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Blog Posts in February, 2013

  • Daytona Race Crash Update: What Are Victims' Legal Options?

    Any reader who has ever taken the time and effort to parse through the paragraphs legalese printed in tiny print on the back of a ticket will have some idea of the obstacles that might face the victims of last weekend's Daytona 500 crash. Most sporting events and venues use sophisticated waiver and disclaimer languages to try to avoid any liability. In a nutshell, these venues can in theory ...
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  • Advanced Breast Cancer Rates Increase Among Young Women

    Over the last three decades, the number of women between the ages of 25 and 39 with advanced breast cancer has increased. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study which found that advanced cases went from 1.53 per 100,000 women in 1976 to 2.9 per 100,000 in 2009. That is an increase from about 250 cases per year to more than 800 cases in 2009. The study found the increase ...
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  • Lower Chance of Heart Disease Linked To Mediterranean Diet

    Switching to a Mediterranean diet and drinking wine with meals can prevent about 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease, according to a new study. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine's website, a trial of over five years found that Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, fish, nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables had considerable heart benefits. The trial ...
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  • Fans Injured By Racecar Crash In Daytona

    A racecar crashed into a fence on the eve of the Daytona 500, sending a tire and debris into the crowd and injuring 33 fans. The accident took place during the last lap of the Nationwide Series prior to the Daytona 500. The crash occurred when the leader, Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski to secure a win, causing another driver, rookie Kyle Larson, to go airborne into the fence. The ...
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  • Pediatric Strokes: Often Misdiagnosed With Serious Consequences

    Like many Americans, Florida parents are probably not inclined to associate the risk of stroke with young children and teenagers. Although many doctors and other medical professionals often make the same mistake, this is actually far from the truth. Pediatric strokes affect around 3,000 children every year. This statistic ranks stroke as one of the top 10 most common causes of death for American ...
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  • New Laws For Pet Owners In Broward County

    The Broward County Commission recently passed an overhaul of animal care laws , detailing everything from how much exercise your pet should get to how a dog should be tied up in the front yard. Although the report was over 60 pages long, commissioners do not believe these laws will be strictly enforced, and will only impact animal abusers. However, the laws are now in the books. Some of the new ...
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  • Lawsuit Against Carnival Cruise Lines Filed In Miami

    The first of what is expected to be many lawsuits against Carnival Cruise Lines has been filed in Miami. A passenger from Texas filed the lawsuit in federal court claiming fraud, negligence and breach of maritime contract. The lawsuit came only hours after the Carnival's ship Triumph landed in Alabama after five days at sea without sea. In the complaint the passenger states she had to wade through ...
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  • Hospitals Report Reductions In Health Care-Associated Infections

    Hospitals are making progress in reducing the number of blood infections and surgical site infections, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. The report found that in 2011 there was a 41 percent drop in central line-associate bloodstream infections since 2008, up from the 32 percent reduction reported in 2010. There were also reductions in surgical site ...
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  • Bike Accident Hit-And-Runs: A Problem for Miami Bicyclists

    Another DUI hit-and-run case is drawing more attention to the dangers that face Miami bicyclists. A Key Biscayne defendant is expected to plead guilty to a fatal DUI hit-and-run that occurred back in January 2010. The crash killed a Miami biker. Sadly, hit-and-run crashes affect bikers on a regular basis. This is the second high-profile incident to attract attention in Miami in recent years - ...
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  • Charter Bus Crash Update: Company Ordered to Shut Down

    More details are emerging about the fatal charter bus crash that occurred on a mountainous country road in California two weeks ago. That wreck claimed eight lives after the bus lost control, struck two other vehicles and rolled several times. This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it had ordered the company responsible for the bus to shut down immediately. This ...
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  • Merck Settles Lawsuits Over Cholestrol Drug

    Merck has agreed to pay $688 million to settle lawsuits claiming it harmed investors by delaying the release of unfavorable studies of the cholesterol drug Vytorin. The lawsuits against Merck and Schering-Plough, who both sold the drug, claim that the companies had known for about two years that a clinical trial of the drug revealed that it was not better than a statin drug at limiting the buildup ...
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  • Karlie Tomica Formally Charged With DUI In Fatal Hit-and-Run

    Miami Beach Police have confirmed that Karlie Tomica was legally drunk when she hit and killed Chef Stefano Riccioletti last month. The self-proclaimed party princess hit Riccioletti as he was on his way to work at the Shore Club. Tomica did not stop after fatally hitting the chef, and was followed by a Good Samaritan who called police and led them to Tomica's apartment complex. She was arrested, ...
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  • FTC Reports Errors Found In Millions Of Credit Reports

    The Federal Trade Commission just released a report that found 25 percent of people had at least one error that could negatively impact their credit score. This report was a decade-long study of the credit reporting industry, and found that once errors were disputed one in ten consumers saw their FICO scores increase. The FTC estimates that between 10 and 21 percent of consumers have inaccurate ...
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  • Motorcycle Crashes: Older Bikers Are At Higher Risk

    Many older Americans have discovered motorcycling - with more disposable income and time, the hobby is increasingly attractive to many Boomers. According to new data from a national study, however, these same motorcyclists are most at risk of suffering a serious injury in a crash. This study used data collected by the U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System between 2001 and 2008. ...
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  • Deadly Truck Accident In Broward County

    A truck hit the barrier wall on Interstate-95, causing the truck to dangle over the overpass, killing the passenger. The accident took place early Wednesday morning as a bakery truck was on its way to make a delivery. Fire rescue arrived on the scene, as both the passenger and driver were trapped inside the truck. The driver, Buenaventura Fernandez Jr., was taken to Broward Health Medical Center ...
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  • Charter Bus Safety: Distracted Driver Injures Dozens of Students

    While the charter bus crash that claimed in 8 lives in California attracted a large share of weekend headlines, a second crash occurred on the opposite end of the country on Saturday. A commercial bus, fully loaded with dozens of high school students, crashed into a low bridge. Many readers will recognize the disturbing similarities to the recent Miami charter bus crash in which a driver ignored ...
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  • F.D.A Warns Formula Thickener SimplyThick Dangerous For Newborns

    An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration is linking formula thickener SimplyThick to a life-threatening condition in newborns. Although it is not known why, the thickener is causing necrotizing enterocolitis, a condition that damages intestinal tissue and can lead to death. The FDA looked into 84 cases and found 7 deaths linked to SimplyThick and 14 infants required surgery. ...
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  • South Florida's Traffic Congestion Among Worst In Country

    South Florida was ranked as one of the worst places in the country with traffic congestion. The Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach region placed 11 th of the 15 urban areas with traffic congestion, according to the 2012 Urban Mobility Report. This is the first year the report also included a Planning Time Index, or amount of extra time drivers need to arrive for events such as appointments or ...
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  • Distracted Driving: LaHood's Legacy Will Continue At The NHTSA

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced this week that he will be stepping down from his position at the head of the federal agency responsible for motor vehicle safety throughout the United States. His biggest legacy has been a strong fight against distracted driving. Although LaHood will be leaving the Department of Transportation, distracted driving will remain a top national priority. ...
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  • Theraflu And Triaminic Cough Syrups Recalled

    Theraflu and Triaminic products are being pulled off the market after child safety lids failed to work properly. After it was discovered that children could remove the caps even with a tamper-resistant seal in place, Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups were voluntarily recalled by Novartis, the manufacturer. According to Novartis, 24 different types of syrups were included in the ...
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