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Doctors suggest ditching the trampolines. Doctors are warning parents not to use trampolines at home as they pose great dangers for children. Although injury rates have decreased since 2004, they say the potential for severe injury still remains high, according to a report published in Pediatrics. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians counsel their patients and families against recreational trampoline use and explain that data shows safety measures such as enclosures have not significantly reduced injury rates.
In 2009, there were 70 injuries per 100,000 children ages 0 to 4 and 160 injuries per 100,000 children ages 5 to 14, for a total 98,000 injuries.
Longer doctors’ office hours equals lower health care costs. A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine shows that longer doctor office hours would lower health care costs. Weekend and evening visits to an urgent care facility, minute clinic or emergency department drove up costs. One reason for the higher costs is that emergency physicians may not be familiar with a patient’s medical history, therefore ordering multiple tests and/or procedures. Data was collected between 2000 and 2008 using 30,000 patients ages 18 to 90.
Cows munch on gummy worms, Fruit Loops and marshmallows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said this year’s corn crop is the smallest in six years. The drought has prompted cattlemen to search for alternatives to feed their cows. Some have given them candy, cookies, marshmallows and fruity cereal. It has health advocates worried that eating candy may be detrimental to cows’ health and would not provide humans with the nutrients needed when they eat the meat, because cows are designed to eat grass and other vegetative matter.
Peanut butter gets recalled. A recent peanut butter recall has expanded to include 76 products, including peanut, almond and cashew butters.
A New Mexico-based company manufactures and packages Trader Joe’s Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter, which has been connected to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states.