Blog Posts in April, 2008

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  • FDA Links Denture Cleanser to Allergic Reactions, Injuries

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-Apr-2008

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning regarding persulfates — common ingredients in denture cleansers — and has asked manufacturers of denture cleansers to include a warning in the label about their use of persulfates. The ingredients are now known to cause allergic reactions in some users. The agency is also recommending that manufacturers begin searching ...
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  • Entering or Exiting Automobiles Presents Additional Fall Risk for Seniors – Fall Prevention Recommendations: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 28-Apr-2008

    According to a new analysis of U.S. injury data, approximately 37,000 people over age 65 are injured annually while attempting to enter or exit a vehicle. Roughly 40% of these injuries were due to falls. Additionally, the same group was found more likely to be hospitalized as a result of falls than was the average driver. These findings are the result of new research published in a recent edition ...
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  • Consumer Action Handbook Updated for 2008

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Apr-2008

    The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) — a consumer advocacy division of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) — has released the 2008 edition of its Consumer Action Handbook. The handbook is designed to empower consumers to interact productively with vendors and businesses and help all people to become smarter shoppers. The handbook offers helpful tips and advice on a ...
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  • Spring Cleaning? Prevent ID Theft With These Consumer Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 26-Apr-2008

    If you’ve considered a deep cleaning of your home this spring, you may also be wondering how best to eliminate the disorganization of another year’s worth of paperwork and financial records. Simply throwing them in the trash is not always the safest solution. According to the Better Business Bureau, 8.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2007, alone — and ...
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  • April 21 – 25 is National Playground Safety Week: Tips for Building Safe Playgrounds

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Apr-2008

    Outdoor play equipment and playgrounds provide kids with great opportunities for fun and exercise, but they also pose a few safety hazards. Improper playground surfaces, faulty recreational equipment and dangerous behavior can all put playful children on a fast track to the emergency room. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released an update to its Handbook for Public ...
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  • Head and Neck Cancers in Young Men Traced to HPV Infection

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Apr-2008

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) — the sexually-transmitted virus responsible for cervical cancer in thousands of women — has now been implicated in a rapidly increasing rate of mouth and throat cancers among young men. Researchers are hoping that a recently-approved HPV vaccine will soon be approved for boys, and tested for its effectiveness in preventing head and neck cancers. A news ...
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  • New EPA Rule: Protecting Children from Lead Paint Dangers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Apr-2008

    Contractors working on homes built prior to 1978 will soon be forced to take extra safety precautions to protect children from the dangers of lead paint, thanks to a new rule set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which will take effect in April 2010. Approximately 11 million renovations occur annually in U.S. homes built prior to 1978, when lead was banned from household paint. ...
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  • Medical Expert Criticizes FDA Over Dangerous Proposed Relaxation of Prescribing Rules

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Apr-2008

    New U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines for oversight of "off-label" drug use — still in draft form and unfinalized — could allow pharmaceutical companies to market more drugs for unapproved uses. The proposed guidelines are a step in the wrong direction according to Dr. Randall Stafford, an associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research ...
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  • Alzheimer's Study Illustrates Need for Reliable Tests of Driving Skill and Cognitive Ability | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Apr-2008

    Although many people with mild dementia (such as in early Alzheimer’s Disease ) may initially be able to drive safely, their driving skills predictably decline over 1 – 2 years to a level that often leaves them unsafe to drive. The finding is the result of new research published in a recent edition of the journal Neurology — the official journal of the American Academy of ...
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  • Early Hydration Important for Long-Distance Runners: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Apr-2008

    Runners who take part in day-long "ultra-marathons" experience much of their fluid loss in the first 8 hours of the race, demonstrating the importance of early hydration, a study has found. Published in a recent edition of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, researchers in this latest study repeatedly weighed 52 ultra-marathoners (runners in day-long marathons) over the course their ...
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  • Rising Number of Young Children Visit ER with Gymnastic Injuries: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Apr-2008

    More than 26,000 American children end up in hospital emergency rooms due to gymnastic-related injuries each year, according to a new study in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics. What’s more, although half a millions U.S. kids compete in gymnastics each year, competitive pressure has generally been increasing, meaning that children are competing at younger ages. Researchers conducting ...
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  • DWI Cases: Heavy Drinkers, Binge Drinkers, and Inexperienced Drinkers All Share the Blame

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Apr-2008

    Conventional wisdom may hold that drunk drivers are habitual drinkers, but new research shows that people who get drunk only on occasion account for almost half of all DWI offenses. This latest study, published in a recent issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, draws its research data from the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey — a survey ...
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  • Endodontist Group Tells Kids: “Watch Your Mouth”

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-Apr-2008

    Now that the spring and summer sports season has arrived, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is urging all young athletes to "watch their mouths," and to wear a mouth guard for every sport this year, including even those spring sports typically thought of as "non-contact" sports — like soccer, softball, baseball and gymnastics. Traumatic injury to the mouth ...
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  • Food Safety: Malt-O-Meal Recalls Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat Cereals

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Apr-2008

    Malt-O-Meal has recalled two of its cereal products because of potential contamination with Salmonella. Full details for the recalled items are detailed on the company website. As summarized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , Salmonella is a bacteria that infects individuals who come in contact with infected food products, food handlers, or pets. Most persons infected with ...
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  • Seat Belt Use By Pregnant Women Saves Fetuses: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Apr-2008

    Contrary to popular belief, pregnant women should wear seat belts, not only to save themselves in the event of a car accident but also to save their fetuses. The finding is the result of recent research published in the April issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. According to the study, almost 200 fetuses each year — half of all fetal losses in motor-vehicle crashes ...
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  • April 2008: Sports Eye Safety Month

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 2-Apr-2008

    Most people are aware of the importance of proper eye protection in sports such as hockey or racquetball, and wear face masks or appropriate safety goggles. Unfortunately, many people are injured each year in a variety of other "less dangerous" sports which also require proper eye protection. The American Academy of Opthalmic Executives (AAO) recognizes April 2008 as Sports Eye Safety ...
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