Stories about: sledding

Our patients’ stories: Sledding safety counts

By Leah Buckley


It was a few years ago, but I still remember that cold, grey February morning vividly. As I tugged on my boots and winter coat—and fought with my zipper through my thick gloves—I called out to my mother to let her know that I was heading out with friends to go sledding.

“Be careful,” she said from the other room, “I love you.”

Those were the last words my mother said to me on what would turn out to be one of the scariest days of my life.

As we pulled up to the Newton Commonwealth Golf Course and stepped outside, all we could see was our breath in the cold morning air and the glint of the sun reflecting off the icy hills sprawled in front of us. We were excited to hit the slopes, but the ground was so iced over it took us a good 15 minutes just to reach the top of the first hill. The ride down was much, much faster.

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Health headlines: Take care when sledding and treating acne

Ho-Ho-Hold on! Though often associated with fun times, hot chocolate and one jolly toy provider, sleds are actually quite dangerous. Sledding causes about 20,000 injuries each winter, especially among boys 10-14 who account for over half of all accidents.

Acne meds tied to inflammatory bowel disease A British study indicates that teens who took a commonly used skin medication appear to be at a higher risk for contracting inflammatory bowel disease. According to the study, out of a control group of just over 200 participants taking a tetracycline-based dermatological pill, 152 were diagnosed with IBD.

Can fishy baby food make life long fish fans? University researchers have created a new brand of baby food made from wild salmon. Creators hope that by introducing young, still developing taste buds to the healthy fish, babies who grow up eating it will develop a life long taste for the omega-3 rich fish.

Study: Abusive couples are more likely to spank children
A recent study showed that of those interviewed, 70% reported some type of abuse among the parents such as slaps, kicks or keeping a partner from seeing his or her family. Almost two thirds of the children in these families were found to be spanked by the parents. The study was done to show a correlation between corporal punishment and adult aggressive behavior.

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