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5 Tips for Teaching Teens to Drive Safely with Distractions

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We all know the hazards of distracted driving, but we don’t always let this knowledge stop us from peeking at our phones or playing with the radio dial.


Today’s teens have grown up with technology that many adults didn’t have access to in their first years of driving. This electronic familiarity in young adults leads many of them to believe they’re more than capable of juggling the road while texting, scrolling through a play list or checking social media.


Despite what young drivers may think, just talking on a cellphone behind the wheel puts them at a higher risk for severely impaired reaction time, according to the Pew Research Center.


Instead of only telling teen drivers not to text and drive, talk with your child about why they want to reach for their phone. When they receive a distracting notification, even when not driving, teach them to:


1. Pause before automatically reaching for their device.

2. Actively think about what’s making them respond abruptly to phone cues.

3. Consider how their focus has been interrupted.

4. Practice waiting 10 minutes before checking devices after receiving notifications.

5. Review their efficiency, self-control and concentration after 10 minutes are up.


The best way to engage your teen in safe driving habits is to have them practice being mindful of distractions in other settings. This works better when you lead by example. Avoid using your phone or hands-free devices while driving and when doing other tasks that might require precise attention—such as cooking. Put your own phone on vibrate, silence or power it off completely when driving.


Lead by example, and join your teen in taking the Road Rules pledge at today.


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Talcum Based Baby Powder Linked to Cancer

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, August 09, 2016

A common household product, from a company that has been a trusted household name for over 100 years, shouldn’t cause cancer. But in thousands of recent cases across the U.S. (including Missouri) – it has.


The Johnson & Johnson company has recently come under pressure for using talcum powder as the main ingredient in Johnson’s Baby Powder. For decades, families have trusted Johnson & Johnson’s product for their babies or other uses. Some women have even used Johnson’s Baby Powder as a staple in their own daily routines.


Studies have now linked the use of talcum powder in the genital area to ovarian cancer, and the risk is even higher among African-American women. The American Cancer Society currently lists talcum body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”


Lack of Warning

The heart of these cases cast blame on Johnson & Johnson because, while they do have a warning against ingesting Johnson’s Baby Powder on the bottle, they do not include a warning against repeated use of their product in and around the genital area. Further, Johnson & Johnson has, in the past, marketed Johnson’s Baby Powder as a product for women to use as a way of staying fresh—a vague description open to interpretation.


What You Can Do

There is evidence that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the cancer risk from talcum powder but failed to warn consumers of the danger. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used Johnson’s Baby Powder, schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.


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