Early Diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer is Critical | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Each year in America there are approximately 16,000 new diagnoses of esphogeal cancer, reports an article in Medical New Today.  Unfortunately, according to the report, only 10% of those diagnosed survive the disease.  The principal reason for this alarming statistic is the lack of early detection. It is widely recognized that smokers are predisposed to esophageal cancer.  However, as the article points out, there are several other contributing factors, including: Excessive alcohol consumption; Obesity; Lye ingestion; and, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn. We encourage our readers to speak…

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Threat of Fires Causes GM to Recall 1.5M Cars | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced that General Motors is recalling nearly 1.5 million passenger sedans manufactured between 1997 and 2003.  According to CNN, “the problem involves a potential for oil to leak on the exhaust manifold during hard braking. When a car operates under normal conditions, the manifold can get very hot.”  The abnormal heating can lead to fires.  “The recall covers certain mid- and full-size passenger sedans under GM’s Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac brands.”  Owners and dealers of the recalled vehicles will be notified soon so that alterations…

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Global Food Supply Poses Serious Health Risks | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Leading scientists at last week’s Total Health Show 2009, held in Toronto, warned that changes to the global food supply are desperately needed to avoid serious health risks, according to a report in Medical News Today.  One world-known scientist–Dr. Shiv Chopra– stated that the removal of “antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides, would transform the safety and sustainability of the food supply,” notes the report. According to Dr. Chopra and others, the infusion of these unnecessary products is driven “less by need and more by the profit motives of major corporations.” Genetically engineered foods are flooding…

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Congress Probes Medical Care Provided By AIG to Civilian Workers | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Many brave women and men serve our country today in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other places in the world very far from home.  Most are soldiers.  Many are civilian contractors.  The last thing they need to think about is a wrongful denial of insurance benefits in the event they are severely injured. According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, Congress has begun a probe into whether insurance giant American Insurance Group, Inc. and other insurance companies have been  inappropriately denying and delaying coverage and benefits to these men and…

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Baby Cribs, Pacifiers, and More Recalled | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently recalled Zoo pacifiers, manufactured by Healthtex.  According to a report by The State Journal, the pacifiers were recalled “because they failed to meet federal safety standards. The nipples can separate from the base easily and pose a choking hazard.”  If you have these pacifiers, you are encouraged to keep them away from your children and contact Healthtex at (866)348-5080. The Journal also reports that “rails on Simplicity Travel Tender Play Yards can collapse unexpectedly.” The specific recalled model numbers are 5500DRM, 5500WDS, 5500FEL, 5501FEL, 5502MON, 5520PRO, 5550HAN,…

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Baby Bottles May Be Dangerous | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Canada has restricted the production of plastic baby-bottles, containers, and cups manufactured with a chemical that some experts say cause a serious health threat.  The chemical is known as BPA, or bisphenol-A, and many states are now poised to follow the lead of Suffolk County, New York and invoke bans here in America, according to a recent report at Forbes.com. Although the US Food and Drug Administration and the Eurpopean Union both say the chemical is safe, many experts disagree.  The report indicates that some scientists believe that  BPA is a toxin and that…

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