Winter Road Safety Tips
The particularly cold and icy weather last week left many Houstonians driving in winter conditions they are completely unfamiliar with. For people with more experience driving in wintery conditions, last week’s weather might not have seemed that impressive, but the weather did cause numerous car accidents across Houston.
FDA Sends Far Fewer Advertising Letters in 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for policing all prescription and over the counter medications and medical devices. The agency ensures devices and drugs comply with mandated safety standards and ensures manufacturers abide by advertising rules. Unfortunately, the FDA sent far fewer advertising letters out this past year.
Electronic Logging Devices Could Make The Roads Safer, So Why Are Truckers Complaining?
Under federal regulations, trucks can have a maximum weight limit of 80,000 pounds. With such weight, trucks can cause catastrophic and devastating accidents. Although there are strict regulations regarding when and under what conditions a truck driver can work, these rules are difficult to enforce. Because of this, a new federal mandate requires electronic logging devices be used to better track truck driver behavior, but many truck drivers are unhappy with the upgrade.
Judge Upholds Baby Powder Cancer Verdict
For thousands of women across the country suffering from ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder use, a recent decision by Judge Rex M. Burlison of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court in Missouri has them celebrating. Judge Burlison upheld a $110 million baby powder cancer verdict against talc manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The verdict was in jeopardy after a Supreme Court ruling this past May, but baby powder cancer victims have come out victorious.
Are Self-Driving Vehicles Safer?
Advances in technology have dramatically impacted the safety of vehicles. Seatbelts, air bags, and sensors all help prevent accidents or lessen the severity of accidents. Car manufacturers are getting closer and closer to creating self-driving vehicles, which could help prevent many, if not nearly all car accidents. However, in practice, self-driving prototypes are proving to be more dangerous than anticipated.
FDA Paves The Way For More Drug Inspections Overseas
There is a fine balance between providing lifesaving medicine to the public and protecting the public from potentially harmful medicine. This is the line the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must walk as it regulates drugs and medical devices. However the agency is making tremendous strides in patient safety by allowing more drug inspections in manufacturing facilities overseas.
Texas Hasn’t Had A Day Without A Fatal Car Accident In 17 Years
A lot can happen in 17 years. The automotive industry has seen many advances in technology that are helping make our roads safer. However, despite this, thousands of Texans are injured in car accidents each year. In fact, Texas hasn’t gone a day without at least one fatal car accident in over 17 years.
New Study Finds PPIs Increase Stomach Cancer Risk
Millions of Americans suffer from heartburn. In an effort to relieve their discomfort, many turn to proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, which can be obtained both over-the-counter and by prescription at almost every pharmacy. The past few years have seen the publication of several different studies linking the use of common PPIs like Nexium and Prilosec to serious side effects, but these pale in comparison to the latest study from researchers in the UK.
Infotainment Systems Causing Distracted Driving
Technology has come a long way in recent years, making automobiles much safer. However, with advances in technology come new risks. While distracted driving is not new, there is a new cause in the form of the advanced infotainment systems in cars.
Arkema Chemical Plant Responds To Lawsuits
When Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas in late August, the people of Crosby, Texas had no idea about the ticking time bomb sitting practically in their backyards. The Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby was storing dangerous organic peroxides when the plant lost electricity. Without electricity, the peroxides couldn’t be kept at a stable temperature and on August 31, 2017, the first of several explosions and fires broke out at the plant.