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2009-02-26 22:41:44

Interventions in the workplace may be effective for reducing sun exposure and improving sun protective behaviors of outdoor workers, U.S. researchers suggest. Dawn M. Hall and colleagues at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta studied data collected from the Pool Cool skin cancer prevention program to analyze the associations among the pool environment, social norms and outdoor lifeguards' and aquatic instructors' sun protection habits and sunburns in 2001 and...

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2009-02-17 08:24:32

The social environment at swimming pools appears to be related to sun safety behaviors of outdoor pool staff, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Skin cancer accounts for almost half of all cancers diagnosed in the United States, and there is both direct and indirect evidence that sun exposure can cause skin cancer," according to background information in the article. Outdoor lifeguards and aquatic instructors are...

2009-02-05 12:34:51

Indoor water parks require special attention to reduce and prevent work-related risk of eye and respiratory irritation, U.S. health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health investigated reports of eye and respiratory irritation among lifeguards at an indoor hotel water park. Investigators used a multipronged approach which included environmental sampling,...

2008-12-12 08:12:00

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Most of the 300,000 public pools and spas in the U.S. are required to close on December 19, 2008 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) if they do not comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (the Act). The Act was named honoring Miss Baker, granddaughter of James Baker III, former U.S. Secretary of State, who died in 2002 when entrapped on a drain in a private in-ground spa. "Even though we...

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By JIM WASHINGTON By Jim Washington The Virginian-Pilot They were swimming with their kids or with friends, on vacation or out for a day at the beach. From a 5-year-old Portsmouth girl playing in the Ocean View surf to a 71-year-old Richmond man who went out for a dip at the Oceanfront and was found dead days later, 33 people have drowned accidentally off Norfolk and Virginia Beach in the past 10 years. That's according to reports compiled by The Virginian-Pilot, based on data from...

2008-09-16 21:00:16

PHOTOS: Sunk boat is raised, towed Divers with the Ventura company Channel Watch Marine, also known as Vessel Assist, helped tow the 43-foot Golden Seagull to King Harbor Marine Center on Monday after raising the boat from 50 feet of water off Redondo Beach. Seven people had to be transferred to other vessels Sunday when the boat started taking on water at about 12:35p.m. near Point Vicente, said Stephanie Young, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard. No injuries were reported....

2008-09-10 03:00:11

By Kelly Puente LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Fire Department has sent a swift water rescue team of seven firefighters and seven lifeguards to Baton Rouge, one of the Louisiana cities hardest hit by Hurricane Gustav. The team, which is specially equipped and trained for swift water rescues and searches, was deployed to the Louisiana capital on Sept. 1, by the California Office of Emergency Services. The team could be deployed next to Lafayette, in anticipation of more bad weather,...

2008-09-04 18:00:05

PHOENIX, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- From the moment we are born, we begin to age. What if you had the resources to slow the aging process? What if you had the ability to potentially stave off major diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and diabetes? LifeGuard, affiliated with the Arizona Heart Institute, offers a unique Personalized Healthcare Program that provides these resources to individuals looking to enhance their wellness and longevity. By searching for the cause of...

2008-08-26 03:00:00

South Western Ambulance Service is urging people not to get out of their depth after being called to help swimmers. The trust is urging people to make sure there is adequate supervision of children at all times, and to check currents, potential dangers and the depth of water. The trust's chief executive Ken Wenman said: "Already this season, our crews have been called to incidents involving casualties whose injuries, sometimes, have been sustained through carelessness in and around water."...

2008-08-23 00:00:19

By paul greaves Lifeguards came to the rescue of a father and son after an afternoon swim in the sea almost ended in tragedy. The RNLI team on Bantham beach in South Devon are being credited with saving the lives of the eight-year-old boy and his father, who were caught by a strong rip current a short distance from shore. The incident happened on Wednesday after the boy swam out beyond the flagged area which warns of dangerous seas. Now the RNLI has issued a new warning to people...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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