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A high-tech solution to drowsy driving

Human error is to blame for the large majority of car accidents. Estimates suggest that roughly 19 out of 20 accidents are caused by mistakes made by one or more drivers. Eliminating those mistakes is the key to reducing deaths and injuries on American roads. One of the underlying factors behind many driver errors is fatigue. One company believes that it has a device capable of reducing the accidents caused by drowsy drivers.

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Picking the safest hospital

Until recently, patients looking for medical care had little reason to choose one hospital over another. Distance was likely the number one factor in deciding where to go for care. The medical field is not well known for sharing information about its safety record or results.

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Teen Drivers Face Challenges, But Parents Can Help

As a parent with a newly minted – or soon-to-be – teen driver, you may have worries about how your teen will handle the responsibility of operating a vehicle. Will they make a mistake? How will they react in new situations? Will they be as careful as they should be?

In truth, teen drivers may face greater risks than others simply because they are inexperienced. However, the only way to get better is to keep practicing. Fortunately, there are things you can do as a parent to help your child become a safe and successful driver.

Commute safely and check your emotions at the car door

You’ve heard it before: “don’t let your emotions get the best of you.” This becomes especially important when you get behind the wheel of a car. Studies show that driving in an emotional state is linked with a higher incidence of accident.

This is harder than it sounds, especially after a long day in the office where you may have had a difficult conversation with your boss, or a nerve-wracking presentation. To top it off, you now have to drive during the most congested time of day, along with all of the other tired commuters.

Don’t let a fun summer day at the amusement park end in tragedy

It’s summer, and for many, that means time for cherished family traditions like a trip to the amusement park. Kids of all ages enjoy taking in the fun, sun and thrills. Days like these make for fond childhood memories.

Yet rides today aren’t what they used to be. Modern parks have moved away from modest wooden rollercoasters and slow-moving Ferris wheels toward increasingly hair-raising rides that push the limits of gravity – and, sometimes, safety.

Doctors play a role in reducing opioid addiction

Opioid addiction is a rampant problem nationwide. More than two million people are addicted to these powerful painkillers, and more than 25,000 people die from overdoses each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's a major public health issue with complex ramifications.

Long-term dangers of construction work

Hazards in the construction industry take many forms. Safety education often focuses on sudden, catastrophic accidents - such as falls, explosions, trench collapses and vehicle accidents. However, another category of injuries takes place over time. Long-term damage to the body is common in construction work. Because these injuries don't arise from a single tragic event, but rather develop slowly over years or decades of work, they're more likely to go overlooked. Nonetheless, they can have a big impact on sufferers' lives.

The following are among the most prominent long-term injuries.

Cerebral palsy: Making sense of a devastating diagnosis

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy is devastating for parents and children alike. It can mean a lifetime of intensive medical care and therapy. It can mean day-to-day struggles with basic mobility and cognitive development. It can even mean long-term residence in a professional care facility.

Whether you've had lingering suspicions about cerebral palsy, or the diagnosis came as a complete shock, coming to grips with it can take time. What's more, no two cases are alike. It's important to keep an open mind and learn as much as you can about what this condition might mean for your child - and what options you have for seeking compensation.

Understanding whiplash: How it happens and how it can affect you

Whiplash is perhaps one of the most misunderstood injuries. Those who haven't experienced it may be quick to dismiss your symptoms or accuse you of malingering. Yet whiplash is a very real - and sometimes very serious - injury.

The term "whiplash" refers to a strain or sprain of the soft tissue in the neck. It happens when the neck gets forcibly jerked or "whipped" about.

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