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September 2014 Archives

Make Sure Soccer Goals Are Safe

When you think of keeping your children safe in soccer, perhaps thoughts of proper shin guards or ways to best avoid concussions come to mind. It's vitally important, however, not to overlook a major potential danger to life and limb on the playing field: the goalpost. From 1979 to 2014, there have been nearly 100 deaths and major injuries from goalposts toppling over. Just this past July, 15-year-old soccer player Jamie Palm of Bradford, Canada, lost her life to an improperly installed goalpost. All too often safety standards are not followed in the use of this equipment: a goalpost can weigh up to 500 lbs. and easily crush an adult or child.

Protect Your Children from Online Predators

With our children growing up today as "digital natives" accustomed to using information technologies on various platforms, it's an unfortunate reality that there are also predators lurking who seek to cause them harm. With access to the internet, your child is just a few keystrokes away from running into danger - so how exactly can we keep our kids safe online?

Autism and Vaccines: Is There a Tie-In?

Of all the developmental disorders that affect children, autism is perhaps the most vexing: it continues to increase in its rate of diagnosis while its exact cause is still unknown. Although researchers highlight possible genetic contributors, there has long been a suspicion that vaccines can help trigger the disorder in children. With vaccination more widespread than ever, could there be validity to this claim? After all, autism now affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 48 boys, who are five times more likely than girls to have the condition. These are alarming figures, especially considering that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in America.

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