Truck crash fatalities increased for second year in 2011

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the number of traffic fatalities in 2011 fell 1.9% to 32,367. Based on data released by the NHTSA in December 2012, the number of traffic fatalities has been steadily declining in recent years. The 2011 number marks the lowest number of traffic fatalities since 1949 and Continue Reading

    July 1, 2013 Deadline Approaching for Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule

    In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacted a new rule that revised the hours of service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers. The rule was aimed at preventing fatigue-related truck crashes and helping save lives.  The new HOS regulations became effective on February 27, 2012, but Continue Reading

    Pediatric bounce house injuries on the rise

    An article appearing in the November 26th issue of PEDIATRICS, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), examines the rapidly growing number of children’s bounce house related injuries. The study analyzed data on bounce house injuries treated in US emergency departments from 1990-2010. Data showed that more than 64,000 children were treated Continue Reading

    Additional concerns emerge as fungal meningitis outbreak expands

    The fungal meningitis outbreak, linked to contaminated steroids produced and distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC), has grown to 214 cases and 15 deaths. Health officials are working with medical professionals in 23 states to reach out to the more than 14,000 patients who may have been exposed to meningitis through contaminated injections.