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  • A Guide to Bed Safety Bed Rails in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Homes (from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

  • How To Report a Serious Bad Reaction from a Drug or Medical Device to the FDA - Medwatch is the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) program for reporting serious adverse reactions or experiences with human medical products, such as medical devices and drugs. The FDA defines a serious reaction as “any undesirable experience associated with the use of a medical product in a patient.” The Medwatch Web site explains how to submit a report and links to examples of adverse reactions.

  • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program - The federal government established a fund in 1988 to compensate injury or death claims as a result of receiving certain vaccines. The program limits the dollar amount of compensation for death claims but not for vaccine-related injuries. The average compensation for a vaccine-related injury is approximately $1 million. This government Web site describes the program, which is administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the US Department of Health and Human Services. The site also contains links to other relevant information about vaccines.

  • Vaccine Safety: Mercury and Vaccines (Thimerosal) - This CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Web site discusses the suggested links between mercury-containing vaccines and autism spectrum disorders. It includes links to relevant reports and studies, including Infant and Environmental Exposures to Thimerosal and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years.

  • 2008-09 NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook - This National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) publication contains guidelines and recommendations for institutions to protect the health and safety of student athletes. The Handbook’s chapter, “Nutrition and Athletic Performance,” discusses nutritional health and the danger of eating disorders that are linked to college athletics. The chapter also recommends healthy weight-loss protocols for college athletes.

This information last reviewed 10/26/11


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