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  • DC Traffic Don’ts: Regional Road Rules You May Not Know

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

    Washington, D.C. is unique as one of the few U.S. cities built according to a preconceived plan. Its grid-based pattern of roads is relatively easy to comprehend, but maneuvering across it in a car can be a challenge. Following are some metro area traffic laws that aren’t necessarily common to other U.S. cities. Knowing these can help make you a safer driver, and make your time in DC more ...
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  • Ankle Braces May Prevent Volleyball Injuries: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Feb-2008

    Ankle braces are highly effective in preventing volleyball sprains, at least among female collegiate players. The finding is the result of research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers conducting the study reviewed injury data collected before and after the women’s collegiate ...
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  • FEMA Trailers: Formaldehyde Dangers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Feb-2008

    A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrates that high levels of formaldehyde have been found in some travel trailers provided to disaster victims by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There is some reason to believe that long-term exposure to formaldehyde could lead to serious health problems such as cancer. Unfortunately, travel ...
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  • Dangers of Street Racing Highlighted by Recent Deaths

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Feb-2008

    According to a recent article in the Washington Post, a Prince George’s County adolescent was attempting to stop his Crown Victoria last Saturday morning at 3:00 a.m., as he struck a crowd of spectators gathered for an illegal street race on a desolate country road. Apparently, the driver was not a participant in the race, and reportedly did not see the crowd of onlookers until it was too ...
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  • February is National Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 19-Feb-2008

    Health complications during pregnancy can be scary and complicated, not to mention fatal. Fortunately, there are a number of well-understood pregnancy-related health risks that can be eliminated through education and careful prevention measures. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the following infection prevention tips to ensure prenatal health, in observance of ...
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  • CDC Warns of Accidental Teen Deaths Attributed to “The Choking Game”

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Feb-2008

    At least 82 youths between the ages of 6 and 19 have been identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as probable victims of "The Choking Game," according to recent research published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The game, popular primarily among adolescents and also known as "The Black Out Game," "The Scarf ...
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  • OB-GYN Group Advises Physicians to Adopt Sleeping Guidelines of Highway Safety Organization

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

    Although 8 hours of sleep is recommended for all adults, the average American receives only 7, and obstetricians and other physicians may receive much less, particularly during training. As a result of increasing awareness of the danger of physician fatigue, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued an opinion related to OB-GYN working hours in the latest issue of ...
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  • Stairway Safety Tips for Injury Prevention

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

    Snow-covered, icy, or cluttered stairways are a nuisance, but more importantly, they’re dangerous. According to the Home Safety Council (HSC), falls account for approximately one-third of all home injury deaths annually, and falls involving stairs or steps are the second leading cause of fall-related death. Stairs are particularly dangerous this time of year, when the heights and depths of ...
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  • Safe Driving in Work Zones

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 16-Feb-2008

    Winter weather in the DC Metro Area and elsewhere can take a toll on aging streets and roadways. Potholes caused by freezing water can quickly turn well-traveled streets into dangerous obstacle courses. Road crews repair many of these holes in late winter or early spring, creating a temporary hazard of an entirely different sort. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reminds motorists ...
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  • Botox Linked to Respiratory Failure and Death: FDA Warning

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

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that three products: Botox, Botox Cosmetic (Botulinum toxin Type A), and Myobloc (Botulinum toxin Type B) have been linked to fatal adverse reactions including respiratory failure. The most severe adverse reactions have occurred in children with cerebral palsy, who rely on the drug for treatment of limb spasticity. The FDA warns that it has ...
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  • Hot Tub, Whirlpool and Spa Safety Tips

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

    While the topics of water safety and drowning prevention typically receive some public attention during summer months, there are many people who prefer to use hot tubs, whirlpools and spas throughout the winter, when the weather is at its coldest. Although winter can be one of the most enjoyable seasons for hot tub use, it is equally dangerous. To help prevent personal injuries related to hot ...
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  • Checklists for Winter Weather Preparation

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

    When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards, such as communication, heating and ...
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  • Neurology Experts Advise Screening for Fall Risk

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Feb-2008

    The Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has issued a new guideline urging its members to screen patients and determine their risk of falling. The practice parameter and supporting research appear this month in the peer-reviewed journal Neurology. In the U.S., accidental falls result in 1.8 million emergency room visits per year, and upwards of 16,000 deaths. ...
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  • Blogging Safety Tips for Kids and Teens

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Feb-2008

    Setting up a blog is an easy way to establish a presence on the Internet and host public discussions. While organizations or businesses might start blogs to interact with customers or provide a public service, many personal blogs hosted by teens are simply exercises in public journaling. Unfortunately, these personal blogs can attract an unwanted — or even dangerous — audience. One ...
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  • Social Networking Sites Pose Unique Risks to Adolescents: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Feb-2008

    Social networking sites such as MySpace, which offer unlimited opportunities for self-expression and self-promotion are particularly attractive to teenagers. Recently, public attention surrounding these sites has focused on the dangers of sexual solicitation or harassment of adolescents. Until recently, little verifiable data has existed to determine the scope of youth solicitation and harassment ...
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  • National Burn Awareness Week: Safety Advice

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 7-Feb-2008

    February 3rd – 9th is National Burn Awareness Week – a period of time designated to raise public awareness of burn injuries and how to prevent them. This year’s primary theme is gasoline burn prevention. The Manassas Journal Messenger recently published an extensive compilation of gasoline safety tips to help prevent burn injuries and other burn-related accidents. In Virginia ...
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  • 25% of Elderly Patients Receive Incorrect or Less-Effective Prescription Medicines: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Feb-2008

    According to a recent study of more than 800,000 seniors, patients receiving care from a geriatrician are much more likely to have safe and positive prescription drug outcomes than those receiving care from non-geriatrician specialists or general practitioners. The study appears in the latest issue of the journal Medical Care, an official journal of the American Public Health Association. The ...
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  • Immigrant Children Face Greater Lead Poisoning Risk: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Feb-2008

    Foreign-born children living in the U.S. are 5 times more likely to have elevated blood levels of lead than U.S.-born children living in New York city, according to new research published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Also significant is that children who have lived abroad within the past six months are 11 times more likely to have elevated blood lead levels. Children ...
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  • Family Preparation for Natural Disasters in Four Easy Steps

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Feb-2008

    Keeping your family safe and getting your life back to normal following a natural disaster depends on advance planning and time and energy devoted to preparation. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed The Injury Prevention Program (TIPP) — four comprehensive steps to prepare your family for disasters, prevent personal injuries and promote safety readiness. Taking time as a ...
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  • New Mothers Not Obtaining Enough Information Regarding CMV Prevention

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Feb-2008

    Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection affects 1 in 150 live births in the U.S., and 1 in 750 newborns suffer lifelong, debilitating injuries such as hearing loss, vision loss or cognitive impairment as a result of those infections. Preventing CMV infection in babies can be as simple as instructing new mothers to wash their hands thoroughly after diaper changes — 90% of OB-GYNs report ...
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  • Child Safety Tips for Using Cell Phones and Wireless Devices

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Feb-2008

    Among kids and teens today, a cell phone is a virtual a social necessity. While the devices can facilitate easier communication with parents or family members and offer protection in some emergencies, they can also invite danger. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children warns that wireless devices can link children with criminals if used inappropriately, or without adequate adult ...
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  • Winter Sun Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Feb-2008

    Most people understand that extended exposure to the sun’s rays can be damaging to the skin and eyes, and that safety precautions are in order during summer months. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that the sun can be equally dangerous in the winter months, particularly when the ground is covered with a reflective layer of bright snow or ice. This winter, whether you’re ...
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  • Drunk Driving Prevention on Super Bowl Sunday

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Feb-2008

    Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s most popular and most entertaining national sporting events, but it’s also one of the most dangerous days on the nation’s roadways, due in part to the thousands of fans who drive under the influence of alcohol each year. If you plan on consuming alcohol while supporting your favorite team this Super Bowl Sunday, The National Highway Traffic ...
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