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Utah transportation officials call the three months between Memorial Day and Labor Day the state's "100 Deadliest Days," because of a surge in highway deaths that regularly occur when residents take summer trips. The fatality rate is 35 percent higher during that time than during the rest of the year.
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Americans on food stamps: Recipients exceed 45 million for 4 straight years
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The number of Americans receiving food stamps has exceeded 45 million for four straight years, according to new data released by the Department of Agriculture.
Foul ball suit seeks more protection for baseball fans
Bloomberg via Claims Journal
Fans in box seats at Major League Baseball games might have less use for their gloves if Oakland A's fan Gail Payne gets her way. Payne cited the estimated 1,750 fans a year who are struck by balls, mostly fouls, in a group lawsuit seeking to force major league stadiums throughout the U.S. to erect safety nets from "foul pole to foul pole."
Is 'Robocop' a reality? Not yet, but technology is inching us closer
By Danielle Wegert
When the original "Robocop" movie came out in 1987, robots were merely a far-fetched futuristic concept of "The Jetsons." By the time the rebooted "Robocop" movie was released in 2014, robots were real. They aren't taking over the world — just yet — but they are here. Across the U.S., law enforcement agencies are beginning to use robotic technology in threatening situations, and they may soon perform many of the regular duties of a police officer.
Higher costs for Obamacare's new Medicaid patients
Those new checkups are forcing the government to write bigger checks — at least for now.
The costs of treating people newly covered under Obamacare's key Medicaid component are "substantially greater" than the costs of caring for people previously eligible for that healthcare program for the poor, and also much higher than had been previously projected, a new government report reveals.
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Social media not meant for emergency assistance
As emergency responders have increasingly turned to social media to interact with the public, they are seeing an unintended, potentially dangerous side effect.
Safety first, not bigger trucks
On April 10, 2014, a FedEx truck pulling two 28-foot trailers crossed over the median on I-5 near Orland, California, slamming into a bus carrying high school students from Los Angeles on their way to tour a college.
The collision caused a massive fireball and plumes of black smoke. Ten people were killed, including five students, and 39 were injured.
Reflections of a pharmacist: The new FDA NSAID warning
By Jason Poquette
The FDA recently published a new drug safety warning indicating there is a greater risk of heart attack or stroke related to the use of nonaspirin NSAIDs than previously believed. This warning soon spread to all the national and local media, and the questions started pouring in. Is ibuprofen safe any longer? Will naproxen cause a heart attack? Should I stop taking my diclofenac for pain? As a pharmacist, I took a significant personal interest in this matter.
Food safety fears spell opportunity for retailers from Wal-Mart to Kroger
Take note, retailers: The potentially harmful ingredients lurking in food and personal care products are putting a bad taste in the mouths of consumers.
A recent survey from retail consulting firm Daymon Worldwide found that 40 percent of consumers have lost their appetite for many of the foods they eat due to safety and quality concerns.
'Surgeon scorecard' measures docs by complications
Surgeons around the country are now scored against their peers in a new statistic developed by a nonprofit news organization that goes beyond hospital-level data, providing a never-before-available tool for consumers and generating debate and some angst in the surgical community.
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