As Americans, we have a remarkable railroad system weaving intricately across the country. Furthermore, we trust that our train systems will be reasonably safe for travelers and for the homeowners, drivers and pedestrians near the tracks. Most of us simply assume that these tracks are being kept up and repaired when needed and that, ultimately, someone is responsible for keeping the railways safe, especially those railroads on which trains are hauling dangerous, volatile materials.
A comprehensive study completed by researchers at Britain's University of Oxford and Imperial College illustrates the lasting effects that even a mild bump on the head can have. It found that people who suffered mild concussions had shorter life spans and suffered mental health problems at a significantly higher rate than people who had not suffered concussions.
Transvaginal mesh used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) can cause serious complications and adverse events for patients. First approved for use by the FDA in 1996, the serious complications and injuries caused by transvaginal mesh erosion prompted the FDA to issue strong warnings advising against its usage in 2008.
The air is crisp and Jack Frost has certainly been nipping at the noses of Midwesterners in the past few weeks. You, like many in Chicago, are preparing to host family and friends with feasts, libations and festive décor abound. If your family celebrates Christmas, you may be anticipating a visit from a jolly 'ol fat man in a red suit.
Dog attacks can cause significant injuries that result in long-term trauma, disability, disfigurement, and even death. With more than 330,000 dog bites resulting in emergency room visits for children each year, dog attacks are the second most frequent cause of serious injury among kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 79 percent of all deadly dog bites are to children. To reduce the risk for injuries and fatalities associated with dog bites, it is vital that parents, caregivers, dog owners and children become familiar with the signs of dog attacks as well as a few tips for prevention.
The end of Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season and many of you have already started putting your holiday travel plans together. This time of year can be stressful and take a lot of preparation. As you start to gear up for that holiday road-trip, keep these helpful tips in mind for a smooth ride and safe arrival at your destination.
Slips, trips, and falls send millions of Americans to hospitals every year. While slip and fall injuries are among the easiest to prevent, they are a leading cause of injuries for workers and the elderly. Every day, the average person takes between 5,000 and 7,000 steps which creates ample opportunity for a slip, trip, or fall to occur.
Construction sites are often a chaotic scene involving many different suppliers delivering materials, contractors working their trade and multiple companies occupying the site working hard to meet deadlines. It is no wonder that construction sites are dangerous. Heavy machinery, heights involved in constructing a building, debris and falling objects are commonplace. While most workers know of the potential dangers, you may be surprised to learn that federal statistics indicate that one in five of all fatal workplace accidents occur in the construction industry.