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New app aims to address summer hazards

A new app created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) aims to address the hazards present during the summer months throughout the country. The app was specifically created to deal with weather-related hazards that crop up during the summer.

The app, called the Heat Safety Tool, is a mobile app that is available on Android and iOS devices. The app displays the heat index values in your area based on humidity and temperature. The temperature and other data is pulled by the app from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellites.

Are phone apps to blame for traffic deaths?

Car accidents happen for numerous reasons, but cellphones have only made things worse. Talking is a distraction, texting is a bigger distraction, and phones are always evolving. With every new app that drivers decide to use, the risk rises.

In fact, some have blamed apps for spikes in fatal crashes. They point to the fact that many apps seem designed for use in the car. For example, there are apps that display the speed the phone is traveling. Would drivers be tempted to speed so that they could record it and brag about how fast they were going?

Property owners have a legal duty to prevent injuries

Property owners are legally required to prevent injuries to visitors on their property. This is known as a duty. In the state of Tennessee, premises liability laws protect visitors to properties, both residential and commercial. Here is a brief overview of premises liability law in Tennessee.

An invitee in premises liability is a person who has been invited onto a commercial or residential property by the owner. The invitee is owed the highest degree of care by the owner because they were welcomed onto the property. With this standard of the law, the owner of the property is required to repair any known hazards and inspect for and repair any unknown hazards that the invitee might have access to during one's visit to the property.

What car accident medical expenses are covered by insurance?

Car accidents are stressful and scary for all involved, even if they are minor. Victims of car accidents can suffer a variety of different injuries, either minor or severe, that can have long-term effects. So, what car accident medical expenses are covered by insurance?

When involved in a car accident that involves more than one vehicle, your injuries will be covered by an automotive insurance policy. Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which is typically part of an automotive policy, will help cover your medical expenses should you be involved in a motor vehicle accident.

The signs of nursing home neglect and abuse

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is very difficult. It doesn't mean there is less love for the family member, it just means you cannot offer the same level of comfort, care and attention that the staff at a home can offer. What can make the situation worse for a family is when their loved one is abused or neglected. Here are the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse.

When a loved one has unexplained cuts, bruises or bed sores on one' body, this is a big sign of nursing home abuse. These signs of abuse mean that the patient has been left in their unchanged bed for quite some time. It could also mean that the patient was hit or shoved to the ground by a staff member.

Pedestrian fatalities increase dramatically in 2016

Walking, whether for exercise or transportation, is a healthy, low-impact activity that has many benefits. Unfortunately, walking on American sidewalks and crosswalks appears to be far less safe than it once was. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians are estimated to have died in 2016.

This would be an 11 percent increase over 2015. This is the largest percentage increase in pedestrian deaths ever, and the second year in a row in which pedestrian deaths increased significantly. In fact, pedestrian deaths increased 22% from 2014 to 2016. This report, prepared and published by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), compiled data from the first six months of 2016, and projected trends for the last six months of the year. 

Medical mistakes cause the third-most deaths in the U.S.

When you think of leading causes of death in the United States, you probably think of things like car accidents, cancer and heart disease. According to some studies, you should also think of medical errors. Researchers claim these cause the third-most deaths in the country.

The study claims that medical errors can be linked to 251,000 fatalities annually. That puts them higher than things like strokes, Alzheimer's, accidents, and respiratory disease.

2 killed in I-40 crash in Knox County

Two people have died and several others suffered serious injuries in a violent crash along I-40 in Knox County last Tuesday. The accident occurred between the exit for Midway and the Sevier County line on I-40. Four vehicles were involved in the accident, which witnesses described as one of the most violent they had ever seen.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the 69-year-old driver of a Toyota Camry traveling east on I-40 lost control of his vehicle and drove into the median. The vehicle went into the air into the westbound lanes. It landed on top of a Honda Accord, driven by a 22-year-old who died at a local hospital from injuries suffered.

ACGME: 24-hour shifts for first-year residents to start this summer

In 2009, the highly influential Institute of Medicine published a groundbreaking study showing how both patient safety and the safety of first-year residents, meaning those doctors in their first year of training, was severely compromised by long work shifts. Indeed, the IOM study recommended that all residents be required to work no more than 16-hour shifts.  

In response to the report and the many concerns it engendered, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the entity that oversees physician training, announced in 2011 that it was following the advice of the IOM and limiting first-year residents to 16-hour shifts.

What will a future with self-driving cars look like?

Many people believe that self-driving cars will be the next major technological advance. Automakers, technology companies such as Google, and transportation companies such as Uber have invested many millions of dollars in bringing this idea closer to reality.

Right now, Uber's self-driving vehicles are operating in Pittsburgh. The automobile company Tesla is piloting self-driving cars on roads across the United States. While these vehicles have drivers available to take the reins at a moment's notice, the fact is that self-driving cars are on American roads right now. The question is how many more self-driving vehicles will take to the roads, and what will this future look like?

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