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Tennessee Poison Center names its “top five” poisons of the year and offers safety tips

Dec. 23, 2015—The leading cause of injury death in Tennessee is not motor vehicle crashes, gunshot wounds or drowning—it is poisoning. And the main source of that poisoning is not the furniture polish or drain cleaner stored under the kitchen sink (dangerous as those are)—the main source of poisoning is analgesic drugs, according to Donna Seger, M.D.,...

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offers safety tips for holiday decorating

Dec. 16, 2015—Holiday lights and decorations are a special part of the season but also bring an increased potential for injury, especially to young children. During November and December 2014, holiday decorations or decorating safety mishaps accounted for 12 fatalities and an estimated 14,500 injuries nationwide, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The dangers that...

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Tennessee Poison Center physician urges caution with powdered alcohol

Apr. 6, 2015—Powdered alcohol, marketed under the name Palcohol, was recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for sale in the United States. It is a powder that is packaged in a 4-by-6-inch pouch, to which water can be added to produce an instant alcoholic beverage. A bill currently making its way through...

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Tennessee Poison Center physician offers tips to prevent holiday poisonings

Dec. 22, 2014—Families with young children, and those who might have an occasional young visitor, should take special care during the holiday season to make sure that decorations and other signs of the season don’t pose a risk to children. One of the most important poison prevention tips is to make sure that alcoholic drinks and products...

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