For bicyclists over 45 years old a recent study shows that injuries have risen drastically from 1998 to 2013. In 1998 94 people out ofevery 100,000 were hospitalized from a bicycle accident while in 2003 it was 123 out of 100,000. A similar trend occuured in hopitalizations over all raising from 5 to 11 out of 100,00. There are more people now using bikes to commute to work, bike trips, and participating in the cycling sport. Cycling in the United States especially in urban areas is very dangerous and riders need to protect themselves with gear and ride cautiously on the road.
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Urgent Care Centers are becoming increasingly popular for health problems that are too urgent for a doctors appointment but not severe enough to sit in the Emergency Room. There are approximately 7,000 Urgent Cares in the U.S. with 600 more opening each year. Urgent Care locations are commonly found in strip malls that are convenient to visit and you can usually see a doctor within 30 minutes. They are also convenient for your wallet. The Annals of Internal Medicine found that in 2009 the average ER bill for illness was $570 while an Urgent Care bill was $155. So if you have a sprained ankle. the flu, or any other minor but serious problem head to an Urgent Care location to get treated quickly and save some money.
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School is back in session and the summer fun has started winding down—or so it may seem. With the cold winter months still ahead of us, many people see summer as a vacation from sickness and malady, but an increase in outdoor activity can also mean an increased risk in pediatric illness and injuries. Common summertime ailments do not wait for office hours or until after the holiday, but pediatric urgent care clinics can provide medical services for the following non life-threatening popular summertime injuries and illnesses, so that your family’s summertime fun can get back on track.
The summer sun offers sunburns galore, families are camping and having cookouts, and fireworks are a temptation that many kids just cannot resist. The risk for minor burns to children increases in the summer because more time is spent outside, fire pits and grills are used more frequently, and fireworks are available in abundance. To avoid minor burns, always put sunscreen on children before they go outside or in the pool, and remember to re-apply throughout the day. Teach kids proper fire and firework safety, and supervise them closely when they are near fires, open grills, and when they are near or handling fireworks.
Minor Physical Injuries
Jumping on the trampoline, rollerblading, biking and hiking, playing soccer and football, and all other outdoor physical activity can mean that kids are at a higher risk for minor injuries, such as broken bones and sprains. Make sure that children always wear the necessary protective gear for each activity, and emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet. Trampolines should only have one child jumping at a time, and make sure to enforce the rules in order to avoid concussions, collisions, or other painful injuries.
Remember to put safety first, but if there is an illness or injury, a walk-in clinic can provide the pediatric urgent care your kids need. With the quality care they receive, they will be back on their feet and enjoying their summer vacation in no time.
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It’s time for back-to-school and the summer cold season. To protect you and your children here are 5 foods that will help keep those nasty viruses away.
- Broccoli has 135% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C in one cup! It also contains Omega-3’s and is an anti-inflammatory.
- Yogurt is full of probiotics which aid your immune system to fight bacteria.
- Red Wine contains antioxidants from grapes that attack and can prevent nasal viruses.
- Cinnamon is an anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal super herb that is great to relieve coughs and sore throats especially coupled with green tea.
- Black Pepper is an expectorant and can relieve chest colds quickly.
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Every year over 64,000 women participate in high school field hockey within the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). In 2011, the NFHS required their players to wear protective eye-wear while playing. A recent study by Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Fairfax (VA) County Public Schools and the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that the protection reduced the risk or eye and facial injuries by 3x. This study supports a movement to get children and young adults, including the NCAA, more protective gear to play their favorite sports.
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