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NFL Star Breaks Elbow Catching ... an iPhone

It was brand new, guys

(Newser) - Darren McFadden might lose his spot as the Dallas Cowboys' starting running back thanks to a slippery iPhone. McFadden—fourth in the league for rushing last season—nearly dropped his brand new iPhone at his home over Memorial Day weekend. In an effort to catch it, he cracked his right... More »

Ex-Student Seeks $75K for 'Musical Chairs Injury'

Robin Earnest says game left her with broken fingers

(Newser) - Musical chairs, anyone? An Arkansas woman accepted just such an offer at her old college and broke two fingers during the classroom game. Now she's seeking $75,000 from the state in damages, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Robin Earnest, 46, sustained the injury in 2011 at College of the... More »

Al Sharpton's Daughter Sues NYC for $5M

Dominique Sharpton says she suffered severe injuries in fall

(Newser) - Al Sharpton's daughter is suing New York City for $5 million after apparently taking a spill and suffering severe injuries—a story the New York Post is reporting with some glee. "Shakedown artist Al Sharpton's eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers," the paper says,... More »

7 Celebs Who've Hurt Themselves While Filming

Or at least while on location

(Newser) - Johnny Depp hurt his hand while on location for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean flick, the Huffington Post reports, though the Wrap notes he wasn't filming or even on set at the time. He needs surgery, but production will be only "minimally impacted," a source says.... More »

Winston Churchill's Blood Being Auctioned

A nurse kept it after British leader was hospitalized

(Newser) - Winston Churchill fractured a hip at age 87 and stayed in a London hospital, leaving behind a vial of his own blood. Now it's resurfaced for auction and could fetch hundreds of dollars, the Guardian reports. "It is impossible to put an accurate estimate on this unique piece... More »

The Elderly Are Falling More Often

Study sees 8% increase, but reasons remain murky

(Newser) - Elderly Americans are apparently falling more often, but researchers don't know why. A new study says adults aged 65 and up self-reported a noticeable increase in falls between 1998 and 2010, reports Eureka Alert . Queried every two years, the percentage of seniors who said they'd fallen at least... More »

2 Toddlers Hospitalized After Bouncy House Goes Flying

2-year-old in critical condition

(Newser) - Two children, ages two and three, have been hospitalized after a bouncy house got picked up by the wind and carried them 60 feet through the air, WCVB reports. The younger of the boys is critically hurt; the other appears to be recovering. The kids entered the inflatable structure before... More »

To Help Seniors Stop Falling, Scientists Trip Them

Researchers say people can learn how to react better

(Newser) - When 81-year-old Mary Kaye trips and falls—usually on Chicago's sidewalks—she lands on her face. "It's usually quite disastrous—for my face," she tells the AP . Falls are dangerous for seniors, so physical therapist Clive Pai is testing what sounds like a cruel way to... More »

What Really Happens When You Faceplant

Serious facial fractures that aren't really that funny

(Newser) - Kids have a word for it when you land face-first: "fail." As an Internet meme, it's called faceplanting. But what really happens when people use their face for brakes? At BoingBoing , Maggie Koerth-Baker looks at the physical results—which aren't pretty—and takes a glimpse at... More »

Lightning Strikes Harm 13

Many in serious, critical condition in hospital

(Newser) - Nine people were injured—two critically, four seriously—by a lightning strike as they worked at a Colorado farm yesterday. Authorities say the workers weren't responding appropriately to questions, had weak muscles, and tingling or loss of feeling after the strike. And they weren't the week's only... More »

Fireworks Explode Into Crowd, Injuring 28

20 hospitalized after Independence Day event near LA

(Newser) - A crowd gathered for Fourth of July fireworks saw celebration turn to disaster as an explosion hurt 28 people. Twenty of those were hospitalized, four with "moderate to severe injuries," NBC Los Angeles reports. Their wounds, however, aren't life-threatening, the AP notes. The incident occurred in Simi... More »

10 Actors Injured While Filming

It's not all fun and games, apparently

(Newser) - Being an actor brings with it fame, fortune, and sometimes serious injuries. Huffington Post rounds up 10 of the latter:
  • Robert Downey Jr. accidentally broke Halle Berry's arm while filming Gothika. In a scene where he had to restrain her, RDJ just "twisted my arm the wrong way,
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Alec Baldwin's Wife Hit With 'Yoga Injury' Suit

Student: I was hurt in Hilaria Thomas' class

(Newser) - A Yale student is suing Alec Baldwin's wife over a (possibly horrific) injury he claims to have sustained in one of her yoga classes. Gawker initially pokes fun at Spencer Wolff for his lawsuit against Hilaria Thomas, which alleges he was hurt while performing "a dangerous activity at... More »

Putin Hurt in Judo Fight: Belarus President

Russian prez twisted spine after 'throwing guy'

(Newser) - Maybe it wasn't the bird flight after all. The latest intel on Vladimir Putin's health is that he was injured in a judo match. Of course, it's not that he lost; rather, "he lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine," says Belarus president... More »

Child-Abuse Injuries Up 5%

Data looks very different from child protection services study

(Newser) - Hospitalizations from child-abuse injuries climbed 4.9% between 1997 and 2009, a national study finds, with deaths before discharge also increasing. The data runs "in sharp contrast to data from child protective services," say the study's authors. Those groups found that substantiated child abuse dropped 55% between... More »

Suicide Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes

It's the top cause of injury-related deaths

(Newser) - Suicide in America has increased so dramatically that it now claims more lives than car crashes, and is the top cause of injury-related deaths, according to a new study. Car crash deaths decreased 25% while suicides climbed 15% during a nine-year period examined by researchers. "Suicides are terribly under... More »

Downey Injury Means Delay for Iron Man 3

Star wounds ankle in stunt

(Newser) - Avengers fans will have to wait a little longer for Iron Man's next adventure: Robert Downey Jr. has been injured on set, the Huffington Post reports. The star hurt his ankle mid-stunt while filming in North Carolina, Disney says, adding that "there will be a short delay in... More »

Easy Way to Reduce Tornado Injuries: Helmets

Grab a bike helmet if one is coming, say Alabama researchers

(Newser) - A cheap, practical, and easy way exists to reduce injuries during a tornado, say researchers at the University of Alabama: Wear a helmet. Strapping on a motorcycle, bicycle, or football helmet in a pinch could provide crucial protection, especially considering that head injuries are such a common cause of tornado... More »

Yoga Can Hurt You, Too

Injuries are on the rise as more novices embrace it: NYT Magazine

(Newser) - Yoga is acclaimed as a healing, relaxing, and generally safe pursuit, but the exploding number of practitioners in the US should know that injuries are fairly common and that the problem is growing, reports the New York Times Magazine . Sprains, dislocations, broken backbones, and even strokes are suffered by yoga... More »

Former Players Sue NFL Over Brain Injuries

Three ex-athletes want league to monitor all ex-players

(Newser) - Three retired football players are suing the NFL because they say they got banged up so much in their playing days it left them with brain injuries. They want the league to set up a program to monitor the problem among all former players, reports Bloomberg . The three former athletes—... More »

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