Powassan Disease being Spread by Ticks

Every spring we are inundated with reminders about ticks and protecting ourselves. Despite these reminders cases of Lyme disease are on the rise for both people and pets. This summer another, but rarer tick born virus has been reported in the northeast called Powassan Disease.

Powassan is a deadly virus spread […]

June 15th, 2017|Consumer Health and Safety, virus|Comments Off on Powassan Disease being Spread by Ticks

Protect Yourself from Fraud!

Today’s criminals are shrewd scammers and utilize the most modern technology to steal your money. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates 25 million people have been affected by fraudulent activity.

Please use these tips by the FTC to help protect you, and stop them!

Spot phonies. If it seems too good to […]

May 12th, 2017|Consumer Health and Safety, Fraud|Comments Off on Protect Yourself from Fraud!

Digital Afterlife

It’s rare today to find anyone without some sort of online presence. Many people depend on conveniences like email, online shopping, and banking, but what happens to all of those accounts when we die or become incapacitated? Digital Afterlife has become a hot topic from years of being able to […]

March 29th, 2017|Consumer, Digital Afterlife, Social Media Safety|Comments Off on Digital Afterlife

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Here are some tips on staying healthy as the colder weather drives you indoors:

Bad indoor air can trigger coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks.

Improve Your Air Quality:

Keep your home clean. Dusting, wiping down surfaces and vacuuming prevent allergens and pollutants from building up around […]

November 12th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on Improving Indoor Air Quality

Keeping Healthy in the Winter

Sharing some tips on how you and your families can minimize winter colds and avoid the flu this season:

The average adult catches two to four colds each year.* The cold virus thrives in the winter when humidity is low, and people are in closer contact with one another. While it […]

November 6th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on Keeping Healthy in the Winter

Insurance Best Practices During an Emergency

Those affected by Hurricane Sandy are in the midst of figuring out what “hurricane-related losses” their insurance covers. Today’s Boston Globe shared the following article that provides seven very useful insurance policy tips (shared here in its entirety):

1. TAKE A PROPERTY INVENTORY It’s easier to file a damage claim if you know exactly […]

October 31st, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Home Damage, Property Damage, Public Safety|Comments Off on Insurance Best Practices During an Emergency

Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Massachusetts Company

A recent meningitis outbreak has put thousands of patients in multiple states at medical risk, and 12 deaths to date.

Boston.com reports:

US health officials on Monday said that 13,000 patients in 23 states, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, have been injected with a potentially tainted steroid treatment made by […]

October 11th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Massachusetts Company

Should You Worry About Lead in Your Lipstick?

According to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis conducted in December 2011, 400 lipstick products were found to contain trace amounts of lead.  The worst offenders, products by L’Oreal, contained about 7 parts per million of lead.  Others by Avon, Revlon, Cover Girl, and Maybelinne contained 4 or 5 […]

March 11th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Public Health|Comments Off on Should You Worry About Lead in Your Lipstick?

Sudbury School Children Accidently Served Undercooked Chicken

According to the Sudbury School Committee, Nixon Elementary School, some undercooked chicken strips were accidently served to some students at the Nixon Elementary School. Parents of students were alerted of the cafeteria mistake on Wednesday.

The School Committee did not elaborate on how many children could have been exposed. A teacher […]

March 2nd, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Food Safety, Personal Injury Cases|Comments Off on Sudbury School Children Accidently Served Undercooked Chicken

Over Half a Million Infant Tylenol Bottles Recalled

According to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, approximately 574,000 bottles of grape flavored liquid infant Tylenol, which were been distributed nationally, have been recalled.  The medicine is part of the Johnson & Johnson consumer health unit, which has been plagued by recent recalls.

The product recall has been made due to a problem […]

March 1st, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Defective Products, Product Recall, Public Health|Comments Off on Over Half a Million Infant Tylenol Bottles Recalled

High Arsenic Levels Found in Organic Foods and Baby Formula

A new study from Dartmouth University has reported that high levels of arsenic, a chemical that has been linked to cancer, chronic diseases, and developmental birth defects, has been found in foods that contain brown rice syrup as a primary ingredient.  Organic brown rice syrup is often used as a […]

February 28th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Food Safety, Public Health|Comments Off on High Arsenic Levels Found in Organic Foods and Baby Formula

Can Certain Headlights Pose an Issue for Older Motorists?

Many drivers have asked the question: have headlights gotten brighter over the years? Warren White, 79, of Danvers is one.  White told the Boston Globe, “there are times I pass another driver and I can’t see anything. I’m blinded and I’m afraid I’ll hit something.”

White’s complaint may be justified according […]

February 18th, 2012|Car Accident, Consumer Health and Safety, Driving Safety, Public Safety|Comments Off on Can Certain Headlights Pose an Issue for Older Motorists?

Product Liability Alert: Around 90,000 Minis Recalled for Fire Hazard

Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was determined that BMW must recall almost 89,000 of its turbocharged “Mini” models because it was possible that they could catch fire when the engine is turned off.

The report acknowledged that the hazard was caused by the auxiliary water […]

February 1st, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Defective Products, Product Recall, Public Safety|Comments Off on Product Liability Alert: Around 90,000 Minis Recalled for Fire Hazard

Ford Recalls SUV’s and minivans

According to the Boston Globe, Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately half a million vehicles due to mechanical issues.  The Ford recall includes minivans and SUV’s, most notably, the 2004 and 2005 Freestar, the Mercury Monterey Minivans, and the 2001 and 2002 Ford Escape.

The minivan recall was due to a […]

January 26th, 2012|Community News, Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Defective Products, Product Recall, Public Safety|Comments Off on Ford Recalls SUV’s and minivans

Cured Meats Linked to Increase in Risk of Cancer

According to a new study from the British Journal of Cancer, there is a possible link between processed meat, like bacon and sausage, and pancreatic cancer.  The study showed that, for every 50 gram serving per day, the risk of pancreatic cancer increases up by 19 percent.

This link is in […]

January 24th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Food Safety, Public Health|Comments Off on Cured Meats Linked to Increase in Risk of Cancer