Topic: safety

No LOL-ing Matter: Adults Text More Than Teens While Driving

No LOL-ing Matter: Adults Text More Than Teens While Driving

Just about everybody knows that texting while driving is dangerous. It’s a danger to you, to your passengers, to the cars around you, to pedestrians, to animals and to your wallet, which will be hit hard from all the tickets you’ll eventually accumulate due to regularly texting while at the wheel. But if we are all aware of how unsafe it is, why are so many of us still doing it? More »

Ladies: Do You Practice These 10 Safety Tips While Running?

Ladies: Do You Practice These 10 Safety Tips While Running?

January is National Self-Defense Awareness Month, so what better time to remind ourselves of important safety tips while we’re outdoors exercising and running. It may be cold out, but that’s all the more reason to be alert–staying bundled up in a hat and scarf while running or looking down to avoid the chilly wind can put you at an increased risk. To stay safe on the road, make sure you know these 10 safety tips while running. More »

Monster Linked To 5 Deaths; Maybe Now Energy Drinks Will Finally Be Regulated

Monster Linked To 5 Deaths; Maybe Now Energy Drinks Will Finally Be Regulated

As Americans begin to turn away from traditional sodas, highly-caffeinated energy drinks like Rockstar and Monster are gaining much of the beverage market share. Unfortunately, aside from being massively caloric and generally nutritionally empty, they’re also pretty dangerous. So dangerous, in fact, that the FDA is currently investigating Monster in the death of five individuals, as well as one non-fatal heart attack in a sixth victim. More »

Meningitis Update: With 14 Dead, It’s Time To Start Cracking Down On Compounding Pharmacies

Meningitis Update: With 14 Dead, It's Time To Start Cracking Down On Compounding Pharmacies

A recent deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has been linked to unsterile steroid injections that have been distributed across the United States by a specialty compound pharmacy has made one thing clear: Something isn’t right. One woman has already sued the New England Compounding Center for damages–and with 170 other reported cases so far, it’s likely more lawsuits will follow. Which is a good time because, in times like this, it’s important to hold those accountable who break laws and, in doing so, gamble with the health of thousands. More »

Docs Talk: Why You Should (Almost) Never Lie To Your Doctor

Docs Talk: Why You Should (Almost) Never Lie To Your Doctor

A few months ago, Slate featured a bunch of articles from women explaining why they were opting to live child-free. One woman’s submission about getting her tubes tied at 26 was caught my attention. In the piece, the writer admits to committing a cardinal healthcare sin: She lied to her doctor to get the procedure done. And while for her, the ends seem to justify the means–many doctors just won’t perform a tubal on a young-ish woman–it got me wondering about doctors, patients, and the truth. Just how bad is an exam room fib? And, moreover, is there ever a good reason to lie to your doctor? More »

Ahead Of The Curve: University Of Montana Mandates Rape & Sexual Assault Quiz For Students

Ahead Of The Curve: University Of Montana Mandates Rape & Sexual Assault Quiz For Students

The University of Montana has been in trouble in the past year. In fact, the Federal Department of Justice launched an investigation into the school for multiple accusations of sexual assault on campus. The school obviously had to find a way to increase knowledge and awareness about the problems of sexual violence and rape. And they’ve started that process by requiring all students to watch an online video tutorial about assault and score 100% on the accompanying quiz. More »

Into The Woods: 9 Steps To Protect Yourself From Ticks And Other Pests

Into The Woods: 9 Steps To Protect Yourself From Ticks And Other Pests

It’s hard to believe May is already nearly upon us, but there it is—looming a week from today. It won’t be long before camping trips are in order, or at least hiking and backyard cookouts. But with spring’s bounty and the great outdoors come bugs, bears and bacteria. Ticks are one of the most pernicious of these woodland pests, spreading lyme disease and other nasty illnesses. Here are a few tips for outwitting these creepy little bloodsuckers and other things in the woods that might want to kill you. More »

This Horrifying Statistic Will Keep You From Wearing An iPod When Running

This Horrifying Statistic Will Keep You From Wearing An iPod When Running

Even with the safety risks of wearing an iPod while running and the the dangers of damaging your hearing, more than half of you told us that you wouldn’t think of working out without your headphones. It can be easy to shrug off the supposed dangers of these devices while running until there is something more concrete to go on. Well, now there is. A new statistic reveals just how terrifying it is to wear headphones outdoors, and it may just motivate you to leave yours at home from now on. More »