Year: 2014

person smoking joint

Just as the movement to legalize marijuana appears to have gained ground, a new study shows that fatal car crashes involving the use of marijuana have tripled. Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data over a 10-year period, from 1999 to 2010, from six states —…

person in nursing home

As the population grows older, issues surrounding care of the elderly have become more prevalent. Many experts worry, for example, about the extent to which nursing home patients are prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Recent studies show that as many as one in four nursing home patients are prescribed an antipsychotic drug….

Portable Generator

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently warned consumers about the dangers of portable generators, particularly in enclosed spaces. According to the commission, portable generators caused 800 carbon monoxide deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2012, with most occurring since 2005. Although most of us have heard that carbon…

Crossroad traffic

Law enforcement officials say that increased patrols over the past year have led to fewer accidents in Yakima County, KIMA-TV reports. Yakima County had almost 80 fewer collisions in 2013 than in 2012. Even more important, the number of fatal accidents also decreased during 2013, according to law enforcement officials….