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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.

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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.

Two Construction Workers Injured in Building Collapse

December 14, 2017

Construction workers regularly face risks in their work, including risks of building collapses and falls from great heights. Two construction workers were recently taken to the hospital because a building collapsed while they were working on it. Meanwhile, three contractors were fined more than $140,000 for an incident in May in which 13 construction workers were injured. Luckily for all involved in the two separate incidents, no one suffered fatal injuries.

Study finds corded window blinds to be dangerous, ban expected

The findings of a 26-year long study have just been published in the journal Pediatrics, revealing that around 17,000 children have been injured and 300 killed from window blinds. The predominant cause of these incidents was cord entanglement and strangulation.

The knowledge that window cords pose a strangulation risk is not new. Research on these dangers can be found in medical journals dating back to 1945. In recent decades, manufacturers introduced additional safety standards and warning labels to corded blinds. Nonetheless, the problem has persisted. Now, the industry is taking more decisive action.

Holiday safety tips: 10 dangerous toys to avoid

The holidays are just around the corner: a festive time to gather together, break bread, exchange gifts and maybe watch “A Christmas Story” for the fiftieth time. To help prevent injury and keep your family safe this season, we present this year’s top 10 toys to avoid (and no, the Red Ryder BB gun didn’t make the list):

  1. Itty Bittys Baby Stacking Toy: The small, removable pieces are a choking hazard.
  2. Pull Along Polly: The cord’s length exceeds safety standards and presents a risk of strangulation.
  3. Wonder Woman Battle Action Sword: The hard plastic of the blade could lead to injuries.
  4. Hand Fidgetz Spinners: While this product’s instructions say it is not intended as a toy, it is nonetheless found in many toy departments. It has the potential to overheat and may contain large amounts of lead.
  5. Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition: The rotating blades on this toy pose a risk of injury.
  6. Nerf Zombie Strike Deadbolt Crossbow: This toy has the potential to cause injuries to the face and eyes.
  7. Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit: The label says it all on this one: potential for “severe injury or even death.”
  8. Oval Xylophone: This toy—which is intended for babies—includes a long handle that could be a choking hazard.
  9. Jetts Heel Wheels: At attachment to convert your shoes into roller skates, this toy boasts that it creates sparks when in use—which is a burn hazard.
  10. Brianna Baby Doll: Intended for children as young as 18 months, this toy’s small, removable pieces are a choking hazard.
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