Visits to emergency rooms by kids who have swallowed batteries have doubled over the last twenty years, according to a study of ER data.
Eighty percent of these trips are now because of “button” batteries, those little coin-shaped batteries found in greeting cards, remote controls, toys, hearing aids and more. It’s important for parents to check products and keep these away from little kids, who naturally put things in their mouth as a part of figuring out what they are.
Swallowed batteries can leak acid if the casing around the battery is eroded, or worse, create an electrical current flowing through tissue and burn a hole in the trachea or esophagus. This can happen even if the battery is considered “dead.”
25 New Recordings Added to National Recording Registry
Donna Summer’s ground breaking all-electronic 1977 hit, the creative wordplay of the Sugarhill Gang, the sounds of Native American culture and the voices of former slaves are among the sound recordings selected for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The Registry annually adds recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and preserves them for future generations.
Here’s a preview of what was added, in reverse chronological order:
25. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (1984) 24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (1979) 23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977) 22. Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977) 21. “Mothership Connection,” Parliament (1975) 20. “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton (1971) 19. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970) 18. “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969) 17. “Forever Changes,” Love (1967) 16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1962) 15. “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Diddley (1955) 14. “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958) 13. “Let’s Go Out to the Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953) 12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948) 11. “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947) 10. “The Indians for Indians Hour” (March 25, 1947) 9. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-1946) 8. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (Nov. 14, 1943) 7. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra (1943) 6. “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938) 5. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana (1935) 4. “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” Various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation) 3. “Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930) 2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell (1912) 1. Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)
Post Office Temporarily Bans Overseas Shipping of Devices with Lithium Batteries
Starting May 16, 2012, the U.S. Post Office will stop international shipping of lithium batteries and devices containing lithium batteries because they are a fire hazard. Many electronic devices, such as cell phones and cameras, use these types of batteries.
The ban includes international shipping to military addresses.
However, you can continue to ship lithium battery devices from overseas to the United States, within the U.S., and to U.S. military addresses. The Post Office anticipates that the ban will end on January 1, 2013 with the introduction of new standards for safe shipping of lithium batteries.
What help can one get for my wife with parkinson desease?
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that affects nerve cells, or neurons, in a part of the brain that controls muscle movement. In Parkinson’s, neurons that make a chemical called dopamine die or do not work properly. The four primary symptoms of the disease are
As the summer beach season begins this Memorial Day weekend, the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) offers a nationwide map of coastal water temperatures. Simply click on your region to see the current water temperature.
You can now get your Social Security Statement online. The online option is the only way to receive your statement unless you are 60 or older or turning 25 this year.
The statement provides estimates of the retirement and disability benefits you or your family may receive, making it important to have when financial planning. You can also use it to make sure your earnings are being accurately posted to your Social Security record. Incorrect reporting could mean that you won’t receive the benefits you are entitled to.
The statement also provides:
A list of your lifetime earnings according to Social Security’s records
The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid
Information about qualifying and signing up for Medicare
Things to consider for those age 55 and older who are thinking of retiring
The opportunity to apply online for retirement and disability benefits
A printable version of your Social Security statement
To get a personalized online statement you must be able to provide information about yourself that matches information already on file with Social Security. Some people may not be successfully verified through this process. If you have trouble with verification you can request that a paper Social Security Statement be mailed to you. You can also visit your local Social Security office and present an identity document in order to create an account and gain access to the online version.
Click It or Ticket: Avoid Fines by Wearing Your Seat Belt
This week is the start of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s two week national “Click It or Ticket” campaign to increase seat belt usage in cars.
During the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when many people are traveling, law enforcement agencies across the country will heavily enforce the message of Click It or Ticket. If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you could be fined.
Research shows men ages 18-34 are the least likely to wear their seat belts, even though seat belts save nearly 13,000 lives each year, according to NHTSA.
Wearing your seat belt properly will help keep you safe.
The lap belt should sit across your hips below your stomach and the shoulder belt should sit comfortably across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
Concussions are brain injuries caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. They can occur in any sport and without loss of consciousness. Even mild bumps or blows to the head can be serious. Athletes, parents, and coaches need to be able to recognize the signs that a concussion has occurred.
Athletes who have experienced a concussion must be kept from playing until their brain has completely healed, because a repeat concussion increases the likelihood of having long-term problems. Only a health professional with experience in evaluating concussions can say when it’s okay to play, and athletes need to be protected from pressure to get into the game too early.
Signs and Symptoms of Concussions
Symptoms Reported by Athlete:
Headache or “pressure in head”
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Does not “feel right”
Signs observed by others:
Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about assignment or position
Forgets sports plays
Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows behavior or personality changes
Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
Can’t recall events after hit or fall
For more information especially for athletes, parents, and coaches such as printable fact sheets, posters, and a online training course, visit Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports from the Centers for Disease Control.
High blood pressure is dangerous and often without symptoms, and increases in blood pressure can put you at risk for heart disease. Use these tips to avoid health complications as a result of high blood pressure.
Find Out If You're Eligible for an Independent Foreclosure Review
You may be eligible for an independent foreclose review if you believe you were financially harmed in the foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010, and your mortgage was serviced by one of the following companies or its subsidiaries:
HSBC Finance Corporation
SunTrust Mortgage, and
EMC Mortgage Corporation.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, there is no cost for an independent foreclosure review and you could potentially receive compensation. The deadline to request a review is July 31, 2012.
The four mortgage servicers are required to make these independent reviews available as part of their compliance with enforcement actions taken by the Federal Reserve Board.
The Department of Labor has started a new initiative, called “Summer Jobs +” to help youth find summer jobs.
The current recession has not only affected full-time workers, but students and youth who depend on part-time and summer jobs to help support their family. According to the Department of Labor, “48.8 percent of youth between the ages of 16-24 were employed in July, the month when youth employment usually peaks. This is significantly lower than the 59.2 percent of youth who were employed five years ago and 63.3 percent of youth who were employed 10 years ago.”
If you’re looking for a summer job, you can sign up for email updates about Summer Jobs + opportunities and can also search for current job opportunities in your area.
Businesses can take the “Pathways Pledge,” which offers three options for helping connect low-income youth with employment. Businesses can help young people acquire life skills and work skills or participate through the “learn and earn” option, which lets employees earn money for learning on the job skills.
There isn’t a single location where you can check a doctor’s entire work history. However, with a little time and these tools, you can get a better picture to make informed choices about your medical care.
You can compare medical training, clinical specialties, and more for doctors who accept Medicare using Medicare’s Physician Compare Tool.
State medical boards are a good source of information about doctors. In some states, information is available from the Administrators in Medicine, a group of state medical board directors.
The American Board of Medical Specialties can tell you if a doctor is board certified. While board certification is a good measure of a doctor’s knowledge, it is possible to receive quality care from doctors who are not board certified.
In addition, feel free to ask the doctor directly about their work history, for example, the number of times they have successfully performed a procedure.
Mental health is just as important to your overall health as your physical well-being. Good mental health leads to a productive and well-balanced life.
May is Mental Health Month, an annual observance to remind people to take the time to take care for themselves mentally, not just physically.
Emotional stress can cause negative feelings and behavior, and in the long term, can have serious effects on someone’s life.
Mental health problems are some of the most often neglected, either because people don’t realize the impact emotional stress is having on their lives or they are simply too embarrassed to ask for help.
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, charged Skechers with making unfounded claims that its Shape-ups and other “toning shoes” would help people lose weight and tone their buttocks, legs, and abdominal muscles.
To settle the case, Skechers USA has agreed to pay $40 million to provide refunds to people who bought Skechers toning shoes.
Learn more about the refunds, how to apply, and how to avoid misleading marketing claims at ftc.gov/sketchers.
FTC staff will also answer questions about the settlement online on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Follow the @FTC on Twitter and ask questions using the hashtag #FTCbcp. Questions can also be posted to the FTC’s Facebook page.
For National Women’s Health Week, we partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health to create the Healthy Women’s Action Kit. This kit provides the information you need to:
Manage your cholesterol, blood pressure and risk for diabetes
Stay safe using cosmetics and getting tattoos
Recognize and avoid online health scams
Confidently talk to your doctor about menopause and hormones
Find the stop-smoking method that can work for you
Riding a bicycle is more than a fun and healthy family activity. Besides being great way to exercise, many people also use bicycles to commute to work, go to the grocery store, or to visit friends and family. Some people use them as their primary mode of transportation.
With summer fast approaching, it’s a good idea to review some of the basic safety rules of riding a bicycle. That way, you can minimize your chances of getting into an accident. After all, May is Bicycle Safety Month!
Prepping Your Bicycle
In the U.S., more than 50,000 bicyclists were injured in 2009 and 630 died from accidents with vehicles, according to the latest figures by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Before you go on a bike ride, make sure to:
Always use a helmet, regardless of your age.
Use a bicycle that’s the right size for you so that you will be able to control it properly.
Make sure the brakes are working and the tires are inflated to the correct pressure.
Make yourself visible to motorists by wearing bright colors like red or yellow.
Get rear and front lights that are very bright or flash to increase your visibility.
The street, especially where there are bike lanes, is the best place to ride a bicycle. However, the sidewalk might be safer for children under 10 years old who are unable to ride their bicycles on the street without adult supervision.
Before riding your bicycle on the sidewalk, make sure it’s allowed by local and state authorities. If you do ride your bike on the sidewalk:
Be careful with cars coming in and out of driveways.
Alert pedestrians when you’re close to them by saying “passing you on your left” or by using a bell horn.
Stop at all intersections before crossing the street.
My high school has a bank in it, and up until this year the people working at the bank were more than willing to make change for students who needed to, for example, break a twenty. Last month, though, the rules suddenly changed, and we can't make change at the bank anymore. When asked, the lady behind the counter said that "making change for people who aren't members of the bank is a violation of the Patriot Act". Is that true? I thought the Patriot Act was something entirely different.
The USA Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56) does have some rules that impact banks and deal with money laundering. However, none of them have to do with making change for people who aren’t bank members. You can learn more about these rules from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Youth Exchange Scholarships for High School Students
The U.S. Department of State offers a number of exchange programs and scholarships for American high school students to study abroad.
If you’re interested in studying abroad, one of these programs could help cover expenses for your trip:
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth offers merit-based scholarships for overseas study of these foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program offers scholarships to spend a semester or an academic year in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, and Turkey.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program offers students a fully-funded year abroad in Germany.
The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program.