussions. Today, there is an epidemic in youth sports: overuse injuries, caused by too much activity, with too little rest. Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It’s an issue … Read More

Sunscreen: Best Beauty Secret

The best beauty lotion you can buy to slow signs of aging is actually inexpensive and available at any drugstore: it’s a bottle of sunscreen. People may believe that daily sun protection isn’t necessary, especially in the Midwest and Northeast, but experts say if you’re in the sun longer than 15 minutes total during the … Read More

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Good Chance Your Teen Texts While Driving

An alarming number of teens text while driving. Nearly 50 percent of the high school students surveyed in a study admit they engage in texting while driving. The study also finds teens who text and drive are more likely to engage in other risky business behind the wheel, putting themselves and others in danger. Texting … Read More

Doing Yardwork? Watch Your Eyes! (Video)

Now that warmer weather is here, so is your yardwork. Working safely in our yards requires that we look out for our eyes. That means protecting them from home-grown hazards. Ophthalmologist Rishi Singh, MD, says some yardwork can be dangerous to our eyes, particularly from flying objects. “People can get injured from a stick that … Read More

Gassing Up for Grilling Season: Safety First

You’ve pulled your old cornball “Grill Sergeant” apron off the garage shelf. You are ready. Barbecue season is finally here and this will be the best cookout year ever. You’re determined, too, to grill healthier this spring and summer. More fish and chicken. Fewer dogs and burgers. So, time to turn on the gas. But … Read More

Water Safety: Advice to Prevent Drowning

When it’s hot, we run for water, craving a cool swim or time on a boat. Every Fourth of July, beaches fill with people and sailboat masts dot the horizon. But along with water, comes drowning, the second leading cause of accidental deaths for people 15 to 44 years old. Sadly, most people drown within … Read More

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Stay Safe in Summer Heat

Can you feel the heat? It’s a scorcher. Ninety-degree weather is forecasted for several parts of the country. Tom Waters, MD, is an emergency room doctor at Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Department. He says today’s conditions are just right for a heat emergency. High temperatures paired with humidity can cause problems because these conditions make it … Read More