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Do Distracted Driving Laws Really Prevent Car Accidents?

Distracted driving has become a major cause of car accidents across the nation. Despite laws banning texting and driving or using phones behind the wheel, news stories continue to describe horrific distracted driving accidents. Recent news coverage of a young woman slamming into another driver at 107 mph while taking selfies with SnapChat raises questions about the effectiveness of these laws. A study published by the Texas A&M School of Public Health suggests laws banning texting and driving prevent accidents. According to the study, hospitalization rates involving distracted drivers dropped by 7 percent between 2003 and 2010 in states with texting and driving bans. States with primary enforcement laws were the most successful at preventing distracted driving deaths. Primary enforcement means officers can pull over drivers on the suspicion of texting behind the wheel, as opposed to being required to witness the behavior. But what about talking on phones, which…
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These Innovative New Toys Can Be Used by People with Paralysis

In 1995, movie star Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed from the neck down by a horseback riding accident. He and his wife dedicated their lives afterwards to spinal cord injury awareness by launching the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. After Christopher died in 2004, his son, Will Reeve, has continued the work of his parents by sitting on the board of the foundation. Part of his work involves developing toys for people with spinal cord injuries. Will claims his inspiration for developing ‘Adaptoys’ comes from childhood memories of wanting to play with his father. How do Adaptoys Work? In a recent video designed to fundraise for Adaptoys, former college football player Eric LeGrand is seen using ‘sip-and-puff’ technology and a headset to operate a remote control car. Much like Christopher, LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down, and uses ‘sip-and-puff’ technology to send signals to devices, such as a wheelchair….
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Why You May Want to Think Twice About Using Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes have become popular across the nation due to being marketed as a safe alternative for tobacco products. Up until recently, this industry remained unregulated, and electronic cigarettes were sold with severe safety defects. Some electronic cigarettes were sold with faulty lithium-ion batteries or equipment, which put consumers at risk for being injured by explosions. Several more consumers have been permanently injured by electronic cigarette explosions in the past few months. Keep in mind, these products do not have to be in use to explode. Explosions also involve recently used or charging electronic cigarettes. For example, a California man was injured by an electronic cigarette placed next to his work area. While working from his home office, the electronic cigarette exploded with no warning and sent shrapnel into his face. The force of the explosion and resulting shrapnel crushed his sinus bones and destroyed his left eye. He now…
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