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Blog Posts in January, 2013

  • Always Wear A Helmet On The Ski Slopes

    Before hitting the slopes, make sure to strap on a helmet . According to a new study by the University of Innsbruck in Austria, helmets reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 60 percent. However, 40 percent of skiers do not wear helmets. The study also found that helmets did not lead to increased speed on the slopes, and people with the most experience or time on the slopes were more likely ...
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  • Study: 10 Scary Statistics About Overworked Hospital Doctors

    Hospital wards are often busy places. Doctors, nurses and other assistants have to spread their time among numerous patients - juggling a large number of details and information about each individual person. In many cases, hospitals admit more patients than their staffing levels can safely handle. A recent survey of hospital physicians reveals some of the problems that can result from patient ...
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  • Warnings For Drivers With Diabetes

    Drivers with diabetes are being urged to take precautions before getting behind the wheel. Studies show that drivers with diabetes are 12 to 19 percent more likely than other drivers to have an auto accident. Sudden bouts of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, can lead to confusion, delayed reaction, visual disturbances or loss of consciousness. People with diabetes may also have impaired vision or ...
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  • F.D.A Approved Tougher Restrictions On Painkillers

    In efforts to curb the abuse of prescription drugs across America, the Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to toughen regulations on painkillers, such as Vicodin that contain hydrocodone. The recommendation from the panel made up of doctors, scientists and other experts would limit access to the dangerous drugs by making them harder to prescribe. This is in hopes of stemming the growing ...
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  • Unsafe Additive In Gatorade Products To Be Removed By PepsiCo

    PepsiCo announced Friday it would remove brominated vegetable oil from Gatorade products after consumers complained about the ingredient. Brominated vegetable oil is used in the citrus-flavored versions of Gatorade products to prevent the flavorings from separating. However, studies have suggested that the ingredient may be linked to neurological disorders and altered thyroid hormones. The ...
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  • New Medicare Penalties Might Force Post-Surgery Care Improvements

    Despite the generally good quality of Florida healthcare, a large number of patients have to go back to hospitals for emergency care after an operation. New federal penalties seek to reduce these rates by cutting Medicare reimbursements to hospitals with high rates of post-care readmission. According to several recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, around one ...
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  • Hip Implant Manufacturer Aware Of Hip Implant Failures

    Newly released court records show that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the recalled hip implant, has downplayed the device's early failure rate to the public. The device, the Articular Surface Replacement, or A.S.R., was recalled in mid-2010, and the report estimated that the device would fail within five years in nearly 40 percent of patients who received it. The company's analysis also shows ...
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  • The NHTSA Plans To Push More Bus Safety Rules In 2013

    Statistically speaking, private commercial buses provide one of the safest methods of transportation in Florida. As recent crashes clearly show, however, statistics do very little to help the victims of the bus crashes that inevitably do occur. Perhaps as a result of the recent fatal bus accidents that claimed far too many lives last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is ...
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  • Former Miami Dolphin Junior Seau's Family Sues N.F.L

    The family of Junior Seau, who shot and killed himself last year, has sued the National Football League, along with the helmet maker Riddell and others, accusing them of hiding information about the risks associated with hits to the head. Along with accusing the N.F.L. of downplaying the risks of collisions, the family is also claiming the N.F.L. failed to inform players about the risks associated ...
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  • More Than 20 Plaintiffs Accusing Tylenol Of Liver Disease

    A group of more than 20 plaintiffs are accusing Tylenol of causing liver damage, and asking a judge to consolidate their cases into a federal multidistrict litigation. The 25 plaintiffs, who are represented by a law firm in Philadelphia, say there are 28 cases of liver disease from acetaminophen-containing Tylenol products, and all argue the common questions of fact of whether the products are ...
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  • Broward Professor Killed In Tow Truck Dispute

    A tow truck pickup went bad when a professor at Keiser University was killed as he was trying to stop the driver from leaving his property with his car. Elias Konwunfine noticed a tow truck in front of his house trying to remove one of the family's cars. Konwunfine's car was spilling onto the sidewalk, due to the fact that a therapist was visiting the residence to see one of his children, who is ...
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  • Boeing 787 Airplane Fleet Grounded After Battery Fails Test

    After a lithium-ion battery caused a fire in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner last week, the fleet of planes has been grounded by federal investigators looking into the cause. The fleet is using lithium-ion batteries, as they pack a lot of energy and can be charged quickly and frequently, without loss of power. The use of the lithium-ion batteries was approved by federal regulators in 2007, but the agency ...
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  • People Turning To Internet For A Medical Diagnosis

    A new study revealed that 35 percent of American adults have turned to the Internet for a medical diagnosis for themselves, or someone else. The study also found that women are more likely to use the Internet for a diagnosis than men. The study, which was done by the Pew Research Center, found that groups such as younger people, white adults, college graduates and people with an income over ...
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  • Famous Stunt Pilot Dies In A Crash With Passenger

    In just the latest high-profile aerobatics accident, an award-winning stunt pilot died along with his passenger, a television host from an extreme sports show. Although the pilot was from Florida, the crash occurred in Cozumel during production of a documentary film about the pilot and aerobatics shows. It is not yet clear what caused this accident but it underscores the very real risks involved ...
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  • F.D.A To Improve Regulation of Metal Hip Implants

    The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations to stop manufacturers of hip implants from selling defective devices. An estimated 500,000 patients received an artificial hip implant that is failing early in the United States. Under the new proposal, manufacturers will have to prove that the all-metal hip implants are safe and effective before selling. Currently, manufacturers are ...
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  • Trampolines Can Be A Dangerous Activity For Kids

    Sky Zone, Miami's first trampoline indoor park opened in Doral last year with 16,000 square feet of trampoline space with bouncy walls, basketball hoops and dodge ball courts. However, when it comes to engaging in physical activities, doctors are urging children and adults to avoid trampolines . In 2012, the safety of trampoline parks has been in the news after 18 families sued a Washington-based ...
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  • Electric Cars Pose Some Unique Dangers

    For all of the benefits of rapidly improving electric car technology, these new vehicles come with some unexpected dangers. Two stories are attracting national attention this week, indicating that car makers have more work to do on their electric vehicles fleets. The first problem is one that many readers have likely witnessed: electric cars run so quietly at low speeds that it can be difficult to ...
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  • Wrestling Superstar Hulk Hogan Suing Florida Laser Spine Institute

    Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, has filed a lawsuit against the Laser Spine Institute, a clinic based in Tampa, for $50 million alleging unnecessary surgeries . In the lawsuit, Hogan claims that procedures conducted by the institute resulted in more spinal instability, significant bone loss and significant losses in income, including a lucrative match with John Cena. In 2009, Hogan ...
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  • Number Of Cases Rise With Early Start To Flu Season

    The 2012-2013 flu season has started early, with five states reporting high levels of flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. The proportion of people visiting their doctor for flu-like symptoms has climbed from 2.8 percent to 5.6 percent in the last four weeks. Last year's mid flu season peak was 2.2 percent. The five states reporting high levels of flu activity ...
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  • Fewer Crashes Occur At Intersections With Red-Light Cameras

    Automated cameras have monitored some intersections throughout Florida since the legislature authorized them in 2010. Authorities released the first reports regarding whether they actually accomplish the safety goal of cutting back on intersection crashes. The results look promising for supporters of more camera usage: more than half of reporting law enforcement agencies reported a significant ...
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  • New Rules By F.D.A To Fight Food Contamination

    The Food and Drug Administration has implemented two new rules to prevent the contamination of produce and processed food, which sickens thousands of Americans every year. These rules include requirements for better record keeping, plans for handling outbreaks and standards that will prevent the spread of contaminants. One rule will require food manufacturers to come up with ways to reduce the ...
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  • Mobile Eyes: Fewer Floridians Taking Advantage Of Anti-DWI Rewards

    In the fight to protect Florida drivers from drunk drivers, one county uses a novel tool to help authorities get intoxicated people off the road. Palm Beach County's "Mobile Eyes" program has existed for a decade now and seeks to recruit private citizens to help enforce anti-DWI laws. The program asks private citizens to report possible drunk drivers - in return, it pays them $100. Despite ...
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  • Is The Driver Next To You Asleep At The Wheel?

    Quite possibly, according to a recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC surveyed almost 150,000 adults; 1 in 24 admitted to falling asleep while behind the wheel. There are conflicting estimates on the effects of drowsy drivers. The government estimates that about 3 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents involve sleepy drivers. However, other studies ...
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  • Two Helicopters Crash Within Eight Hours, Three Dead

    Two medical helicopters crashed within eight hours on Wednesday, killing three and injuring four in Iowa and Oklahoma. The first crash took place in Oklahoma when an Air Methods helicopter crash landed, injuring the four crew members on board. A few hours later a Med-Trans helicopter, crashed around 9 p.m. into a field in Iowa, killing all three passengers on board including a nurse, a paramedic ...
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  • Three Dead After SUV Crashes Into Lake in Deerfield Beach

    Following a three-car crash in Deerfield Beach, three are dead, one is on life support and an SUV is in a lake. Late on Wednesday night, officials were called to the southbound side of I-95 between Hillsboro and SW 10 th Street after a 2000 Lexus RX 300 crashed through a chain-link fence and plunged into a lake. The group in the car was on the way home from the mall when the accident took place. ...
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