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  • Predicting Breast Cancer Risk In African American Women Improved

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Nov-2007

    As reported in Medical News Today, scientists have developed a new, more accurate risk assessment model for breast cancer in African American women. The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, or Gail model, has been used for many years to determine breast cancer risk in all racial groups, however, much of the model is based on breast cancer data only from white women. The new study, called the ...
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  • 2007 Holiday SoberRide Program Kickoff Scheduled

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Nov-2007

    The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) — a private-public coalition formed to fight drunk and drugged driving in the metro area — has announced the kickoff of its 2007 Holiday SoberRide Program. Beginning on December 7th, and ending on January 1st, inebriated drivers in the metro area will be able to request a free cab ride (up to $50 in value) between the hours of 10:00 p.m. ...
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  • Ground Beef Product Recall: E. Coli Bacteria

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Nov-2007

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspections Services, American Foods Group has voluntarily recalled almost 96,000 pounds of ground beef products. The products involved include coarse and fine-ground beef chuck, sirloin and chop beef. They were produced on October 10, 2007, and distributed throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and ...
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  • Babysitter Safety Inspection Checklist Helps Prevent Injuries

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Nov-2007

    If you’re planning a holiday party or celebration this season, you may also be planning to hire a babysitter. In the absence of parental supervision, children face a greater risk of personal injuries. Before you leave your kids at home with a sitter this season, take a minute or two to review this downloadable Babysitter Safety Inspection Checklist, courtesy of the American Red Cross. Double ...
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  • Train and Railroad Safety Tips for Kids

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Nov-2007

    Trains have a way of captivating children — unfortunately, that interest occasionally leads to injuries and even fatalities, as many children don’t understand the dangers associated with trains and railroad crossings. In 2006, alone, 530 people were killed on railroad tracks in the U.S. Thirty-nine children under the age of 15 died in an accident involving a train during the previous ...
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  • Safety Tips for Leaving Children Home Alone

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Nov-2007

    Deciding the age at which your child can safely stay home alone isn’t easy, and because no two children are developmentally identical, age-based guidelines are sometimes too simplistic to be reliable. The potential for childhood harm or injury is greater in the absence of parents, but ample preparation prior to an absence can help reduce the risks. That’s why the Nemours Foundation, ...
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  • Playground Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Nov-2007

    Playgrounds, swing sets and jungle gyms provide children opportunities for fresh air, exercise, and fun, but they also pose some unique dangers. KidsHealth.Org, a children’s safety website sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, provides advice and facts regarding children and recreational safety. The organization offers the following tips for children specific to playground safety: "Never ...
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  • Car Entrapment Prevention Tips for Kids and Parents

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Nov-2007

    Toy cars are prized posessions for many young children — that’s partly why it’s so important for parents to explain that real vehicles are not toys or play areas. Even car trunks, which may seem like a harmless automotive feature, can pose risks to kids in the form of entrapment dangers. All automobiles manufactured after 2001 are equipped with trunk-mounted release handles to ...
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  • Partners for Safe Teen Driving: A Virginia Health Initiative

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Nov-2007

    We have addressed the dangers associated with teen driving many times here on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog. While awareness is important, awareness alone won’t solve the problems associated with dangerous teen driving. Partners for Safe Teen Driving is a program that enables schools and communities to help their teens become safer drivers. The program was co-created by the ...
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  • Driving Tips for the Holiday Season

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 19-Nov-2007

    The holiday season is a period of increased highway travel for many metro area families, and also a season of unpredictable inclement winter weather. Before you take to the roads this winter, take time to familiarize yourself with the following winter driving safety tips, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Inspect Your Tires: "Check tire pressure and make ...
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  • This Holiday Season, Don’t Become Virginia’s Next Traffic Fatality

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 19-Nov-2007

    This holiday season will bring an increase in highway travel as metro area residents commute to family gatherings and embark on shopping trips. Unfortunately, that increased traffic is also projected to bring a corresponding increase in traffic accidents and fatalities. More than 900 people currently die on Virginia’s highways each year — an average of three per day. In response, the ...
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  • No Link Between Post-Surgery Lymph Node Count and Colon Cancer Survival: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Nov-2007

    The screening of 12 or more lymph nodes following colon cancer surgery — a quality assurance practice recommended by the National Quality Forum (NQF), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) — does not appear to improve the odds of 5-year cancer survival. The finding is the result of recent research published in the Journal of the ...
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  • Toy Safety: “10 Worst” Toys List Released

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Nov-2007

    World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting toy safety, has issued its annual list of "10 Worst Toys." According to "WATCH," the toys are selected for their potential to cause injury to children. This year’s list of "10 Worst Toys" includes the following toys, with the safety hazard listed below: Go Diego Go Animal Rescue ...
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  • Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Nov-2007

    Home cooking fires occur in record numbers on Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 2005, Thanksgiving meal preparation caused 1,300 kitchen fires — three times more than the usual daily average. Annually, cooking fires cause more than half a billion dollars in damage to U.S. homes. For a safe and happy Thanksgiving meal this year, NFPA offers the ...
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  • CPSC: Aqua-Dots Recall for Serious Safety Hazards

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Nov-2007

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall of the Spin Master Aqua-Dots beads/craft kit because of a serious danger for children who may swallow the beads. According to a report published in the Washington Post, children who swallow the beads are exposed to a dangerous chemical similar to the powerful "date rape" drug that causes possible unconsciousness, ...
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  • Preeclampsia Linked to Heart Disease Risk

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 7-Nov-2007

    According to studies conducted by British and Norwegian researchers, women with cardiovascular risk factors are at increased risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy, and pregnant women who do develop preeclampsia are at higher risk for developing heart disease later in life. Preeclampsia, a condition in which abnormally high blood pressure develops during the second half of pregnancy, ...
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  • Poor Judgment, Lack of Teamwork, Insufficient Skills Cause Most Trainee Medical Errors: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 6-Nov-2007

    Most medical errors made by young physicians can be blamed on poor judgment, teamwork breakdown, and / or inadequate technical skill, according to a new study recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study involved a comprehensive review of the closed medical malpractice claims of 5 major insurance companies, collected from 1984 to 2004. Among the 240 trainee malpractice cases ...
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  • National Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Day

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Nov-2007

    The first-ever National Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Day was observed on October 31 this year. The event was sponsored by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) to draw attention to a frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood pelvic condition. Interstitial Cystitis (IC), a painful and frequently debilitating chronic illness, is often incorrectly diagnosed ...
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  • New Women’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Protocol Announced

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Nov-2007

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has revised its colorectal cancer screening recommendations to encourage colonoscopy as the preferred method of screening both average-risk and high-risk women for colorectal cancer. ACOG’s previous recommendation was that all women above 50 years of age be screened for colorectal cancer, but no preference was given regarding the ...
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  • Reminder: Time to Change Smoke Detector Batteries

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Nov-2007

    Regan Zambri & Long urges all of their readers to practice fire safety guidelines in their homes. One of the most important is to keep smoke detectors in good working order. Common sense guidelines are listed in the following release by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which is quoted in its entirety. "Use Daylight Saving Time to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe ...
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  • Child Safety on the Internet

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Nov-2007

    The Internet is a valuable tool for research, learning and communication, but it can pose a number of threats to children — particularly those who lack appropriate adult supervision. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has compiled the following tips and information related to online safety for children, including these signs that your child may be at-risk online: " Your ...
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