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Some troubling car accident statistics for American Indians

Obviously, auto accidents cause injury and death for too many Floridians. However, the death rate for adults in the American Indian/Alaska Native population is 1.5 higher than that of white or black people. Meanwhile, AI/AN children under a year old have an eight times greater chance of dying in a car accident than non-Hispanic white infants.

These statistics and others related to injuries in auto accidents are troubling. Since Florida is one of the 10 states with the largest number of AI/AN people, this problem is one that should concern those of us who live here.

Huggies works to reassure worried parents about its baby wipes

Many parents across Florida and the country have had reason to be nervous in recent days as word spread across social media that people were finding small pieces of glass in their Huggies baby wipes. Consumers posted pictures of what appeared to be tiny glass shards they say they found in the wipes. The national media quickly picked up the story.

The company, popular for its diapers, has responded to the complaints. In fact, it has addressed some of the hundreds of individual reports by customers posted on Facebook, which included rashes developing on babies. It has also set up a special page on its website in which it addresses questions about the issue.

What can go wrong with the umbilical cord before or during birth?

Florida parents know how crucial the umbilical cord is to the development of the unborn child in the womb. It's the means by which the child obtains nutrients and oxygen while removing waste. However, things can go wrong with the umbilical cord, particularly during labor and delivery that can be dangerous and even potentially fatal to a baby.

How doctors and other medical professionals respond to these problems during labor and delivery can make all the difference in whether a birth injury results and, if so, how serious it is. Careful monitoring of the mother and fetus throughout the pregnancy can also allow doctors to spot potential issues and respond properly.

Why is 'vicarious liability' important in malpractice claims?

If you or a loved one was injured or sickened by medical professionals, determining who can and should be held accountable for medical malpractice isn't always clear. This is particularly true if you were hospitalized. Doctors and others were likely coming in and out of your room all the time. If you had surgery, even more professionals were involved in your care -- many of whom you didn't know.

Often, attorneys seek to hold the hospital as well as individuals it employs responsible for an instance of medical malpractice. This is called "vicarious liability." A term you may hear when vicarious liability is discussed is "respondeat superior." It means "let the master answer."

Why college students may be particularly dangerous drivers

As the beginning of the school year nears, many college students will be taking a car with them to have on campus. It can be a great convenience to students who work part-time off-campus as well as to those who simply want the freedom to explore what the surrounding area has to offer.

Floridians who live near one of our many colleges and universities know that the fall semester can bring increased traffic congestion as well as more accidents. Many accidents involving college-age drivers result from drunk driving, distracted driving and drowsy driving.

Legionnaires' disease still a concern nearly 40 years on

Many people have never heard of Legionnaires' disease. It often results from exposure to a bacterium called Legionella pneumophila. It got its name from an outbreak in 1976 of a then-unknown illness similar to pneumonia. Some of our readers may remember that over 200 people attending an American Legion convention in a Philadelphia hotel became ill, some fatally, from what became known as Legionnaires' disease.

Recently, New York City has been home to an outbreak that has so far sickened over 100 people and killed 12. This time, the center of the outbreak has been identified as a hotel in the South Bronx that used to be a theater where the Marx Brothers and Harry Houdini once took the stage.

Are Florida hosts responsible for overserving their guests?

When Florida residents or their children attend a gathering at someone else's house, they generally are focused on having a good time -- not on who is criminally or civilly liable if tragedy strikes. The recent case of a North Carolina couple shows what can go wrong. The couple was found not guilty of aiding and abetting drinking by underage guests at a wedding reception at their home last year. However, they are still facing civil liability.

In this case, an 18-year-old young man was killed in a drunk driving accident after leaving the reception where photos of the event showed minors consuming alcohol. He had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. The young man's parents have also filed a lawsuit against the prominent physician and his wife who hosted the event.

Automaker pays record fine over recall issues

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is paying the price for not recalling vehicles found to be defective. The company is buying back hundreds of thousands of its cars, including over a million Jeep SUVs and various models of trucks.

Over a half million Fiat Chrysler vehicles have been found to have issues with their suspensions that have caused drivers to lose control. Owners of these vehicles are being given the option of having them repaired or receiving money to trade them in.

What can be done to lower the suicide rate of those behind bars?

Most of our readers have heard of Sandra Bland. She is the 28-year-old woman found hanging in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest following a traffic stop. A medical examiner determined that she committed suicide. Her family and others dispute the notion that Bland, who was about to start a new job, would take her own life.

Whether it is ever determined for certain how Bland ended up hanging by a trash can liner, her death raises once again the issue of the number of suicides (or at least deaths ruled to be suicide) behind bars. It also raises questions about what responsibility the people working in correctional facilities have for the safety of those in custody.

How do you know which pain relievers are safest for you?

For the millions of people who suffer from arthritis and other chronic conditions that cause constant pain or soreness, it seems like whatever over-the-counter pain reliever we choose comes with potential dangers. Just recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened its warnings on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and their link to strokes and heart attacks. NSAIDs include popular over-the-counter pain relievers like Aleve and Advil as well as prescription medications known as COX-2 inhibitors that are taken for arthritis.

The potential risks of NSAIDs to the heart have been noted before. They've also been linked to gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, kidney problems and increased blood pressure. All of these risks can increase if someone takes them over a long period of time or uses more than the recommended dosage. However, many people still choose them over other pain relievers because they have the added benefit of reducing inflammation.

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