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Sporting Events Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!

Sporting Events.jpgMillions of people attend sporting events as spectators every year, whether professional, college, high school, little league or even pick-up games at a local park. Florida courts have long recognized that certain risks are inherent in sporting events, including injuries to spectators, and have often imposed limited duties on the owners of the facilities and organizers of the sporting events. These limited duties come from the relevant law in the area of "spectators hit by flying stuff" which owes a debt to baseball, where the "baseball rule" generally prohibits fans struck by batted balls or thrown bats from recovering damages against stadium owners and operators. Although there are variations on this rule, it's been followed by many courts for years, and has been extended to some of the other flying objects. And some states have even passed laws to make sure judges don't change their minds. There's another problem for those injured. Sports tickets contain-often in absurdly tiny print-disclaimers against liability. They also state that, by entering the stadium, fans assume the risk of being hit by such objects.

Health Alert: Repeated Concussions Are Worse Than One Major Concussion

Concussion.jpgNow that everyone in our area is back in school, many are contemplating playing a sport. More than half of all students participate in sports. You hear a lot about concussions being a concern in football but coaches say all athletes need to know their risk. As far as having an injury to the head such as a concussion, there is an increased knowledge of the effects of a brain injury. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the body, with a force transmitted to the head, causing an injury to the brain. Because kids are not fully physically developed, having thinner skulls and weaker neck muscles, they are more susceptible to concussions. Concussions have been estimated to account for 9 percent of all high school athletic injuries. However, it is estimated that 50 percent to 75 percent of concussions among high school athletes go unreported. What is most alarming in youth sports is that those 13 and younger are more likely to receive a concussion, and most of those are not reported.

Heath Alert: Flesh Eating Bacteria Is Back

It is that time. As the weather heats up, it is common to find a rare form of flesh-eating bacteria (Vibrio Vulnificus) in Florida waters. As of now in 2015, eight people in the state have contracted Vibrio Vulnificus. Two of those people have died from the bacteria. Currently, there is no reported cases of the bacteria in Escambia and Okaloosa counties and just one in Santa Rosa. It's rare to contract the bacteria, and it can be cured with antibiotics if caught in time, but in some cases it can lead to death. WEAR Channel 3 interviewed Doctor John Lanza with the Escambia County Health Department regarding the bacteria. According to him, Vibrio Vulnificus has been around for years and he sees cases of the bacteria spike in the warmer months. Due to the warm waters of the Gulf and the Atlantic, the bacteria is always here. How do you get it? People can contract the bacteria from consuming raw oysters, swimming with an open wound in warm, brackish, or salt water, or getting a scratch from something in the water that has the bacteria growing on it. How would you know that you have the bacteria? Dr. John Lanza says that a person would have symptoms of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea from the ingestion of water containing Vibrio. With a wound infected with the bacteria, you would see redness, oozing , pain, fever, and with a scratch you would see that also. If exposed, the bacteria could find its way into your blood stream. If the infection is caught in time antibiotics can treat it. But, if you have a compromised immune system, it can be deadly. So, what should we take from this article? Don't consume raw oysters, and if you have an open wound - stay out of the water.

Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Health Hazards To Children

Lawmakers are saying those soft pods pose a serious health threat to kids, and the companies who make them need to add more warnings.They point out how appealing they are to young kids - these pods are soft and colorful. If you put them in a candy bowl, could your young child know the difference?

Risking Children's Health By Smoking In The Car May Cost You

The threat to children's health presented by second hand smoke has become a wide spread topic of discussion. WEAR out of Pensacola reports that there is a potential law that is slowly moving through the Florida legislature where people who smoke in their cars with kids under 13 could be stopped by police. This past Tuesday it passed a state senate health committee. The new bill would have people fined for the non-moving violation range from 116 to 129 dollars. State Senator Arthenia Joyner supports the bill. She thinks it will help children. It wouldn't be the first time a law like this was passed in the United States. Seven other states and Puerto Rico enforce a ban on smoking with a child in the car. The only difference comes down to the age that is enforced.

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