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  • The Huge and Underappreciated Problem of Hospital Errors

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Dec-2015

    Most people are aware that medical errors occur during hospitalizations and that they result in illness, injury and death; however, few know the full extent of the problem. Doctors and healthcare consumers alike tend to assume such mistakes are relatively rare. In a startling new book, Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America’s Third Largest Cause of Death, And What Can Be Done About ...
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  • Most Hazardous Toys of 2015

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Dec-2015

    Toys have the potential to harm children in many ways. Health risks include choking, damaged hearing and the ingestion of toxic chemicals as well as injuries to any part of the body. The Public Interest Research Group's Education Fund released its annual Trouble in Toyland report of dangerous toys. Below are the worst offenders. • Fun Bubbles jump rope from Dollar Tree. It contains 10 ...
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  • Toyota Recalling Another 1.6 Million Cars Over Takata Air Bag Debacle

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Dec-2015

    The latest Toyota recall of 1.6 million vehicles with defective air bags represents only a part of the 15 million vehicles with this problem that the carmaker has recalled since 2013. This recall involves 22 models sold in Japan, including the Vitz and Corolla, manufactured between January 2004 and December 2005, along with models in Britain, Italy and Spain. Japan's Takata makes the hazardous ...
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  • Volkswagen Recall Spreads as South Korea Recalls Over 125,000 Cars

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Dec-2015

    Volkswagen's (VW) troubles continue to mount following the exposure of the carmaker's attempt to conceal the magnitude of smog-causing emissions from its vehicles. In September, the company admitted to installing software in up to 11 million diesel vehicles around the world that tremendously understated emissions of nitrogen oxides. Now, following a California recall of VW vehicles, South ...
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  • Medical Errors on the Decline Since Obamacare Rollout

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Dec-2015

    According to a new hospital report, deadly medical errors have declined in hospitals, a benefit that may have saved 87,000 lives since 2010. Identifying the reasons for the improvement presents a challenge, but many analysts believe initiatives within the Affordable Care Act have played an important role. If these experts are correct, it means Obamacare has prevented deaths due to human error. The ...
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  • December Is AIDS Awareness Month

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Dec-2015

    The AIDS Awareness Month of December provides an opportunity for doctors, patients and public health experts to discuss the implications of an illness that afflicts millions around the globe. Frustratingly, research has yet to find a definitive cure for HIV; and the infection poses a daunting challenge to its victims along with the doctors who endeavor to treat it. However, a therapy that launched ...
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  • 7 Holiday Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Dec-2015

    Everyone looks forward to the holidays, since they involve celebrating the spiritual significance of the occasions as well as cherishing time with family and friends. However, activities associated with this time of year present various risks to health and property. Here are some safety tips to help prevent unpleasant things from putting a damper on your festivities. 1. Manage Stress The hustle ...
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  • Consumer Advocacy Group Releases List of 10 Unsafe Toys for 2015

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Dec-2015

    Some manufacturers overlook safety hazards in the design and construction of children's toys. World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH), a toy advocacy safety group, says the market contains an array of dangerous play items, and they urge parents to be extra careful when shopping for them online. Per the WATCH website, here's the mission of this safety crusade: "Although parents ...
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  • Drunk Driving Claims Another Victim: Local Police Officer Dies

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-Dec-2015

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner According to today’s Washington Post, a young police office working on special assignment for his agency’s Holiday Alcohol Task Force was hit by a drunk driver last week and died earlier today. The driver of the vehicle that struck him was held on suspicions of drunk driving with additional charges pending. According to the ...
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  • 5 Thanksgiving Driving Hazards

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 1-Dec-2015

    Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays to be on the road, according to research by the National Safety Council. Turkey Day comes third only to Independence Day and Memorial Day as the number-one day for car accidents nationwide. With millions of Americans driving rather than flying to holiday events, it's not hard to see why the numbers spike - but it is sobering to see how high ...
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  • Facing Substantial Fines Over Airbag Defects, Takata and Honda Part Ways

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 1-Dec-2015

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently slapped Takata, one of the world's largest vehicle air bag manufacturers, with a $70 million fine, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Meanwhile, automaker Honda has decided to sever its relationship with Takata, citing the manufacturer's misrepresentations and manipulations of test data related to its ...
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