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It’s true: toys can kill you


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It’s true: toys can kill you.

The question is, “which toys”? Continue reading IT’S TRUE: TOYS CAN KILL YOU

Using hospital elevators can kill you


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Web Watch has told you about all the different ways physicians and other medical professionals spread germs and disease everywhere they go.

From dirty stethoscopes to dirty scrubs (or scrubs worn on airplanes, and then to who knows where!), nurses and doctors are constantly walking around in swirling packs of germs, like “Pigpen” from the Peanuts comic strip.

And it only gets worse from there.

Germ-X Wipes
Germ-X Wipes
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How doctors and nurses unknowingly spread infections


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Web Watch has already told you about one way that DOCTORS AND NURSES SPREAD INFECTIONS, just by wearing their scrubs outside of the office.

(Remember, if you see a medical professional in front of you at the Starbucks and they’re wearing scrubs, they could have just come out of an infected surgical area and haven’t bothered to change. Ewww.)

But there’s ANOTHER WAY THAT DOCTORS AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SPREAD DISEASE, and you may not be aware of it…

3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope
3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope

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The 10 Most Dangerous Dogs


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Dogs are man’s best friend.  At least, until someone gets bitten.  Then the offending dog is nobody’s friend.

We have friends with all sorts of dogs, running the gamut from lap dogs to big ol’ greyhounds.  Even a Great Dane has been in the mix.  A litter of pitbulls. No poodles, though.  Not that we know of, at least.

But we’ve only seen one dog attack amongst all the dogs we’ve been familiar with.  And in hindsight, maybe there’s a reason for it.

BEWARE OF THE DOG, THE CAT IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY EITHER
BEWARE OF THE DOG, THE CAT IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY EITHER

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How many babies are circumsized?


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How many babies are circumsized in hospitals each year?

It can be a controversial conversation between new parents, to decide if circumcision is a procedure they want to put their newborn son through (if not for religious reasons).  Some women say that they prefer men who have been circumsized, while other women prefer those that aren’t.

There used to be a myriad of health reasons that would default the answer to circumsize, but in today’s health-aware world, those reasons are becoming less important – and many parents are choosing not to have their children go through the circumcision process.

The Circumcision Decision: An Unbiased Guide for Parents
The Circumcision Decision:
An Unbiased Guide for Parents

Continue reading HOW MANY BABIES ARE CIRCUMSIZED?

This one thing causes 15% of all child emergency room visits


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Going to the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM is never a good time.

There’s no good food, the chairs are uncomfortable, there are germs everywhere… the hospital is not the place that you want to go to if you don’t already have a reason to be there.

So in the guise of helping parents, researchers at the NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN COLUMBUS, OHIO went through thousands of child emergency room records from 2001 to 2009 to see if there were any trends in PREVENTABLE EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS that could be discovered through the data.

The theory is that if parents were aware of why children were going to the emergency room, maybe they could be more aware of those situations and prevent them from occuring in the first place.

 

Safety 1st Small Object Choking Tester
Safety 1st Small Object Choking Tester

Hard Candy
Hard Candy

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25 Tornado Survival Tips


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From the NOAA:

  • At night, keep looking at ground level for tell-tale signs that a tornado is snapping powerlines, such as quick, bright flashes of either blue-green to white.
  • Not all tornadoes are funnel clouds. Some have no clouds at all, making them nearly invisible from a distance, save the flying debris and dust that may be seen underneath a set of low clouds

From the OLD FARMERS ALMANAC:

  • While they could occur at any time of day or night, tornados most typically form in the afternoon
  • Check out the color of the sky.  If the sky is a pale green color, that’s a common tornado possibility indicator
  • Other common indicators include large hail and dark low-lying clouds.  Approaching tornadoes sound like oncoming freight trains.

From NATIONWIDE INSURANCE:

  • No matter where you are, get as low as you can and get down. Get covered with a blanket, sleeping bag, or other heavy material that can protect you from flying debris.
  • Have a battery-powered (better yet, a hand-crank powered) weather radio that can also pick up your local news radio or TV station audio.
  • Don’t open all your windows “to alleviate pressure inside the house”. You may be hit by flying glass if you choose to do this at the wrong time
  • The southwest corner of your basement may not be the best choice to take cover in, as most tornados come from that direction
  • Caught while out driving? Don’t park under an overpass or bridge, as that can be more dangerous than taking cover in a nearby ditch.

From ABC NEWS

  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls
  • If you see a tornado while you’re driving, don’t try to out-run it.  Leave your car and find shelter immediately instead

From NATURE’S FURY:

  • If you’re taking cover in the basement, be sure that you’re not underneath anything heavy from the first floor, such as a piano or refrigerator, in case the floor above you weakens
  • After the tornado has passed, avoid going near down power lines.
  • Avoid lighting candles or using anything that could generate a spark, until you’ve confirmed that there aren’t any nearby gas leaks

From FEMA:

  • Make an emergency kit, consisting of extra batteries, food, water.  Try to have enough to last you at least 72 hours.  Think about the essentials you may be without during that time (power, heat, clean water, etc)
  • If you think a tornado is approaching, grab and wear appropriate clothing for after the tornado has passed – sturdy shoes, jeans, work gloves, jacket/sweatshirt (depending on climate).  These may be clothes you’ll need to wear for a few days in uncomfortable conditions
  • Have a contact plan with friends, family members, co-workers. Cell networks may be out of service temporarily, so don’t assume you can rely on your cellphone

From SECRETS OF SURVIVAL:

  • Half of all tornadoes each year happen during April, May, and June
  • On a regular basis, take an inventory of your possesions for insurance purposes, have that list documented and secured in an off-site location, such as a bank’s safety deposit box
  • When taking cover, stay away from corners as they tend to attract flying debris. You’ll be better off in the center of the room, underneath a sturdy piece of furniture.
  • Most injuries occur from flying debris, building collapses, or when trying to outrun a tornado in a car

From FIRST AID on ABOUT.COM:

  • Tornadoes usually travel about 30 MPH, but can reach speeds as high as 70 MPH. Note that travel speed is different from the rotation speed of the cyclone itself.
  • Try to get to the center room of whatever structure you’re in, preferably in the basement

From POPULAR MECHANICS:

  • While you can consider building a SAFE ROOM in your home, one tornado researcher says that if he’s caught in a tornado situation that he’s going to head for the nearest covered culvert outside. Stay away from grocery stores, gymnasiums, warehouses, or anything else with a large roof span.

Closing the barn door causes 1/5 of all injuries


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Women will never understand the shrieks of pain that men felt while watching the FRANK AND BEANS, BEANS AND FRANKS scene in THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY.

For Ben Stiller, having to act as if his junk was caught in his zipper was probably just 10% acting, and 90% muscle memory from the last time it actually happened to him.

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Pubic hair mishaps on the rise. (Gives new meaning to Wax on, Wax off)


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Maybe you’ve been one of the lucky ones thus far.  You’ve never nicked yourself… down there… with a razor.

Yet.

But that all could be about to change, if a recent trend of specific emergency room visits is any indication.

Continue reading PUBIC HAIR MISHAPS ON THE RISE. (GIVES NEW MEANING TO WAX ON, WAX OFF)

Parents: Don’t let your kids play in the bouncy castle ever again


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Parents, listen up!

Remember when WEB WATCH TOLD YOU ABOUT POO in the BALL PIT?  Or when we mentioned other PLAYGROUND INJURIES that you need to be aware of when your kids go out to play?

Well, guess what?  There’s anotherPLAYGROUND DANGERthat Web Watch needs to share with you:

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Hospital infections kill someone every six minutes


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The CDC claims that 1.7 million people become infected while at a hospital, but according to RID: The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, the actual number of infections at hospitals each year is much, much higher.

On average, a patient DIES AT A HOSPITAL due to a hospital-related infection every six minutes.  RID says it’s at least 103,000 (preventable?) deaths a year, causing up to $30 billion in hospital costs.

It’s the fourth leading cause of death, with heart disease, cancer, and strokes taking the top three spots.

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Study proves Web Watch was right over about icky Doctor clothing


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Doctor Scrubs
Doctor Scrubs

Another day, another study that proves Web Watch was right ages ago.

Remember back when we told you that DOCTORS AND NURSE WERE SPREADING GERMS EVERYWHERE THEY GO?

Apparently, MSNBC didn’t use us as a reference when they published their story yesterday entitled HOSPITAL GARB HARBORS NASTY BACTERIA.  Frequent Web Watch readers, however, would already have known this and would have said “pfffft” to MSNBC’s late coverage of this important health-related topic. Continue reading STUDY PROVES WEB WATCH WAS RIGHT OVER ABOUT ICKY DOCTOR CLOTHING

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals spread germs everywhere they go


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 Doctor Walking Through Hospital Closet with Blue Sheets and Scrubs
Doctor walking around in scrubs

You’ve seen them around town:  walking through the park on their way to and from lunch, driving through the bank teller line, shopping at the grocery store, eating at restaurants after a shift, riding your elevator — doctors, dental hygenists, nurses, and other medical professionals all wearing their scrubs out in public.

Think about it.

Why do medical professionals wear scrubs?  They’re easy to clean, and they don’t want to get their “real” clothes dirty.

So why do you see so many of these same medical staff wandering around in public in their scrub outfits?  They certainly aren’t going to wear these non-sterilized clothes anywhere that would possible infect you in their day-to-day care of your illness or dental exams.

Or are they?

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