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You Are What You Eat

July 28, 2011

Surprise, surprise, hot dogs aren’t good for you.

USA Today /Indianapolis Star (7/26, Rudavsky, Berggoetz) reported, “The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, DC group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: ‘Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.'” It “features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones.”

But this group of physicians were not the only ones to come down hard on hot dogs and other processed meats. The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research issued a study showing that “one 50-gram serving of processed meat — about the amount in one hot dog — a day increases the risk of colorectal cancer, on average, by 21 percent.”

Yikes. Steer clear.

High Temperatures Associated with 25 Deaths in Philadelphia

July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011

As temperatures in Philadelphia rose to 103 degrees, and the heat index reached 119 degrees, the death toll for heat-associated fatalities climbed as well. reports that authorities have attributed at least 25 deaths to results of heat complications.

Six more heat-related deaths were reported in the city on Wednesday. All six victims were males between the ages of 45 and 85, and all had preexisting heart problems. According to the report, the official count of 25 may be inaccurate, and the actual total may be close to double that amount. Authorities say it is simply impossible for the Medical Examiner’s Office to assess each and every body.

Another heat wave is expected to hit as early as today. The National Weather Service offers the following tips for beating the heat this summer:

  • Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities, such as exercise, until the coolest part of the day (dusk or dawn)
  • Wear light-colored, light-weight clothing that reflects heat
  • Eat less protein, as it increases metabolic heat output and escalates water loss
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, which dehydrate the body
  • Stay out of the sun and in air-conditioned areas if possible
  • Do not take salt supplements unless instructed to do so by a physician.

The Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys with Lundy Law encourage everyone to practice safety in the heat, and do all they can to stay cool in the coming days!

Be Careful What You Put in Your Hair

July 27, 2011

The AP (7/8) reported that at least 10 members of the House of Representatives “are asking the Food and Drug Administration to look into” whether women using keratin-based hair straighteners, including the popular Brazilian Blowout, are exposed to high levels of formaldehyde. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said she had heard that users of such products had experienced hair loss, respiratory problems and other illnesses. Along with Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), Schakowsky and eight other House members “wrote to the FDA in May asking for better regulation and labeling of keratin-based hair-smoothing products that contain formaldehyde,” classified as possibly carcinogenic by the Environmental Protection Agency. An FDA spokeswoman said that the agency was evaluating data on hair straighteners, while noting that as cosmetic products, they are not subject to FDA pre-market approval.

Study Examines Accuracy of Restaurant Menu Item Calorie Listings

July 26, 2011

USA Today (7/20, Hellmich) reports that calorie counts listed on restaurant menu items may not be accurate, according to a study published in the July 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. For the study, researchers collected “269 restaurant dishes from 42 popular fast-food and restaurants,” then “sent the dishes…to their laboratory to have the calories analyzed.” Next, “they compared their findings to the calories listed on each chain’s nutrition information charts.”

“About 40 percent of food items on restaurant menus contained at least 10 more calories than stated,” Bloomberg News (7/20, Ostrow) reports. “Restaurants understated their food’s energy content by more than 100 calories for 19 percent of menu items,” the study found. “One hundred extra calories a day adds up to about 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms) of weight gain a year, said study author Susan Roberts, a nutrition scientist at Tufts University in Boston.”

Philadelphia Soul: Friday Night’s Season Finale Is Fan Appreciation Night

July 21, 2011

Be sure not to miss Friday night’s (7/22) Arena Football League Game as the Philadelphia Soul take on the Pittsburgh Power in what is the last game of the season.

In honor of Fan Appreciation Night, LundyLaw will be giving out tickets on a first come, first serve basis. Call 215-246-9246 before they are all gone!

New Bicycle And Car Safety Campaign Produces Surprising Results

July 21, 2011

July 21, 2011

A new campaign headed by the Philadelphia Police Department aims to raise awareness between bikes and cars. The program–“Give Respect, Get Respect”–has thus far been successful and has shown some surprising results.

NBC-Philadelphia reports that since May 16, 803 individuals on bikes and in cars have been stopped in connection with the campaign. Of the 803 people stopped, 600 were bikers. Captain Alan Clark of the Philadelphia Police Department stated, “Cyclists seem to be where the educational focus needs to go.” He continued by saying that motorists know they are wrong when they have done something like run a red light, bikers seem to be unaware they are responsible for following the same traffic laws.

Of the 600 bikers stopped, 590 were issued warnings for their violations, while another ten were issued citations. Three were issued tickets for running red lights or riding against traffic and another seven were ticketed for riding on sidewalks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a total of 630 pedalcyclist fatalities in 2009. Fifteen of the fatalities occurred in Pennsylvania, which accounts for 1.2% of the total. These numbers combined with the recent discoveries uncovered by the campaign the chief of staff of the transportation office, Andrew Stober, believes more tickets will be issued to cyclists throughout the city.

The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers with Lundy Law encourage and promote coexistence between bikes and cars on the road. This is the only way to ensure all users remain safe. If you were injured in a bike accident, call Lundy Law today.

Report Says Wrong Site Surgery Occurs as Frequently as 40 Times Each Week

July 18, 2011

Modern Healthcare (6/29, McKinney) reported according to the Joint Commission, “National rates of wrong-site surgeries-which include wrong procedure, wrong side and wrong patient-can reach as high as 40 incidences a week.” The Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare “partnered with eight hospitals and surgery centers for the project. Those organizations used robust process improvement tools to identify problems and develop focused interventions.” Commission President Dr. Mark Chassin suggested, among other solutions, “a carefully standardized method of gathering patient information at the time of scheduling can reduce the likelihood of surgical errors.” The Commission will make available all the “interventions” this fall once the project has been completed.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal (6/30, Harasim) reported that the eight hospitals or surgical centers participating in the project found that in addition to ineffective communication and distractions that took place in the operating room, other things that led to wrong site surgery included deficiencies related to the pre-operation and scheduling processes.

Medscape (6/29, Crane) reported that “a ‘time out’ without full participation by all key people in the operating room was identified as another contributing factor that increased risk.”

The War Against Smoking Heats Up

July 15, 2011

If you didn’t know, smoking is dangerous.

But you already knew that.

Nevertheless, the dangers of smoking are set to become even more apparent this coming September, when the FDA will release nine new graphic warning labels which must, by law, appear on all packs, cartons and advertisements.

According to American Medical News (7/4, Moyer) these warnings will include “images of a man smoking through a tracheotomy hole and a dead man with a surgery-scarred chest.”

The article continues to state that Philip Morris protested, arguing that the government would be compelling a private company to advertise a message that it did not choose. Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking, and they will help encourage smokers to quit and prevent children from smoking.”

The New York Times was among the many who welcomed the bolder warnings with an editorial which stated that “The World Health Organization issued a report on Thursday noting that large pictorial warnings on cigarette packages are effective in deterring smoking. The report, which addresses the global smoking epidemic, validates the recent decision” by the FDA “to require that big, stark images be placed on cigarette packages and advertisements to show that smoking causes death and severe illness.” The bolder warnings “should help persuade more adults to quit and show young people that the habit is more lethal than cool.”

Watch this space for updates and please, if you smoke, quit! And if you don’t smoke, don’t start!

Pennsylvania Truck Driver Crushed by Concrete Barrier

July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

A Pennsylvania tractor-trailer driver was killed near Bordentown Township, New Jersey, around 8:00 AM yesterday. ABC 6 Action News reported that the driver was killed when a concrete road barrier fell and crushed him.

The driver was delivering concrete barriers to a worksite near exit 7 on the New Jersey Turnpike for use in a road-widening project. As he was loosening security straps on the trailer to unload his cargo, a barrier fell on top of him. The man was declared dead at the scene.

The incident is under full investigation by authorities with the New Jersey State Police Construction Unit, the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Troop C Detectives. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been informed of the accident and may also investigate.

OSHA’s strict regulations regarding the make-up, creation, and transportation of materials like concrete barriers are designed to protect employees from the dangers they may pose, and also protect the public once equipment has been installed. Any diversion from these standards may put many individuals at risk, and could be grounds for a lawsuit against those who strayed from regulations.

The Pennsylvania Wrongful Death and Truck Accident Attorneys with Lundy Law understand the many rules and regulations governing construction and trucking, and may be able to help if you have been involved in an accident while working in either industry. Contact them at 1-800-LUNDY-LAW or get a free online consultation.

LundyLaw and the Philadelphia Soul: A Winning Combination

July 12, 2011