Distractions Lead to More Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths

Pedestrian injuries and fatalities skyrocketed in 2010 according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but no one seems to know why. Road fatalities are dropping in many categories, but pedestrian deaths rose 4.2 percent and pedestrian injuries went up 19 percent over the previous year, according to a December story in …

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DOT Bans Smartphones for All Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation has formally banned Interstate bus and truck drivers from using hand-held phones. The new rule was jointly created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. “I hope that this rule will save lives by helping commercial drivers stay laser-focused on safety at …

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NTSB Suggests Ban on All Portable Electronic Devices for Drivers of Any Vehicle

The National Transportation Safety Board recently called for a total ban on driver use of portable electronic devices – both hands-free and hand-held – in all motor vehicles. Distraction-related accidents took the lives of about 3,000 people on America’s highways last year, according to NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman. The agency’s press release calling for the …

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Build-A-Bear Toys Recalled After Choking Hazard is Discovered

The popular Build-A-Bear brand took another hit when the company recently issued a recall of more than 300,000 teddy bears. The Colorful Hearts Teddy Bear has eyes that could fall out and cause a choking hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The December announcement was the third product safety recall for Build-A-Bear in …

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FDA Sends Out New Warnings About Baby Acetaminophen Dosages

An attempt by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce dosing confusion about liquid acetaminophen has led the agency to clarify a warning about dosing because the first changes created even more confusion. Major manufacturers agreed in 2009 to produce acetaminophen in only one strength after FDA advisory committees raised concerns about confusion and dosing …

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Group B Strep Can Threaten Baby During Delivery

Group B Strep is a dangerous bacteria that lives in the digestive tract and the birth canal of as many as one in four pregnant women and can cause permanent handicaps for the baby. According to GBS International, a group that promotes awareness of Group B Strep, the condition is the most likely cause of …

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