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Warning: lawn mowers can be dangerous
Written by Special to The Press   
Thursday, 04 June 2009 13:34

CHICAGO – Mowing the lawn may not seem like a particularly hazardous job, but each spring and summer, many people find themselves in terrifying situations with these seemingly safe household machines.

In fact, 200,000 people – 16,000 of them children – are injured in lawn mower-related accidents each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. However, lawn mowers don’t “attack” on their own. Most injuries, such as severed fingers and toes, limb amputations, broken bones, burns and eye injuries, are caused by careless use and can be prevented by following a few simple safety tips.

 
Don’t fall victim to myths of the heart
Written by Special to The Press   
Thursday, 04 June 2009 13:33

MADISON, WI. – Think you know about your heart?

Your doctor may disagree. Cardiovascular medicine faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health say they’ve heard plenty of myths about heart disease – and patients who believe them may be at increased risk because of the misinformation.

To shine some truth on the subject, these cardiologists have provided a quick list of some of the most common myths they encounter in patient care. Think of it as a heart reality check.

 
Health Briefs
Written by Special to The Press   
Thursday, 04 June 2009 13:29

Student-produced PSA to air on local cable channels
Lights, camera, action!

The Oregon Community and Family Coalition has announced the completion of a public service announcement (PSA) made by the winners of their Oregon’s Next Top Director Contest.

Contest winners include Clay High School students Kelli Patay, Molly Kissling and Adam Mihalko. The  three students worked with Phil Mariasy of Allied Media, who donated his time to produce a 30-second commercial entitled “Consider This,” which concentrates on the consequences of underage drinking.

 
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