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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - January 2013

Monthly Focus

Traumatic Brain Injury:

Take That Bump on the Head Seriously

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common head injuries most often related to falls or vehicle accidents. They can range from severe to mild, but even the mild ones can have serious effects. The good news is that many fall-related TBIs can be prevented by wearing a simple piece of safety equipment: a helmet.

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans have a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Falls account for over a third of all TBIs. They cause half of TBIs among children 14 and under and 60 percent of TBIs for adults age 65 and older.

— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

Health & Wellness

Avoid Mistaken Identity: Keep Poisons Out of Reach and Out of Sight

Many chemical products and medicines found in our homes look a lot like some foods and drinks. Adults and children alike are at risk for poisoning from household items. Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23, is a good opportunity to take the time to look around your house for potential problems. How can you keep your home safe?

Quick Bites: The Man Who Brought Beans to Dinner

Award-winning cookbook author Mark Bittman spills the beans on nutritious, versatile legumes. Have them as a side or main dish for a tasty, healthy change to your mealtime routine. Bittman shares tips for easy prep and one of his favorite recipes.

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