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Investigators find thousands of safety defects on train tracks across the country.

train tracks.jpgAs 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 Mild Concussion Can Have Lasting Effects on Longevity and Mental Health

mental health.pngA 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.

Facebook Powerless on Privacy says New York Supreme Court Decision

facebook.jpgOn April 4, 2017, the New York Supreme Court affirmed that law enforcement officials don't need to warn users or get permission to snoop through their private Facebook activity. It doesn't matter whether the information was posted to "friends of friends," "friends" or "only me." By admission in Facebook's own community guidelines and more recently by order of the court, the social media corporation remains powerless to stop invasion of users' privacy. 

The Risks and Dangers of Transvaginal Mesh

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.

Holiday Fire Safety

pSpeedingFireTruck_Dollarphotoclub_9341043.jpgThe 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.

When Dogs Attack

dog.jpgDog 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.

8 Holiday road-trip safety tips

pSnowyCountryRoad_9948437_s.jpgThe 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.

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