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  • Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones from Hazards of Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-May-2015

    Recent legal issues and security breaches have left consumers and healthcare providers alike questioning the benefits of electronic medical records. Designed to improve accuracy in patient care and eliminate medical errors, EMRs have instead exposed millions of consumers to identity theft and caused significant lapses in medical care due to inaccurate or incomplete recordkeeping. If your provider ...
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  • Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Goes National – New Information

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-May-2015

    Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata has announced that it would double the size of its initial airbag recall, expanding nationally to include 34 million vehicles. The reversal comes after more than ten years of denying any defects, and makes the scandal the largest vehicle recall in history. The move is the latest in the ongoing recall debacle that we have been following for many months. As an ...
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  • Your Electronic Medical Records (EMR): How Safe Are They?

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

    Electronic medical records are supposed to make healthcare more personalized, more convenient and more effective, but recent events show they may pose some very serious risks to patients, sometimes resulting in inaccurate diagnoses that could lead to poor outcomes and even death. Some errors have been so serious that they’ve led to malpractice suits that have settled for millions of dollars. ...
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  • Basic Pool and Water Safety: Keeping Children Safe

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

    Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for many families around the country. Children everywhere are sure to start pestering their parents about trips to the beach or public pool. Swimming is a fantastic source of recreation and fitness for families everywhere, but it also comes with a significant degree of risk. As we have blogged previously, drowning is one of the leading ...
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  • 2015 Summer Driving Season: Time for Click It or Ticket Campaign

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-May-2015

    Summer driving season is finally here. As usual, this Memorial Day Weekend comes with a safety reminder from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On May 18th, the NHTSA kicked off its annual Click It or Ticket campaign, urging drivers in the DMV and around the country to remember the benefit of wearing a seat belt while driving. While more motorists are wearing seat belts than ever ...
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  • May is National Physical Fitness and Sport Month

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-May-2015

    According to the CDC, more than a third of adults in the U.S. are obese and another third are overweight; obesity also affects about 18 percent of kids from age 6 to 19, and an amazing 12 percent of kids aged just two to five years. Obesity has been associated with a whole host of serious medical issues, including type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, infertility, ...
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  • The Dangers of Letting Baby Sleep in a Car Seat

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-May-2015

    Car seats are designed to keep babies safe, but a new study has found when used improperly - specifically, as a napping place - these seats can pose deadly dangers. Conducted by researchers at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, this study looked at 47 infant deaths that occurred in sitting and carrying devices. Researchers found that 31 of those deaths involved napping in car ...
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  • Tips for Caring for Your Sick or Elderly Parent

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-May-2015

    Mother’s Day makes us all a little more conscious of the care and sacrifice our moms made while we were young. Today, many adult children find their roles reversed — they now must provide care and assistance for their ailing or elderly moms. Caring for an elderly parent is a common activity for many adult kids. In fact, polling company Gallup says more than 70 percent of adults are ...
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  • NTSB Investigations of Amtrak Derailment Continue – More Mysteries

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-May-2015

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner As investigations continue into determining the cause(s) for Amtrak’s tragic derailment on Tuesday night, the Washington Post reports that NTSB investigations have discovered that less than one minute prior to the crash, the train actually sped up from 70 mph to over 100 mph before derailing. According to the forward-looking camera ...
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  • Warning: Over-Dependence on Health Apps Can Lead to Misdiagnosis

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-May-2015

    Just about everybody loves the convenience of apps, and when it comes to managing health and wellness, there are plenty of resources from which to choose. But recently, concerns have begun to be raised by medical professionals regarding the safe use of these apps and their significant potential for misdiagnosis, which may lead to patients misinterpreting important symptoms and delaying medical ...
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  • 7 Rules for How to Draw Up a Contract with Your Teen for Prom

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-May-2015

    Prom is an exciting time for teens, but it can also be nerve-wracking for parents who worry about impulsive behavior that could lead to serious accidents. Developing a prom night contract is one way to make sure your teens understand your concerns and take them seriously. Here are a few guidelines to help you draw up your own contract: • Be clear about the dangers of drinking and driving, and make ...
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  • Amtrak Train Derailment Investigation Continues

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-May-2015

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner More than 200 passengers were injured and eight people were killed in Tuesday night’s Amtrak crash along one of the busiest stretches of passenger train corridors in the country. According to the Washington Post, as the investigation of the recent Amtrak derailment continues, two key questions surrounding the crash are still ...
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  • May Is National Bike Safety Month

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-May-2015

    As spring turns to summer, bikers will be out in full force in the Washington, DC area-where the number of workers who commute by bike is more than six times the national average. With warm weather and National Bike to Work Day approaching, bicycle safety is increasingly important for DC residents to know. Cyclists should be knowledgeable of and obey the laws of traffic, as cycling injuries are ...
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  • Amtrak Train Traveling at 100 mph in a 50 mph Zone at Time of Derailment

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

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner In follow up to my earlier post today about the tragic Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, I wanted to share some significant news about the early progress of the investigation. The data recorder from the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last night has been recovered. Lab analysis showed that the train was traveling at 100 miles ...
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  • Philadelphia Amtrak Crash Investigations Launched

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

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner Last night’s deadly Amtrak crash near Philadelphia is the latest transportation disaster to make the headlines. Investigations are now under way to determine the cause of the derailment as quickly as possible. Agencies involved in the initial investigation include the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Railroad ...
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  • Tips to Avoid Becoming a Prom Statistic

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

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner From promposals to prom themes to after-prom parties, the hype to create the perfect prom memory continues to grow. Unfortunately, proms also lead teens who are normally very mature and level-headed to participate in risky behavior. All too often, the excitement of prom night ends abruptly with a tragic event and new prom statistics. The ...
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  • A New Device That Could Revolutionize Safe Driving Practices?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-May-2015

    Many new auto safety technologies promise to transform the driving experience by anticipating and correcting for human errors. But which technologies will truly revolutionize the industry? That's an open question, but researchers at Cornell University have developed a very promising concept - a system that can predict when a driver is about to make a mistake that could potentially cause a car ...
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  • How Safe Are Uber and Lyft, Exactly?

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

    Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft have faced their fair share of negative stories in the news recently. That may just be the price these companies must pay for exploding in popularity and changing the game for an entire industry. But how safe, exactly, are these ride share services? What can statistics and anecdotes tell us about Uber and Lyft, and how should consumers respond? In 2013, a ...
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  • Law Day 2015: A Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

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

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner May 1 is traditionally recognized as Law Day throughout the United States. According to the proclamation by President Obama, this year’s Law Day is intended to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the document that first spelled out the rights and liberties of man. During the past 800 years, Magna Carta has become one of ...
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