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  • Low-Fat Diet Late in Life May Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-Oct-2007

    A low-fat diet may contribute to a lowered risk of ovarian cancer in post-menopausal women, according to new research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). The findings square with previous research linking a healthy diet to a reduced risk of breast cancer and colorectal cancer in women of the same age group. The study was comprised of nearly 50,000 postmenopausal ...
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  • Safety Guidelines for Motorists and Trick or Treaters

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-Oct-2007

    The Washington Post offers common sense advice for Halloween travelers and revelers. Getting Around on Halloween "Some good advice for motorists and for trick or treaters everywhere, compiled by the Maryland State Highway Administration: For Drivers — Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections. — Motorists should exercise extra caution during peak ...
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  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Issues Caution for Children with Allergies

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Oct-2007

    Trick-or-Treat your way to an allergy-free Halloween AAAAI urges children to recognize symptoms and carry epinephrine "MILWAUKEE – Halloween is right around the corner and millions of children are preparing to sport their ghost and vampire costumes for school parties and a night of trick-or-treating. However, for children who suffer from severe food allergies, Halloween is a time where ...
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  • Preventing Falls, Head Injuries At Home: Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Oct-2007

    Falls are the leading cause of personal injury to U.S. senior citizens, and most of those falls occur in the home. Anyone can accidentally fall in a home, however, and the costs associated with the treatment of those fall injuries exceeds $20 billion per year. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers the following guidelines for safeguarding the health of your family and friends ...
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  • AHRQ Announces 10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Oct-2007

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently issued a 10-item advisory for hospitals and healthcare facilities designed to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors. Though AHRQ primarily supports research designed to assist health administrators and medical personnel, this knowledge of best practices ...
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  • Keep Safety in Mind When Planning Children’s Halloween Costumes

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Oct-2007

    Thanks to a change in Daylight Savings Time, trick-or-treaters will be made safer by an extra hour of evening light this year. A lack of light on Halloween evening isn’t the only danger posed to young ghosts and goblins, however — many injuries each year stem from trips and falls attributed to unsafe costumes. When planning your child’s costume (or your own) this year, keep in ...
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  • Safety and Fire Prevention Tips for Space Heaters

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-Oct-2007

    Improper use of portable space heaters accounts for approximately 25,000 household fires each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). As temperatures begin to decline this season, and the price of heating fuel rises, more Americans will inevitably be tempted to use space heaters in their homes. Space heaters are widely available in wood, kerosene, gas, and electric ...
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  • Halloween Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Parents

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Oct-2007

    Each year, we post new Halloween health and safety tips here on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, but the basic dangers related to Halloween festivities tend to remain the same. Following are some good, common sense tips for a safe celebration, courtesy of the American Red Cross : "Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street. Look both ways before crossing the street to ...
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  • Communicating With Teens About Alcohol: Helpful Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Oct-2007

    We’ve covered youth drinking before on the D.C. Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, but the subject bears repeating: one of the most effective things parents can do to protect their children is to communicate with them about alcohol. On its website for underage drinking prevention, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) advises parents that while all teens ...
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  • Operation Safe Driver: Seat Belts Important for Truck Drivers, Too

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 26-Oct-2007

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in conjunction with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has kicked off a one-week campaign called "Operation Safe Driver." The event, which runs from October 21 – 28, is designed to prevent trucking accidents, which are caused by negligent commerical drivers and negligent non-commercial drivers, alike. The ...
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  • Girls’ Hannah Montana Boots Recalled Over Fall Hazard

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

    Payless ShoeSource is recalling 90,000 girls’ Hannah Montana boots, because the guitar-shaped zipper pulls of the right and left boots can snag together while walking and cause the wearer to fall. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the boots were sold in girls’ sizes 10.5 – 4.5, and were available from August 2007 through September 2007 for ...
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  • CDC Reports More U.S. Deaths From MRSA Than AIDS

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

    According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , it appears that more people in the United State now die from Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). MRSA, which is typically hospital acquired, or nosocomial, was responsible for an estimated 94,000 life-threatening infections and 18,650 deaths ...
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  • School Bus Safety Week: Tips for Safer Travel

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

    October 22 – 26 is School Bus Safety Week. We have previously covered school bus safety on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, but this annual safety event is a good opportunity to remind readers that a school bus is no playground. Following are some helpful general safety tips for kids who commute by school bus, courtesy of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT): ...
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  • CPSC: Home-Based Lead Testing Kits Prove Unreliable

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Oct-2007

    Commercially-available lead test kits used by consumers to detect unsafe levels of lead in their homes are not reliably accurate, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The agency recently issued a news bulletin regarding the kits after randomly testing several different models. False positive test results and false negative test results were both obtained, though false ...
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  • States Receive DOT Funding to Improve Interstate Safety, Efficiency

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Oct-2007

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a new federal initiative to develop multi-state interstate highway corridors, including truck-only lanes, to decrease congestion and prevent truck accidents along six interstate routes, including Interstate 95, from Florida to the Canadian border. Interstate 70, terminating at Baltimore, will also receive federal funding for improvements. ...
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  • New Study: Traditional Pap Test Inferior To HPV Test

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

    A recent major epidemiological study led by McGill University researchers reveals that the human papillomavirus (HPV) screening test is far more accurate than the traditional Papanicolaou (Pap) test in detecting cervical cancer. The first round of the Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Trial, led by Dr. Eduardo Franco, Director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology at McGill’s Faculty of ...
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  • Talking to Young Teens About Alcohol: Tips for Parents

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Oct-2007

    Statistically speaking, most young teens don’t yet drink, and parents’ disapproval of underage drinking is the key reason most young teens give for refusing to drink. Because parents can make a difference in preventing alcohol abuse among young people, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has developed Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol ...
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  • Toshiba DVD Player Component Recalled Over Burn Hazard

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

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary Toshiba recall of certain AC adapters included as accessories with some Toshiba DVD players. The adapters are being recalled over concerns related to overheating and burn hazards. Consumers should stop using these adapters immediately. The following product information pertains to units affected by the recall: "Name of ...
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  • Bunk Bed Safety Tips: Selection, Use, Repair & Maintenance

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Oct-2007

    Bunk beds are a common feature of many children’s rooms, especially in homes where floor space carries a premium. Each year, however, thousands of children sustain injuries related to bunk beds — and not always predictable injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers the following facts and tips related to selecting, using and maintaining bunk beds in your home: ...
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  • Standard Pregnancy Weight-Gain Guidelines Don’t Apply to Obese Women: New Study

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

    Very obese women should work to lose weight and slightly obese women should gain only a little weight during their pregnancies, according to new research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the official journal of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The findings contradict Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines issued in 1990, which recommend that women gain 15 ...
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  • Scald Prevention Campaign: Home Safety Council Partners with HotStop

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Oct-2007

    Home Safety Council (HSC) has announced a partnership with HotStop scald-prevention devices to prevent home-based scalding injuries. Approximately 3,800 injuries and 34 deaths each year are attributable to scalding — most involve the very young or the elderly. The HSC / HotStop partnership is preparing to kick off a public awareness campaign this fall which will continue into next year and ...
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  • Shoulder Dystocia: Is Your OB Ready for this Medical Emergency?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Oct-2007

    Was your obstetrician prepared for this potential emergency? Some Hospitals are now requiring that obstetricians practice for this type of emergency on a regular basis, just like they practice CPR or Advanced Life Support techniques so that they are well prepared should they encounter this situation. If a shoulder dystocia is not handled properly it could result in permanent damage to your ...
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  • Fire Safety Month: Smoke Detector Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Oct-2007

    October is Fire Safety Month, and while much can be said of fire prevention, early detection of fire is critical to keeping it contained and preventing personal injuries. The Home Safety Council reports that while 97% of American homes contain a smoke detector, one is seldom enough — particularly if it’s installed improperly. The organization reminds consumers of the following ...
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  • Tragic Death from Unsafe Paintball Cylinder: Family Demands Safety Education as Part of Settlement

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-Oct-2007

    Paintball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Nowadays, with the right safety equipment, it can been relatively safe. However, in this instance, the manufacturer of the carbon dioxide cylinder used on the paintball gun knew about safety issues with the valve. According to the family’s investigation, the manufacturers knew of the potential danger from the valve-and-cylinder ...
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  • Simplicity Crib Recall: Questions about timing and handling of recall

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

    On September 21, 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of 1 million Simplicity cribs due to safety concerns. The cribs were made in China and sold in various department stores in the United States. This is not the first recall of Simplicity Cribs. The CPSC links the Simplicity Cribs to two infant deaths and another child’s death is under investigation. The ...
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