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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Some Hospitals May Not Be Training Staff on Correct Use of Dilaudid

There is evidence that shows the pain medication Dilaudid is being prescribed incorrectly and leading to overdoses and even addiction problems. If physicians and medical professionals are getting the dosage wrong on Dilaudid, it might be because it is three to five times more potent than morphine. Dosing guidelines changed about eight years ago, but …

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Yellow Dot Program Will Alert Emergency Workers of Crash Victims’ Health Condition

Time is critical when emergency workers assess an accident scene. The more they know about the victims of a highway accident, the better chance they have of treating their injuries accurately. The Illinois Department of Transportation recently debuted a new information delivery system that can help emergency workers learn critical information about crash victims at …

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Company Cited for OSHA Violations at Illinois Plant

As Illinois lawmakers work to reduce workers’ compensation coverage in the state, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited Central Transport International Inc. for multiple and repeat violations at its Hillside facility. The logistics company was in violation for improperly training workers who drive forklifts and not having adequate eyewash stations for …

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Drug Makers Pay Big for Illegal Marketing

American pharmaceutical companies are learning the hard way that marketing drugs improperly is not only bad for customers, it is bad for their bottom line. In the fall of 2011, Merck paid $950 million in a civil lawsuit to settle charges it illegally marketed a painkiller called Vioxx. That same year Pfizer paid the government …

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Proper Processes Can Stop Wrong Side Surgeries

The medical community is being called upon to make procedural changes that would significantly reduce the risk of wrong site and wrong side surgeries. Across the country, about 40 surgeries a week are performed on the wrong side of the body, the wrong site on the body, or even on the wrong patient. The problem …

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