Crazy Winter Sports That Lead to Excessive Injuries

Winter sports that make the most of the snow and ice may be exciting, but they also tend to be among the most dangerous outdoor activities. These can lead to a variety of injuries, including everything from broken bones to concussions. The following winter activities are especially risky: Skijoring Nordic skiing provides a great workout and a winter version of runner’s high, but it can be even more fun when accompanied by man’s best friend. Skijoring brings dogs (and sometimes, horses) into the mix, with incorporated animals towing their human companions through the snow. This can be exceedingly dangerous, as…

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Congressional Report Discovers Toxic Heavy Metals in Popular Baby Foods

A recent congressional report found that many baby food products may not be safe for children. The House Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on economic and consumer policy found significant amounts of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, in some of the largest commercial baby food manufacturers’ rice cereals, sweet potato purees, juices, and sweet snack puffs. The committee sought product data on seven of the largest baby food manufacturers’ including Nurture, Inc. (HappyBABY), Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (Beech-Nut), Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Earth’s Best Organic), Gerber, Campbell Soup Company (Plum Organics), Walmart Inc. (Parent’s Choice), and Sprout Foods, Inc….

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What Happens If You Are in an Accident While Driving Someone Else’s Car?

Have you ever borrowed a family member or friend’s car and wondered what would happen if you were to get in an accident? Whose insurance would pay? Yours? Theirs? Neither? Here is a breakdown of how it works in the DMV: Washington D.C. DC Code § 50-1301.08 states that “whenever any motor vehicle . . . shall be operated . . . by any person other than the owner, with the consent of the owner . . . the operator thereof shall in case of accident, be deemed to be the agent of the owner of such motor vehicle ….

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Anxiety and Depression After an Injury: How Common Is It And What Can You Do?

There are many facets to post-injury recovery, including not only rest and healing, but also, regaining long-term strength and dealing with oft-ignored mental health concerns. If the potential for anxiety and depression are not tackled early on, these issues could add significant difficulties to the already challenging prospect of physical recovery. Keep reading to learn more about the prevalence of mental health issues following physical injuries — and to discover how these concerns can be addressed. How Common Are Mental Health Problems After Injury? The potential for developing depression or anxiety largely depends on the nature of the injury. These…

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Updated Rules Governing Lead in Drinking Water

Since 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead and copper rule has governed our nation’s efforts to reduce lead in drinking water. This rule has often been criticized as overly complicated, under-enforced, and insufficiently strong to protect Americans’ health. However, as of just recently, the federal government provided a revised 409-page version of the lead and copper rule that provides new protections and closes previously available loopholes. The Good Under the new revisions, water utilities are required to test for lead at schools and child-care facilities every five years, and must do the same at secondary schools upon request. In addition,…

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What Happens When You Get Hurt Inside a Hospital?

Hospital-acquired infections represent one of the greatest sources of danger in today’s health care system, but many other hazards place patients at risk. Surprisingly, personal injury issues associated with small business premises often occur within hospitals and clinics. Hospital-based negligence can involve everything from uneven walkways to puddles. When such injuries occur, the personal injury process sometimes looks different than a typical medical malpractice lawsuit, as we explain below: Premises Liability Versus Medical Malpractice Don’t assume that you’re automatically eligible for medical malpractice damages simply because you were injured while visiting a hospital. You may be surprised to discover that…

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Is Your Christmas Décor Increasing Your Risk of Home Fire?

Did you know that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February? And that the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve? While it is fun to decorate for the winter holidays, it is especially important that you do so in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety of those you love. To help decrease your risk of a home fire, the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration teamed up to help offer some decorating tips for the holiday season. Here are some of their suggestions:…

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How to Drive Safely This Winter

As fall turns to winter, safe driving becomes more of a challenge. Amidst all the festivities, it is easy to forget about the precautions you should take to prepare your vehicle for the change in weather. However, following the guidance offered by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help keep you and your loved ones safer throughout the holiday season. PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE Make sure that your car is ready for winter conditions before you get behind the wheel. Some important things to pay attention to are your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, and tires because they all suffer in…

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Winter Season Injuries (And How to Avoid Them)

It’s no surprise that along with the ice, rain, and snow comes an increase in injuries. Some of the most common winter injuries occur from slip and fall incidents on icy and wet surfaces and from participation in winter sports. SLIP AND FALL INCIDENTS One of the most challenging things about ice is that oftentimes, you can’t see it. Sometimes it may look like a pool of water, and at other times, it may just be too dark to spot – especially with the shorter winter days. To help reduce your risk of injury from a slip and fall incident,…

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New Year, New Law: It Will Soon Be Illegal to Hold Your Phone While Driving in Virginia

If you are a believer in new years’ resolutions, you might consider adding one more item to your list: don’t hold your phone while driving. While this certainly has always been a good idea, it is even more so now that Virginia’s new law will soon make it illegal to hold any handheld personal communications device while driving. The law takes effect on January 1, 2021. Under the current law, it is illegal for drivers to read or send emails and text messages. Under the new law, just holding a personal communications device while driving anywhere at any time will…

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