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  • Hands-Free Cell Phones and Distracted Driving: New Study Indicates Listening Preoccupies Brain Enough to Contribute to Accidents

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

    Simply listening to a caller on a cell phone while driving may distract the brain enough to contribute to an accident. The finding is the result of a new study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University and published in a recent edition of the journal Brain Research. The research findings echo those of previous studies which have found that drivers who use cell phones are more likely to have an ...
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  • Older People Face Higher Risk of Escalator Injury: New Study

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

    Older people should walk cautiously on escalators and perhaps consider taking the elevator if they have trouble balancing. These recommendations and others are the result of new research into escalator safety conducted at the Indiana University School of Medicine and recently published in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention. Researchers in this latest study reviewed U.S. Consumer ...
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  • Common But Illegal Pest Control Products That Cause Injuries

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

    An increasing presence of insects and other pests is one of the earliest and most frustrating signs of Spring. While many people use pesticides to control insects in and around their homes, not all pesticides are safe — particularly those which are only available on the street or in small neighborhood stores. Many such pesticides (for instance, Chalk or Tres Pasitos ) are illegal and ...
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  • Home Safety Tips for Poison Prevention Week: March 16 – 22

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

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an emergency call is made to U.S. poison control centers every 13 seconds, and 40% of those calls involve injuries to children under three years of age. More than 77,000 of those calls typically involve poisonings by common household pesticides. The EPA recognizes March 16 – 22 as National Poison Prevention Week, and offers the ...
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  • Egg Safety Tips for Easter and Passover

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

    Eggs are an important part of Spring religious holidays, both as decorations and for dining. If you’re planning an Easter egg hunt or cooking eggs for your Passover Seder, take time to educate yourself about the following common health and safety issues specific to eggs, courtesy of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): ...
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  • March: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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

    Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and accounts for more deaths annually than all other cancers except lung cancer. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is most often diagnosed in people who are 50 years of age or older, and the risk of being diagnosed increases with age. To educate people regarding colorectal cancer and the formation ...
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  • Parents Can Curb College Drinking by Supervising Kids During High School Years: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Mar-2008

    Parents can help to reduce their children’s risk of problem drinking during college by keeping a more watchful eye on them during high school. The finding is the result of new research published in a recent edition of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. This latest study centers on a group of 1,253 male and female college students surveyed the summer before they entered ...
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  • Knockout Head Injuries Actually Cause Loss of Brain Tissue: New Study

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

    A head injury traumatic enough to cause unconsciousness can result in widespread, permanent destruction of brain tissue. The finding is the result of research recently published in the journal Neurology — the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology — and helps to explain why some people who suffer Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) often experience irreversible personality ...
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  • New CDC Report Underscores the Importance of Fall Prevention Among Seniors

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

    Each year, approximately one third of all senior adults in the U.S. fall, and the likelihood of their falling increases substantially with each year of age. Nearly 16,000 people 65 years of age or older died as a result of injuries from falls in 2005 alone. The number of older adults who fall without injury or who don’t seek medical care is unknown. These findings were recently published by ...
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  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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

    This month is Brain Injury Awareness Month — a time designated for building public awareness and promoting education regarding brain injuries and their prevention. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the U.S., 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion — disruptions of the brain caused by a blow or jolt to ...
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  • In Motor Vehicle Accidents, Teen Passengers Face Higher Death Risk: New Study

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

    Teenage passengers involved in an automobile accident are more likely to die than other passengers in the same circumstances — particularly if the driver is young and inexperienced. The finding is the result of new research published in a recent edition of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers conducting this latest study evaluated more than 45,000 automobile ...
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  • CPSC NEWS: Changing Your Clock Means Changing Your Smoke Dectector Batteries

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Mar-2008

    Most of the United States will be changing to Daylight Saving Time (DST) on March 9, 2008. This will be the first season when the time change occurs so early in the spring. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and local fire departments remind consumers that DST changes are also the best times to change smoke detector batteries and reviewing home fire safety guidelines. The following ...
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  • Being Bullied Predicts Poor Mental Health in Children: New Study

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

    Injuries inflicted by playground bullies are often much more significant than black eyes and scraped knees. New research conducted at King’s College London and published in a recent edition of the medical journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine demonstrates that bullying often leads to the development of depression and anxiety. Scientists involved in this latest study examined ...
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  • “Snowboarder’s Ankle”: Hard-To-Spot Fracture Often Misdiagnosed as a Sprain

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

    A difficult-to-diagnose and once rare ankle injury is becoming more common with the increased popularity of snowboarding, according to a recent report by Reuters Health. Known as "Snowboarder’s Ankle," the injury, commonly misdiagnosed as a sprain, is actually a lateral talus fracture — a break in the lower ankle bone, at the outside of the joint. Generally, the fracture ...
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  • Virginia Amends Penalties for Underage Drinking and Driving

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Mar-2008

    The General Assembly for the State of Virginia recently amended and reenacted its driving laws relating to underage drinking and driving. According to House Bill No. 719, the penalties for underage drinking and driving "provides that "zero tolerance" (0.02% BAC) underage drinking and driving is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, the punishment is loss of license and a ...
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  • Spring Break Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Mar-2008

    March is Spring Break season for many college-age Americans, and one of the first opportunities of the year to set aside the books and vacation with friends. Too often, those vacations turn dangerous or deadly, due partly to risky behaviors frequently associated with Spring Break festivities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified some common Spring Break risks, ...
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  • Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners

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

    Spring weather and gardening season are just around the corner. While gardening can improve your sense of well-being and promote physical health, staying safe while working outdoors is still important. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 67,000 U.S. consumers visited emergency rooms due to injuries from push mowers, and 14,600 were injured by ...
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  • Early Preventive Measures May Guard Against Later Life Shoulder Damage: New Study

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

    People whose work requires heavy lifting, frequent exposure to vibration, and routine repetition of the same movements are significantly more likely than others to develop shoulder problems 20 years later in life. The finding is the result of recent research published in the medical journal Annals of Rheumatic Disease. Participants involved in this study were a representative sample of the Finnish ...
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  • VICTORY: Important Child Safety Bill Becomes Law

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

    Public Citizen announced passage of the "Cameron Gulbranson Kids and Safety Act of 2007." The announcement by Public Citizen appears below in its entirety. "Yesterday afternoon President Bush approved the first auto-safety law since 2005, when he penned his signature to a bill specifically designed to protect children from non-traffic related automobile accidents. The "Cameron ...
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