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January 2018 Archives

CDC: Elderly suffer brain injuries at higher rate than others

With the increasing media attention on concussions and mild brain injuries, and the increased risk they create for more serious brain trauma, health officials and others have been paying more attention to brain injuries. Given the increased awareness, it is not surprising reports of brain injuries are up, especially among Americans 75 and older. Apparently falls may be responsible for the increase in that age group.

Tennessee bill would prohibit DUI offenders from buying alcohol

A bill recently proposed by State Rep. Bud Hulsey would add a new penalty to a DUI conviction. Those convicted of driving under the influence would be prohibited from purchasing alcohol. The prohibition would last for a year for a first-time offender and could remain in place for the rest of a third-time offender's driving career. Additionally, stores, bars and restaurants could be criminally liable for selling alcohol to a DUI offender.

Report: Spike in accidental deaths fueled by opioid overdoses

There is more bad news about the opioid crisis. Accidental death became the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2016, trailing only heart disease and cancer in the number of lives claimed. Accidental deaths as a whole increased by 10 percent over 2015's numbers.

Sports and brain injuries: 5 FAQs

If you play or follow sports, you have probably heard a lot in recent years about the dangers of head injuries. From the National Football League to soccer and other youth sports, leagues now have concussion protocols, designed to protect against someone trying to go back into action too soon after a hit to the head.

Scientific panel says that states should lower DUI alcohol limit to 0.05

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on what strategies for reducing drunk driving have been shown to be effective. The main goal, of course, was to reduce the 10,000 drunk driving deaths that occur each year in the United States.

Appeals court rejects challenge to OSHA's silica dust standards

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has rejected a challenge to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's latest safety standards for inhaled silica dust. Business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had argued that OSHA had overstepped its authority and that the rule is not feasible to implement.

Chattanooga PD announces DUI numbers, decreased traffic tickets

The Chattanooga Police Department announced recently that traffic citations are down for the fifth consecutive year. Before you get too comfortable, though, be aware that the reduction may be due in part to officer attrition in the traffic division.

A DUI can stop you from visiting Canada unless you plan ahead

Did you know that being convicted of DUI in the United States can affect your ability to travel to Canada? Even an old DUI can affect your eligibility. If you're planning to visit our neighbor to the north and have ever been convicted of drunk driving, you will need to take steps to overcome the legal barrier.

States settle with drugmaker on 'below the neck' marketing claim

The attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia recently settled with German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (BIPI) over allegedly false and misleading off-label marketing claims involving four prescription drugs. Most notably, BIPI touted one drug, Aggrenox, as effective for a variety of conditions "below the neck" such as congestive heart failure and heart attacks.

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