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National Campaign Against Distracted Driving Launched – April 15, 2014

We have written often in this blog about the dangers and growing problem of distracted driving.  Texting and other distractions resulting from the use of hand-held personal devices kill and injure.  The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that in 2012 alone, distracted driving accounted for 3,328 deaths and an estimated...

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National Safety Council releases 2014 edition of Injury Facts – Mar. 31, 2014

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress.  It’s mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through, leadership, research, education and advocacy.  Every year the National Safety Council details safety...

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Hospital-Acquired Infections Continue As a Major Health Problem – March 27, 2014

Roughly thirty four million people were admitted to acute care hospitals in the United States in 2012. According to a study released by the Center For Disease Control (CDC), one in twenty five of those patients will suffer from an infection acquired during their hospital stay. Not included in this...

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Rise in Medical Device Recalls Seen as Sign of Progress – Mar. 22, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posts consumer information about the most serious medical devices recalls. The FDA notes on their medical device webpage that these products are on the list because they could cause serious health problems or death.   The FDA released a report yesterday indicating that...

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Riding Motorcycles Requires Extra Care – March 13, 2014

The past week in the St. Louis area has been deadly for motorcyclists. Two individuals were killed when they collided with a school bus in Wentzville, another individual was killed when he failed to negotiate a turn on an off ramp from eastbound 270 in Madison County, Illinois and a...

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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect – Feb. 28, 2014

A report this past year, prepared by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division of the U.S. House Government Reform Committee, found that thirty percent of nursing homes in America were cited for almost 9000 instances of abuse over a two year period. This percentage involved 5,283 facilities. Typical...

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Minimum Drinking Age Laws Save Lives – Feb. 24, 2014

A study published today in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that laws which make it illegal for individuals to drink under the age of 21 have contributed to lower rates of drunk-driving fatalities among young people. The study resulted from an examination of studies conducted since...

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Recent Tractor Trailer Accidents Remind Us To Be Vigilant – Feb. 18, 2014

We have written often on this blog about the need to exercise extra caution when sharing the road with tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles when traveling.  While commercial vehicles are an essential part of our economy, the sheer difference in mass makes collisions with these vehicles especially deadly.  The...

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V2V Technology Coming To A Vehicle Near You? Feb. 9, 2014

Each year in the United States there are over ten million automobile accidents resulting in over 35,000 deaths.   Thankfully the injuries and deaths resulting from these automobile accidents has been significantly reduced through the life-saving advancement we have made with such things as vehicle structural design, seat belt restraining systems,...

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Strollers Recalled Due to Partial Finger Amputation Risk – Jan 31, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a stroller recall this past Thursday due to a partial fingertip amputation hazard.  The hinge on the stroller’s folding mechanism can partially amputate a user’s fingers, break their fingers or cause severe lacerations when the release button is pressed while also pulling on the...

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Minicars Perform Poorly In OverLap Front End Crashes – Jan. 27, 2014

Only one of eleven minicars tested for their performance in a small overlap front end crash test achieved an acceptable rating from the the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  (IIHS). This result makes this category the worst performing group so far. A “small overlap front crash” test simulates a collision...

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NHTSA Proposes Side-Impact Tests For Child Seats – Jan 23, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration (NHTSA) proposed this week a new side impact test for child restraint systems.   The proposal will build on the successful work already accomplished by the implementation of child seats over the years.  Without question, the use of child restraint systems in vehicles have saved...

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Study Indicates Mental Rest Speeds Up Concussion Recovery – Jan 16, 2014

Much media attention has been focused recently on concussive brain injuries resulting from sports and the need to curtail the athletic activity for a period of time following those injuries.  Yet little empirical data has been gathered on the effect of cognitive rest in the recovery process. Because cognition or...

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Robotic Surgery Injuries Under Reported – Jan. 1, 2014

The da Vinci surgical system has been on the market for over a decade and has been used in more than a million surgical procedures during that time.  Roughly 1400 da Vinci systems have been purchased by hospitals and the use of robotic surgery has increased more than 400 percent...

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