More than 80,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to lawn mower injuries. The numbers rise each year. This is troubling and alarming. Young children are at the greatest risk for devastating injuries, reconstructive surgery, permanent disfigurement and disability, or even amputation of a body part. Play an active role in preventing […]

Jet lag can get the best of even the most expert sleeper. So, in this season of summer travel, here is how you can stop jet lag before it stops you. Does this sound like you? You are a stickler for following the rules for maintaining good sleep hygiene: Before you go to sleep, you […]

Summer is here and many Vermonters will spend more time outside. During the warmer months, the Northern New England Poison Center manages many calls about pesticides, such as insect repellants, also known as bug spray. Bug Spray Bug sprays with DEET are effective at preventing bites from mosquitos, ticks, and other pests. They help you avoid pain and […]

The Fourth of July brings to mind picnics, swimming, family, friends and, of course, fireworks. Yet, it also brings to mind danger: fireworks, when not handled properly, can cause serious injury. On average, 250 people arrive to the emergency room daily due to fireworks-related injuries around the Fourth of July holiday. So, all the more important […]

Is snoring normal? Snoring is certainly common. In the over 65 age group, about 45% of men and 30% of women snore. Though not necessarily normal it can be benign (not risky to your health). More and more people are snoring now that our average body weights are increasing. Snoring is caused by obstruction of […]

Kids need sleep. Without enough of it, they are at increased risk for behavioral problems, attentional difficulties and even obesity. The amount of sleep a child needs is variable and generally depends on the child’s age. The National Sleep Foundation reports that, on average, children need the following amount of sleep: Below 12 months of […]

Much attention has been given in recent years to the risks of sleep apnea and its impact on health and loss of sleep quality, but there is a much more influential factor contributing to sleep loss, affecting nearly every home in the United States. You’re using it right now: Household light, especially that emitted by […]

May is ATV Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 340 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)-related deaths and 97,200 ATV-related injuries treated at emergency departments in the United States in 2015. Approximately 20% of all ATV-related fatalities since 1982 have occurred among children under the age of 16 It’s ATV […]

You may have heard that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned antibacterial soaps for household use. You may have wondered: why or how you will effectively clean your hands? This FDA ruling was shocking to many because antibacterial soaps have been widely used for many years and it was commonly believed that antibacterial soaps […]