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The History of the Bicycle Helmet and why you Need to be Wearing One

Most people generally know it’s a good idea to wear a bike helmet, yet not that many of us consistently wear one. People who bike long distances as a sport or exercise generally do wear bike helmets, but the real problem is people who ride leisurely. Here we will lay out the history of the bike helmet, and give you some facts about how they can protect you. The first widely used bicycle was the Penny-farthing. This was the bicycle that had a very large main wheel and a much smaller wheel in the back. The name came from the British...

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The Future of Automobiles, What Will Your Car Look Like in 10 Years?

Some of the hottest buzzwords in tech and automobiles right now are “autonomous” and “self-driving”. Most of us generally understand what a self-driving car is, but how will that impact what your car and the roads look like in the coming decades? The Cars If our cars drive themselves, do we need steering wheels? For now, yes. Currently the regulations of self-driving cars on public streets require that a driver be able to take control of the vehicle if need be and that, of course, requires a steering wheel and pedals. That doesn’t mean it will always be that way though. Google...

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Hot Coffee… how personal injury impacts your everyday life

Every once and a while a lawsuit will make national headlines. That was the case with Liebeck v. McDonald’s, more commonly known as the hot coffee lawsuit. In 1992 Liebeck was at a drive through McDonald’s and ordered a coffee. While pulling the cap off to add sugar, she accidentally spilled the cup of coffee all over her lap. Liebeck suffered second and third degree burns and was hospitalized for 10 days and then had two years of continuing medical care. Liebeck contended that the coffee was unreasonably hot (190 degrees) for anyone to safely consume and therefore constituted gross...

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Diesel Cars, Should You Be Driving One?

When most people think about diesel they think about semi-trucks. This makes sense as nearly all semi-trucks use diesel and most cars use gasoline, buts that’s starting to change. As more cars hit the market ready to go with diesel engines, should you consider buying one? To start off, what exactly is the difference between diesel and gasoline engines?  In theory diesel and gasoline engines work very similarly. The main difference comes in how the fuel is ignited. In a gasoline engine, a spark plug is used to release a small spark that ignites the gasoline at each stroke and propels...

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Car Seats: Information for growing families

Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in motor vehicle accidents. These are the leading cause of death for children of ages 1 - 13 in the United States. One of the most important jobs any parent has is keeping their child safe, especially when riding in a vehicle. Proper use of car seats can help to keep your child safe, but with many different types of safety seats, it’s important to know what type of seat you need for your child as well as how to properly install it. There are several types of safety seats and...

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Pharmaceutical price gouging: What happened to Mylan and the EpiPen scandal?

You may remember back in the fall when pharmaceutical giant Mylan came under fire for raising the price of a lifesaving product, the EpiPen. But where does US law stand on price gouging? And what ever happened to the scandal? To start off let’s recall what exactly happened with Mylan, a company that raked in $11 billion in 2016. The EpiPen is an auto-injector that contains a drug called epinephrine. Epinephrine is synthetic form of adrenalin in the human body and is used to counteract the effects of an allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. For 3.6 million users in the United States...

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What exactly is a “generic” prescription?

For the 70% of Americans who consistently use prescription medications, they may have faced the choice whether to purchase the name brand or generic drug. But what exactly is a generic drug? And what are the laws surrounding them? What are generic drugs? Under the broadest drug category classified by the Food and Drug Administration there are innovator drugs and generic drugs. The innovator drug is, as the name suggest, the drug that was the original innovation. These are the drugs that carry a name brand title that many people recognized and are widespread across drug categories such as Xanax, Lipitor, and...

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Watch What You Eat: Supplements Not Regulated By the FDA

On May 18, 2017 dietary supplement maker, Nutrition Distribution LLC, filed a suit against rival company, Metabolic Edge Nutritional Supplements LLC, claiming that its’ supplements actually contain carcinogens and can cause liver damage. Metabolic Edge, more commonly known as Iron Muscle Supplements, markets its products specifically to body-builders claiming their supplements have the same benefits as anabolic steroids without the serious side effects. Why are products that could cause cancer on the market? The answer is one of the lesser known secrets of the Food and Drug Administration.  Most people don’t know that the Food and Drug Administration does not...

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Will your next prescription come from Amazon?

Nearly everyone has logged onto Amazon to see if they have a product they are interested in. And Amazon almost always carries that product. That’s because Amazon takes advantage of an economic principle called the long tail. Essentially what this means is that Amazon can make profits from selling obscure rarely purchased products that a big box retailer could not. As Amazon continues to expand the nearly half billion item long inventory list (compared to just about 142,000 products sold in a WalMart) they are looking to enter new industries. The latest? Prescription drugs. So, what challenges do you face,...

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What Happens When you Don’t Pay Your Tickets, the Wheel boots New Friend

Every now and then when driving around town you see a yellow metal cap wrapped around a car’s wheel. A clear sign of an unpaid parking ticket. Well, the wheel boot may soon be a thing of the past as a new invention comes into play: the Barnacle. How does one even get a boot on their car? Well, according to the Denver Police Department, boots are placed on vehicles that have three or more outstanding violations against them. Once the boot is placed on the car you have 72 hours to pay all fines or the vehicle will be towed...

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