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Your dog might be friendly, but that leashed dog approaching on the trail might not be. While that owner is following the rules, the approach of your unleashed dog may trigger the other animal, resulting in a negative experience and possible injury or death.

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Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires such reporting, says a watchdog report due out Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.

The scene looks like something from a middle-of-the-night drug raid. Guns drawn, police officers in tactical vests surround a beige ranch house in an anonymous subdivision. With a single decisive kick, one busts down the door. "Come out with your hands up!" an officer yells, as a flashlight's blinding beams begin sweeping the room.

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That considered, two common summer injuries will likely need to be treated in an emergency room, doctors said: badly broken bones, or bones that look out of place, and long or deep wounds. (For very young kids, doctors advise parents call their pediatrician first, if possible. Even after hours, many offices do respond with guidance.)

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While federal health officials several weeks ago hinted this year’s outbreak might be reaching its peak, infection rates still were rising as of late last week. The flu remained widespread in 48 states, including Nebraska and Iowa. Only one state — Oregon — reported an easing of flu from the week before.

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I hate emergency rooms. Ever since I was 8-years-old and a trip to the emergency room ended up a nearly week long stay in the hospital, I've been wary of going in for anything.

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I was beginning to bleed again.  Eight weeks on the dot.  There was the bloody spot to confirm it.  A definitive, red period.   Full stop.  My heart sank, and my lungs sighed.  Dropping the pink-tinged tissue into the water, I flushed the toilet.  Deflated, I looked into the mirror. What sad, old, dull eyes.  They saw her:  the woman whose babies keep dying.

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