If you have children, chances are you’ve been to a party with bounce houses to occupy the kids (and some adults). Bounce houses are considered safer trampolines since they have walls and are more forgiving. Most bounce houses also have a net door to eliminate the possibility of falling out. Bounce houses are generally constructed…

The cause of a deadly explosion on the South Side of Indianapolis on Saturday, November 10th is still under investigation. Public Safety Director, Troy Riggs said Monday morning that the suspected cause of the explosion is natural gas. Citizens Energy Group has been conducting test and checking gas lines for possible leaks. The explosion occurred…

Despite that an estimated 98,000 people die as a result of medical mistakes made in United States hospitals every year, such stories rarely make headlines. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, about one-fourth of all patients who enter a hospital in the U.S. will be harmed by a medical error. Each week, American…

A deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that was linked to spinal steroid injections contaminated at a Massachusetts compounding facility has some lawmakers calling for increased federal oversight over pharmacies and other compounding facilities. Deborah Autor, Deputy Regulatory Commissioner at the nation’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said it is often difficult to determine exactly where the…

Last week, the Supreme Court of Missouri struck down a 2005 state law that limited the amount of non-economic damages a jury may award in medical malpractice cases. In a 4-3 decision, the Court stated the $350,000 limit imposed on damages for pain and suffering violated a patient’s right to a jury trial. In Watts…

The Ford Motor Company is recalling half a million Ford Escape SUVs. The recall is due to problems with the accelerator pedal sticking. Ford issued a recall after an accident claimed the life of an Arizona teenager who was unable to stop her Ford Escape SUV. The Escape recall affects models manufactured from 2001-2004 with…

A recent report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that injuries and deaths related to motorcycle crashes were significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle helmets. According to the report, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities across the nation in 2010 despite that…

In the 1920’s, pasteurization, or heating, of milk became a widespread practice. The heating process destroys harmful bacteria and other pathogens that may cause sickness such as gastroenteritis, miscarriage in pregnant women, and death. At present, thirty states have implemented a variety of laws to allow raw milk sales. The sale of unpasteurized milk in…

We recently read an interesting article by Steven Jefferson at WTHR.com about an Indiana State Police Department initiative to crack down on traffic violators. Steven writes about the initiative and the approach used by the Indiana State Police Department to find aggressive drivers who are breaking the law. Steven says… “The aggressive driver campaign involves…

Warm weather has arrived and summer vacation season is well underway. Basking in the warm glow of the sun can make us feel great, and in the short term, make us look good. In the long term, over-exposure to ultraviolet rays damages the fibers in the skin. Effects of sun exposure put us at higher…

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