Celebrity Cruise Ship Struck with Norovirus Poisoning

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The norovirus pathogen, also commonly known as the cruise ship bug, has struck a Celebrity Cruise vessel that is currently sailing with more than 2,000 people on board.

The norovirus pathogen, also commonly known as the cruise ship bug, has struck a Celebrity Cruise vessel that is currently sailing with more than 2,000 people on board. According to a confirmation by Celebrity Cruise, the norovirus outbreak has been reported on the Celebrity Summit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that this outbreak is related to the norovirus pathogen.

The vessel is currently in the middle of a sailing, and according to the ship, at least 300 passengers have been sickened by the poisoning. Apart from 311 passengers, 14 crew members are also believed to have fallen ill. Currently, over- the -counter medications are being distributed to the affected passengers, to control symptoms and prevent a complete outbreak on the vessel. According to Celebrity, it has begun a massive cleaning and disinfection program on the vessel, and always already made public announcements that have advised passengers of the outbreak.

The norovirus bug is often known as the cruise ship bug, because it is often linked to gastrointestinal illnesses on cruise vessels. However, that doesn’t mean that cruise vessels are the only places that these bugs can cause havoc in. The fact is that norovirus spreads much quicker in smaller, closed spaces like that inside a cruise ship. In an isolated environment like a cruise ship, these bugs can spread much more quickly.

The outbreak is extremely contagious, and symptoms can spread quickly from passenger to passenger until the majority of the passengers on the vessel are affected. Symptoms mirror those of other gastrointestinal illnesses, and include nausea, diarrhea and severe vomiting, accompanied by abdominal cramps. The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention estimates that there are more than 20 million cases of norovirus poisoning reported in the United States every year.

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Cruise Ship Captain Blames Helmsman for Sinking

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The captain of the doomed cruise ship, the Costa Concordia has blamed a crew member of the vessel for the cruise vessel accident and subsequent capsizing. Francisco Schettino made those comments in a court where he is currently under trial.

The captain of the doomed cruise ship, the Costa Concordia has blamed a crew member of the vessel for the cruise vessel accident and subsequent capsizing. Francisco Schettino made those comments in a court where he is currently under trial.

He faces charges of manslaughter and abandoning the ship. In his testimony, however, Schettino blames the Indonesian helmsman, saying that he wanted to slow the ship down, but the helmsman did not follow his instructions correctly. The helmsman steered in the wrong direction and as a result, the ship capsized. The captain has accused the helmsman of being slow to react and steering to the right instead of to the left. It proved to be a fatal mistake. As a result, the ship’s collision course changed, resulting in the accident.

Schettino has been the subject of much criticism, and shoulders much of the blame for the capsizing that killed 32 people. The Costa Concordia sank after it crashed into rocks on January 2012. At the time, there were more than 4200 people on board. 32 of those people died.

The captain has been the subject of much revulsion from the Italian public and media. He, however, insists that there is plenty of blame to go around. The captain on his part blames the cruise ship operator for some of the fatalities. Some of the deaths were blamed on a problem with deployment of lifeboats.

The helmsman has been already been sentenced to a year and eight months in jail after filing a plea bargain. Some investigations have suggested that he was unable to hear or understand the captain’s orders, because of communication problems. There have been other casualties involving Costa Concordia staff. At least four other persons have been sentenced to short jail terms for their part in causing the tragedy.

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How to Prevent Skiing Accidents This Season

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Being physically fit is one of the biggest steps that you can take to reduce the risk of being injured in skiing accidents.

Being physically fit is one of the biggest steps that you can take to reduce the risk of being injured in skiing accidents.  If you are an avid skier, and are looking forward to the California season this year, then you must also be aware that skiing is a sport, and as such, does involve the risk of injury. However, you can reduce your risk of being injured by investing in a pre-season training routine that will make sure that your body is primed to take on the stresses of skiing.

Many of the injuries that occurred during skiing occur because the person is simply not ready for skiing.   In other words, his body has not been made ready by putting it through a program of strength training, flexibility, balance and coordination exercises.

In order to reduce the risk of injury, make sure that you are physically fit before skiing season begins. Ideally, your routine should include plenty of daily stretching that involves the quadriceps, trunk muscles, and hamstrings. This builds flexibility, and ensures that your body is able to take the strain it will be put under when skiing season officially begins.

Your exercise program should also use include strength training with dumbbells and resistance bands, as well as ski-specific exercises that specifically focus on the lower part of the body. Your program should also include endurance exercise to build stamina, and boost strength, as well as exercises that help you build speed, and help you control your landings.

Experts suggest that the ideal time to begin your exercise training regimen is approximately 6 weeks before you begin hitting the slopes. For California skiers, that means that this is the right time for you to begin your skiing training program.

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Back to School Tips for Safe Travel

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Thousands of children are heading back to school after the long summer vacation on their bicycles, by foot, or in the school buses.

Thousands of children are heading back to school after the long summer vacation on their bicycles, by foot, or in the school buses. Whatever the mode of transportation, your child must take proper precautions to stay safe. Here are some back to school tips for safe travel.

For instance, if your child goes to school by bus, his accident risk is automatically much lower than those of other children. However, that doesn’t mean that children do not need to learn how to behave safely inside and outside the bus. Teach your child to -

Stay on the sidewalk and wait till the bus comes to a complete stop, before he gets on the bus.

Wait until the driver tells him to board the bus, before he gets on the bus.

Once on the bus, quickly find a seat, and follow all the driver’s instructions.   Children must avoid loitering behind the bus.

If your child walks to school, then he must walk on the sidewalk, facing coming traffic. Children who walk together may be safer, because they are much more visible to motorists, but they must not play on the road, or push or shove each other. Teach your child the rules of crossing the road safely.

If you child bikes to school, make sure that he wears a well-fitting helmet, and rides along streets that have low traffic. Children must ride in the same direction as traffic.

If you drive your children to school every day, your child must ride in the back seat and must be safely restrained.

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Children Account for Highest Number of ER Visits

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According to the data, there were 130 million visits to hospital emergency rooms that were made across the country in 2010.

Summer is when the risk of accidents and injuries involving children spike.  There are a number of hazards both inside and outside the house that can pose a serious health and safety hazard to a restless child.  In fact, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, as many as a quarter of all emergency room visits every year involve children.

According to the data, there were 130 million visits to hospital emergency rooms that were made across the country in 2010.  Out of these, close to 25% involved children below the age of 18.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also confirms that Americans, especially children, have a much higher chance of visiting an emergency room during the summer.  More emergency visits occur during the summer compared to the rest of the year.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, any time there is an emergency involving a child, it is best not to delay a visit to the ER.  Avoid using home treatment methods except for the most basic emergency first aid.  Instead, take the child immediately to the nearest emergency room.

The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends that you call 911 if it is a life-and-death emergency situation.  For instance, a choking incident or a household poisoning incident is a life-and-death situation, which will necessitate a call to 911 services.

In fact, personal injury lawyers recommend that families plan ahead about which hospital to visit in the case of an emergency.  These are not issues that parents or families usually bother too much about, but it is practical to plan for an eventuality involving an injury to your child.  In such cases, valuable time can be lost while you discuss which hospital to take your child to.  These decisions must be made earlier.

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Study Finds Carbon Monoxide Can Pass through Walls

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Carbon monoxide fumes can leak in a home even if there is no source for carbon monoxide exposure inside the home. That’s because these fuels can even pass through walls, as a new study shows.

Carbon monoxide fumes can leak in a home even if there is no source for carbon monoxide exposure inside the home. That’s because these fuels can even pass through walls, as a new study shows.

According to research, carbon monoxide fumes can easily pass through drywall, and can easily impact residents of a home, even if there is no source of the gas inside the home.  The results of the study were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Carbon monoxide is an odourless colourless gas that is strongly associated with neurotoxic effects,. These fumes are generated through the burning of wood-burning grills, stoves, gas-powered stoves, ovens, generators, wood fireplaces and other appliances. In fact, any source of combustion can lead to the generation of some degree of carbon monoxide fumes.

The researchers conducted experiments to prove that carbon monoxide fumes can actually pass through walls. They conducted their experiment using drywall of varying thicknesses that were placed on a fixed glass container. They found that gas was easily able to pass through the porous barrier. When the drywall was painted, it began to slow down the gas just a little bit.

Several states around the country now may require homeowners to have carbon monoxide alarms installed inside homes, including in California. However, in many cases, the carbon monoxide alarms don’t function, or have no batteries. In fact, a study that was conducted last year found that only approximately 30% of homes in the United States have a functioning or working carbon monoxide alarm.

This discovery that carbon monoxide fumes can actually pass through drywall, even painted drywall, only illustrates the need to California personal injury lawyers to have a properly functioning and working carbon monoxide alarm in every home.

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Feds Warn of Risks from Laser Toys

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The federal administration has warned parents and caregivers about the health risks to children who play with laser toys.

The federal administration has warned parents and caregivers about the health risks to children who play with laser toys. The Food and Drug Administration is specifically warning about the risks associated with laser-involved toy guns, light sabers and spinning tops.

According to the Food and Drug Administration notice that was posted on its website, children who play with these toys may be at a high risk of dangerous and possibly serious injuries. The risks are especially high, when the toys are operated unsafely, or when they are operated without any controls.

The risk of danger arises from the highly concentrated light that is emitted from the lasers. Even toys can contain high concentration lights that can pose a serious injury risk to a child. What is even more concerning is that the risk of injuries may involve not only the child, but also other persons in the neighborhood.  The Food and Drug Administration is concerned because laser toys have become not just very popular, but also very cheap in the last few years, increasing the risks of injury hazards to child users.

There is a very specific risk of eye injuries involving these laser toys. According to the Food and Drug Administration, a beam of laser light that is shone directly into a person’s eye, could cause serious and long-term damage to the eye. In fact, the injury can be almost instant, and if the lasers are very powerful, the damage may be long lasting and permanent.

To educate fans and consumers about the dangers of using laser toys, the Food and Drug Administration has released new guidance resources that specifically teach consumers about the use of these popular tags.

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Risk of Eye Injuries to Children from Collapsible Laundry Hampers

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California personal injury lawyers often find that even some of the most innocuous everyday objects can conceal serious injury hazards.

California personal injury lawyers often find that even some of the most innocuous everyday objects can conceal serious injury hazards. You don’t expect your laundry hamper that you use almost every day be the cause of an eye injury.  However, researchers recently documented at least two incidents of children who suffered serious puncture wounds from a wire that broke free from the basket.

In these cases, the children were 23 months and 11 years old.  Each child suffered a serious eye puncture wound.  The hazard appears when the device collapses, and then pops back into shape.  There is a flexible wire that is embedded inside the collapsible laundry hamper, and winds around the outside of the hamper.  The wire is held in place by fabric, and when the fabric becomes frayed and weak, the wire no longer has the strong fabric holding it in place.  In such cases, the pointy wire then becomes a serious eye injury hazard, especially to children.

In the first case, the 11-year-old boy suffered a corneal laceration while he was using the collapsible laundry hamper.  He was placing clothes in the laundry hamper, when the wire mechanism suddenly snapped and the sharp end of the wire snapped up.  The 23-month-old baby suffered an eye injury when her eye was poked by a wire that was protruding from the hamper.

Researchers recently studied both of these cases, and published a report on these injuries in the journal Pediatrics.

Eye injuries like these are not very common, but they are extremely serious.  The child will have to be rushed to the hospital emergency room, and there is a serious risk that the child will lose vision in the eye during such injuries.  Fortunately, in both the cases that were documented, both of the children were rushed to the hospital in time, and recovered their vision.

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Exposure to Lead Increases Risk of Suspension from School

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Children are at a high risk of adverse health effects when they are exposed to high concentrations of lead that are contained in their toys, children’s products, accessories and other products.

Children are at a high risk of adverse health effects when they are exposed to high concentrations of lead that are contained in their toys, children’s products, accessories and other products. A recent study found that children who were exposed to lead also have a much higher chance of being suspended from school.

The interesting new study which was conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that children, who were exposed to lead, were more than twice as likely to be suspended from school in the fourth grade. The researchers believe that exposure to lead, may be responsible for many discipline problems that have not been fully understood.

Personal injury lawyers have confirmed that lead exposure definitely causes severe neurological effects in a child.  Lead exposure can affect the neurological development of the growing brain, and this may hamper the child’s learning development and cognitive abilities. There may be learning disabilities as a child grows older. Exposure to lead may also have a detrimental effect on a pregnant woman, and this may affect the fetus.

However, the role of lead in discipline and other factors has not been investigated as thoroughly. According to the researchers, they were aware that exposure to lead contributed to a decline in the children’s ability to control behavior and attention. However, they were surprised to find that children who were exposed to lead were also likely to be suspended.

The study was based on an analysis of approximately 4000 children in the Milwaukee School district. All of these children had been exposed to lead, and had disciplinary records in the fourth grade. The researchers found that children, who had been exposed to lead, were close to 3 times more likely to be suspended in the fourth grade, compared to children who had no history of lead exposure. Those rates stayed constant even after accounting for factors that could affect the results, like income of the child, gender and race.

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More Than 1.3 Million Children Suffer Sports Injuries Every Year

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According to new research that was released recently, as many as 1.35 million American children suffer sports related injuries every year. The data was true as of 2012.

According to new research that was released recently, as many as 1.35 million American children suffer sports injuries every year. The data was true as of 2012.

According to the data, most children between the age of six and 19 suffered injuries that included strains, fractures, sprains, scrapes, cuts and concussions. The data came from Safe Kids Worldwide, which also estimated the total cost of treating sports-related injuries at more than $ 935 million a year.

In 2012 according to the data, concussions accounted for 12% of all sports-injuries reported to emergency departments across the United States. In fact, there was one concussion reported to a hospital emergency department somewhere in the United States every 3 minutes. Children between the age of 12 and 15 accounted for a majority or 47% of all the emergency department visits that were related to concussions.

Concussions are very frequent injuries resulting from rough contact sports like football, basketball or baseball. These are minor brain injuries, and recently, brain injury lawyers have found a lot of focus on helping reduce the incidence of concussions among high school and college athletes. That’s because there is growing evidence to indicate that concussions are not minor injuries at all, but can actually be very detrimental to a person’s long-term mental and cognitive abilities, especially if the person suffers repeated concussions during football.

Overall, one out of every five children, who was rushed to the hospital emergency department for injury, suffered a sports-related injury. This clearly indicates that there are far too many preventable injuries that involve children, and also confirms the risk of long term injury to children.

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