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Blog Posts in July, 2012

  • Teen Drivers Most At-Risk For Fatal Car Accident

    Over 20 percent of the almost 35,000 people killed in a fatal car accident in 2009 were between the ages of 15 and 24 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Miami was among the metropolitan areas with the highest occurrence of fatal teen car accidents . The CDC attributed the higher instance of fatal accidents among teen drivers to a tendency to engage in risky behavior behind the ...
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  • Med Mal: Undiagnosed Latex Allergy Fatal For Surgical Patient

    A jury awarded a surviving husband $4 million in a wrongful death suit after medical professionals failed to notice signs of a latex allergy that eventually claimed the life of his wife. Erin Kelly was 29 years old when she went in for a hysterectomy. After surgery, Mrs. Kelly complained that she felt itchy, was nauseous and had blisters on her lips. She was given Benadryl for the itching and the ...
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  • Auto Defect May Cause Sudden Acceleration In Tribute, Escape

    The Mazda Tribute and the Ford Escape are twin models, according to Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety. They come off the same assembly line, according to Ditlow, and suffer from the same auto defect - a problem with the accelerator cables that can open the throttles of both resulting in sudden, uncontrolled acceleration. Both Ford and Mazda have recalled the 2002-2004 Escape and the ...
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  • Afternoon Boating Turns Fatal As Tube Collides With Dock

    A 15-year-old boater was making such quick turns, according to witnesses, in the inlet by the Redington Shores Yacht and Tennis Club that other boats were being tossed around by its wake. Behind the boat were two other teens, riding in an inner tube as the 23-foot twin engine fishing boat darted around the waterway. One quick turn sent one of the tubers flying off the raft while the other managed ...
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  • TBI, Brain Injury Leading Cause Of Death, Disability

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Just recently, R&B singer Usher's stepson was left with no brain activity after a jetski collided with the inner tube he was floating on in a Georgia Lake. A female companion also on the tube suffered a head injury from the collision. Traumatic brain injury can be caused by a blow to the head, ...
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  • Life Jackets And Safety Course Could Prevent South Florida Boating Accidents

    Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County and Broward County rank 2, 3 and 4 respectively in the number of Florida boating accidents that happened last year. Eleven people were killed and another 91 were injured on the water in South Florida. The majority of those involved in fatal boating accidents (76 percent) were not wearing life jackets. Florida requires that there be enough life jackets on board ...
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  • GSK Pleads Guilty To 3 Criminal Counts, Fined $3 Billion

    GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) misbranded Wellbutrin and Paxil and failed to alert the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about safety issues related to Avandia , which resulted in criminal charges against the pharmaceutical giant. The Justice Department recently announced that GSK has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal charges. The fine for its bad acts, $3 billion, is the largest ever paid by a ...
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