October 2012 Archives

October 28, 2012

Monster Energy (Or "Injury") Drink??? Teens Beware!

monster injury drink.jpgFive death reports have been reported to the FDA alleging a direct link to consuming Monster Energy drink. The number of emergency room visits as a result of drinking an energy drink has dramatically risen 10 fold in the last 4 years. The FDA is finally investigating the alleged link.

The FDA does not regulate the amount of caffeine in energy drinks, which can be marketed as dietary supplements. Very high amounts of caffeine can cause dangerous irregular heart rhythms and can even be fatal for those with undiagnosed heart conditions. Perhaps a warning label would help.

Teenager Anais Fournier was at home watching a movie when she went into cardiac arrest last December. Unconscious, Anais was rushed to the hospital. In an effort to save her life, doctors put Anais in an induced coma to reduce the brain swelling. Six days later she was removed from life support. The cause of death was caffeine toxicity according her doctors, the autopsy and death certificate.

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October 11, 2012

Teen Drivers Can Create Serious Liability For Parents

teen driver 1.jpgEvery so often, we have to do things that we would rather not do, if we had the option. For me, going to the dentist every six months to get my teeth cleaned falls into this category. During my dental visit yesterday, my hygienist told me about her son who just turned sixteen. "He now has his driver's license, and we bought him a Jeep," she told me with some anxiety in her voice. Having younger children myself, this peeked my curiosity.

She went on to tell me that they had titled the Jeep in her and her husband's name and added the son to their car insurance policy. At this point, the lawyer in me came alive. "Do you understand that if he gets into a wreck and hurts someone, you could get sued," I asked? She looked surprised, and said, "you've got to be kidding? How?"

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October 3, 2012

State Safety Chiefs Push to Ban Cell Phones & Driving

cell phones while driving ban.jpgLast week, a coalition of safety chiefs from all across the country convened to discuss ways to reduce the steadily rising number of deaths and injuries in car crashes caused by cell phone use. This group, the Governors Highway Safety Association, caries some serious clout. Each member is the chief safety officer of his/her respective state.

While some states have enacted laws to curb the use of cell phones, most states have been hesitant to take action because of legislative fears from a public outcry. The statistics are beyond shocking:

2,600 people are killed each year as a result of using cellphones while driving. estimates are that another 330,000 are injured.

21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year.

Talking on a cell phone causes nearly 25% of car accidents. Source: the National Safety Counsel

4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally.

Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.

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