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  • Is the Car You’re Considering Buying a “Total Loss” or Stolen? Use VINcheck to Determine Whether It Makes the List.

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

    The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is in the process of developing a database, VINcheck, which would use a car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to track vehicles that have been declared a "total loss" by insurance companies. The database will be free for the public to access and already has the support of hundreds of insurance companies who would be responsible for ...
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  • Summer Safety: Fireworks Laws Vary by State

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Jun-2008

    Most Americans celebrate Fourth of July evening by watching a fireworks display. Fireworks can cause serious injuries to children and adults alike. For those who choose to put on fireworks at home without a professional, the National Council on Fireworks Safety ( NCFS ) has a few safety tips. Additionally, learn what types of fireworks are and are not permitted in the state where you’ll be ...
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  • Summer Safety: Surprising Dangerous Summer Activities & Sports: New Study

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

    Summer: those few cherished months when most flock to the outdoors to take advantage of the abundant sunshine. However, a recent report from Forbes cautions most outdoor summer activities can also lead to serious injuries. The article ranked the "Most Hazardous Summer Activities" proportional to the reported injuries in 2007. A companion article entitled "Most Hazardous Sports" ...
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  • FDA to Require Boxed Warnings on Older Antipsychotic Drugs

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

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) utilized its new authority this month under the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) to require manufacturers of older or "conventional" antipsychotic drugs to make safety-related changes to prescription information and labeling. The required changes are to warn of an increased risk of death linked to the off-label use of ...
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  • CPSC Recall: Jardine Cribs Recalled Due to Injury Risk

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

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Jardine Enterprises have announced yesterday that the company will recall approximately 320,000 cribs sold within the past 6 years. The cribs were sold mainly at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us locations nationwide. The names of other stores carrying the Jardine cribs can be found in the press release issued by CPSC. The ...
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  • Bunk Bed Safety: New Study Gives Cause for Concern

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

    Nearly 36,000 children and adolescents (up to 21 years of age) are treated for bunk bed-related injuries across the nation each year, according to a recent study conducted by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children Hospital. The study, published in the June issue of Pediatrics, found that bunk bed-related injuries most commonly occur from falls. Thirty percent of those injured by falls ...
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  • Physicians Recommend More Protective Equipment for High School Baseball Players

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jun-2008

    Almost all high school baseball players should wear headgear on the field to protect them from injuries from batted balls, and most players should consider wearing mouth guards to help prevent oral injuries. Those recommendations and others are the result of new injury research published in a recent edition of the medical journal Pediatrics — the official journal of the American Academy of ...
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  • Risky Behavior Among Many U.S. High School Students Declining: New Study

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

    While many high school students engage in behaviors that place their health at risk, the percentage of those students is lower today than it was in the early 1990s. The finding is the result of a recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, many of those substantial improvements were not noted among Hispanic ...
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  • "21 for 21" - A College Binge Ritual With Deadly Consequences

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

    It’s called "21 for 21" — college students knock back 21 alcoholic drinks on their 21st birthday, jeopardizing their health and their lives. The deadly effects of the drinking ritual are the subject of new research conducted at the University of Missouri, and recently published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. According to the study results, women engage ...
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  • Summer Storms and Power Outages: Emergency Preparedness Tips

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

    The rain, wind and lightning associated with summer storms poses a number of safety threats to people in the DC metro area each year – many of which stem from power outages. Fortunately, some simple preventive measures can help to minimize the inconvenience of unexpected losses of power, and can safeguard the health of your entire family. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
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  • Mammogram Accuracy Varies by Facility: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Jun-2008

    The reliability of mammography results varies significantly between medical facilities, according to new research published in a recent edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). Even more importantly, certain organizational characteristics tend to predict which facilities will return a more accurate reading. While numerous previous studies have indicated that interpretive ...
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  • Teenage Cell Phone Restrictions Ignored: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Jun-2008

    Cell phone restriction laws for teenage drivers may not be having their intended effect. According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, North Carolinian teenagers continued to use cell phones while driving as frequently as they had before the restrictions were passed. In fact, the study found that cell phone use actually increased from 11 percent of teens to 12 percent ...
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  • June is National Safety Month: Lawn Mower Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Jun-2008

    Summer lawn mowing is such a routine activity that many people tend to view it as being less dangerous than it actually is. Each summer, tens of thousands of Americans are injured by lawn mowers. This summer, four national medical societies have teamed up to encourage homeowners to be especially careful around lawn mowers. The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), the American ...
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  • Dry Drowning: Little Known Danger

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jun-2008

    A ten-year-old South Carolina boy died last week from a danger many parents were unaware of until recently. Dry drowning occurs when water enters the lungs, preventing proper breathing. This can occur anywhere from 1 to 24 hours after the water has been ingested. Because the warning signs are common in children and are not necessarily indicative of a problem, the signs are often ignored. However, ...
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  • Summer Safety: Effective Sunscreen

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

    Getting ready for a weekend at the beach? Going outside for a walk or bike-ride? If so, be sure to properly protect yourself from the sun. The FDA’s "tip sheet" offers advice on how to take steps to prevent skin cancer. These tips will surely help, yet a study released by the Environmental Working Group has shocking results. The study measured over 1,000 top brand-name ...
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  • Beach Week Fun and Safety

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

    Beach Week is on the horizon for students across the country, and while the main concerns for students may be where to go and how to divide the food costs evenly, the main issue for parents is the safety of their children. A survey in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine lists many concerns including frequent underage drinking, drug use, driving while intoxicated, and promiscuous ...
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  • Lightning Safety During the Summer Storm Season

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

    With powerful, fast-moving thunderstorms sweeping through the DC area yesterday, and with more storms on the horizon this summer, it’s important to be familiar with some general lightning safety tips. Understanding lightning and its dangers, as well as what to do during a storm can help significantly reduce the risk of lightning related injury, or even save your life. The National Weather ...
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  • Chantix: Smoking Cessation Aid More Harmful Than Smoking?

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

    There are numerous products on the market to help quit smoking including everything from "The Patch" to chewing gum. One such product is Chantix, a non-nicotine prescription medicine to help adults quit smoking by reducing the urge to smoke. Released by Pfizer, Chantix has come under recent heat from several industries banning the drug as unsafe for its workers. The Institute for Safe ...
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  • Bacterial Infections May Contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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

    Bacterial infections such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus — sometimes acquired in medical facilities — may be responsible for many cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The finding is the result of new research published in a recent edition of the British medical journal The Lancet. Scientists conducting this latest study discovered high levels of Staph and E. Coli ...
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