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3 Common myths about distracted driving


Most people know that distracted driving is dangerous, but many still engage in the behavior. Many believe that they can safely multitask behind the wheel - that they are the exception to the rule.

Many individuals believe myths and misconceptions about distracted driving.

The dangers of full-face snorkel masks


When traveling to tropical locations, many tourists enjoy snorkeling. The allure of taking a glimpse into the ocean is something that many people want to partake in.

Unfortunately, snorkeling can be dangerous. And an uptick in snorkeling-related deaths is raising concerns with tourists and safety experts.

Looking back at the 2017 California wildfires


Many Californians would like to forget the 2017 wildfires that devastated the state. But doing so is impossible, because signs of the fire are everywhere.

According to the Washington Post, the 2017 fires burned 1.2 million acres of land. That's roughly equivalent to the size of Delaware. More than 10,800 structures were destroyed and 46 people died.

Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect


Every year, families across the country make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. When a loved one is no longer able to live alone or live independently, a nursing home may be the most logical choice.

Unfortunately, nursing homes are not always safe places to be.

Can a football player sue the NFL for brain injuries?

Last year, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez took his own life after killing his friend over a perceived slight. This followed his acquittal from murdering two strangers five years earlier. Autopsy research definitively demonstrates that Hernandez’s brain suffered extreme damage due to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This affliction can lead to severe issues with rage and volatility as well as inhibited impulse control.

Hernandez is just one of a growing number of former National Football League (NFL) players whose CTE has led to devastating outcomes. In recent years, the NFL has publicly acknowledged the connection between football and CTE. The question many people are now wondering is whether the NFL can be held liable for the brain damage its players suffer.

In the wake of a personal injury, avoid social media.

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident and you’ve filed a personal injury claim, it’s more important than ever to be careful about what you post on social media. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media site, whatever you post becomes permanently available—even if you later delete it from your profile. Even if you have high privacy settings on your accounts, there are still ways to access your information. Assume that whatever you post can be seen by the general public.

What’s the risk?

What is Gadolinium? Plus a New FDA Retention Warning

Gadolinium is a liquid, man-made heavy-metal substance used in MRI and MRA scans. It is part of a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA), which is used to make images in MRI scans clearer. Gadolinium-based contrast agents are given via an intravenous injection that generally takes between 10 and 30 seconds.

Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of GBCAs for use: linear and macrocyclic agents. Of the two, linear agents have been found to be more strongly associated with gadolinium retention. Approximately 30 percent of MRI procedures involve the use of gadolinium contrast media (also known as gadolinium contrast dye).

UK to Remove Two Gadolinium Contrast Agents from Market

UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has announced that it will remove two gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) from the market in the wake of a review that found some patients are at risk of retaining the heavy-metal. The announcement was made on December 14, 2017, and will take effect February 1, 2018. Meanwhile, other gadolinium contrast agents will have their use limited.

According to the agency, a review found that "low levels of gadolinium can be retained in the brain and other tissues after administration of gadolinium-containing contrast agents." As a result, the licenses for Omniscan and Magnevist will be suspended and the products will be subject to recall. MultiHance and Primovist will be limited to "delayed phase liver imaging only." All contrast agents affected by the announcement are considered linear agents, which are most strongly linked to gadolinium retention.

Three People Killed in Separate Construction Accidents Across U.S.

December 21, 2017

It's among the deadliest industries to work in in the United States. Construction often entails dangerous working conditions and incredible hazards, putting the lives of construction workers at risk. There are many ways workers can suffer construction injuries on the job: falls from great heights, being crushed by equipment, or any of a variety of terrible circumstances. Sadly, some construction workers pay the ultimate price in a construction accident, and their loved ones are left to grieve.

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