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Self-Driving Cars May Not Prevent the Most Common Car Accidents

Last year, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk had all intentions of starting to operate a fleet of self-driving robotaxis sometime this year. Now he says he’s hoping “to deploy the system with humans monitoring it in early 2021, depending on regulatory approval.”(WUSA9.com) In the last several years, other companies have pledged to start a fully-robotic Read More

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Recall of Some Metformin Diabetes Medication

Since 2010, the FDA has been investigating the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Metformin, “after several batches of the diabetes drug sold outside the U.S. were found to contain low levels of the substance.” (Healthline.com) In 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled some blood pressure medications due to the drugs containing NDMA. Read More

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Should the Blood Alcohol Concentration Legal Limit Be Lowered?

In 1998, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implemented “a national limit, under which it would be illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher” to deter impaired driving. (one.nhtsa.gov) At that time, the number .08 BAC was chosen for the following reasons: Most drivers are Read More

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Motor Vehicle Fatality Rate Spikes, Despite COVID-19 Lockdown

In March 2020, states across the country implemented stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would make sense that virtually empty roadways would mean less vehicle accidents resulting in less fatalities. In actuality, the roadways became more lethal! “A new National Safety Council report finds that the number of motor vehicle fatalities per miles Read More

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Frontline Workers’ Lives Endangered by COVID-19

We’re going into month four now in the COVID-19 pandemic, with more Americans testing positive and more deaths every day. COVID-19 is a highly contagious coronavirus with common symptoms of fever, body aches, dry cough, fatigue, chills, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, and loss of smell. In some people, it can cause more serious Read More

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Where are All the Non COVID-19 Emergencies?

Many emergency rooms have seen a huge increase in patients with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other signs of possible pneumonia stemming from COVID-19 lately. “However, ER physicians have also noticed a startling decrease in patients coming in for serious non-COVID issues, such as heart attack and stroke.” (Forbes.com) Because of the “Stay at Read More

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Will COVID-19 Change the Workers’ Compensation System Forever?

Even after the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic subsides, it will likely take many years to assess the ways it has altered American society and culture. Certainly, the effects on employment and the healthcare industry will be significant, so we should expect laws to change to address those changed circumstances. Accordingly, states might be Read More

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Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that Read More

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FDA Recalls All Ranitidine (Zantac) Products Due to Cancer Risk

On April 1, 2020 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was pulling all ranitidine off the shelves due to a possible link to cancer. This recall includes all prescription and over the counter ranitidine (best known by the brand name Zantac). In September of last year, the FDA put out a warning Read More

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Higher Safety Standards for ATV’s Don’t Seem to Affect Death Rate in SC

All-terrian vehicles (ATV’s) can be a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous. Injuries and deaths can be caused by: not having proper safety equipment, riding incorrectly, riding in unsafe places or conditions, and letting children ride adult-size ATV’s. Before you ride, make sure you are aware of the hazards, and the rules Read More

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