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Contrary to popular belief, the poinsettia appears to be nontoxic.

Proceed To Article Christmas Hazards: Potential Pitfalls Of The Merry Holiday
Hazards lurk in the most benign places. From cuts caused by broken ornaments to choking on tree trimmings or ribbons, most are surprised by the list of the known hazards of Christmas. More...

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American mistletoe is generally considered to be extremely toxic. Although there are no data to support this contention, both the lay public and medical professionals often respond very aggressively after ingestion of any portion of this plant. To determine if American mistletoe is deserving of this reputation, the outcomes of 1,754 exposures to this plant were examined. All mistletoe data extracted from the American Association of Poison Control Centers national data collection system for the period of 1985 to 1992 were analyzed according to patient age, gastrointestinal decontamination therapy, patient outcome, and geographic region of the exposure. More...

Proceed To Article Poinsettia Exposure? Not A Problem.
The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a much-maligned plant which is thought by the public and some health professionals to be extremely toxic. Despite pronouncements by public health officials to the contrary, the poinsettia continues to be recognized as a poisonous plant. To determine if there was any validity to the toxicity claims, 849,575 plant exposures reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers were electronically analyzed. Poinsettia exposures accounted for 22,793 cases and formed the subset that was analyzed to critically evaluate the morbidity and mortality associated with poinsettia exposures. There were no fatalities among all poinsettia exposures. More...

Proceed To Article Gift Ideas: Fun and Enriching Books, Videos, And CDs For Computers
The resources in this article represent a treasure trove that will educate and entertain children. Part of the joy of the holidays is sharing information with families. Most of the time medical information if provided, but its important to support parents and professionals in their role as teachers of children. Giving books to children and parents encourages them to read together. Other media, such as videos and CDs, have become popular in the past decade. More...

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Winter Sports Injury Prevention: Safety on the Slopes
Millions of persons ski, snowboard, and sled each year in the United States. These cold weather activities, which can be exhilarating, also result in many injuries each year. By developing skills with a qualified instructor and supervising young children while they participate in these activities, you can help reduce the risk of injury. More...

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