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HOW TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING DRIVING SAFER

car technologies that keep driving safe

It wasn’t all that long ago that the primary safety feature you could find in the most advanced cars on the road consisted of a seat belt that stretched across your lap. Then a few models began offering exotic features such as antilock brakes and dual front airbags (which didn’t become mandatory for all passenger vehicles in the United States until 1998). We now take those life-saving innovations for granted. But in the last few years, a wave of startling, risk-reducing features have been introduced in the auto world; although most of them are not yet standard on all vehicles, they’re...

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DO I NEED UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE?

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Driving defensively is something that students learn when they first take the wheel. You have to not only pay attention to your own driving, you have to anticipate the actions of other drivers and plan accordingly, giving yourself enough time and distance to react properly. The same holds true when it comes to purchasing auto insurance. Many motorists think they’re adequately covered if they have insurance that protects them in the event that they’re at fault in an accident. But if you really want to protect yourself and your assets from an economic crash, you have to anticipate the crazy things...

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BLIND SPOTS AND HOW TO FIX THEM: DRIVING SAFETY FACTS

BLIND SPOTS CAUSE 20% OF ACCIDENTS It happens hundreds of times a day, hundreds of thousands of times a year. A driver attempts to change lanes — and ends up in a sideswipe collision with another vehicle, thanks to a blind spot. According to one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one in five of all accidents involve drivers changing lanes and crashing into other vehicles they didn’t see. Common as they are, blind-spot accidents are also highly preventable. Traffic gurus say that exercising just a little extra preparation, awareness and caution could save the motoring public considerable expense...

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HEALTH CONCERNS LEAD TO CRACKDOWN ON TEEN VAPING

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First, the good news. The number of adult Americans who smoke cigarettes has declined significantly in recent years, from 21 percent in 2005 to less than 16 percent in 2016. That represents a big drop in tobacco-related mortality, although smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country, accounting for 480,000 deaths a year. At least part of the reduction can be attributed to the development of better smoking cessation aids and programs, such as nicotine gum and patches. It’s also been suggested that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping could be a factor; the makers of...

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SOME PAINFUL FACTS ABOUT WHIPLASH CLAIMS

Whiplash Injury

Car accidents can produce many different types of injuries. One of the most common is also one of the least understood: Whiplash Injury. It’s often ignored, belittled or dismissed as, quite literally, a pain in the neck — something annoying but hardly worth bothering about. But whiplash, and the constellation of symptoms associated with it, can turn out to be a bigger pain than drivers realize, and it deserves to be taken seriously. WHAT IS WHIPLASH INJURY? Whiplash is an injury that occurs as a result of an impact that produces rapid forward-and-back or sideways movement of the head and neck. Typically,...

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THE TALCUM POWDER LAWSUIT: LINKS TO ASBESTOS, CANCER LEAD TO BIG VERDICTS

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The raging controversy over possible health risks associated with talcum powder use just keeps getting hotter. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of people who claim that they developed cancer because of exposure to talc products, resulting in billions of dollars in jury verdicts in just the last few months. The manufacturers of talc products deny any wrongdoing and are appealing many of the verdicts, but many more cases are headed for trial. QUESTIONS ABOUT PURITY, TALCUM POWDER AND OVARIAN CANCER Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, composed primarily of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. Ground into powder, it’s long...

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ELECTRIC SCOOTERS: FAST, CHEAP, AND RISKY?

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In just a few months, the dockless electric scooter has evolved from an oddity to a common sight in many major American cities. And as the numbers have increased, so has the level of annoyance among pedestrians and motorists, many of whom regard the whizzing, toy-like conveyances as too flimsy for the roads and yet too fast for the sidewalks. But others have embraced the phenomenon, seeing in the easy-rent, drop-anywhere vehicles a welcome solution to urban traffic, a way to negotiate congested areas quickly, at a fraction of the cost-per-mile of a gas-guzzling car. Some even regard such “smart mobility”...

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THE MAIN CAUSES OF TEENAGE CAR ACCIDENTS – AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

There are plenty of jokes made by nervous parents when there’s a new driver in the household, but the statistics for car accidents involving teens are no joke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, claiming six victims aged 16-19 every day. Many of those deaths are preventable, and there are solid strategies for educating teen drivers to improve their safety for years to come. But first it’s important to understand the factors involved that make teen driving so hazardous. HOW BIG IS THE TEEN...

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JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY: STUDIES QUESTION COST, NECESSITY

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We live in a society that prizes fitness, and more Americans are pursuing active lifestyles later in life than ever before. That, in turn, has made joint replacement surgery an increasingly attractive — and common — procedure for weekend warriors who are battling arthritic knees and stiff hips. According to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association article, in 2014 more than half a million hip replacement and 723,000 knee replacement surgeries were performed in the United States, at an estimated cost of $20 billion. Americans are getting artificial joints implanted at a significantly higher rate than other countries, and...

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ROUNDUP CANCER LAWSUIT – HERBICIDE AND BREAKFAST CEREAL: CAUSE FOR ALARM?

Oats in the field

When it comes to our food supply, we live in an age of uncertainty. News reports tell us of outbreaks of contaminants at favorite restaurants, recalls at the supermarket, new studies that indicate some “miracle” foods aren’t as beneficial as we thought, or competing claims about whether certain trusted, brand-name products help us or hurt us in our quest for healthy eating. The flood of conflicting information makes it hard to keep up — and might even leave you feeling overwhelmed. But certain developments deserve more attention. One startling example: The recent sizable verdict in the Monsanto lawsuit involving a widely...

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