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Injured veterans file suit against trucker and railroad after Texas parade accident

If the statements of Union Pacific are accurate regarding the collision in Midland, Texas, on Nov. 15, a truck driver pulling a parade float across railroad tracks did so in spite of flashing lights and bells. As a result, an oncoming Union Pacific freight train smashed into the float, injuring two veterans and their wives.

Injured veterans file suit against trucker and railroad after Texas parade accident

If the statements of Union Pacific are accurate regarding the collision in Midland, Texas, on Nov. 15, a truck driver pulling a parade float across railroad tracks did so in spite of flashing lights and bells. As a result, an oncoming Union Pacific freight train smashed into the float, injuring two veterans and their wives.

'Therapeutic range' very important for patients on blood thinners Coumadin, Pradaxa

Patients with atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of stroke from blood clots. In order to manage that risk, doctors might use a blood thinner like Coumadin, which has been on the market for decades. Or they might use Pradaxa, which has just recently arrived on the market.

Truckers draw attention in 140-vehicle pileup in Texas

Patrik Jonsson, writing for MinnPost, wonders whether truck drivers with heavy, hard-to-slow loads should slow down to avoid potentially fatal accidents, such as the accident that happened on Interstate 10 in Texas over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Truckers draw attention in 140-vehicle pileup in Texas

Patrik Jonsson, writing for MinnPost, wonders whether truck drivers with heavy, hard-to-slow loads should slow down to avoid potentially fatal accidents, such as the accident that happened on Interstate 10 in Texas over the Thanksgiving holiday.

TxDOT's 'rules of the road' during the Thanksgiving holiday

Last year during Thanksgiving, 26 Texans died and nearly 850 were injured in auto wrecks. Since Thanksgiving week is a heavy travel period, more cars on the road mean more accidents, and the Texas Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be vigilant.

TxDOT's 'rules of the road' during the Thanksgiving holiday

Last year during Thanksgiving, 26 Texans died and nearly 850 were injured in auto wrecks. Since Thanksgiving week is a heavy travel period, more cars on the road mean more accidents, and the Texas Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be vigilant.

Should patients with mild forms of asthma take Advair?

According to the FDA, the asthma drug Advair should be used for the shortest period of time possible, until asthma symptoms are under control, and then you should discontinue use. The reason, as John Fauber reports for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, is that the use of Advair can actually make your asthma worse.

New rule requires certification for doctors performing medical exams on truckers

Truckers and others with commercial driver's licenses are required to undergo regular medical examinations. These exams are intended to screen for issues that would make driving a truck unsafe (like sleep apnea, a condition that may cause drowsy driving).

New rule requires certification for doctors performing medical exams on truckers

Truckers and others with commercial driver's licenses are required to undergo regular medical examinations. These exams are intended to screen for issues that would make driving a truck unsafe (like sleep apnea, a condition that may cause drowsy driving).

Comments on the Texas petition for secession

Chuck Thompson's article in the New Republic responds to the recent 80,000-signature-strong petition to the White House requesting that Texas be allowed to secede from the union. Thompson writes: Rather than secession, which would radically fracture our nation, Texas should be granted semi-autonomy in the form of "political and social expression in exchange for diminished power in federal government."

Comments on the Texas petition for secession

Chuck Thompson's article in the New Republic responds to the recent 80,000-signature-strong petition to the White House requesting that Texas be allowed to secede from the union. Thompson writes: Rather than secession, which would radically fracture our nation, Texas should be granted semi-autonomy in the form of "political and social expression in exchange for diminished power in federal government."

About the FDA's 'black box' warning for prescription drugs

The black-box warning is that big, bold warning seen on the packaging or instruction sheet of drugs like the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) and the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone), both of which are known to cause serious side effects in some patients.

Texas's disturbing trend in auto fatalities

As Erin Mulvaney reports for the Beaumont Enterprise, the day after Election Day this week marked the 12-year stretch of an ugly trend: since Nov. 7, 2000, not one day has passed when someone hasn't been killed in a car or truck accident in Texas.

Pradaxa defective drug lawsuits starting to take off

According to the American Bar Association Journal, lawyers have filed exactly 131 cases against Boehringer Ingelheim, the global drug maker based in Germany, and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. These suits allege that Boehringer Ingelheim's drug Pradaxa is a defective drug that has caused serious injuries and deaths among patients.

Big rig trucker convicted on felony charges after fatal accident

He'll get 25 years behind bars for an accident last year that claimed the life of a mother of two children. On his way back from a long run and tired, the trucker was behind the wheel beyond the maximum number of hours allowed under the hours-of-service rules, which are meant to prevent driving while sleepy, among other things.

Big rig trucker convicted on felony charges after fatal accident

He'll get 25 years behind bars for an accident last year that claimed the life of a mother of two children. On his way back from a long run and tired, the trucker was behind the wheel beyond the maximum number of hours allowed under the hours-of-service rules, which are meant to prevent driving while sleepy, among other things.

Big rig trucker convicted on felony charges after fatal accident

He'll get 25 years behind bars for an accident last year that claimed the life of a mother of two children. On his way back from a long run and tired, the trucker was behind the wheel beyond the maximum number of hours allowed under the hours-of-service rules, which are meant to prevent driving while sleepy, among other things.

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