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U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40K for Third Consecutive Year

U.S. traffic deaths exceeded 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row that the number of people killed in traffic accidents surpassed the 40k mark. Additionally, 4.5 million people were seriously injured last year in traffic crashes, a 1-percent rise over 2017’s figures, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Although data shows that traffic deaths have dipped slightly since 2016 (40,327 deaths) and 2017 (40,231 deaths), the estimated 40,000 people killed in 2018 is still 14 percent higher than four years ago. The spikes in traffic deaths were found in Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania ... Read More

Massachusetts Boosts Tobacco Sales Age to 21

With the New Year comes a new Massachusetts state law boosting the minimum age for the purchase of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21. The new law comes on the heels of data showing that teens are turning to e-cigarettes and other vaping devices in alarming numbers, rolling back decades of progress in reducing smoking rates among U.S. youth. Considering that nicotine is harmful to the developing brains of people 25 and younger, it may be surprising to know that the new law makes Massachusetts just the sixth state to restrict the sale of tobacco products to individuals 21 ... Read More

Panda Express Worker Suffers Burn Injuries in Kitchen Explosion

A worker suffered burn injuries in a suspected gas explosion in the kitchen of a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Panda Express restaurant Nov. 5. Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief John Whitman told West Hawaii Today that the injured worker was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of her burn injuries. A second person was also injured in the explosion, but the nature and extent of the injuries is unclear. The injured Panda Express worker told responders that she smelled gas after a rice cooker dropped on the floor in the kitchen area of the restaurant. When she bent down to pick ... Read More

Opioid Use Disorder Quadruples Among Pregnant Women

Opioid use disorder (OUD) in pregnant women remains a serious concern among public health officials, who continue to fight fraud and abuse associated with the potent painkillers. Now a new study shows that the number of pregnant women with opioid abuse disorder more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the alarming trend, published Aug. 9 in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, was measured in pregnant mothers at the time of labor and delivery. Researchers used medical data from the 28 states that keep the records relevant to the ... Read More

Two Dozen Hawaii Tour Boat Passengers Injured by Lava Bomb

Several passengers on a Hawaiian tour boat suffered burn injuries, cuts, and bruises when a glob of lava from Kilauea exploded in the sea, pummeling the vessel with molten lava Monday. Twenty-three of the passengers aboard the HotSpot tour boat were injured, including 12 who were treated at a Hilo hospital and released. A tourist in her 20s, who was vacationing in Hawaii with her family, bore the brunt of the impact caused by a basketball-size lava bomb that tore through the roof of the tour boat. Various reports say the woman is in serious condition with injuries that include ... Read More

Deadly NYC Helicopter Crash Reveals Major Safety Deficiencies

Safety harnesses aboard a Liberty Helicopters flight became a death trap for five passengers who drowned March 11 when their helicopter tour landed in New York City’s East River. The crash was the deadliest helicopter crash ever involving a doors-off helicopter, and the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary findings have already raised red flags in an industry that many say is dangerously underregulated. Videos of the helicopter accident show the aircraft splashing down in the water. Within seconds, the helicopter starts to list before turning over on its side and sinking. The pilot, Richard Vance, originally thought the helicopter was ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Kills Three Tourists Near Grand Canyon

Federal authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and severely injured four others, including the pilot, Saturday evening near the Grand Canyon. The helicopter, owned and operated by Las Vegas-based Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, crashed in the Quartermaster Canyon on the Hualapai Reservation in a remote area of northwestern Arizona about 5:20 p.m. Saturday. The three passengers killed in the helicopter crash were identified as Becky Dobson, 27, Stuart Hill, 30, and Jason Hill, 32. According to the Associated Press, Ms. Dobson’s father told Britain’s Press Association that the three were part of a group of ... Read More

Judge pushes for resolution in massive Xarelto MDL

U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, overseeing the Xarelto multidistrict litigation, appears to be pushing both sides toward a resolution, stating in the Jan. 30, 2018, monthly status conference hearing that “I need to devise an end game.” The nationwide MDL involves more than 21,000 lawsuits alleging Xarelto makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer did not adequately warn about the bleeding risks with its top selling blood thinner. The MDL was created in 2014 in New Orleans, and since then, hundreds of new cases have been filed each month. Cases in state courts in Philadelphia and Los Angeles ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Tears Up Hawaii Man’s Face

A Hawaii man says is considering a lawsuit after an e-cigarette exploded in his face, blowing out four of his teeth and ripping up his mouth. Twenty-five-year-old Matt Yamashita of Pearl City told HawaiiNewsNow that he was getting ready to play basketball at Pacific Palisades Park in Pearl City and wanted to vape before he started playing. “As soon as I took that first rip, it just blew up in my face,” he told HawaiiNewsNow. In addition to losing some of his teeth, Mr. Yamashita suffered facial lacerations and burns. He has about 40 stitches “holding his mouth together,” HawaiiNewsNow ... Read More

Soy-based Wiring Turns Subarus Into Rodent Attraction, Lawsuit Contends

A Maui woman is suing the Hawaii distributor for Subaru vehicles claiming that the car manufacturer’s use of soy-based wiring attracts mice, rats and other rodents, leaving owners with damaged, unsafe vehicles and costly repairs. The lawsuit, filed by Joy Diane Shuey in Hawaii’s Second Circuit Court in Maui, seeks class-action status to cover other owners of Subaru vehicles sold or distributed by Servco Subaru Hawaii between Nov. 22, 2013, and the present. Ms. Shuey alleges that Subaru uses wiring coated with a soy-based insulation not just because it is biodegradable and better for the environment, but because it is ... Read More