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Federal Prosecutors Charge Former GSK Lawyer with Obstruction

Pharmaceutical medications have changed the world. Think about it: Less than 100 years ago, people regularly died of  pneumonia because antibiotics weren’t available as a treatment. But what happens when drug companies decide that they are willing to push profits ahead of patient safety? Well, Lauren Stevens of Durham, North Carolina, just discovered at least …

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Brain Doctors Make Recommendations on Concussions

It’s not everyday that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) takes an official position on an ethical topic; they have released fewer than 2 dozen position statements in the last 20 years. But today, this organization of more than 22,500 neurologists and neuroscience professionals have gone public on a topic near to our hearts: Concussion …

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Cycling Helmets Will Soon Warn You of Cracks

In cycling, the first line of defense against brain injury is the helmet. A properly fitted, regulation helmet can save your life in the event of a crash. But if the integrity of the helmet is compromised–if cracked or crushed in an accident–it loses its ability to protect your head. Unfortunately, a dangerous crack isn’t …

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Trial Begins for Doctor Charged in Ballerina's Death

This is a story everyone remembers. On September 11, 2009, Dr. Raymond Cook went drinking…then drank some more…then got behind the wheel and caused the wreck that killed Elena Bright Shapiro, a promising ballerina with the Carolina Ballet. According to an article on WRAL.com, Cook’s trial begins today. Raleigh police said Cook, of 10516 Beckridge …

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Impaired Monroe Man Kills After Six "Second Chances"

This is the kind of story that makes you want to stay off the roads, build more prisons, and require mandatory severe sentencing for DWI offenders. According to the online edition of the News & Observer, Monroe resident Kevin Ohagan fled a traffic stop just after midnight on Sunday (October 24, 2010) and minutes later …

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NFL Backing Concussion Program with Fines

At the end of the summer, the National Football League (NFL) decided to take action to reduce the number and potential effects of concussions. It created a poster that outlined the organization’s position on concussion, including the fact that players should know the symptoms, report them, get checked out, and basically start taking concussions seriously. …

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Possible Fracture Risk with Osteoporosis Drugs

For the past few years there has been a push by pharmaceutical companies to get women to take drugs to counteract the effects of osteoporosis. It sounds like a good idea–osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become more brittle, and are therefore more likely to fracture. Preventing fractures is a good thing, right? Sure. …

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