This Fourth of July do yourself and your family a favor, stay safe and leave the fireworks to the experts, advises the Minnesota Medical Association.
“Statistics show, year after year, that they are just so dangerous,” said MMA President Dan Maddox, M.D. “Too many young people suffer eye and hand injuries from fireworks each summer. We feel the best way to celebrate Independence Day is to leave the fireworks to professionals.”
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July. The most common injuries are to hands and fingers. The CPSC reports that fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2011.
There was an estimated 8,600 fireworks-related injuries during 2010.
“The MMA would prefer that fireworks not even be available, but as long as they are around we encourage everyone to use extreme caution with them,” Maddox said.
About the Minnesota Medical Association
The Minnesota Medical Association is a non-profit professional association representing physicians, residents and medical students. With more than 10,000 members, the MMA is dedicated to being the indispensable and unified voice of physicians for advancing the practice of medicine, the profession and patient health. Find the MMA online at www.mnmed.org.
Judy Berry and Lakeview Ranch/Dementia Care Foundation have invited Teepa Snow, national trainer and dementia education specialist to provide two presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Dassel History Center. Suggested donation of $20.
For more information, contact Wendy at Lakeview Ranch (320) 275-5517. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see one of the leaders in dementia education, Teepa’s presentations are valuable for professionals, caregivers and those with dementia.
The St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic is offering a Family and Friends Support Group for Eating Disorders from 4:30-6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at CentraCare Health Plaza in the Leonard, Street & Deinard room. There will be no support group in July. Groups are led by a licensed psychologist or registered dietitian and provide support through education and sharing to friends and family of individuals with eating disorders. Participants will learn tips for making mealtimes less stressful, how to respond to food and body image struggles and what to say or not to say.
Each month different topics will be explored. This month’s session will highlight the Minnesota Semistarvation Experiment, which found that individuals with eating disorders have thoughts and behaviors similar to those of men who experienced semi-starvation.
There is no cost to attend. For more information, please call Bette Bakke, PhD, LP, at (320) 229-4918.
Allina Health announced today that the cancer program at Buffalo Hospital has received Virginia Piper Cancer Institute designation and has a new name: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Buffalo.
“This designation validates the excellent cancer care we provide at Buffalo Hospital. Our team treats patients with the same quality and standards as other Virginia Piper Cancer Institute locations, with the benefit of being right here in our own community. We couldn’t be more proud,” said Corinne Jordan, MD, Specialists in General Surgery, surgeon at Buffalo Hospital and medical advisor at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.
Live a happy, healthy, gluten-free life by learning from gastroenterologist Paul Dorsher, MD, CentraCare Digestive Center, about the possible signs of celiac disease such as gas, bloating and abdominal pain from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the Hughes, Mathews Room at CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid the long-term effects of celiac disease. Free. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center and CentraCare Digestive Center. For more information or to register, call (320) 229-5139.