Safety

How to have a safe Halloween

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As Halloween approaches, safety concerns should be on all parents’ minds. These tips and suggestions will help your kids and your trick-or-treating visitors have a safe and fun Halloween.

Safe driving protects your brain

Of course, observing safe driving habits is a common-sense practice that can help you avoid injury, but these driving guidelines can help protect your brain as well.

Heat related illness: How to keep your cool

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

Prolonged periods of hot and humid weather increase the chance of a heat related illness, and you are at higher risk if you are older or spend time exerting yourself outdoors. Take precautions and be sure to hydrate wisely.

4th of July: Holiday or hazard?

As you’re getting ready to celebrate on the 4th of July, be aware that many of the day’s activities (not just fireworks) carry with them a certain amount of risk and require caution.

Swimming lessons: 10 things parents should know

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

All children should know how to swim. Before arranging for swimming lessons for kids, parents should know when a child is ready to learn, how to encourage learning this skill, and what to expect from facilities or programs that give lessons.

Why teenagers eat Tide pods

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s difficult to understand why teenagers would willingly engage in risky behavior like the Tide Pod Challenge. It’s due to the combination of young brains that are still growing and forming, the need to learn to take risks, and the attention and pressure from social media.

Keeping carbon monoxide out of your home

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

In the United States, around 400 people die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide exposure. It is so dangerous because it’s odorless and invisible, and is more likely to accumulate at high levels during the winter when homes are closed up.

Frozen (the cold will bother you…)

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

When it’s really cold and windy, frostbite can set in more quickly than you might think. But it’s also easy to take the right precautions to protect yourself and your family during outdoor activities this winter.

Keeping children safe this holiday season

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The best holiday is one that’s free of any unexpected injuries or illnesses. Taking some simple precautions can help you and your family have a safe and fun holiday season.

Researchers may have discovered a cause of multiple sclerosis

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Looking for possible causes of multiple sclerosis, researchers found that people who had a concussion prior to age 20 had a greater risk of developing MS, suggesting head injuries are a risk factor.