Blog Posts in June, 2013

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  • Study: Cellphone conversations a danger to pedestrians too

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 29, 2013

    There are cellphone laws in place in Tennessee that are meant to prevent distracted driving accidents. This is why all drivers are banned from texting while driving and new drivers are banned from using a cellphone when behind the wheel. Of course though, many new drivers still skirt the rules and others still text and drive. Others too are just plain distracted by their cellphones -- even when ...
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  • Young workers at higher risk for injury

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 27, 2013

    Many teens in the Nashville, Tennessee, area will be starting their first summer job this year. Some will go into retail, while others will try their hand at an outdoor job, like lifeguarding or working at an amusement park. Whatever their jobs will be, many will take great confidence in earning their own money. However, what many teen workers do not realize is that they have rights when it comes ...
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  • Study: Just how sober is the designated driver?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 22, 2013

    A recent study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, points to a large problem in society where designated drivers are drinking to the point of impairment. This is of concern as it means people who are supposed to be sober are still drinking and driving, which increases the chances of getting into a drunk driving accident . The study surveyed close to 1,100 bar patrons over a ...
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  • Outbreak tied to steroids from Tennessee compounding pharmacy

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 20, 2013

    Last year a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to methylprednisolone acetate led to 745 reported illnesses and 58 deaths. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reporting finding bacterial and fungal growth in vials of the same type of steroid injection, only from a different compounding pharmacy. This time the steroid injection came from a compounding pharmacy based out of Newbern, ...
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  • Hands-free phones still come with fair share of distraction

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 15, 2013

    There are plenty of drivers in Tennessee who probably drive around using a hands-free phone thinking they are being safer. There are those too who use voice command systems to do things such as send an email or text, or turn on the windshield wipers. However, while automakers are excited about voice command options and infotainment systems that will do everything from update Facebook to order a ...
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  • Tennessee trucking accident along I-24 results in two fatalities

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 13, 2013

    A recent nine-vehicle accident on I-24 in Tennessee tragically claimed the lives of two individuals who were en route to Bonnaroo - an annual music and arts festival held about 60 miles southeast of Nashville. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the fatal accident occurred shortly after midnight at exit 81 and involved seven motor vehicles and two tractor-trailer trucks. Specifically, the ...
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  • Tips for patients for reducing the chance of misdiagnosis

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 13, 2013

    Misdiagnosis is a continuing problem in the health care industry. In fact, one report claims 39 percent of medical malpractice payouts in the U.S. stem from a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. This percentage would make sense considering the fact that as these types of diagnostic errors tend to be among the most dangerous for patients. When it comes to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, there are ...
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  • Warning: allergy medications can impact driving

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 7, 2013

    Back in January we posted on the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was asking the manufacturers of sleep medications to lower the recommended dosage. The idea was that a reduction would lead to less groggy driving and a decrease in car accidents . Now, the same administration is reminding the public that sleep aids are not the only medications that cause drowsiness. Rather, with it ...
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  • Frozen berry mix tied to hepatitis A outbreak

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 5, 2013

    Many people might have purchased an organic antioxidant berry blend from Costco thinking they were buying a delicious and healthy snack. With foods such as pomegranate seeds, many thought they were making the right choice for their health. Consumers probably never even imagined they would come down with hepatitis A after eating the antioxidant berry blend, but for at least 30 people, personal ...
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  • Is birth control making women sick?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 3, 2013

    Many women are put on birth control without ever even giving the product much thought. Year after year these same women also go to their doctors to get prescriptions and for check-ups, yet do not even realize that their contraception could be causing severe damage or even killing them. Take for example NuvaRing . This contraception is available through prescription and is manufactured by Merck. It ...
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  • Pay attention and use signals to avoid motorcycle accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 1, 2013

    Far too often, motorcycle riders in Tennessee are in serious accidents where the other driver either was not paying attention, or just did not see them. These accidents tend to be quite severe in nature, with those on motorcycles absorbing much of the impact with little protection. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise. In ...
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