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January 2012 Archives

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Inherited heart defects are among the most common type of defects infants can have at birth. It might surprise many people to know that there are steps that expectant Maryland mothers can take to prevent some forms of defects, or at least reduce the chance that a newborn will suffer extended long-term effects because of the problem.

Police narrow hunt for car in hit-and-run that killed 2

Police in Prince George's County say they have a lead on the vehicle that they believe was involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a 55-year-old man and 62-year-old woman dead earlier this month. The announcement offers the hopes that someone will be arrested and could be held responsible for these horrible wrongful deaths.

Man injured by Baltimore subway train recovering

We like to think of the urban environment as being relatively safe when compared with the wilds of nature. The perception may be fed by the many rules and ordinances on the books designed to protect Maryland residents from known dangers. But accidents happen unexpectedly. When they do, they can be life-altering. To recover some semblance of a normal life takes resources.

Couple struck on New Year's Day walk in Montgomery County

Authorities in Montgomery County have been raising warning flags about pedestrian safety lately. The impetus for the alerts appears to be a rash of accidents between Dec. 6, and Dec. 9 in which 12 pedestrians were struck by cars. Two of them died.

Mysterious circumstances probed in Thurmont deaths

Authorities in Thurmont, a town north of Frederick and south of Emmitsburg, are investigating a sad and mysterious series of incidents that have left one man dead and a second injured with a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Death by elevator a reminder that premises dangers many

When we hear about someone suffering a personal injury as a result of negligent property maintenance it often seems to involve a slip and fall situation. Taking an elevator isn't likely to be high on the list of the ways we think we could get hurt in the environment around us, especially in the Montgomery County and Washington areas, where buildings tend to be on the short side. But it can happen.

FDA calling for new safety studies of vaginal mesh

A surge in the number of reports of complications in women due to surgical mesh implants is prompting a call for new safety studies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington says it wants to make sure that the mesh is safe after seeing a rise in the number of complaints about fabric erosion and infection.

OSHA fines for work safety violations up in 2011

The workplace can be dangerous. Considering that we seem to spend more time at work than at home, and the fact that companies face pressure to produce more with less, it should come as no surprise that the rate of personal injury on the job is as high as it is.

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