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Report Finds More Recalls of Children’s Products, and More Associated Injuries, in 2016

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

Parents should be able to trust that the products they buy for their children, whether strollers, toys, or furniture, will be safe for use by and for children. Manufacturers don’t always take seriously their duty to ensure that products are safe before bringing them to market, however. According to a report produced by the… Read More »

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Children Not Properly Restrained are at Much Higher Risk for Fatal Injury, Study Finds

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

Parents and guardians have a challenging task in keeping their child passengers safe while on the road. Installing car seats can be confusing and challenging, as can convincing a headstrong child to willingly get into a car seat or booster seat. Regardless, the battle of wills that can ensue when taking a child on… Read More »

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Los Angeles’ First Year of “Vision Zero” Program Fails to Reduce Traffic Deaths

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

Vision Zero is an international initiative originating from Sweden which seeks to create a world where no human lives are lost on highways and roads. Many cities around the world have adopted their own initiatives under the Vision Zero program, including Los Angeles. According to statistics released last week, however, the Vision Zero program… Read More »

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Concussions Frequently a Result of Collisions and Falls

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that head injuries contribute to 30% of all injury deaths, and that an average of 138 people die each day as the result of a head injury. In 2010 alone, the CDC found that 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, or deaths were attributable at… Read More »

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Study Finds that Even Slightly Too-Little Sleep Has Dangerous Effect on Drivers

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

While you may not always get this much, you know that experts recommend eight hours of sleep a night for optimal brain function the following day. What you may not realize is just how harmful an effect getting less than eight hours can have on your reflexes and judgment. A recent study has shown… Read More »


Rainstorm Causes Enormous Surge in Accidents

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

A recent storm in the Los Angeles area caused a huge surge in accidents on the region’s roads and freeways. As Southern California enters its rainy season (such as it is), read on to learn about how to drive defensively in wet weather. The storm that recently hit Los Angeles brought between ½ and… Read More »


Medical Mistakes Result from Misidentification of Patients

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

A recent report has revealed that mistaken identification of patients within medical treatment facilities—so-called “wrong-patient errors”—are common, and can be the source of serious harm to patients. Experts in the field have identified potential solutions to the issue that could be introduced at a relatively-low cost, but which few hospitals implement. The recent report… Read More »


California Becomes First State to Legalize Lane Splitting

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

After years of debate surrounding whether or not the practice of motorcyclist lane splitting should be legalized, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a state assembly bill which formally legalizes the practice. Debate over whether or not the practice is safe for motorcycles and passenger vehicles alike remains ongoing. Lane splitting has long occupied a… Read More »

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Could Touchscreens on Motorcycles Prevent Accidents?

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

For years, passenger vehicles have been including in-vehicle entertainment systems as a standard feature in cars and SUVs, to mixed reviews on whether or not such touchscreens are safe while behind the wheel. Now, motorcycle manufacturers have begun to make touchscreen information systems an increasingly common feature on bikes. Whether or not this will… Read More »

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Take Care to Prevent Swimming Pool Injuries This Summer

By Magaña Cathcart McCarthy |

The weather has finally begun heating up in Southern California, and many of us have begun seeking refuge in the swimming pools in our own backyards or those of friends. While backyard pools can provide a lot of fun for family and guests, they can also present a serious hazard to children, and a… Read More »

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