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September 2012 Archives

Medical Malpractice: Government Program Looks For Patient Input

Medical mistakes occur with frightening frequency in the United States. A new government pilot program is exploring a different angle to help improve healthcare by harnessing patient perspectives and reports. If this program is successful, it might be a big step towards reducing common medical malpractice scenarios liked missed diagnoses and treatment errors.

School Bus Kills Pedestrian, Controlled Substance Involved

An elderly California woman died this week after a school bus driver hit her in a crosswalk. Authorities are still investigating the motor vehicle wreck but they believe the bus driver was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time.

California man killed in motorcycle accident

Many people love to ride motorcycles on U.S. roadways, but unfortunately traffic collisions often prove catastrophic for the riders of motorcycles, if not fatal. One recent motorcycle accident resulted in the untimely death of a young California man earlier this month. He lost his life while riding his motorcycle after a car attempted to make a turn in front of him.

"Mommy, I don't feel good..."

Parents in California and around the world know how wonderful-and nerve wracking-it can be having kids. Most of the time we pay little mind to the fact that they won't eat the small bit of broccoli on their plate or the fact that they just flushed daddy's car keys down the toilet for the second time this month.

GM announces auto recall

General Motors Co. has announced a recall of hundreds of thousands of cars that may have problems with their transmissions. The automaker recalled Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac mid-size sedans. This recall includes the Saturn Aura of model years 2007-2010 and the 2008-2010 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6.

Child killed, another injured in California truck accident

Accidents between trucks and cars can be especially devastating due to the fact that a much larger and heavier truck can cause such extensive damage to a smaller vehicle. One recent California truck accident has tragically taken the life of a toddler and left another child in critical condition. The collision involved four vehicles, including a tow truck which rear-ended a Ford Fusion carrying a family of five.

Federal Agency Seeks to Ban High-Powered Magnet Toys

A new type of magnetic toy became popular in the last few years. Powered by intense rare-earth magnets, the toys consist of a set of small, shiny magnetic spheres. The strength of the magnets allows users to create striking sculptures and shapes out of the spheres, held together by nothing but magnetism.

Mounting Safety Concerns Surround Common Train Tanker Cars

Trains are transporting more and more ethanol from heartland corn farms to far away markets. But after a catastrophic ethanol explosion this summer, major concerns are piling up regarding the type of train car used to transport the flammable substance.

3 killed in California car accident blamed on drunk driving

There are some roads in California that are just more dangerous than others, for a variety of reasons. Some can drive these roads every day without an incident, but others end up involved in a car accident. No matter how diligent a driver is, one wrong move can mean disaster.

Car manufacturer could be in hot water over cooling fan recalls

In the wake of rising oil prices, car manufacturers have been clamoring to make the next big sensation in hybrid vehicles. Fisker Automotive Inc. had the answer to this with their new plug-in hybrid car that boasted both luxury as well as great fuel economy.

NFL funds brain injury study with a $30 million grant

The residual effects of mild traumatic brain injuries have received increasing scrutiny over the past few years. Perhaps in response to mounting criticism of football-related head injuries, the NFL gave a $30 million grant to the National Institute of Health this week. The money will fund a study of the long term effects of brain injuries.

A smart solution to teens' smart-phone driving distractions?

Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly notorious source of roadway dangers and teenagers are particularly likely to focus on phone distractions while driving. Although it only takes a moment of distraction to cause a serious car accident, teenagers frequently switch their attention to a phone.

Los Angeles train and bus crash a potentially serious accident

In what might have been a public safety nightmare, a commuter train and Metro bus collided in downtown Los Angeles at the end of August. There were approximately 50 passengers on the Metro bus at the time of the collision, and 32 individuals were taken to area hospitals with injuries after the potentially serious accident. It doesn't appear that any passengers on the train were injured.

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