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  • The Dangers of Not Getting Enough Sunlight During the Winter and How to Manage Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 28-Feb-2017

    We’ve all heard that too much sun can cause skin cancer—but did you know that not enough sun can also increase your cancer risk? Among other illnesses and side effects, a lack of sunlight can cause Vitamin D deficiency, which studies have linked to several types of cancers, according to Cancer.gov. Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread than most people realize. Dr. Betty Kovacs ...
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  • Five New Safety Habits to Adopt in 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Feb-2017

    As we go through life, personal safety should be our constant goal in an ever-changing and sometimes uncertain world. The following five habits can keep you safer in 2017. Use real-time alert apps. Your smartphone can be a useful tool to help you avoid dangerous situations. Use a mapping app with real-time traffic to avoid heavy traffic and accident scenes. Weather apps alert you to incoming ...
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  • Does Being Rude to Your Doctor Increase Your Risk of Getting Bad Treatment?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Feb-2017

    When you feel bad physically—especially if your symptoms worry you—you might not be your normal self when you visit the doctor. In fact, patient rudeness is quite common in doctor’s offices and hospitals, and many healthcare professionals even expect it as an occupational hazard. But can being rude to your doctor actually increase your risk of getting bad treatment? In theory, ...
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  • Cybersecurity Threats and Medical Devices: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Feb-2017

    In our connected world, most of us understand the need for improved cybersecurity for our computers and mobile devices—but did you realize many medical devices may also be at risk? These devices frequently contain computers that connect to a network, making them possibly susceptible to cybersecurity threats, just like any other computer. In a recent article, the FDA acknowledged the ...
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  • Concussions in Football: What's Changed over the Past Two Years?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Feb-2017

    In 2015, the movie Concussion starring Will Smith helped rekindle an important discussion in football regarding whether the sport is doing enough to minimize the risks of concussions. Younger players, especially at the high school and collegiate levels, may be especially at risk for long-term brain damage if concussions are not properly detected or treated. Let’s look at some the recent ...
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  • Physics Behind Why Driving in Sleet and Freezing Rain Can Be So Deadly

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 21-Feb-2017

    Within minutes, sleet and freezing rain can create the most hazardous of driving conditions, often leading to expensive and even fatal vehicle accidents. Let’s look at the physics behind two dangers that can make driving in sleet or freezing rain a potentially deadly proposition. Traction Freezing rain occurs when precipitation falls as rain but freezes upon hitting the surface. Sleet ...
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  • Four Signs That a Loved One Was Harmed By a Pharmaceutical Error or Omission - And What to Do About It

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Feb-2017

    According to the FDA, approximately 1.3 million people in the U.S. each year are harmed by some sort of medication error. These errors may dosage mistakes, drug interactions, or errors in administering the drug. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from a pharmaceutical error or omission, look for one or more of the following possible signs: Atypical occurrence of side effects. If the patient ...
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  • Five Tips for Choosing a Hospital to Minimize Your Likelihood of Being a Victim of Medical Error

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 13-Feb-2017

    With medical error now listed as one of the leading causes of death (behind heart disease and cancer), a bit of caution makes perfect sense when choosing a hospital for your upcoming surgery or medical procedure. Here are five tips to help you improve your odds for quality care and reduce the risk of becoming a victim. Check the hospital’s safety grade. The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit ...
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