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High-profile nursing home tragedy highlights systemic neglect

Hurricane Irma devastated a huge swath of Florida and the Gulf Coast in September. News reports abounded of record-breaking property damage, serious injuries and, tragically, fatalities. Among the most heartbreaking of the stories was the deaths of nine residents at a Miami-area nursing home.

The facility's cooling system lost power, subjecting the elderly patients at the facility to prolonged temperatures well over 100 degrees. Local emergency room physicians found out about the sweltering conditions at the facility after several residents arrived at the hospital in extreme distress.

Nine people eventually died as a result, and more than 40 were hospitalized before remaining residents were evacuated. The facility has since closed, and will remain so indefinitely.

Affirmative DUI defenses that might apply in your case

There are numerous possible defenses to a DUI charge, including a lack of probable cause for the initial stop, inaccuracies or challenges to the Breathalyzer test results or the blood test results, inadequate training of officers, improper interpretation of field sobriety tests and more. These can be very effective defenses depending on the facts of your case, and our skilled attorneys have years of experience successfully having charges reduced or dropped using these defenses.

Protecting Your Family From Asbestos Exposure: 4 Ways To Stay Safe

Research has shown that the greater the exposure to asbestos fibers, the more likely it is that serious and often fatal diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis will occur.

Given these serious dangers, how do you protect your family against asbestos exposure? Here are four ways you can help your loved ones stay safe.

Beware autumn's slippery road conditions

The change of seasons is generally a wonderful thing. Something we may not consider, however, is how the change affects driving - even though it's not winter yet.

With the transition from summer to fall, rain showers tend to become more frequent, which can result in standing water on roadways. As little as one-twelfth of an inch of water can cause vehicles to hydroplane once speeds reach 35 miles per hour. When a car or truck hydroplanes, traction with the road is lost. The vehicle could then skid or careen out of control.

Another benefit of having a DUI lawyer: financial savings

We've discussed in previous posts the many potential consequences of a DUI conviction. These include jail time, hefty fines, social stigma and the installation of an expensive ignition interlock device. A conviction also means you'll have a criminal history, and Tennessee doesn't allow expungement of DUI convictions. It will be on your record forever.

New study: "off-roading" can lead to asbestos exposure

A study recently published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health raises concerns about a possible link between asbestos exposure and exploring "off-road" on an all-terrain vehicle/off-road vehicle (ATV). The study, led by an epidemiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, suggests the hazards exist anywhere there are naturally occurring asbestos or erionite or at locations where asbestos was present in now-demolished buildings.

Driving and taking prescription painkillers: some things to know

The opioid epidemic is nothing short of a national health crisis. Its connection to the issue of drugged driving is only one aspect of a much larger problem.

The number of fatal overdoses from these powerful medications in recent years numbers in the tens of thousands. Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the number of lives lost to opioid overdoses since 1999 at a staggering 183,000.

FDA adds "black box" warning to popular diabetes drug Invokana

Following months of review of anecdotal and statistical evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently strengthened warnings on the packaging of one of the most popular drugs for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. The medicine, canagliflozin is sold under the brand names Invokana, Invokamet and Invokamet XR.

In theory, the medication helps diabetes patients better manage their insulin and blood sugar levels. In addition, it should prevent internal damage from diabetes symptoms.

What is the connection between baby powder and cancer?

You are probably familiar with baby powder. Baby powder is a ubiquitous household item and a part of many Americans' daily routines. This simple, white powder can be indispensible for parents addressing aggravated diaper rashes. Many women also regularly employ its moisture-wicking properties as a part of their feminine hygiene routine.

However, you may have heard that manufacturers are facing lawsuits for cancer-causing agents in their baby powders. What should you know about baby power and the risk of developing cancer?

What is the link between mental health and DUI charges?

If convicted of drunk driving, the charged individual faces potential jail time, high fines and license suspension. Penalties increase in severity with subsequent DUI charges. With such high stakes, you might assume that there are few repeat offenders. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 1/3 of people charged with DUI are repeat offenders.

People suffering from mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar disorder may self-medicate with alcohol and could be at an increased risk for multiple DUIs. They may use alcohol to temporarily escape their illness and accompanying feelings of hopelessness, anger, fear or depression. Individuals with mental health disorders have a higher rate of alcohol addiction and dependence than the general population. Treatment of the underlying disorder should be addressed and could help to curb drinking and the risk of DUI or repeat DUIs.

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