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Black Boxes: Airlines and Automobiles

The tragic mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 focused attention on the limitations and abilities of airline flight recorders. This attention to airline recorders may be useful to the automotive industry. Automobile black boxes are less sophisticated than airline event data recorders (EDRs). Unlike automobile EDR’s, airline recorders log information throughout the flight. Even without… Read More »

Settlement Reached in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

In September 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated investigation into an outbreak of fungal meningitis. In May of this year, the parties injured in the outbreak agreed to a financial settlement. The path of the outbreak led back to the New England Compounding Center (NECC). NECC mixed and distributed sterile pharmaceuticals… Read More »

Drugged Driving: The Danger of Opioids

Drugged driving continues to cause injury and fatality in New York and across the United States. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, more than 10 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2012. Increasingly, drugged drivers are using opioid and prescription medication in addition to so-called recreational drugs such… Read More »

Woman Injured in Elevator at Fenway Park

In May, the Red Sox lost to the Tigers — and a young woman lost a bright future when she was injured in an elevator accident at Fenway Park. On Friday, May 15, Elisabeth “Lizzy” Scotland graduated from the Boston University School of Management. She ended her day in the hospital after an accident almost… Read More »

New Rule Takes Aim at Backover Accidents

A new federal rule intends to reduce backover accidents and fulfill the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007. Too often, a family member or pedestrian walking behind a car suffers injury or death when struck by a backing vehicle. In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule to… Read More »

Pediatric Prescription of Codeine Presents a Danger

Despite the danger, American physicians continue to prescribe codeine to pediatric patients. Codeine is a well-known drug without a clinically-supported use for children. Prescribed for aches and coughs, codeine can cause potentially fatal injury in some young patients. When ingested, the human body metabolizes codeine into a morphine-like substance. Because of the variable rate at… Read More »

The Wave of the Future: Nest Disables Smoke Alarms

A manufacturer recently issued a warning on its popular smoke alarm after discovering it could be disabled during a fire. Nest is a home automation company acquired in January by Internet giant Google. Building on the popularity of its programmable thermostat, Nest offers a compatible smoke alarm called Nest Protect. In addition to interconnecting with… Read More »

NTSB Makes Recommendations to Improve Truck Safety

In a bid to increase the safety of tractor-trailers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued broad recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Large truck fatalities continue to plague roadways in New York and throughout the United States. According to NHTSA, there were 100 fatalities in New York from large trucks… Read More »

No End in Sight: Vehicle Recalls Across the Board

The disturbing trend of vehicle recalls in the United States continues as more automakers reveal what they know about the cars they build. Earlier this year, General Motors (GM) began to recall vehicles it knew to possess a defective ignition switch. GM had known for years about the deadly flaw. In recent years, Toyota Motor… Read More »

Baby on Board: Important Safety News for Pregnant Women

Recent research suggests that driving while pregnant could increase your chances of an accident. Pregnancy is an exhilarating time in the lives of expectant parents. Care is taken with diet, alcohol, exercise and other concerns. A new study points out women are at substantially greater risk of a car accident during the second trimester of… Read More »