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The Predictable--and Preventable--Epidemic

A CIGARETTE BY ANOTHER NAME… New data shows that vaping increased almost 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 high ...
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The Economics of Tragedies

STATES IN EMERGENCY As of the time of this writing, Hurricane Irma just made landfall in Miami, Florida as a Category 4 Hurricane and is on a path to wreak havoc as it proceeds northwest across the ...
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Deception and Invasion

ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS Online shopping has become a part of life. The convenience of shopping via your mobile device paired with in many cases a better selection of goods available online has ...
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Tis the Season

ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS It is the season for shopping--and for returning. Online shopping has become as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to the department stores used to be. The ...
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Technology and the Law Series No. 4: Smart Homes

THE INTERNET OF THINGS The much-heralded Internet of Things, or IoT, is not quite ready for prime time. The IoT is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and yes, homes, ...
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Amusement Parks: How Safe Are They?

"INSANE" On August 7, 2016, 10 year old Caleb Schwab rode the world's tallest water slide in Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. The ride, named "Verruckt" which is ...
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Bicycling: The Sport to Watch Out For

BICYCLING: THE NEW SPORT TO WATCH FOR...TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES In the past several years, a lot of attention has been given to the traumatic brain injuries or TBIs resulting from football and ...
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The Pyro Period

A FIREWORK IN THE WRONG PLACE AND AT THE WRONG TIME On July 4th weekend, the sound of a firework going off is hardly unusual. But when the sound occurs on Sunday morning, and is followed by screams ...
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Pesticide Poisoning

PESTICIDE POISONING In March 2015, a Delaware family of four was vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands when they were exposed to the restricted-use pesticide methyl bromide. (See "Dangerous ...
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Spring into Exercise but Avoid the ER

SPRING INTO EXERCISE--BUT BE CAREFUL Spring is here, and for many people that means exercising and getting into shape for the summer months ahead. Great idea because exercise is good for ...
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The Risks of Online Shopping

ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS It is the season for shopping--and for returning. Online shopping has become as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to the department stores used to be. The ...
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Food at the Holidays: Be Careful What You Eat

THE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN FOOD ALLERGIES According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of children with food allergies increased by 50% from 1997-2011. Food ...
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Trouble in Toyland

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR December is the biggest gift-shopping and toy-buying season of the year. Unfortunately, some of those gifts and toys will cause injuries, despite the efforts of various ...
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Food borne illnesses: Peanut Corp. of America case sets new rules

HISTORIC OUTBREAK, HISTORIC TRIAL, HISTORIC SENTENCE On September 21, 2015, Stewart Parnell, the CEO of the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America ("PCA"), was sentenced in a federal ...
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Death of nine-year-old bat boy illustrates risks of youth participation in sports

TRAGEDY AT THE BALL PARK What was supposed to be an enjoyable time spent watching the Great American Pastime turned into a night of tragedy when nine-year-old Kaiser Carlile, batboy for the Kansas ...
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Takata Airbag Recall Part III

For the past year, Takata Corp. has been under investigation by the NHTSA for its defective airbags. Two previous blogs discussed the fact that Takata had notice of the defect in the airbags as far ...
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Tragedy In The Tech World

Shock turned to sadness as news of Dave Goldberg's sudden death spread through Silicon Valley. Goldberg, previously of Yahoo and recently CEO of SurveyMonkey, was on vacation in Mexico with his ...
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The Takata Airbag Recall Part II: Decade Delay May Lead to New Lawsuits and New Legislation

NEW INFORMATION MAY LEAD TO INCREASED LIABILITY In Part I of our discussion of the defective airbags supplied by the Japanese manufacturer Takata, research into the issue revealed that the Tokyo-based ...
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The Takata Airbag Recall

Takata is a Japanese manufacturer and one of the world's biggest suppliers of airbags. Lately, Takata has been in the news because of a massive recall necessitated by its defective airbags. The ...
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How Safe Are E-cigarettes?

Many people are wondering whether e-cigarettes--battery powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to create a vapor that is inhaled--are safe. But whether a product is safe can be very hard to define, ...
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