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Imagine the following scenario. You have health insurance through your employer. You fall, break your wrist, and need surgery to fix it. When the surgical, anesthesia, and hospital bills come in, insurance doesn’t pay any of them because—surprise!—your insurance provides only “wellness benefits” and preventative care. You have no hospitalization or emergency coverage. This actually
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Hurricane!

  • June 9, 2015
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The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, and it won’t end for six months—November 30. Are you ready? Here in Baltimore near the Chesapeake Bay, we have seen our share of dangerous storms over the years, like Agnes in 1972, Isabel in 2003, and more recently, the one-two punch of Irene in 2011 and
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U Drive, U Text, U Pay

  • April 21, 2015
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You may have seen the above slogan recently as part of this year’s Distracted Driving Awareness campaign. National in scope, the U Drive, U Text, U Pay enforcement blitz is aimed at reducing highway deaths caused by drivers who are distracted by any activities that take their attention off the task of driving, particularly texting.
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Focusing On Eye Injury

  • March 23, 2015
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Prevent Blindness America is an organization whose mission is to save eyesight through education, advocacy and research. During the month of March, we are encouraged to focus on eye safety in the workplace, a well placed emphasis since in 2012 there were 20,300 instances of occupational eye injury that caused employees to have to miss
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News From NHTSA

  • February 20, 2015
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It’s time for some good news… In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the results of their research into the effectiveness of the many life-saving technologies that have been introduced in motor vehicles in the 50+ years between 1960 and 2012. In summary, they found that the fatality rate per vehicle mile
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Hazardous Hygiene

  • February 6, 2015
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Maybe when you think of death behind a shower curtain you envision the famous scene from the movie Psycho. But there’s another, less dramatic but more common, danger lurking in the bath. In the United States, burns from hot tap water result in about 1,500 hospital admissions and 100 deaths per year. The first week
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Are We Asking for a Frackastrophe?

  • January 22, 2015
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On December 1, a number of Baltimore residents attended an environmental hearing to weigh in on the potential danger of railroads in area neighborhoods being used for the transport of millions of gallons of crude oil. Houston-based Targa Resources has applied to expand its existing export pier in South Baltimore to store, handle, process and
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Resolving To Drive Safely In 2015

  • December 23, 2014
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As New Year’s Day approaches, many of us look back at the past year and resolve to do things a little differently over the next twelve months. Less red meat, more fish and veggies. Less lounging, more working out. Less angst, more peace. It’s a good time, too, to resolve to give up some behaviors
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To Frack Or Not To Frack: How Will Maryland Proceed?

  • December 19, 2014
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On December 17, 2014, New York’s Governor Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York state, based on the conclusion of state officials that science demonstrates it poses a risk to public health. There has been a moratorium on fracking in Maryland while the risks and benefits have been under study here. On November
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Over the course of a year, more than one in three people aged 65 or older takes a fall. The risk of falling rises with age and can cause long-lasting disability and diminished quality of life. Among seniors, falls are the No. 1 cause of fractures, loss of independence, and death due to injury. This
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