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FALL 2016

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8 { fall 2016 } h o u s e c a l l s WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR Many knee injuries can be managed and healed at home with ample rest, ice, compression, elevation, and use of over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, schedule a visit to your doctor if the pain was caused by a particularly forceful impact, if long-term minor knee pain worsens and begins to interfere with routine activities or sleep, or if the pain is accompanied by: • Significant swelling • Redness • Tenderness and warmth around the joint • Extreme pain • Fever for: KNEE PAIN the buzz M O R E D R I V I N G S T A T S : Driving From carpooling the kids to running errands, commuting, and on, Americans clock dozens of miles on the odometer every day (an average of 29.2, in fact, per 2015 research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute). But with unintentional injuries from accidents—car crashes included—being the fourth leading cause of death in America, it's imperative to stay active and alert behind the wheel. 6 out of 10 crashes among teens are a result of distracted driving. The most common causes? Interacting with passengers (accounts for 15% of cases) , use of a cell phone (12%) , looking at something in the vehicle (10%) , looking at something outside the vehicle (9%) , singing or dancing (8%) , grooming (6%) , and reaching for an object. (6%) . When it comes to ROAD RAGE, about 45% of drivers honk their horn; 33% make rude gestures; 24% block another car from changing lanes; 12% cut off another car; and 4% have gotten out of their vehicle to confront another driver. the minimum amount of time a person's eyes are off the road when texting and driving. If traveling 55 miles per hour, you would cover the length of a football field. The amount that automobile accidents cost the U.S. per year— averaging roughly $720 per person. $230.6 billion Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into a car crash. 5 s e c o n d s Drowsy driving causes 1 in 5 fatal crashes and killed roughly 5,000 people in 2015 alone. Every two minutes , a person dies in a drunk driving accident. Car crashes are the #1 cause of death among American children ages 3 to 14 . From birth to age 2, children should sit in a rear-facing car seat; from age 2 to at least age 5, a forward-facing car seat; from age 5 until the seat belt fits properly, a booster seat; and from there on out a seat belt should always be worn. Children ages 12 and under should sit in the back seat. — A A A — T E X T I N G A N D D R I V I N G S A F E T Y . C O M — G O V E R N O R S H I G H W A Y S A F E T Y A S S O C I A T I O N — T E X T I N G A N D D R I V I N G S A F E T Y . C O M — N A T I O N A L H I G H W A Y T R A F F I C A D M I N I S T R A T I O N — A A A – C D C – A S S O C I A T I O N F O R S A F E I N T E R N A T I O N A L R O A D T R A V E L

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