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  • Motorists on Wireless Phones Contribute to Numerous Traffic Problems: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Jan-2008

    Although many states do allow the use of cell phones while driving, in the District of Columbia, it is illegal to use any kind other than a hands-free device. For each offense, drivers are fined $100.00 for violating this law, in effect since July 1, 2004. Motorists who talk on wireless phones while driving tend to drive slower, forgo opportunities to pass slow-moving vehicles, and generally take ...
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  • Military Doctors Misdiagnose a Marine Serving in Iraq, Leading to Death

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jan-2008

    The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will have a report this Thursday about how military medical malpractice killed Sgt. Carmelo Rodriquez, a Marine who served in Iraq. CBS News Bryon Pitts investigates in a heart wrenching extensive story, how military doctors misdiagnosed melanoma to be a harmless wart. Pitts met the Marine, child and family by his side, 8 minutes before his death caused by ...
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  • Tips to Prevent Aggressive Driving

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Jan-2008

    The high volume of traffic in and around the metro area means lengthy commutes for many area residents, and lengthy commutes eat into relaxation time, as well as time motorists could devote to home and work responsibilities — it’s a situation that creates significant frustration and often contributes to aggressive driving. Aggressive driving has a significant impact on the safety of ...
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  • Teenage Drivers: Motor Vehicle Accidents Continue to Be Leading Death Cause

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

    Recent charges from a fatal accident involving a teenage driver reminds us of the particular dangers when mixing teenagers and motor vehicles. Contributing factors often include lack of experience, distracted driving, excessive speed, aggressive driving, not using seat belts, driving while drowsy, alcohol and drug use, dare-devil activities. A fatal single-vehicle crash in Charles County, Maryland ...
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  • Food Safety Tips for Take-Out and Delivery Dishes

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Jan-2008

    Here in the metro area, an abundance of restaurants is the perfect solution to those meal times when you just don’t feel like cooking. Particularly this time of year, however, when temperatures are cold, and you just don’t feel like bundling up your family and facing the winter weather, placing a delivery or take-out order is likely to be an attractive option. According to the U.S. ...
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  • Safety Tips for Electric Space Heater Use

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

    There are many instances where a small, portable heater can be useful in a home or garage during the winter season. Portable heaters are available in many models, including those that burn propane, kerosene or other fuels. Many homeowners opt for electric models which don’t produce noxious fumes or produce an open flame, because they appear safer. According to the U.S. Consumer Product ...
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  • Safe Driving for Those Who Take Medications

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Jan-2008

    Chronic medical conditions require a variety of routine medications. Unfortunately, many of those medications are known to cause drowsiness, sap energy and slow reaction times in drivers. In most areas of the U.S., it’s necessary to drive to remain independent — to get to the grocery store, the doctor, to visit friends, and even to get to work. Because our ability to drive safely can ...
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  • Outdoor Winter Safety Advice: Preventing Hypothermia

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 21-Jan-2008

    If you’re working outside this winter or participating in outdoor recreational activities, you already know how uncomfortable the cold weather can become in the metro area. Too many people don’t realize the safety challenges winter weather presents, however — challenges such as the prevention of hypothermia. Hypothermia is different than frostbite, and it can quickly become a ...
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  • Safe Winter Walking Tips for Pedestrians

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

    Walking is a great way to exercise and experience the beauty of the winter season first-hand. On particularly snowy days, it may even be the only reliable mode of transportation! Walking over snow and ice can easily lead to injuries, however. Before you bundle up and trudge your way to work or school, take time to review these winter walking safety tips, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic ...
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  • Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 18-Jan-2008

    When it comes to skiing and snowboarding injuries, prevention is often much more pleasant than the cure. Before you or your loved ones hit the slopes this season, take time to familiarize yourself with things you can do to reduce your odds of injury while snowboarding or skiing. The National Ski Patrol offers the following tips for skiers and snowboarders of all ages: "Get in shape. ...
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  • Winter Ladder Safety Tips for Homeowners

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

    This winter, whether you’re clearing snow or ice from roofs or gutters, removing broken tree limbs or even taking down exterior holiday lights, be cautious with your ladder. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that each year in the United States, approximately 164,000 emergency room visits are attributed to ladder-related injuries. To help ensure you’re not among ...
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  • EPA Designates January as National Radon Action Month

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

    Radon poisoning kills 100 times as many people each year as carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Furthermore, the agency warns that: "Breathing home indoor radon causes nearly one hundred times more deaths each year than carbon monoxide poisoning. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. Some 20,000 people will die ...
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  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Preventable Tragedy

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

    Recent articles in the Washington Post highlight the prevalence of carbon monoxide poisoning, the leading cause of accidental poisoning in America: "Eight people who were overcome by carbon monoxide Wednesday night were in stable condition yesterday, and all are expected to survive, authorities said. The carbon monoxide came from a leak, probably in a faulty furnace, . . . ." Accidental ...
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  • More Critical Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries: New Study

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

    Alpine snowboarding and skiing are popular winter activities across the U.S., but a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Injury Prevention suggests that the incidence of Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury associated with these sports has steadily increased in every country that reports injury data. Researchers focused on international data collected from 1990 to 2004 ...
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  • Your Kitchen Sponge Needs Cleaning: Disinfection Methods To Keep You Safe

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 1-Jan-2008

    Kitchen sponges are cheap and convenient items for cleaning countertop messes and absorbing spilled liquids quickly. Unfortunately, they also harbor foodborne pathogens, yeasts and molds, and could put you and your family at risk if not properly disinfected on a regular basis. Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently ...
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