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North Carolina Sees Slight Increase In Motor Vehicle Fatalities

January 17, 2013 A trend of declining motor vehicle fatalities ended with 2012 in North Carolina. The Charlotte News & Observer explained that last year saw a total of 1,224 North Carolina car accident fatalities, which was a 1.3 percent increase over the previous year’s total. Experts say the slight increase could be attributed to improvements in …

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Flu Hurts Nursing Homes Residents in More Ways than Illness

The 2012-2013 flu season is turning out to be one of the worst and most dangerous in years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of this week, most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI). Nationwide, 47 states report widespread geographic flu activity. Since …

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Citizens Concerned Defective Road Design Could Cause Accidents

January 10, 2013 Studies have shown that the condition a road is in may be one of the most important factors in working to prevent motor vehicle accidents in the United States, considering research from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) showed defective highway design, poor conditions, or lack of maintenance contributed to …

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Button Batteries are Dangerous for Children and Pets

Lithium disc or “button” batteries–those coin-sized round batteries–are found in many items these day, including mini remote control devices, watches, flameless candles, musical greeting cards, bathroom scales, hearing aids, calculators, and small electronic toys. Because of their small size and appealing shape (looking very much like shiny candy bits), button batteries are frequently swallowed by …

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North Carolina Hospital To Participate In CDC Infection Control Study

January 3, 2013 One of the major medical errors that has led to countless North Carolina Medical Malpractice lawsuits being filed is post operative or procedural infection. To help reduce the problem at one Burlington, North Carolina, hospital, the facility has agreed to participate in a government-funded study that will examine certain new methods of infection control. …

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North Carolina Reporting System for Nursing Home Medication Errors Eliminated

December 27, 2012 For the last nine years, nursing home patients in North Carolina have depended on a government-funded reporting system, known as the Medication Error Quality Initiative (MEQI), which reports nursing home medication errors to the general public. The reporting system, which is meant to hold nursing homes accountable for their actions, also has …

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North Carolina State Employees Demand Participation In Workers' Comp Study

December 20, 2012 When workers are injured on the job, medical bills and other expenses can quickly get out of hand. This is where Raleigh Workers’ Compensation benefits come into play. Employers are required to carry insurance that will pay these benefits in the event a worker is hurt on the job. With budgetary cuts occurring within …

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"My Mother's Head Is So Hard…": First-Hand Lessons From a Fall

Over the past three years, I have written several blogs about preventing falls in the home. (The most recent blog was posted on September 20, 2012, to honor National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. To read that blog, click here: National Falls Prevention Awareness Day). After years of researching information for Health & Safety blogs, I …

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HensonFuerst Attorney Speaks with Wake Forest Residents About Toxic Wells

On Friday, December 7, HensonFuerst attorney Anne Duvoisin  met with Wake Forest residents to discuss possible actions now that some local well water has been found to be contaminated with toxic chemicals. On November 7, 2012, we wrote about the frightening and infuriating news of water contamination in the Wake Forest neighborhood of Stony Hill. …

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Pfizer Agrees To Pay $42.9 Million To Settle Illegal Marketing Claims

December 13, 2012 The North Carolina Attorney General’s office announced yesterday that drug manufacturing giant, Pfizer, has agreed to a settlement with 33 states in regards to claims the company practiced illegal marketing strategies. According to WFMY 2 News, the company will pay $42.9 million to settle the claims. Roy Cooper, Attorney General for North …

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