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  • New Guidelines on Prostate Cancer Screening

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Apr-2009

    Posted by Jacqueline Colclough On April 27, 2009, the American Urological Association (AUA) issued new guidelines on prostate cancer screening for men. Contrary to recent advice of other groups, AHA recommends that well informed men aged 40 and over who have a life expectancy of at least 10 years should be offered the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in order to establish a baseline reading ...
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  • Distracted Driving Awareness Day in Virginia

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Apr-2009

    DRIVE SMART Virginia reports that "1,026 people died on Virginia’s roadways in 2007. That’s nearly three fatalities every day. Understand this. Cars don’t kill people. Cars are navigated by people. Cars crash by the actions of people. DRIVE SMART Virginia is a traffic safety non-profit that is working hard to make people aware of their responsibility behind the wheel. This ...
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  • Traffic Safety Improvements Urged By American Association For Justice

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire In 2007, more than 5,100 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks and buses, according to the Department of Transportation. There were also approximately 100,000 Americans injured in collisions involving both large trucks and buses. The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has urged Congress to take needed steps ...
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  • A Push to Test Crash Worthiness of Child Safety Seats in Each Car

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Apr-2009

    Posted by Catherine D. Bertram, Esquire and Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has urged car makers to crash-test child safety seats in their vehicles so we have data to recommend which child restraints are the safest in each auto. The proposed "new system would be a victory for parents who struggle to find the best car seats for their ...
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  • FDA and Personal Care Products Recall Nail Polish

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Apr-2009

    Personal Care Products and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a voluntarily nationwide recall of all lots of Personal Care non-acetone nail polish remover, conditioner enriched with gelatin, 6 fl. oz., UPC 4815592076, because it has the potential to cause chemical burns to the fingers of users. We have reproduced the FDA Press Release in its entirety below: Recall — Firm Press Release ...
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  • Toyota Announces Equipment Safety Recall on Select Vehicles

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Apr-2009

    Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is initiating an Equipment Safety Recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that involves about 39,100 Toyota Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip retention Clamps. This optional accessory was designed specifically for 2008 model year Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles sold in the United States. "Due to improper heat treatment, the original ...
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  • FDA Meets To Discuss Device Approval

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire The New York Times reported recently that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct a rare meeting to discuss its device division, which is responsible for, among other things, evaluating, monitoring, and regulating medical devices. According to the report, Dr. Donna-Bea Tillman, the agency’s director of device ...
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  • Apartment Safety Basics

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Apr-2009

    Apartment safety may begin with renter’s insurance, but it certainly doesn’t end there, as recently reported in Apartments.com. To protect yourself and your belongings, experts recommend the following simple guidelines: DO… Write only your last name or initials on your mailbox. Make sure the locks on all doors leading into your apartment have been changed since the last tenant ...
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  • Toaster Ovens and Broilers Pose Risk of Electrical Shock and Burn

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Apr-2009

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall along with Haier America of about 106,000 toaster oven/broilers. Electrical connections in the toaster oven/broilers can become loose posing the threat of electrical shock or burns. According to the release, “Haier America has received two reports of minor burns and one report of a minor electrical shock to consumers, and one ...
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  • Early Diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer Critical

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire Each year in America there are approximately 16,000 new diagnoses of esphogeal cancer, reports an article in Medical New Today. Unfortunately, according to the report, only 10% of those diagnosed survive the disease. The principal reason for this alarming statistic is the lack of early detection. It is widely recognized that ...
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  • Economic Stress Can Kill

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Apr-2009

    By Victor E. Long, Esq. A new study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing found that for older women, financial stress can be deadly. Financial stress is a sadly widespread experience. According to a poll on About.com roughly 7 in 10 respondents are "very stressed" about money, and only 1 in 10 report that they are not stressed about finances — and the proportion of ...
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  • FDA Recall of Dietary Supplement Products Containing Undeclared Drug Sibutramine

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Apr-2009

    According to a recent report, Food and Drug Administration lab analyses identified undeclared sibutramine in 34 dietary supplement products distributed by Universal ABC Beauty Supply. Product packaging on these dietary supplements were not labeled as containing the drug. Sibutramine, an FDA-approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss, has not been approved for use in dietary ...
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  • May Is Electrical Safety Month

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Apr-2009

    By Catherine D. Bertram, Esquire and Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International sponsors May as National Electrical Safety Month. This May, ESFI’s focus is the Buyer Beware Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign to help raise awareness about dangerous and defective counterfeit electrical products that are threatening to harm public health and safety. ESFI ...
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  • Crib Safety: Changes in Store for Parents

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Apr-2009

    Posted by Patrick M. Regan Parents shopping for baby cribs are going to notice some significant changes in the types of cribs offered for sale. Toys "R" Us has recently announced that it will stop selling drop down cribs because of a concern for the safety of infants. In a blog on the Wall Street Journal’s (4/22) website, Rachel Silverman wrote, "Concerns about the safety of ...
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  • Congress Probes Medical Care Provided By AIG to Civilian Workers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire Many brave women and men serve our country today in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other places in the world very far from home. Most are soldiers. Many are civilian contractors. The last thing they need to think about is a wrongful denial of insurance benefits in the event they are severely injured. According to a recent ...
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  • Global Food Supply Poses Serious Health Risks

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire Leading scientists at last week’s Total Health Show 2009, held in Toronto, warned that changes to the global food supply are desperately needed to avoid serious health risks, according to a report in Medical News Today. One world-known scientist–Dr. Shiv Chopra– stated that the removal of "antibiotics, ...
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  • Threat of Fires Causes GM to Recall 1.5M Cars

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced that General Motors is recalling nearly 1.5 million passenger sedans manufactured between 1997 and 2003. According to CNN, "the problem involves a potential for oil to leak on the exhaust manifold during hard braking. When a car operates under normal ...
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  • Baby Bottles May Be Dangerous

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire Canada has restricted the production of plastic baby-bottles, containers, and cups manufactured with a chemical that some experts say cause a serious health threat. The chemical is known as BPA, or bisphenol-A, and many states are now poised to follow the lead of Suffolk County, New York and invoke bans here in America, ...
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  • Baby Cribs, Pacifiers, and More Recalled

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently recalled Zoo pacifiers, manufactured by Healthtex. According to a report by The State Journal, the pacifiers were recalled "because they failed to meet federal safety standards. The nipples can separate from the base easily and pose a choking hazard." If you have ...
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  • Wii Gaming: Real Injuries From Simulated Activities

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Amy S. Gurgle, Esq. A new article published by the New York Times highlights that use of the Nintendo Wii fit gaming system can cause injuries similar to those encountered when engaging in the actual activities. Although the Wii can be a very entertaining hobby, it is important that users consider the fact that it simulates actual physical activity and also consider the related fitness ...
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  • Amusement Park Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Apr-2009

    Posted by Victor E. Long, Esq. A recent carnival accident injuring dozens of Washington State Children, highlights concern regarding amusement park safety. According to the Washington Post, although the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates children’s toys, strollers, bicycles and car seats, it has no jurisdiction over rides at fixed amusement parks, such as those run by Walt Disney ...
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  • Overinflated Exercise Balls Pose Risk of Injuries

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Apr-2009

    Posted by: Amy S. Gurgle, Esq. A new consumer product recall highlights the risks of exercise balls. Even while exercising to improve health and fitness, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with the equipment and to ensure that the equipment is safe and used properly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of fitness balls manufactured by EB Brands of ...
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  • Soldier Fired Because of Military Duty

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Apr-2009

    A Pennsylvania Air National Guard reservist has filed a lawsuit accusing his former employer of firing him for taking time off for an injury suffered while he was on active duty. According to the lawsuit, UPMC Health Benefits Inc. violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act when it terminated Thomas Smith after he returned to work following rotator cuff surgery. The ...
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  • Consumer Safety Guidelines for Car Jack Use

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Apr-2009

    According to NHTSA’ s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, “Incidents involving jacks or hoists accounted for about 10,000 injuries seen in emergency departments per year and frequently occurred while repairing vehicles or changing tires.” Following are common sense guidelines suggested by the automotive division of Associated Content, an online magazine that connects ...
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  • Earth Day 2009

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Apr-2009

    Posted by Jacqueline Colclough, Esquire, R.N. Earth Day, celebrated in the United States annually on April 22, is a day intended to inspire appreciation and awareness for the Earth’s environment. It was founded in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin as a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment. This year, Earth Day will mark the beginning of ...
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