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The Difference Between Strains, Sprains, and Breaks 

If you've sprained your ankle, you know what pain is. But maybe that "sprain" was a "strain" or possibly even a "break." The amount of pain in each case can be virtually equal.

What Do You Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel isn’t a feature along your local interstate. It’s a pathway inside your wrist that carries the median nerve from your arm to your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects your hand. Test your knowledge of carpal tunnel syndrome by taking this quiz.

1. What is one of the main symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome?
2. Which of these is another common symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?
3. Women are more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
4. You are more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome if you work on an assembly line than in data-entry.
5. Carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgeries done in the U.S.
6. Surgery is the only way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
7. How can you help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome while at work?
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Choking and the Heimlich Maneuver 

Detailed information on choking, choking prevention, and the Heimlick maneuver

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Emergency Symptoms Not to Miss 

Life-threatening emergencies for which you would rightfully call 911.

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Prosthetic Hands Are More Real than Ever 

New prosthetic hands look and move much like the real thing — soon they’ll be able to feel, too.

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First Aid for Poisonings 

Sometimes accidental poisonings can be treated in the home under the direction of a poison control center or your child's doctor. At other times, emergency medical care is necessary.

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‘Smartphone Thumb’ Injuries Are on the Rise 

Too many people spend too much time using their phones without a break.

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Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses For Pain 

It can sometimes be confusing whether to use heat or cold when treating sore muscles or an injury. Here are facts to keep in mind.

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Preventing Broken Bones 

Bones are tough and resilient, but if you push them hard enough — if you fall on a hard surface, for instance — they can crack or break.

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Taking Care of Head Injuries 

The most common causes of head injuries are auto and motorcycle accidents, falls and violent assaults.

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Preventing Burn Injuries 

Safety tips to keep you and your family safe from burns.

Take the First Aid/Emergency Quiz

Test your knowledge of first aid by taking this quiz.

1. If you need to call 911 in an emergency, what should you tell the dispatcher?
2. Which medical professional(s) are you likely to find in a hospital emergency department?
3. One way to prepare for an emergency is to keep a list of important phone numbers near your phone. Which of these numbers should be included on the list?
4. In which situation(s) should you call an ambulance instead of driving to the hospital emergency department?
5. As a nonmedical person, how often should you take a refresher course on CPR?
6. Which of these should your home first aid kit include?
7. If blood is spurting from a wound, what should you do?
8. The victim has pale or bluish skin color, cold skin, and dull or sunken eyes. These are symptoms of which medical emergency?
9. What should you put on a minor (first-degree) burn?