‘Tis the season for safe driving

Edward-Elmhurst Health asks in its Healthy Driven Blog, “Have you ever gotten behind the wheel after having a few drinks?” Each time you do, whether you admit it or not, you put your life and other people’s lives at risk. You may think the worst can’t happen, but it can. And one of these days, it could happen to you or someone you love.

December marks National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This is fitting, since year after year around the holidays, hundreds of people lose their lives in impaired driving crashes.

Yet, it’s not just the holidays but all year long that we need to be responsible behind the wheel.

Every day, 28 people in this country die in alcohol-impaired driving crashes — that’s one person every 53 minutes, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). About one-third of traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver. These are all preventable tragedies.

We all know the age-old saying: don’t drink and drive. But today, impaired driving means more. It includes distracted driving, such as texting while driving, and something else that’s often overlooked — drugged driving.

Illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and even over-the-counter medications can be just as deadly on the road as alcohol. Recent research shows how prevalent drugged driving has become in the U.S. Both alcohol and drugs impair your ability to drive safely by affecting your judgment, concentration, perception, motor skills, and reaction time.

New and young drivers are the most at-risk for impaired driving-related crashes, as car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter involve an underage drinking driver. Learn signs your teen may be abusing alcohol. Read more

What Is Doxxing & How To Protect Yourself From An Attack

While “doxxing” has been around since the 1990s, in recent years, doxxing attacks have become increasingly common, with celebrities and laypeople alike falling victim.

This article, by Pixel Privacy, goes into detail about what doxxing is and its real-life consequences. In addition, it explains how you can protect yourself from doxxing attacks.

What Exactly Is Doxxing?

“Doxxing” is when someone finds personal information about someone else, usually an internet user, and publishes it online for the world to see. That’s why it’s called “doxxing” – referring to “documents,” shortened to “doc” and then changed to “dox.”

The information that’s published can include the real name, home address, email address, telephone number, photos, and other personal information of the victim, leading to attacks that can move from the online world to the physical one.

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50 Shocking Drunk Driving Statistics

Drunk driving concept image with a hand holding some car keys and a glass of beer isolated over a white background.Reviews.com shared that with an increasing focus on the problem of drunk driving, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have been decreasing steadily. However, 28 people are still killed every day in the U.S. due to drinking and driving. We still lose 10,000 of our fellow citizens every year from drunk driving.

A drunk driving incident impacts many people in very serious ways. Of course, the worst-case scenario leaves families devastated by the death or severe injury of a loved one. These consequences are irreversible. Other people are also impacted, especially if a family member is sentenced to jail time, and the incident inevitably adds to financial stresses.

Even if the situation does not result in severe injury, a drunk driving conviction can be costly as fines and attorneys’ fees escalate. Long term, the cost of insurance increases dramatically, and even the best carriers will impose higher premiums and other restrictions on coverage.

50 shocking drunk driving statistics

Accidents and arrests

  1. In 2016, more than one million drivers were arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence of narcotics. (CDC)
  1. In 2019, 31% of drivers involved in single-vehicle crashes with fatalities were alcohol-impaired. (NHTSA)
  1. 13% of drivers involved in multiple-vehicle fatal crashes in 2019 were intoxicated. (NHTSA)
  1. Alcohol involvement in fatal accidents is most prominent after dark. In 2019, 49% of fatally injured drivers had blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., while 18% of fatally injured drivers had a similar BAC during the daytime. (IIHS)

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First Aid Kits and Emergency Aid

College of DuPage Nursing Student Robert Sullivan shared that with the return to school and the start of fall sports, now is the perfect time to review a current first aid kit or to make one. Very often, the first people on the scene are bystanders and not the First Responders. Having and maintaining a first aid kit and becoming trained in first aid, will equip one to be more than a bystander but a responder. There are many items that will be helpful if the situation for response occurs, starting with what is applicable for a family of four according to the American Red Cross (American Red Cross, 2021). These items include:

  • A first aid guide
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 emergency blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • 1 3-inch gauze roll (roller) bandage
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 3 x 3-inch sterile gauze pads
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • A thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers

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What every parent should know about childhood concussions

Uzma Muneer, D.O., whose specialty is Pediatrics, shared in the Edwards-Elmhurst Healthy Driven Blog that most children are constantly moving. But with that energy comes the risk of injury. It’s important for any parent to know how to recognize, respond to and minimize the risk of childhood concussions. A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the head is struck or suddenly jarred. As many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions happen each year in this country, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half of these injuries go undiagnosed and untreated, increasing the risk for more severe brain injury.

Concussions aren’t limited to sports. A concussion may result from something as simple as your child falling off a bike and hitting his/her head on the sidewalk.

Here are 8 things you should know to help prevent childhood concussions or minimize their impact:

  • Make sure your child wears the right protective gear for their activity. For example, a proper-fitting helmet when biking or sledding is a must. Ensure your child follows the rules for safety on the playground and in his/her sport.
  • Get to know your child’s coaches and trainers. Confirm that all who work with the team are informed on laws and guidelines for kids returning to play after a head injury.
  • Find out if your child’s school does pre-season baseline neurological tests for its athletes. These are measures of balance and brain functions, such as memory and focus, and can help in evaluating the impact of any subsequent head injury.
  • Urge your child to speak up about possible concussion symptoms, which may include: headaches, light-headedness, amnesia, nausea, blurry vision, dizziness, depression, sensitivity to light and noise, confusion, and difficulty processing information. If your child experiences loss of consciousness, repeated vomiting, seizures, one pupil larger than the other, or symptoms that worsen over time, seek emergency medical care.

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Have A Happy, Healthy, & Safe 4th o July!

Meat Temperature Chart And Food Safety

outdoor grillingBBQ Grill Academy shared that knowing the proper meat temperatures to cook or grill your foods is extremely important. Undercooked or raw foods can be hazardous and cause diseases.

Sometimes meats are not cooked to safe temperatures; for example, steak medium-rare is cooked to 130F to 135F degrees, but according to foodandsafety.gov, beef, lamb, and pork should be cooked to a temperature of at least 145F degrees. The USDA also has minimum cooking temperature recommendations and lists the minimum safe temperature for steaks at 145F degrees.

These recommendations should be followed as harmful bacteria cannot be seen or tasted but can cause serious diseases. Knowing the right temperatures to cook your meats is essential, and guessing when your food is done or undercooking your meats can be risky. Cooking meat whether is pork, chicken or turkey should be done with consideration of the USDA recommendations.

t would be best if you never guessed the meat’s temperature or when it is done. Follow the USDA minimum meat temperature recommendations and use a temperature gauge to check the meat’s temperature. You do not need anything fancy; a simple temperature gauge like the one below will do the job.

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Little boy looking at camera with smileTHE RISE AND SHINE NEWSLETTER shared the following information about medication poisonings in kids, poison control centers, and poison help resources available to you.

Why is this important to you as a parent or caregiver?

Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning today. Each year, half a million parents call poison control because their child got into a medication they shouldn’t have or took more of their medication than prescribed. And those are the kids we know about! More children get brought to the Emergency Department for medication poisonings than for car crashes.

What exactly are we talking about when we say “medicine”?

Medicine can be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter (OTC). Examples can include adult medicines, vitamins and supplements, children’s cough and cold medicines, children’s gummy vitamins, eye drops, and diaper rash products. Don’t be fooled into thinking over-the-counter medicines are safer than prescriptions. Both can cause serious harm to kids. Most poisonings in kids come from medicines you can buy without a prescription, like pain medications and anti-allergy medications. Read more

How To Keep Your Children Safe Online

Portrait of cute children typing on laptopBill here from Pixel Privacy shared that 1 in 5 children who use the internet has been sexually solicited. 1 in 4 has seen unwanted pornography. Nearly 60% of teens have received an email or instant message from a stranger (half have replied.)    Do we have your attention?

The internet is a great place to hang out. Not only can all sorts of information be found there (some correct, some not so much), but it’s also a great way to stay in touch with friends and family.

Sadly, the internet is also a dangerous place to hang out – particularly for children.

Cyberstalkers, child molesters, inappropriate content, cyberbullies, and more are lurking, waiting for an opportunity to reach out to your children. Such an experience could possibly damage a child for the rest of their life.

In this article, I’ll share my knowledge about protecting your kids from the dark side of the internet. We’ll look at how to monitor their computer and mobile device usage, how to set parental controls to ensure they can’t view inappropriate content, and much more.

We’ll also take a look at what it might mean if your child suddenly closes an app or shuts off their computer or mobile device when you walk into the room. Also, we’ll discuss what to do if your child is being cyberbullied. Read more

A Hat, Scarf, and Sunscreen??

Frozen winter landscape. Trees with the hoar-frost

College of DuPage Nursing Student Melissa Zielke wrote for Healthy Health in the winter months everyone remembers their hats, scarves, gloves, and coats, but is anyone remembering sunscreen? Sunscreen is most often thought of in the hot and sunny months, however, the cloudy, cold days of winter require the application of sunscreen as well. Sunscreen offers protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

The Risk

The sun’s UV rays can cause damage to the skin in about 15 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020) states that 4.3 million adults are treated for basal and squamous cell cancers per year, which are the most common types of skin cancer (2020). The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD, 2020) warns that an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their life. Sun protection can help minimize the risk of skin cancer and keep the skin healthy and protected.

Why Use Sunscreen in the Winter?

The CDC (2020) recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher even on cool or cloudy days. Sunscreen contains chemicals that help protect the skin from UV rays. The (AAD, 2020) states that on cloudy days, up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate the skin. Snow, water, and sand can increase the need for sunscreen because they can reflect the rays of the sun. Sunscreen should be used every day that you will be exposed to the sun, even if the sun is hiding behind the clouds.

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