What Parents of Newly Minted Drivers Can Do to Protect Their Teens

Your teenager recently aced parallel parking and the rest of the driver’s test. Now, it’s time to hit the road. As parent, however, you’re naturally wary. After all, car crashes remain a top killer for adolescents. You can’t monitor your teen at all times, but you can provide an element of protection from afar. Follow these tips to keep your teen safe on the road: Select Vehicles With Teen Driver Mode Several of today’s finest vehicles feature driving modes specifically designed to address parent concerns. Chevrolet, for example, provides teen driving technology to monitor young drivers’ behavior and, if necessary,…

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Scooters: The Newest Menace For DC Drivers?

Take a look at your average DC street, and you might observe a subtle, yet surprisingly significant change for commuters: scooters. That’s right, scooters are changing the way we commute in Washington, D.C. LimeBike recently added dockless electric scooters to the area’s already impressive array of transit options. Not everybody’s happy, however; numerous drivers have complained of irresponsible scooter riders appearing seemingly out of nowhere, forcing sudden stops and increasing the risk of fender benders. What do these scooters mean for commuters? Read on to find out. How Prevalent Are Scooter Injuries? As of yet, there is no national data…

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Your New Baby’s in the NICU — Tips for Being Vigilant and Ensuring Good Care for Your Infant

Few parents expect their newborns to end up in the NICU, and yet, estimates indicate that at least 10 percent of newborns find themselves there. Reasons for visiting the NICU can vary, but often involve premature birth, breathing irregularities, birth defects, or heart problems. This process is overwhelming, but your vigilance can ensure a positive outcome. Follow these tips to ensure quality care: Get Familiar With Your Child’s NICU Team Don’t be afraid to introduce yourselves to the professionals working in NICU. During this critical time, it’s imperative that you act as an advocate for your baby; you’ll be far…

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Safe Driving Apps: Do They Work?

Distracted driving is a huge public hazard; the National Safety Council reports that distracted drivers cause 1.6 million crashes annually. According to tech gurus, however, the very devices that distract us could also make us safer drivers. Skeptical? You’re not alone. Read on to learn about the latest safe driving apps and whether they could actually improve behavior behind the wheel. AT&T DriveMode Available on both Android and iOS devices, AT&T’s DriveMode silences incoming text messages and send calls to voicemail to reduce the urge to look at your phone while driving. The free app is activated when your vehicle…

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Why Children Should Remain in Rear-Facing Car Seats As Long As Possible

Our nation’s roads are safer for children than they used to be. Car seat vigilance, in particular, has greatly reduced the risk of fatality among the nation’s youngest passengers. An especially promising Centers for Disease Control study revealed that child passenger deaths decreased 43 percent between 2002 and 2011. Despite this, motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death among children. An easy way to beat the statistics? Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. How Long Should My Child Remain in a Rear-Facing Car Seat? If you’re like most parents, you’re tempted to…

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How to Partner with Your Pediatrician to Make Sure Your Children Get Great Care

Your pediatrician plays an invaluable role in keeping your kids healthy. Proactive care really does make a difference, but there is only so much your pediatrician can accomplish alone. Success in pediatrics relies upon a productive relationship between medical professionals and parents. Read on to learn how you can work with your pediatrician to minimize health risks and ensure your child receives exceptional care. Arrive Prepared Today’s pediatricians face an onslaught of concerned parents and sick children — and often, far too little time. It is therefore critical that you make the most of every moment with your pediatrician. Arrive…

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Opportunities and Risks of Robot-Assisted Surgery

Could robot-assisted surgery be the future of healthcare? Advocates certainly think so. According to proponents, the use of robotics in surgery would lead to greater precision than humans can demonstrate alone. Currently, robotics primarily play a role in minimally invasive procedures involving small incisions. Benefits of Robot-Assisted Surgery Currently, robotic systems allow physicians to perform complicated procedures with greater precision. In select situations, robotic systems are better capable of providing the delicate care and small incisions patients require. Additionally, the use of robotic systems can lead to fewer surgical site infections and other complications. Robot-Assisted Risks As with any surgery,…

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Food Safety Education Month – Key Things to Know

Foodborne illness is no joke; every year, these diseases strike one in six Americans. Of these, 128,000 end up in the hospital and at least 3,000 die. During Food Safety Education Month, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerts Americans to the risks everyday meals can pose. This year, don’t ignore the problem; read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Food Should Be Cooked And Served at the Right Temperature You regularly check the temperature of meals while cooking, but what about when serving a meal? Both are important. According to…

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Five Illnesses That Doctors Often Misdiagnose

When a patient receives medical advice and recommendations, he or she can sometimes assume that the doctor is giving a perfect diagnosis every time. However, human error occurs and there are times where your doctor will make a mistake. Depending on the illness and the combination of symptoms, a doctor could misdiagnose you and the illness you have. 5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses Parkinson’s disease. Currently no official lab tests can confirm Parkinson’s disease. Because of this, it will be completely up to your doctor to observe your condition and make any decisions based on what you tell them. This makes…

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