Fireworks: Balancing danger and fun

Fireworks are a long-standing tradition to celebrate the Fourth of July across the country, whether families attend professional firework displays or buy firecrackers and sparklers to celebrate at home. While the COVID-19 pandemic will change how Americans celebrate this year, Tennessee families must be mindful of how dangerous fireworks can be. Fireworks are more dangerous

Pandemic underscores systemically low staffing in nursing homes

Even with restrictions on visitors, COVID-19 has run through nursing facilities like wildfire. As we discussed recently on this blog, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that almost 26,000 residents of American nursing homes have died from COVID-19 and another 60,000 have become sick. The CMS recognizes, however, that these numbers are incomplete.

Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder discontinuation: 3 things to know

Lawsuits alleging that using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder caused cancer have made headlines for over five years. The lawsuits claim that the talc contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. People diagnosed with cancer-either mesothelioma or ovarian cancer-say it was caused by their regular use of the powder, promoted as smooth and gentle enough for

Domestic violence is common among both women and men

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” The frequency and severity can vary dramatically, but the events include everything from threats and

Large cosmetics brands are moving away from talc

Since 2013, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that its baby powder and other products contain talc that has been contaminated by asbestos. Talc, a naturally occurring mineral powder, is mined in the same types of rock as asbestos. Unfortunately, the plaintiffs say they developed cancer after using J&J’s talc products for

Almost 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19

With the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 above 100,000, we now have information about how many of those deaths occurred in nursing homes. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), nearly 26,000 residents of U.S. nursing homes have died from COVID-19 and over 60,000 others have become ill. Those numbers are incomplete,

How could an underage DUI affect college education?

Parents are often fully aware of the risks underage drinking involves. Tennessee has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking, and most parents follow suit in establishing such policies in their own home. However, when children head off to college, they face a brand-new world and situation – often without parental guidance. 54.9% of

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