Blog Posts in August, 2012

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  • Tennessee police increase drunk driving saturation for Labor Day

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 30, 2012

    Last month we posted about law enforcement being in full effect when it came to cracking down on drunk driving during the week of the Fourth of July. Now, with Labor Day weekend starting tomorrow, law enforcement also plans on saturating the area to prevent drunk driving. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, over the Fourth of July weekend there were 48 people who ...
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  • Almost half of U.S. doctors report signs of job burnout

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 26, 2012

    Doctors who are burned out on their jobs have an increased risk for not only personal problems, but also for job-related problems, like making medical mistakes, compromising their quality and standard of care, and being tired on the job. According to a study led by researchers at the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic, roughly half of doctors surveyed reported at least one symptom of ...
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  • Study focuses on fatal overlap accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 23, 2012

    While vehicles have a number of different safety features, like seat belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes, these safety features don't guarantee a driver of passenger will not get injured in a car accident . In fact, depending on the type of crash, some of these features may not necessarily be able to protect a person at all. According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...
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  • Malpractice Claims at Record Low While Healthcare Costs Rise

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 20, 2012

    Health care reform is constantly in the news, and some policymakers have promoted the idea that medical malpractice claims are partly to blame for the increasing cost of health care, but a new study says that is not the case. Public Citizen, a national, non-profit consumer advocacy group, evaluated the data of the federal government's National Practitioner Data Bank and found that medical ...
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  • Just how safe is codeine for children after surgery?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 19, 2012

    For many people codeine is a safe pain management prescription given after surgery to ease discomfort and promote healing. However, for some children, taking codeine after a surgery can lead to dangerous drug interactions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced the decision to investigate just how safe codeine is to give to children after a surgery. The decision was prompted by ...
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  • NHTSA: Alcohol a factor in fatal trucking accidents nationwide

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 17, 2012

    While we may all like to think that truck drivers are following the law and are 100 percent alert when behind the wheel, a recent statistic shed light on the issue of alcohol abuse by truck drivers. It turns out that 3 percent of truck drivers who were involved in a fatal accident in 2010 had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash. Of those 3 percent, 2 percent had blood alcohol contents between ...
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  • Child safety seats can help prevent accident injuries and deaths

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 13, 2012

    With car accidents being the leading cause of death for children under the age of 3, it's very important for car seats to be properly used and that the car seats themselves are not defective. However, while most people know this to be true, sadly, every year there are a number of injuries and deaths caused by not only defective car seats, but also many parents not following car seat guidelines. A ...
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  • Researchers say safety features don't protect all shapes and sizes

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 10, 2012

    A recent study found a connection between how much a person weighs and their chances of suffering from severe injuries if in a motor vehicle accident. This study also backs up earlier studies that found a similar connection between higher body mass indexes and serious car accident injuries. The study, which was published in the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security, found those who are ...
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  • Overprescribing can lead to medical complications

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 8, 2012

    When we go to the doctor we want to know that the physician is always making the best decisions and running tests based on actual need. But, many claim this is not always the case, and in fact, many doctors overprescribe and run tests that are not medically necessary. This in turn can lead to injuries and even death for patients. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, in 1999 there ...
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  • More bicyclists using cameras to record possible accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 6, 2012

    It is no secret that there has been a long standing contention between many bicyclists and motorists. Many times motorists accuse bicyclists of not following the rules of the road -- and sometimes -- even get confrontational with those who use bikes as a mode of transportation. However, the truth is that bicyclists have the same exact rights and responsibilities as other drivers on the road, and ...
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  • Study points to dangers of texting while driving

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 4, 2012

    A recent study points to the fact that while some people may honestly believe they are perfectly capable of texting and driving, the truth is there is a decrease in the level of performance when a person tries to complete two visual tasks at the same time. One could make the assumption that this decrease in performance could lead to a car accident . The study looked at two types of multitasking. ...
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  • NHTSA data points to increase in motor vehicle fatalities

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 3, 2012

    Over the past several years there has been a downward trend in the number of traffic fatalities on U.S. roadways. However, after year-after-year decreases, there is now a growing concern as motor vehicle fatalities increased for the first quarter of 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6,720 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents during the first three ...
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