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10 people die a day…this summer!

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2014 alone, 3,129 were killed in distracted driving crashes. Now, during the summer of 2016, 10 people will die a day because of a teen driver. “Every day during the summer driving season, an average of 10 people die as a result of injuries from a crash involving a teen driver” said Jurek Grabowski, Research Director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “This new research shows that distraction continues to be one of the leading causes of crashes for teen drivers. By better understanding how teens are distracted on… Read More

Jury awards $55 million in Johnson & Johnson in cancer suit

For the 2nd time in three months a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over the claim that it’s talcum powder causes cancer. The jury awarded $55 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after years of talcum powder use. Jim Onder, attorney for the plaintiff, said “The evidence is real clear that Johnson & Johnson has known the dangers associated with talcum powder for over 30 years and instead of giving a warning, they targeted groups most at risk for developing ovarian cancer.” Following a 1971 study, numerous studies were published pointing to the… Read More

The Side Effects of E-Cigarette Use

Unhealthy, Addictive and Maybe Even Explosive E-cigarette use has skyrocketed in the last few years. About 10 percent of U.S. adults now vape, as the practice is called, almost four times more than the 2.6 percent reported by the government in 2013. And that growth means big business: Sales are estimated at $3.5 billion for 2015 versus $2.5 billion in 2014 and are projected to grow 25 percent annually through 2018. E-cigarettes use a heating element to vaporize liquid nicotine that is then inhaled by the smoker. Many smokers view e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, avoid… Read More

Travel Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for travelers. Millions will hop a plane or train to visit loved ones and even more will take to the highways. The American Red Cross offers these tips people can follow to have a safe trip over the upcoming holiday.  DRIVING TO GRANDMA’S HOUSE Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming. Watch weather predictions for your entire route so you know what to expect along the way.  Make sure you follow these steps to have a safe trip:… Read More

Celebrating a Safer, More Just America

People Who Make a Difference The 2015 Justice Served Awards honor each of these nominees for their commitment to a safer, more just America. Tell us which story moves you the most (see our nominating criteria below), and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a free subscription to Consumer Reports.  Dr. Stephen Loyd advocates drug testing for doctors. Doctor Calls for Drug Testing of Health Care Workers Dr. Stephen Loyd knows a thing or two about drug addiction among physicians and other health care workers. The prominent Tennessee doctor of internal medicine started taking narcotic painkillers to relieve stress… Read More

What is a lemon?

A lemon most commonly refers to new cars with a substantial defect that is not fixable even after a reasonable number of repair attempts. Every state in the country has their own lemon laws that protect consumers from lemons. Federal law also provides additional protection by detailing guidelines for coverage by the manufacturer’s warranty. The BIG catch, however, is that the burden of proof is on the owner of the lemon to prove that the car qualifies for replacement or a refund. How to Make Lemonade from a Lemon Most lemon laws state that buyers are entitled to remedy if their… Read More

How to Help the Texas Flood Victims

Central Texas was slammed by massive flooding this weekend that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes. Many of our Texas neighbors have been displaced. KVUE has set up a GoFundMe account for those affected in Hays County, one of the hardest hit areas. Go here to donate and use the hashtag #HelpHays to spread the word. Here are other ways you can help the flood victims: In the Austin area: The Austin Disaster Relief Network is accepting monetary donations. The fund’s name is the Memorial Weekend Flood Fund. Go to the organization’s website to donate. The… Read More

Medical Devices Go Awry

Fast-Track Approval of Medical Devices Called Into Question The United States is the largest medical device market in the world with sales expected to reach $133 billion by 2016. In most cases, medical devices save and improve lives. Unfortunately, not all devices undergo the same rigorous review process before hitting the market. A number of new medical devices can and do bypass scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a fast-track approval process called the 510(k) program. If a manufacturer can prove that its product is “substantially equivalent” to an existing product, it can avoid stringent premarket… Read More

Recalls, Defects Dominate Automotive Headlines for 2014

For the automotive industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. You couldn’t pick up a newspaper, turn on the evening news or check your favorite news site without hearing about another new and alarming recall. And unfortunately for car owners everywhere, recalls show no sign of letting up. What’s even more concerning is a lapse by automakers and federal regulators in responding soon enough to reports of serious injury and death. Visit Fatal Flaws: Crisis in Auto Safety by The New York Times for an interactive overview of the issue. Deadly Defects Problematic for the Auto Industry Industry advocates… Read More

To Uber or Not to Uber?

Controversy Grows With Popularity of Uber Uber created a better mousetrap in the world of for-hire transportation. Its technology seamlessly links riders and drivers through a smartphone app that is one-tap easy to use. Becoming an Uber driver is almost as effortless, allowing people from all walks of life to earn money with their personal vehicle. The results have been staggering: Raving fans have propelled Uber from a tiny San Francisco startup in 2009 to a major enterprise today now operating in more than 200 cities and 53 countries. The company will hit $10 billion in revenues in 2015 (it… Read More