Over the past weekend, yet another fatal charter bus crash occurred on our Texas roads. According to the Dallas Morning News, an OGA Charters bus was involved in a rollover crash which killed 9 people and injured at least 44 others on U.S. 83 North, approximately 45 miles north of Laredo. While the crash investigation is still in the preliminary phases, it seems clear that OGA Charters had failed recent safety and mechanical inspections – some resulting in vehicles being sidelined until repairs had been made.
A $70 million study funded by the US Transportation Research Board and conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concludes that cell phone usage could be the single greatest cause of car accidents today. The study monitored over 3500 drivers in cars equipped with video cameras and other sensors and revealed drivers doing many things in addition to driving such as finding a suitable radio station, checking text messages and notifications, interacting with passengers and other things not related to driving. The study concluded that distracted driving doubled the risk of car crashes overall and distracted driving behaviors occurred approximately 50% of the time.
When a safety defect in an automobile is serious enough to warrant a recall, the problem affects not only the vehicle owner and passengers but also people in other vehicles whose lives you may be putting in danger. A defective power steering system, brake system, or air bags can cause traffic accidents which injure and kill innocent people. It is our responsibility to take vehicle recall announcements very seriously.
A new drug’s effectiveness and safety are tested and verified by studies and clinical trials conducted by independent third parties such as universities and scientific labs. From a drug company’s perspective, receiving the endorsement of a successful clinical trial is essential to successfully marketing a new drug. Drug companies and their salesman use the results of these studies and trials as sales tools to market the drug to doctors. A pharmaceutical company can make billions of dollars by developing a drug that is more effective than another, providing doctors with an incentive to buy one to replace the other. In 2015 alone, Johnson and Johnson made $1.9 billion dollars selling Xarelto, an anti-clotting drug used to treat patients who are in danger of having a stroke. The future of this drug is now in question, however, because one of the testing devices used in the clinical trial has been deemed to be defective.
It comes as a shock when a loved one dies during a routine hospital visit. It is assumed that hospital employees do everything they can to make your visit as safe as possible, however, hospital-related deaths in the United States number from around 98,000 to 440,000 each year according to a study conducted in 2013. Hospitals take patient safety seriously and are implementing measures and training employees in an attempt to reduce the number of these fatalities.
In what is certain to be a landmark decision, a Missouri jury has awarded the son of an African-American woman, and the woman’s estate, a total of $72 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson. Of the $72 million in damages, $10 million are compensatory damages going to the son and $62 million in punitive damages to the estate. The successful plaintiff’s lead attorney, Jim Onder said after the verdict that $31 million of the compensation will go to the Missouri Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.
Testosterone is a hormone produced naturally in the testicles beginning at puberty and gradually decreases after age 30. By the time a male reaches age 65 his testosterone levels are significantly lower, leaving some men feeling tired, lethargic, and with a reduced libido. As a treatment for this condition, doctors have been prescribing testosterone therapy, low-t for short, usually in the form of rubbing a gel on the body. The objective of the therapy is to restore a percentage of the testosterone lost due to aging. Men by the millions have been lured by slick advertising and have started taking the therapy. It has been said that given the frenzy over this new anti-aging treatment, some doctors prescribe the treatments without measuring a man’s testosterone to see if it was low in the first place.
Every parent has considered the nightmare of a police officer notification regarding a serious car wreck involving their child. In your frantic car ride to the hospital, you dread what you may see upon arrival and pray your child is OK. You can’t help but feel responsible for your child’s suffering, since at one point you were the one who made the decision regarding how much money to spend on their car so they would have better odds of surviving this exact situation.
A recent article in USA Today featured the states in the US where you are most likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident. Montana topped the list, followed by North Dakota and Mississippi. Other states making the top ten most dangerous are West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina and South Dakota. Rounding out the list was Tennessee. Texas had the most motor vehicle fatalities but did not make the top ten due to the fact that it is more populous thus the rate of deaths per 100,000 residents was lower. The study was based on data provided by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration.
The Dallas Morning News’ investigation of deadly dentist uncovered that since 2010 approximately 1000 dental patients have died due to the negligence of dentists, their assistants and paid anesthetic subcontractors. It is impossible to estimate how many more have been seriously harmed. The Dallas Morning News claims that it is not their intention to scare people away from taking their children to the dentist, or going themselves, and have created a list of questions that you should ask before visiting a dentist.