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  • How New Technologies Will Make Athletes Safer: Exploring Tools for Preventing Sports Related Brain Injuries

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jan-2015

    Traumatic brain injuries are among the most common hazards athletes face. Yet many TBIs go unreported because coaches — and even athletes themselves — avoid coming forward to complain. Cultural barriers sometimes also prevent athletes from getting the proper care, but the constraint is generally a lack of proper information. Helmet-mounted accelerometer technologies may be able to help ...
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  • How to Handle Difficult-to-Replicate Auto Issues: Do You Think You Have a Defective Vehicle?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jan-2015

    Automotive ownership comes with many sources of anxiety - especially as designs and functions become increasingly complicated. Most car owners can relate to the irritation that comes with hearing a problem with a vehicle but then being unable to reproduce the sound for the mechanic. This replication problem is a source of frustration for many car owners, who are often forced to continue owning and ...
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  • See the Future of Car Design Today: Mercedes Benz, Google and Other Brands Are Revolutionizing Mobility

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jan-2015

    The automobile industry currently faces challenges from tech-giant Google to re-conceive transportation. At the yearly Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, companies from around the world converge to showcase their latest products and design ideas. While wearable technology has grabbed more than its fair share of headlines, a German automaker is aiming to change how people travel. As one ...
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  • 9 Winter Safety Tips From the Red Cross

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Jan-2015

    This winter is set to be one of the coldest on record, with massive cold air fronts predicted for most of the United States. Fortunately, the American Red Cross offers steps anyone can take to ensure their safety during this inclement season. While we settle into the winter season, get acquainted with appropriate seasonal safety habits. A little bit of preparation can go a long way toward ensuring ...
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  • Don't Get Hacked! Tips for Owners of Computer-Equipped Cars

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Jan-2015

    Many exciting changes involving onboard computer technology are coming to the consumer car industry. Satellite-assisted navigation, traffic alerts, biometric customization, and similar features will soon be standard. Unfortunately, all of this luxury comes with a price. The U.S. Government and privacy advocates have expressed concerns regarding the increasingly networked nature of automobile-based ...
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  • General Motors’ Recall Headaches Follow the Company into the New Year

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jan-2015

    Let’s not mince words: 2014 was a very dark and unhappy year for General Motors. The GM defective ignition switch recall issue (which this blog covered in detail over multiple posts) cost the American carmaker billions of dollars and led to a horrendous international publicity headache. Images of GM’s CEO Mary Barra getting grilled by Congress last April did not help matters. And ...
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  • Tips to Protect Yourself Against Extreme Cold

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Jan-2015

    As frigid Arctic air dogs the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area, local residents and business owners find themselves at risk for diverse dangers, including hypothermia, the flu, weakened immune systems, slick ice, and fatigue. A new scientific study suggests that cold really might be able to make you sick – just like your mother used to tell you. In the study, mice subjected to ...
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  • Can Reducing Sugar and Starch Improve Health Outcomes for Diabetics?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Jan-2015

    Diabetes is a growing problem in America; a well-documented type 2 diabetes epidemic has stressed our health care system’s infrastructure and sparked existential debates over the quality of our food supply and nutrition advice. Type 2 diabetes has been linked to high consumption of sugar and starches and has been associated with a variety of serious metabolic diseases, including heart ...
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  • 4 Tips for Safer Winter Sports

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Jan-2015

    As winter descends on the Washington D.C. area, youth sports rivalries tend to heat up. As you (or your children) prepare for the big homecoming game or other key match, consider these 4 safety tips about how to protect your body during your sport’s “crunch time.” #1. Wear proper head protection, particularly if you play a dangerous sport like cycling, hockey, football, skiing or ...
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  • How Is the NFL Handling Its Concussion Problem? A Look at the Statistics

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jan-2015

    Football is a dangerous sport. Players across the nation of all ages and levels of talent suffer injuries every day, from sprained ankles and pulled muscles to serious concussions, torn ligaments and tendons, and shattered bones. Fortunately, for the past several years, teams and leagues have made conscious efforts to decrease the number of player concussions. During the 2013 year, the NFL ...
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  • Study Published in New England Journal of Medicine Says Medical Malpractice Reform Will Not Translate into Healthcare Savings

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jan-2015

    In its quest to create healthcare savings, the medical malpractice reform movement advocates setting caps on malpractice lawsuits. But, does this strategy actually work? It’s conventional wisdom that medical costs are “too high.” Likewise, physicians do worry about getting sued. As a result of these fears, doctors can order tests and other medical services for the sole purpose of ...
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  • Battle Between the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Japanese Takata Corporation Has Ramifications for Millions of Vehicle Owners

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jan-2015

    Will the Takata airbag recall go national? In the wake of dozens of injuries and five (perhaps more) deaths caused by defective Takata airbags, National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) recent sought to extend the airbag recall to the entire United States. This act would lead to the recall of 8 million vehicles in addition to the 14 million vehicles worldwide that have already ...
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  • Update on Takata Airbag Recall and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About It

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jan-2015

    Just as the auto industry began to recover from GM’s embarrassing (and deadly) defective ignition switch glitch, chaos struck the auto world again several months ago, after investigators discovered an odd defect affecting certain airbags made by Japan’s Takata Corporation. This discovery then prompted a massive recall of millions of vehicles. Here’s an update and an FAQ on ...
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  • Washington Car Accident Lawyers Urge Drivers to Heed National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jan-2015

    This December, the country will recognize National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in an effort to raise the visibility of impaired driving and help drivers understand the dangers of the problem. In 2010, the National High Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) showed that drugs or alcohol impaired one out of every three drivers killed in automotive ...
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  • Winter Fireplace Safety Guidelines Reviewed

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jan-2015

    As you prepare to light up your fireplace this season, be sure to adhere to the following safety guidelines to prevent fires and protect your loved ones from pollution. #1. Inspect the chimney before the first fire. Chimney and fireplace problems cause approximately 40% of home fires – a sobering statistic. First things first, find a certified fire sweep through the Chimney Safety Institute ...
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  • Insurance Industry Quashes Medical Malpractice Reform in California – Implications for the Rest of the Country

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Jan-2015

    Few political issues have been distorted more than the concept of “medical malpractice reform.” If you ask the average citizen what the consequences would be of raising medical malpractice damage caps, he or she would probably tell you the following: Raising caps would threaten doctors and force them to practice “defensive medicine.” It would also lead to spikes in ...
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  • Laws of the Game: FIFA the Latest Sports Organization to Face Concussion Suit

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Jan-2015

    On August 27, 2014, a coalition of soccer players and their parents initiated a class-action lawsuit against FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association). In the complaint, the plaintiffs charge the international soccer governing body of neglecting players in the monitoring and treatment of head injuries sustained during games. Rather than pursuing financial ...
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  • 5 Holiday Dangers That Can Lead to Hospitalization [As Well as a Possible Medical Malpractice Lawsuit]

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Jan-2015

    The holidays can range from happy and stress free to chaotic and full of last-minute travel plans, forgotten presents and food, and shouting arguments in the kitchen. But substantial and often under-reported safety hazards crop up during the holidays and cause a large number of hospital visits. Thanksgiving and Christmas witness a surprising bump in the number of injuries and illnesses. Here are 5 ...
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  • A Quick Primer on Dangerous Toys

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Jan-2015

    The holidays may be behind us, but it’s not too late to inspect the new toys added the toy box to determine whether the gifters actually followed general guidelines in child toy safety. Please review the list below and eliminate toys that are too dangerous. #1. Avoid giving “choke-y” toys to kids who are three-years-old or younger. Balloons, balls or bells should exceed 1.75 ...
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