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Blog Posts in 2012

  • Pedestrian Accidents More Deadly For Men, Study Finds

    A new study has found that men are twice as likely to die in pedestrian accidents compared to women. The study, which was published in the online journal Injury Prevention, found that men are involved in more accidents per mile, and when there is a collision men die at roughly twice the rate of women. The study focused on three factors: distance walked, the number of accidents and fatalities per ...
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  • Unsecured Truck Load Results In Multi-Car Crash On I-95

    A truck bed filled with gravel spilled out onto I-95 northbound, clogging traffic for hours heading into the extended New Year's Eve weekend. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that three additional vehicles were involved in the mess created by the Miami truck accident and the unsecured truck load. Two cars suffered a rollover accident and one crashed in the aftermath of the gravel spill. The ...
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  • Toyota Settles Lawsuit For $1.1 Billion

    To settle a class-action lawsuit , Toyota has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to the car owners who claimed they suffered economic loss when their car's pedals got stuck to the floor mats, causing them to accelerate unintentionally. The agreement also calls for a brake override system to be installed in the cars, and Toyota will set up a $250 million fund to compensate car owners who sold their cars ...
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  • Grapefruit and Prescription Drugs Can Be A Deadly Combo

    Although a popular fruit, grapefruits can be life-threatening when mixed with prescription drugs . An updated list was released last month, with more than 85 medications that are affected by the fruit. A reaction can be expected when drinking a regular amount of grapefruit juice with any of the medications on the list, which includes cholesterol-lowering medications, psychiatric drugs, AIDS ...
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  • Black Boxes and Car Crashes: Better Evidence, Stronger Case

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants car makers to start including "black box" data recorders in all new cars. Black boxes have long played a role in commercial airplane crash investigations - the boxes can record various types of data, allowing investigators to look back and determine what went wrong. With more black boxes in more consumer autos, car accident victims will have ...
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  • New Policy Aimed At Keeping Children Out Of Nursing Homes

    The Department of Children and Families has endorsed a new policy to prevent children with disabilities from being placed in nursing homes. The new policy will require approval from high-level officials before a child can be placed in a nursing home, or moved from one institution to another. DCF will also focus its attention at recruiting more foster care parents with training to care for children ...
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  • Widow Of Worker Killed in MDC Garage Collapse Files Lawsuit

    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the contractors hired to complete the parking garage at Miami Dade College that collapsed in October. The widow of one of the four men killed at the construction site accident filed a lawsuit against five contractors, alleging that the companies were negligent, rushed the project and did not comply with minimum safety requirements. Migdalia Lopez's ...
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  • New Study Confirms Connection Between Injuries and Brain Disease

    A new study out this week adds to the body of scientific evidence showing that a history of brain injuries often leads to severe brain damage and degenerative disease. Tragically, researchers announced these findings only two days after a professional football player committed a murder-suicide, becoming the seventh NFL suicide in the last two years. Most of these victims consistently showed strong ...
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  • Hospitals in South Florida Receive Grades, UM Hospital Receives D

    The University of Miami Hospital was one of the lowest graded hospitals in South Florida, receiving a grade of D by a national healthcare watchdog. Leapfrog Group graded hospitals across South Florida on factors such as frequency of bed sores, patient falls and deaths of surgical patients. Leapfrog also graded over 2,000 hospitals across the United States. Along with the UM Hospital, the Larkin ...
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  • Tobacco Companies Ordered To Admit Deception About Smoking

    On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered tobacco companies to admit publicly that they lied to the American people about the dangers and addictiveness of smoking. Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the tobacco industry to release these statements in the form of advertisements and package labels. This ruling stems from a case that began in 1999, and found that tobacco companies were concealing the dangers of ...
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  • Long Commutes Can Take A Toll On Your Health

    Most people in the United States have to commute to work. For some, that commute can take several hours every day. These long commutes, coupled with the increased traffic in densely populated cities, can lead to adverse health effects. Along with stress, heavy traffic can cause high blood pressure in drivers. Long term stress is known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. A study in the ...
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  • Child Safety: Bounce Houses Injure 31 Kids Every day

    According to a new study from the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, inflatable bouncers are involved in an "alarming" number of child injuries. The study linked bouncers to 65,000 injuries between 1990 and 2010. Even more surprising, the rate of injuries doubled in recent years: a bouncer-related injury affected a child once every 46 minutes between 2008 and 2010. That adds ...
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  • Bed Rails Linked To Deaths, Serious Injuries

    Bed rails, used mostly in hospitals and nursing homes, have been linked to the deaths of over 100 older adults in the past decade. Due to this large number, the Food and Drug Administration, along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has begun an investigation into the safety of bed rails. According to the consumer agency, from 2003 to May 2012 there have been 150 deaths of mostly older ...
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  • Dive Boat Capsizes off Pompano Beach, Killing A Passenger

    Pompano Beach's Hillsboro Inlet has a reputation as a frequently dangerous waterway. Despite this reputation, a dive boat tried to navigate the inlet in extremely rough conditions on Thanksgiving Day. As the boat was headed back to dock after finishing a trip with 21 divers, a strong wave flipped it over and threw all of its occupants into the water. One woman became trapped under the boat and ...
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  • Cholesterol Drug Lipitor Recalled Due To Glass Particles

    Over forty batches of the popular cholesterol drug Lipitor have been recalled after concerns that the drug may contain particles of glass. The manufacturer, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, has recalled its bottles of its 10-, 20- and 40-milligram tablets of atorvastatin calcium, the generic version of Lipitor. A full list of recalled products can be found here: http://ranbaxyusa.com/images/a.pdf . ...
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