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Why Kids Need to Keep Out of Grandma’s Bag

Posted 7/14/2014 by UHBlog

Savvy parents know all the tricks of childproofing a home: locking cabinets, covering outlets, installing gates – and keeping medications safely out of reach. But even the safest of homes are vulnerable to one unexpected risk: visitors. You may be in the habit of storing your prescriptions high on a shelf or latched in a cabinet, but what happens when guests bring their own meds into your home? According to the organization Safe Kids Worldwide, 38 percent of emergency room visits for medi...

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Understanding the Dangers of Third-Hand Smoke

Posted 5/30/2014 by UHBlog

Most people know that secondhand smoke is detrimental to your health, but the health risks from tobacco products don’t disappear when the smoke clears. A mixture of harmful toxins can linger on nearby surfaces long after cigarettes are extinguished – a substance that experts call third-hand smoke. What’s the difference between secondhand and third-hand smoke? Secondhand smoke is the visible smoke that is emitted from tobacco products and the exhalations of the people who smoke...

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8 Unexpected Poison Hazards in Your Home

Posted 3/24/2014 by UHBlog

Everyone recognizes the scary skull and crossbones as a universal symbol of poison. But unfortunately, not everything that is poisonous comes clearly marked. (Have you ever seen poison ivy leaves with skulls on them?) Mandy Thomas, Coordinator of Safe Kids Greater Cleveland at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, points out that even things we don’t think of as poison can indeed be dangerous. “Most poisonings are caused by the accidental or intentiona...

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Coolest New Fitness Gadgets

Posted 3/20/2014 by UHBlog

Smart technology and fitness are a match made in the gym. Give yourself an edge with these new health and wellness technology products. Withings Smart Body Analyzer This product is a far cry from the clunky scale gathering dust in your bathroom. The design is sleek and modern, and its WiFi-enabled system syncs to your mobile devices to store your information. Weight isn’t the only figure it can track – it also measures things like heart rate and even air quality. Tao Wellshell T...

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10 Items Parents Need in Their Medicine Cabinet

Posted 3/18/2014 by UHBlog

Parents, take an inventory of your medicine cabinet. Do you have everything you need? Are any of your products empty or expired? Wipe your shelves clean and head to the drugstore with this checklist from general pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Sara Lee, MD. 1. Adhesive bandages All shapes, all sizes and – if you have young kids – all prints and colors. Cover any open scrape or cuts, and be sure to change the bandages often. 2. Antibiotic ointment Use a cotton swab t...

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