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December 2012 Archives

Do DWI-specific courts reduce drunk-driving accidents?

Texas is one of a handful of states, according to Abby Rogers with Business Insider, with DWI-specific courts. Supporters of such courts say that they're good for rehabilitation. Rogers points to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data showing a drop of 2.5 percent in deaths caused by alcohol-related car wrecks in 2011 as evidence that these courts might be having an impact.

End of year recap regarding Eagle Ford Shale 18-wheeler truck traffic

It's been Christmas all year round for folks who work in the Texas oil and gas industry. Between the Eagle Ford Shale and Barnett Shale, and due to advancements made in hydraulic fracturing technology, drilling companies, employees and related businesses (like trucking companies) are making real money.

End of year recap regarding Eagle Ford Shale 18-wheeler truck traffic

It's been Christmas all year round for folks who work in the Texas oil and gas industry. Between the Eagle Ford Shale and Barnett Shale, and due to advancements made in hydraulic fracturing technology, drilling companies, employees and related businesses (like trucking companies) are making real money.

Safe-driving tips for Christmas Eve

As we wrote last week, Allstate Insurance says that Christmas Eve is the worst day for the number of auto accident claims in Texas. It spikes at 22 percent on December 24, making it the worst day among five for Texas drivers.

No antidote for bleeding makes Pradaxa a 'truly defective drug'

As Jef Feeley and Margaret Cronin Fisk report for Bloomberg Businessweek, hundreds of patients who suffered bad side effects from taking Pradaxa to prevent a stroke have sued drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim, which has made more than $1 billion in sales off Pradaxa since bringing the drug to market.

NTSB: Improper truck maintenance cause of fatal accident

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have found that an improperly maintained truck - bad brakes - was the likely cause of a fatal accident involving a collision between a truck and a passing train.

NTSB: Improper truck maintenance cause of fatal accident

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have found that an improperly maintained truck - bad brakes - was the likely cause of a fatal accident involving a collision between a truck and a passing train.

The pit bull as 'dangerous weapon'

Prosecutors have offered the 28-year-old dog owner stark options: a plea deal that would have him pleading guilty to the felony of having a dangerous animal that caused serious injury, or face the more serious felony of assault with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pushes black boxes on cars, light trucks

Most people associate the black box with airplanes. Also called event data recorders, black boxes gather information that investigators use to put the pieces of the puzzle together after an accident.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pushes black boxes on cars, light trucks

Most people associate the black box with airplanes. Also called event data recorders, black boxes gather information that investigators use to put the pieces of the puzzle together after an accident.

Can you trust studies about drug safety associated with drug makers?

Watch out for studies testing the safety of pharmaceutical drugs when the studies are associated with the drug maker. In Sue Hughes's report on TheHeart.org, a study conducted by Trinity Partners Consultants found that Pradaxa was better than warfarin when it came to "persistence rates."

Health care journalist accuses drug maker of 'disease mongering'

The cold remedy Zicam has come under Gary Schwitzer's crosshairs on MedPageToday, in an article in which he lambasts Matrixx Initiatives for the marketing and advertising methods it uses in selling Zicam.

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