November 2012                If email not displaying correctly? View online version.

the dangers

Driving can be an adventure even when you’re doing everything right. After all, you can’t control what the other guy is doing.

But you can control what you do to stay focused on the task at hand. Eating, applying makeup, and reading the newspaper are a few of the things one should never attempt while driving. Two other hazardous activities that far too many engage in are talking on a cell phone and texting while operating a vehicle.

There are three basic types of distraction: visual (taking your eyes off the road); manual (taking your hands off the wheel); and cognitive (taking your mind off what you’re doing).

Texting involves all three, making it particularly dangerous. Many states are enacting laws that ban texting/cell phone use while driving. Some states are utilizing graduated driver licensing systems for teen drivers to hopefully raise awareness of distracted driving and prevent its occurrence.

Here are some sobering statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control pertaining to distracted driving:

  • In 2009, over 5,400 people died as a result of distracted driving, with nearly 1,000 of those fatalities attributed to cell phone use. Over 448,000 more suffered injuries.
  • Overall, 25 percent of U.S. drivers report that they talk on their cell phones “regularly or fairly often” while driving. The number was nearly 40 percent for those ages 18–29.
  • Approximately 9 percent of all drivers reported texting or e–mailing “regularly or fairly often” while driving. The figure was 25 percent for drivers ages 18–29.

Take the proper measures to protect yourself and others who share the roads with you. If you need to text or call, pull over to a safe location to do it. No call or text is worth risking lives. 


lung cancer
rate rising


Smoking is the number-one cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer is of particular concern to women, as it tops the list of cancerrelated deaths among women in the United States, accounting for more deaths than breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer combined.

Even more troubling, a recent study that looked at lung cancer patients showed that the percentage of female lung cancer patients went from 16 percent to 24 percent between the years of 2000 and 2010.

Women seem to be more vulnerable to the effects of tobacco than men. Men appear to repair damaged DNA better than women do, which translates into cancer spreading more easily in women. It is theorized that estrogen plays a role in lung cancer susceptibility.

The lung cancer rate in nonsmokers is rising disproportionately as well. Though it’s not entirely clear why this is the case, there are some prime suspects: genetic predisposition and environmental factors such as secondhand smoke, radon, and diesel fuel fumes.

In the same study referred to above, nonsmokers made up 11.9 percent of cases of lung cancer, up from 7.9 percent in 2000. For women who had a history of smoking, the numbers over that same time span barely changed.

Accompanying the increasing numbers of women and nonsmokers developing lung cancer over the decade of 2000–2010 is the severity of the cancer. Fifty–eight percent were diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2010, compared to 43 percent in 2000.

Nonsmokers’ tumors also show twice as many DNA changes as tumors found in smokers, possibly accounting for why lung cancer in nonsmokers often appears when a person is in their 30s or 40s, as opposed to smokers getting lung cancer, on average, after age 70.



mini snickers

For the crust: 2 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs, 6 tbsp. melted butter, 3 tbsp. sugar

For the filling: 2 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature, 1½ cups sugar, Pinch of salt, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 4 large eggs, at room temperature

For the topping: caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, Snickers bars cut up into small pieces


Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Stir together with a fork until well blended and all the dry ingredients are moistened. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Bake for just 5 minutes to set the crust. Then let cook before adding the cheesecake mixture

To make the cheesecake, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Blend in the sugar until smooth. Mix in the salt and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

To assemble, spoon 3 tablespoons of the cheesecake batter over the crust in each cupcake liner. Bake until the filling is set, about 22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. (They will look quite puffed initially but will return to normal quickly.) Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

When you are ready to eat, just drizzle cheesecakes with caramel and chocolate syrup and top with cut up pieces of Snickers. 

sometimes lethal

Bullying has been featured more prominently in the public eye over the past few years–and for good reason. Nearly a third of students ages 12–18 report having been bullied, sometimes on a daily basis.

Generally speaking, bullying comes in two varieties: physical and emotional. Physical bullying may encompass shoving, hitting, punching, tripping, or spitting. Physical threats may also be utilized to coerce someone into doing something they normally wouldn’t.

Emotional bullying is more pervasive and covers a wide swath of territory. It includes insults, teasing, spreading false rumors, and cyber bullying (bullying through the use of social media).

Bullying is not a “kids will be kids” type of situation. The harm it causes can be long–lasting and may result in low self–esteem, difficulty in trusting others, lack of standing up for oneself, aggression and anger issues, and isolation.

In addition, a strong link has been established between bullying and suicide. Bullying victims are 2–9 times more likely to consider suicide than nonvictims, according to a Yale University study. A study conducted in Great Britain found that bullying was responsible for over half of youth suicides (or for the conditions that led to suicide–e.g., depression). Another alarming statistic is that for every suicide, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.

Parents, keep an open line of communication with your children. Many kids are embarrassed to admit that they’re being bullied. Don’t be afraid to go to school authorities when a bullying situation is apparent. Early intervention can save a world of heartache.

(For more information about bullying, including indicators that it might be happening to your child, visit or 

Important Dates – November 2012

November 1 – All Saints Day

November 4 – Daylight Savings Time Ends   November 6 – Election Day

November 11 – Veterans Day    November 22 – Thanksgiving

reminder – GET YOUR FLU SHOT

While the flu season typically peaks in the U.S. around January or February, it can sometimes begin as early as October and even hang around until May. Ugghh!

It’s important that you get a flu shot every year since the flu viruses are constantly changing. Because of this, each year’s flu vaccine is formulated to keep up with the new strains.

Not only that, studies have shown that the body’s ability to fight off influenza viruses declines over time.

So, if you haven’t already, we encourage you to get your flu shot as soon as possible. Once you receive your vaccination, it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide you with protection against the flu.

Flu vaccines can be obtained in many locations, including pharmacies, doctor’s offices, health clinics, some employers, and even some schools. 

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This publication is intended to educate the general public about personal injury, medical malpractice, and other issues. It is for information purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. Prior to acting on any information contained here, you should seek and retain competent counsel. The information in this newsletter may be freely copied and distributed as long as the newsletter is copied in its entirety.

no need to hurry


Insurance adjusters are often quick on the draw in pushing for a settlement in a car accident case. It saves the insurance company work, not to mention a lot of money. It might seem tempting to the injured party–no claims process and a rapid acquisition of compensation. What could be the harm in that?


To acquire the compensation you deserve, wait for a full investigation of your accident. Having all the facts at your disposal is always beneficial. In addition, some injuries aren’t apparent just days after an accident; some might only appear weeks or even months later.

If you jump on a quick settlement opportunity, you’re likely to get the really short end of the stick. That’s what the insurance companies are banking on.

When the other party’s insurance adjuster calls, make it clear that you will not be talking about how the accident happened, your injuries, or a settlement amount, and that you don’t want any further calls on these issues. Many adjusters are skilled at eliciting comments that can call into question your injuries or finesse what amounts to an admission of some fault on your part.

You may need to field a phone call from an adjuster concerning car repairs. But do it at your convenience.

Do not sign any forms from the other party’s insurance company. These forms could give an insurance company direct access to your medical, work, or personal records. Some companies are sneaky enough to try to disguise a release from any liability.

Contact an auto accident attorney to guide you through the claims process and protect your rights. 

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