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Blog Posts in September, 2012

  • Updated National School Bus Crash Statistics

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a new set of statistics to document school transportation-related crashes between 2001 and 2010. The data show some interesting trends. For example, school bus occupants are rarely killed in fatal accidents . This post will present ten facts from the NHTSA's report. 1. Since 2001, 1,236 fatal crashes involved a school ...
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  • Study Ranks Cars With Most Personal Injury Claims

    Toyota Yaris drivers, be warned. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, drivers of the tiny compact are more likely to get injured in a crash compared to drivers of any other car. The study looked at insurance statistics for model years 2009-2011, and found that personal injury claims were filed 28.5 times for every 1,000 Yaris vehicles insured. In second place came the Suzuki SX4 with 26.6 ...
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  • Medical Error Risk Is Much Higher For Kids With Chronic Ailments

    A new study analyzed government records to conclude that children with chronic conditions are around four times more likely than other child patients to suffer a medical error on the part of treatment providers. The research concluded that the rate of medical mistakes, including nursing errors and other forms of negligence, was more than five percent in kids with chronic problems. The researchers ...
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  • Yaz May Be A Deadly, Defective Drug, Not A Wonder Drug

    Promises of no more cramps, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or acne helped Yaz quickly gain popularity when the birth control pill was first introduced. Drug manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals saw its sales leap to $2 million when it released Yaz in 2006. But, the miracle drug may have been better labeled as a dangerous, defective drug . It was not without serious, even deadly, side ...
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  • Train Companies Still Use Defective Car to Transport Flammables

    Studies dating back to 1991 have identified a serious design defect in a common train car, the DOT-111. The metal shell on these cars is not strong enough to withstand derailments. Hard collisions can punch holes in the car's tanks, spilling potentially dangerous chemicals onto the tracks. A major derailment ignited a giant inferno this summer after DOT-111s spilled ethanol, focusing more ...
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  • Family Can Sue Carnival Cruise Lines Over Teen's Death

    The family of a 14-year-old girl who was shot and killed during a cruise vacation can move forward with their suit against Carnival Cruise Lines. The suit, approved by the U.S Court of Appeals for the 11 th Circuit in Atlanta, was filed by the Perez family in May 2011, a year after their daughter Liz Marie was killed by random gunfire on an excursion in the Virgin Islands. The family claimed that ...
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  • Ovarian Cancer Screenings Not Effective, Expert Panel Says

    A panel of medical professionals recommended that ovarian cancer screenings not be performed as they do more harm than good. The panel revealed Monday that most screenings, which involve blood tests and ultrasounds, do not lower the death rate, and in some cases result in false-positive findings. These false-positive results can often lead to unnecessary surgeries with high complication rates. ...
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  • UPDATE: Florida Lawmakers Propose Parasailing Regulations

    Last month a 28-year-old woman fell to her death when a parasailing harness failed at 150 feet in the air. Florida legislators are now seeking to prevent similar incidents by closing regulatory loopholes and imposing new requirements. If enacted, the bill could do a lot to avoid deaths and serious injuries. The legislation would add a number of safety provisions. Parasail companies would need to ...
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  • Study Finds High Rate Of Errors In The ICU

    A study released by John Hopkins University School of Medicine found that as many as 40,500 of the 540,000 ICU-related deaths in the United States every year result from a misdiagnosis . The study, which was published in the online journal BMJ Quality and Safety, also found that misdiagnosis in ICU patients was as much as 50 percent more common than among general hospital patients. According the ...
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