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During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.  They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food – while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.  Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.  Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.  Some don’t die.  They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this. ..

Many stroke victims can be successfully treated, with some recovering completely, if the stroke is recognized, diagnosed   and  cared for within 3 hours   from the onset of symptoms, which is  not an easy accomplishment.

(The first 3 letters of STROKE)

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.  Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.  The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.  Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

Both sides of the mouth should look symmetrical.
T *Ask the person to TALK .  To SPEAK A SIMPLE   SENTENCE . (I.e.  .  .   “It is sunny out today.” )  The victim should be able to speak and the words should not sound slurred or be spoken in the wrong order.

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

If  everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people,  it is likely that at least one life will be saved.

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Child’s Death Prompts Replacement Program of Magnetic Building Sets

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March 31, 2006

Release #06-127

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 779-7122

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Child’s Death Prompts Replacement Program of Magnetic Building Sets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in

cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary

recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using

recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: All Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets

Units: About 3.8 million

Importer: Rose Art Industries Inc., of Livingston, N.J.

Hazard: Tiny magnets inside the plastic building pieces and rods can

fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated.

If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each

other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal.

This product is unsuitable for young children.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC is aware of 34 incidents involving small

magnets, including one death and four serious injuries. A 20-month-old

boy died after he swallowed magnets that twisted his small intestine

and created a blockage. Three children ages ranging from 3 to 8 had

intestinal perforations that required surgery and hospitalization in

intensive care. A 5-year-old child aspirated two magnets that were

surgically removed from his lung.

Description: All Magnetix magnetic building sets including the X-treme

Combo, Micro, and Extreme sets. The sets contain 20 to 200 plastic

building pieces and 20 to 100 1/2-inch diameter steel balls. The

building pieces are red, yellow, blue and green, and are shaped in 1

1/2-inch squares, 1-inch triangles and cylinder rods. Some plastic

building pieces have “Magnetix” imprinted on them.

Sold at: Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, Fred Meyer, Design Science Toys

Ltd., A.C. Moore, and other toy and arts and crafts stores nationwide.

The Magnetix magnetic building sets were sold from September 2003

through March 2006 for between $20 and $60, depending on the size of

the set. The replacement program does not include sets at retail.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the magnetic sets and return the

sets to Rose Art for a free replacement product suitable for young

children under the age of 6. Consumers should be sure to keep all

small magnet parts out of the hands of children who mouth objects,

especially children under the age of three.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rose Art at

(800) 779-7122 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit

Rose Art’s Web site at

To view this recall online, please visit our website at:

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Heavy Drinking Boosts Stroke Risk

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By Ed Edelson, HealthDay Reporter – HealthDay
MONDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) — Men who down seven or more drinks a day have a significantly increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, a study finds.

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Hand washing: A simple way to prevent infection

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Hand washing: A simple way to prevent infection

Hand washing is a simple habit — one that requires minimal training and no special equipment. Yet it’s one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. This simple habit requires only soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer — a cleanser that doesn’t require water. Do you know the benefits of good hand hygiene and when and how to wash your hands properly?

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Parental dilemma: What to do when your child is sick

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Mayo Clinic: Children are bound to come down with the occasional cold or other viral illness, especially when cold weather keeps the whole class cooped up inside all day, coughing and sneezing on each other. Young children’s immune systems haven’t learned to recognize and resist most common viruses. That’s why, until they’re 8 or so, kids seem to bring home every cold, flu or intestinal virus that’s making the rounds at school. Infants and preschoolers have an average of one to two colds a season, or eight a year.

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