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How does alcohol intoxication impair your ability to drive?

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as many as 40,000 individuals youths are killed in alcohol-involved car crashes each year. As many as 10,000 are killed.

The AAAS warns that drivers shouldn't forget that motorists rely on more than just their feet, hands and eyes to operate a vehicle. They instead note that a person's brain is needed to control each of these body parts.

Conagra insists that it's PAM canisters safe despite being sued

On May 7, at least six different lawsuits were filed by various plaintiffs against Conagra, the manufacturer of the popular cooking spray PAM. The plaintiffs all argue that they were seriously injured by exploding cans when using their product.

All of the incidents chronicled in the lawsuits occurred starting on July 15, 2017, and ending on April 5, 2019. The PAM cooking spray that caused the injuries are the ones with the "u-shaped vents" on the bottom of them. They're no longer manufactured, but some stores still have them on their shelves.

Hamden drivers seem not to care about distracted driving

You should avoid using your cellphone any time that you're operating a vehicle. If you have plans to visit Hamden, though, then you'll definitely want to steer clear from texting or calling and driving.

Officers with the Hamden Police Department (HPD) are intent on putting an end to drivers using cellphones while operating their vehicles. The city is located just over eight miles northeast of New Haven.

A Connecticut fertility doctor is accused of switching embryos

A Connecticut couple has sued a Trumbell fertility clinic and their former doctor for malpractice. In their filing, they accuse the practice of having matched them with someone else's embryo.

In their lawsuit, which was filed in late 2018, the couple describes how they struggled to conceive naturally before they decided to visit a fertility clinic. In January of 2015, donor eggs were taken and fertilized with the plaintiff's sperm. Those embryos were then frozen. Their first child was born on April 19, 2016.

Are you sure you escaped that car accident with no injuries?

No matter how or when a car accident occurs, it is never convenient. In fact, some people are so eager to move on from the experience that they are careless with their health by declining medical care. Even if you do not think you suffered serious injuries in a collision, it is wise to undergo a complete medical examination as soon as possible, to keep yourself safe.

Some car accident injuries do not cause pain or any other sensation for some time, leading many victims to assume that they didn't suffer any injuries at all. Unless a medical professional examines a car accident victim thoroughly, the victim may not recognize harm until it is too late.

Social host liability laws and teen parties

It's the time of year for after-prom parties, and soon it will be graduation time. As such, Connecticut parents may want to review the state's social liability laws to make sure that they are protected from liability for any of their guests' actions.

This is important, because as some parents may remember from their own high school days, a lot of underage drinking takes place at after-prom and graduation parties. Here in Connecticut, according to a memo on Alcohol Possession by Minors that was written by an associate attorney for the state's Office of Legislative Research, a parent could face misdemeanor charges if they "knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence" allowed underage consumption of alcohol on their premises.

Are young children more likely to be bitten by dogs?

Dogs are a common choice of pet for many families, and while they can be loving additions to the family, they can also behave unpredictably. When your children are interacting with other families, it is likely that they encounter many different dogs. Older children have probably grown to understand the ways that dogs behave and the inherent risks associated with them. But younger kids have not yet acquired the same sense of risk and danger, and this is why they can be more susceptible to dog bites.

Data analysis from the National Trauma Data Bank has found that between 2007 and 2014, 34% of dog bites occurred in children between 6 and 12. In addition, 30% of dog bite victims were under the age of 2.

Telemedicine doctors so far haven't been sued for malpractice

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) earlier this month captures how so far telemedicine doctors haven't been sued for medical malpractice by patients. Some safety analysts suggest that we shouldn't take the study authors' words to mean that this latest type of medical care is completely safe though.

Of the over 551 cases that the New England authors combed though, none of them resulted in a medical malpractice case being filed against the treating physician. The researchers took these statistics as indicative of the overall norm that patients should expect from this approach to medicine. What they didn't point out is that patients seeking care via this approach are often presenting with low-risk conditions. Their expectation is lower than other patients.

What does drowning really look like?

If you watch movies or TV shows in which people drown or nearly drown, it almost always looks dramatic. They flail their arms. They scream for help. They splash around and make a scene. Almost always, other people notice, and it takes a while for them to actually slip under the surface.

This may not be how drowning looks like in real life, and it's very important to draw the distinction. People often have no idea what to look for, they don't notice that someone near them is drowning, and the perpetuation of this false idea from TV and movies can cost lives.

Road debris crash cases call for strong legal representation

Researchers working on a 2016 study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) captured how road debris is responsible for some of the deadliest car crashes in the United States. In fact, between 2011 and 2014, there were more than 200,000 collisions caused by road debris. Approximately 500 people died and another 39,000 were injured in these crashes. This led AAA to highlight some risk factors for road debris accidents.

AAA's researchers found that cargo or car parts are most apt to become dislodged from a vehicle when it's traveling at a high rate of speed. They also determined that at least two-thirds of debris-related crashes are caused by unsecured or improperly maintained loads.

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