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  • Ten Commonly Overlooked Auto Safety Issues

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-May-2009

    In preparing for summer road trips, most drivers take care of the routine maintenance, but frequently neglect some of the more potentially dangerous issues they could face. Missing air bags. A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), finds that nearly one in five fatal accidents involves cars with missing air bags. This is something that should concern anyone who ...
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  • Campus Drinking Problem: Good Samaritan Rules May Help Save Students in Medical Emergencies

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

    College presidents across the country believe that excessive drinking by college students is the number one campus-life problem. Some of the obvious dangers of student alcohol misuse include: harm to those who drink to excess; negative impacts on non-drinking students and those who drink responsibly; damage to the college reputation. According to requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Schools and ...
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  • Colorectal Cancers Run in Families

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

    By Victor E. Long, Esq. It is estimated that about 15% of colorectal cancers run in families. For that reason, it’s important to know the health history of your immediate family and to tell your children. People with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) develop hundreds of polyps in the colon and rectum. Without treatment, FAP usually leads to colorectal cancer by age 40. Less than 1% of all ...
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  • Treadmill Safety Guidelines

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

    The recent tragic death of Mike Tyson’s young daughter as a result of a treadmill accident highlights the vigilance necessary by parents of young children. Treadmills are the most popular workout machine in the country. Many homes with treadmills also have young children, a combination that potentially can be extremely dangerous. About 1,000 children under 14 die of unintentional ...
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  • Common Sense Advice for Safe Ladder Use

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

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more that 164,000 individuals are treated each year following injuries related to ladder accidents. CPSC provides safety tips to prevent ladder injuries: "Make sure the weight your ladder is supporting does not exceed its maximum load rating (user plus materials). There should only be one person on the ladder at one time. Use a ladder ...
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  • Youth Summer Sports Advice

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

    By Victor E. Long, Esq. What’s all the rage with young athletes this summer? Hospital visits. With more than 30 million children playing organized sports in the United States today, the opportunity for injury is on the upswing. Almost 1.9 million children under 15 years old were treated in emergency rooms for sports-related injuries in 2002, says the most recent information available from ...
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  • Chrysler Plan Could Prevent Lawsuits By Injured Persons

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

    If Chrysler’s bankruptcy is approved by Congress, owners of Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicles may find themselves without the right to seek compensation for serious injuries caused by car defects. The New York Times has recently published an interesting article concerning this hot topic. Under the proposed plan, Chrysler identified the obligations the new entity would assume and those it ...
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  • Safety Belts for Commercial Buses

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

    Posted by Paul Cornoni The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advised Congress recently that it plans to require safety belts on commercial buses. This is a much needed measure which will help protect innocent passengers on buses. Our firm has previously blogged about this topic and the dangers of bus and truck accidents. In 2006, more than 630 million people took trips on ...
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  • Fast Lane: Bicycling is only healthy when you ride safely

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-May-2009

    As recently posted on Welcome to the Fast Lane, the Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, bicycling is only healthy when you ride safely : "It’s clear that bicycling is good for the environment…when it takes vehicles off the road. It’s also clear that bicycling is good for your health…when you practice safety. May is National Bike Safety Month. As this ...
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  • Be cautious when buying electronics

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-May-2009

    "The following safety tips provided by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI ) can help people identify and avoid these fraudulent products: Use established vendors and authorized retailers. Buy electrical products from reputable retailers who get their goods from legitimate distributors and authorized manufacturers. Avoid buying electrical products at flea markets or bargain ...
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  • Screen Pregnant Women for Syphilis, USPSTF Reaffirms

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 19-May-2009

    Screening for Syphilis Infection in Pregnancy: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement "Screen all pregnant women for syphilis, preferably at their first prenatal visit, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirms in Annals of Internal Medicine. According to one study, almost 15% of U.S. obstetricians/gynecologists do not routinely screen pregnant ...
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  • Class 1 Recall: Respironics, Inc., SmartMonitor 2 Infant Apnea Monitor (Models 4002 and 4003)

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 19-May-2009

    "Respironics and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I recall of SmartMonitor 2 Infant Apnea Monitor, Models 4002 and 4003, used for the continuous monitoring of respiration and heart rate of infant patients in the home or in the hospital. The monitors may fail to sound an alarm during periods of temporary interruption of breathing or low heart rates. The affected products were ...
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  • False Positives Common During Cancer Screenings

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-May-2009

    As reported by the Annals of Family Medicine, cancer screening frequently yields false positives — with resulting invasive procedures. Researchers studied nearly 68,500 adults, aged 55 to 74, who underwent up to 14 screenings over 3 years in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Tests included digital rectal examination plus prostate-specific antigen ...
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  • Summer and Skin Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection Are Key

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-May-2009

    Posted by Jacqueline Colclough, Esquire As the official beginning of summer approaches with Memorial Day Weekend, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and other health organizations are undertaking efforts to education the public about skin cancer risks and prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, over one million people across the United States are currently affected by skin cancer. ...
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  • Hewlett-Packard Recalls 70,000 Laptop Batteries for Overheating

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-May-2009

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced Hewlett-Packard is voluntarily recalling 70,000 lithium-ion batteries that shipped with several models of its HP and Compaq laptops. According to the CPSC, two separate reports of batteries that "overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage" but no injuries. We have reproduced the Consumer ...
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  • Mother Jones: Silent Recall

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-May-2009

    Posted by Paul Cornoni Mother Jones published a sad piece on the ineffectiveness of dangerous product recalls concerning unsafe cribs. Our firm has recently blogged about this issue as well. A Mother Jones investigation demonstrated that, too often, the recall system fails. "While manufacturers make use of their resources and marketing savvy to sell a crib, they do not always make the same ...
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  • “Play Yards” By Eddie Bauer Pose Suffocation Hazard

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-May-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire The Associated Press (AP) reports that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Eddie Bauer company have recalled nearly "76,600 Eddie Bauer Soothe & Sway Play Yards, sold in the U.S. and Canada and distributed by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind., because of a suffocation hazard to an ...
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  • Taxotere Promotional Materials Misleading

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-May-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire Dow Jones Newswires reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged Sanofi-Aventis SA, a drug manufacturer, "to stop distributing certain promotional material for its breast cancer drug, Taxotere [docetaxel], saying the material misleadingly claims the medicine is more effective than proven." According ...
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  • Toxic Toys and Faulty Cribs: Kids in Danger Reports on 2008 Recalls

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-May-2009

    Kids In Danger (KID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety. Toxic Toys and Faulty Cribs, a new report released by Kids in Danger, along with US Representative Jan Schakowsky and Ilinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan examines children’s product recalls in 2008, recall effectiveness at CPSC and suggestions for child safety. ...
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  • Wal-Mart pays $2M to avoid charges in death probe

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-May-2009

    On May 6, 2009, Wal-Mart agreed to pay nearly $2 million and improve safety at its 92 New York stores as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid criminal charges in the trampling death of a temporary worker last year. Jdimytai Damour, a maintenance worker, was trampled to death while working at the front of a Wal-Mart store on November 29, 2008 –the morning after Thanksgiving. Nassau County ...
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  • Water Safety Tips for Children

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-May-2009

    Posted by Paul Cornoni As the warm months approach, it is important to review a few key water safety tips for children. Please refer to our prior blog on pool safety as well. According to the National Safety Council, over 3,000 people die by drowning each year and children age four and younger have the highest death rate due to drowning. A child can drown in one inch of water. Most drowning and ...
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  • Disconnect Between Women’s Body Image and Weight

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-May-2009

    By Victor E. Long, Esq. Associated Press-iVillage poll suggests many women also think they’re fat when they’re not. The poll reveals that there’s a major disconnect between body image and true physical condition. Many women who say they are dieting are avoiding healthy fruits and veggies. The priorities are flipped," says Dr. Molly Poag, chief of psychiatry at New ...
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  • Pilots Broke Rules Prior To Fatal Crash

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-May-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire An accident survey conducted by PlaneCrashInfo.com of 1,843 aircraft accidents from 1950 through 2006 established "the causes to be as follows: 53%: Pilot error 21%: Mechanical failure 11%: Weather 8%: Other human error (air traffic controller error, improper loading of aircraft, improper maintenance, fuel contamination, ...
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  • Spring Yard Work: Guidelines for Preventing Injury

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-May-2009

    As spring arrives, most homeowners begin the annual task of clearing winter debris and preparing their home for spending more time outdoors. Frequently, injuries result as muscles long dormant during the winter months experience much more activity in a brief period of time than usual. A recent column by a physical therapist and yard keeper in the Gloucester Daily Times provides some common sense ...
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  • Car Crashes During Work Kill and Injure Many

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-May-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire On-the-job automobile collisions are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the America. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, there are 5,700 deaths at work each year, and 35% of the fatalities are associated with motor vehicles. According to its website, on average ...
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