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November 12-18 is Drowsy Driver Prevention Week

November 14, 2012

November 12-18 is Drowsy Driver Prevention Week

Drowsy Driver Prevention Week is November 12-18, and the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is launching its annual public awareness campaign to educate the public about the risks of driving while drowsy and the countermeasures we all can take to improve safety on the road. A recent NSF survey found some disturbing trends among transportation workers:…

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November 13, 2012

Husband of Woman Who Died in Marion County Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion Sues

The husband of a 28-year-old woman who was killed when a hyperbaric chamber used to treat a horse exploded at the Kesmarc Equine Rehabilitation facility In Marion County, is suing several parties, claiming they were negligent in maintaining the chamber. The horrific explosion happened on February 10 when a horse being treated inside the hyperbaric…

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November 6, 2012

Port Charlotte Man Awarded $3.83 Million in Balloon Accident

A New Mexico jury has awarded a 72-year-old Port Charlotte man $3.86 million in damages after finding that the pilot of a hot air balloon was reckless and the Balloon Fiesta organization was negligent in a 2009 balloon accident that left the Florida man with debilitating injuries. The man had been a passenger in the…

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November 5, 2012

Parents Blame Middle School for 11-Year-Old Hillsborough County Student’s Death

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating how an 11-year-old special needs student with Downs Syndrome slipped by six teacher’s aides during gym class, got outside, and drowned in a retaining pond behind her middle school. The devastated father has taken aim at Rogers Middle School and blamed them for his daughter’s death. He…

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November 1, 2012

Transvaginal Mesh Revision Surgeries Fail to Restore Health to Patients

In recent years, thousands of patients who have received transvaginal mesh implants have suffered serious side effects from transvaginal mesh failures. And now, a recent study is showing that even when revision surgeries to correct complications from failed mesh implants are performed, women are in worse shape than they were before their original mesh surgery….

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October 30, 2012

Pediatricians Warn about Catastrophic Cheerleading Injuries

With its complex gymnastics-inspired flips, jumps, and tumbles, it can be said with certainty that today’s cheerleading is not your mom’s cheerleading. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has recommended that cheerleading be given the same designation as a sport, and it has suggested that guidelines be implemented to prevent catastrophic injuries. While…

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October 29, 2012

Florida Gov. Calls for Study on Texting and Driving

With traffic fatalities up four percent in Florida so far this year, Gov. Rick Scott has called for top state highway officials to take another look at texting and driving. For the past several years, the Florida state legislature has failed to pass any laws that ban — or even limit — the practice. Scott…

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October 24, 2012

Manatee County Jury Awards Injured Bicyclist $2.3 Million

A Manatee County jury has awarded a 52-year-old Longboat Key bicyclist $2.3 million after he was struck while riding his recumbent bike and dragged underneath a car. The jury determined that his injuries, which included three fractured vertebrae and multiple facial injuries, prevented him from continuing his riding lifestyle. The accident happened in March 2010,…

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October 23, 2012

Pfizer Settles First Chantix Suicide Case

Drug manufacturing giant Pfizer Inc. has reached a settlement with the widow of a man who killed himself after taking the anti-smoking drug Chantix, according to Bloomberg News. The bellwether trial that was supposed to begin this week will not be held now that a settlement has been reached. The widow of a Minnesota man…

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