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June 2007 Archives

SWIMMING POOL INJURIES

According to the Center for Disease Control, 3,300 deaths were caused by drowning or submersion in 2000, with 25% of the victims being children under 16. Although drowning can occur in a number of places, including public and private swimming pools, open recreational waterways such as lakes and ponds, spas, hot tubs and even bathtubs, many of these accidents occur in backyard swimming pools. About 350 children under the age of 5 drown in backyard pools each year. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for this age group after motor vehicle accidents. Another 2,600 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for near-drowning incidents. In non-fatal cases, an estimated 20% percent of victims suffer severe, permanent neurological disability due to brain damage, which can generally result after four minutes of submersion.

PREVENTING PROSTATE CANCER: WHAT TO DO

According to a recent article published on CNN.com, prostate cancer prevention is a "hot" area of medical research. Cancer prevention is something we all should practice, and deciding a course of prevention is entirely up to you. However, you must keep in mind that some known risk factors of prostate cancer, such as age, race, and genetics, are beyond individual control.

Surgical Errors on the Rise

With the increasing number of surgical procedures being performed in the United States, it's not surprising to also see an increase in surgical errors. Errors occurring during surgery can take many forms, including:

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