A company is close to making available a new football helmet specifically designed to reduce the risk and severity of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The ZERO1 helmet, developed by Seattle-based VICIS is the result of millions of dollars of investment and several years of research involving current and former NFL players and coaches,…

Almost as soon as it was filed, a class action lawsuit against the makers of EOS lip balm was settled during the last week of January. The January 28th settlement came as a surprise to many, as the suit had only been filed about two weeks earlier. Terms of the settlement were not released, but…

A major manufacturer of child safety products has issued a recall on 71,000 infant car seats due to a problem with their handles. Britax, which has its US headquarters in South Carolina, in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced in late January that some…

In a move already taken by a handful of states, the Massachusetts state Senate recently passed a bill that would ban all hand-held cell phone use by drivers. Hands-free devices would be allowed, but using a hand-held phone or other device (such as a GPS) would be punishable by a fine. Several states have already…

A new license plate is now available to Indiana motorists. Intended to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, part of the plate displays the message “PUT THE PHONE DOWN” in large blue and red lettering. The sponsor of the new plate, the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA), hopes that the plate will make…

Indiana is going to have to wait a little longer for reform to its medical malpractice laws. A proposal in the legislature that many had expected to sail smoothly toward approval was suddenly pulled by its sponsor in committee during the last week of January. The law would have made several changes to how medical…

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have become very popular over the last couple of years. It’s estimated that at least 13% of all American adults have tried them (and that number is rising). Compare that to smokers of traditional cigarettes: just under 17% of Americans smoke, and that percentage is the lowest since tracking began. In…

A sudden snow squall that brought slick conditions and high wind gusts is blamed for a massive chain reaction crash involving at least 40 vehicles on January 12th. The crash scene in Dearborn County near the Ohio border was actually a combination of two smaller pileups and closed both lanes of Interstate 74 from late…

In a case that shows a disturbing lack of concern for human welfare, a woman died recently only minutes after being forced to leave the hospital. Barbara Dawson had been admitted to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Blountstown, Florida, to treat abdominal pain. After receiving treatment, Dawson was told that she was being discharged. She refused to…

In a case her attorneys noted was largely about “accountability and responsibility,” a South Carolina woman recently won a $6.9 million medical malpractice judgement against her radiologist. The case revolved around a missed abnormality on a mammogram which later developed into terminal cancer. The plaintiff, Leanna Loud, received a mammogram in 2008 and at that…

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