Yearly Archives: 2013

Is it safe to take medication when you’re pregnant?

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Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you won’t get ordinary aches and pains, like headaches or a cold. I rarely have pain other than the occasional headache, but when … Continue reading

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Poisonings at work: An interview with Dr. Karla Armenti

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For North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, we spoke with Dr. Karla Armenti, the principal investigator for the Occupational Health Surveillance Program within the New Hampshire Department of Health … Continue reading

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Suicide and poisoning: Prevention strategies

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Suicide is a complex issue involving multiple factors. According to the Surgeon General’s 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, ‚ÄúThere is no single path that will lead to suicide. Rather, … Continue reading

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Suicide and poisoning: Current statistics

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According to the CDC, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death [PDF] in the U.S. in 2010 with 38,364 suicides, a rate of 12.4 per 100,000. Northern New England … Continue reading

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Mr. Yuk: A retired poison prevention icon

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Do you remember Mr. Yuk? Many poison centers used to give parents Mr. Yuk stickers to put on poisonous things. The idea was that kids would learn to stay away … Continue reading

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New Hampshire drug-related deaths – 2011

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The number of drug-related deaths in New Hampshire hit 200 in 2011. During poison prevention week, our New Hampshire educator, Laurie Warnock,¬†presented on this growing problem and what can be … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Abuse: An ED perspective

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The abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, is a growing public health concern. Our Medical Director, Dr. Tamas Peredy, is also a doctor with the Maine Medical Center Emergency … Continue reading

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Adults are more likely to die from poisoning than kids

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When most people think of poisonings they think of a little kid getting into cleaning products stored under the kitchen sink. These poisonings happen a lot, but so do poisonings … Continue reading

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Home, safe home? Not always, but help is just a call away

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Did you know that most poisonings happen at home? A lot of these poisonings are by little kids, who learn through trial and error. They explore their surroundings and put … Continue reading

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Of porcupines and poison prevention

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Did you ever think a porcupine might improve your health? Alisa Zapp Machalek, writing for the Inside Life Sciences series at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences website, has … Continue reading

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