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Public education effort reduces the number of deaths from SIDS

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Infant sleep positions: Cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome decreased markedly in Australia, England, Holland, New Zealand and Norway after the introduction of public education programs urging parents to put infants to sleep on their backs, rather than tummy down. No increase in choking or other problems was found. U.S. experts also strongly encourage parents to put infants to sleep on their backs or sides and not on their stomachs.Source: Pediatrix 93:814, May 1994

Pill bottles: People of all ages often fail to take medications as directed. A study of 120 elderly people found that 74 percent had unexpected problems. Many found it difficult to open childproof containers, read package labels and identify pill colors. Poor eyesight was often to blame. People who had several drugs to take were least likely to do it correctly.

Source: Age & Aging 23:113, March 1994

Hunter clothing colors: "Hunter orange" is the bright fluorescent color worn by hunters to increase their visibility and to reduce the potential of being mistaken for game and shot by other hunters. In a New York State hunting injury survey involving 331 firearm injuries, 35 percent were mistaken for game. In 94 percent of these incidents, the injured hunters were not wearing hunter orange.

Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 45:884, Oct. 1996

Eyeglasses: About half of all adults in the United States wear eyeglasses, but most of the lenses on those glasses can shatter on impact, causing serious eye injuries. Only polycarbonate lenses have high impact strength and do not shatter.

Source: Journal of the American Medical Association 277:142, Jan. 1997.

Mountain illness: About one in every four people traveling to moderate altitudes (6,000-9,500 feet) experiences headaches, giddiness, nausea and other symptoms caused by lack of oxygen. It's not merely height that causes problems - it's also the speed of ascent and the change in altitude from the person's home area. To prevent mountain illness, it's best to stop at a medium altitude for a few days before going higher. If that is not possible, ask your doctor about the prescription drug Diamox. Also take it easy for a few days, eat small meals, avoid alcohol and drink lots of water.

Source: Patient Care 30:49, Nov. 1996.