Month: December 2017

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  • December
    20 2017

    Amtrak Train Derailment in Washington Kills 3, Injures More Than 100 Others

    At about 7:40 a.m. on Monday Dec. 18, the Amtrak Cascades 501 train derailed near DuPont, Washington, about 20 miles outside of Seattle. Traveling around a curve at 80 mph, nearly three times the speed limit for that area, the train derailed at an overpass, hurling 13 of its 14 cars off the tracks, with […]

  • December
    19 2017

    Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) & Alcohol: Should TBI Patients Stop Drinking Alcohol?

    About 30 to 50 percent of TBI patients were intoxicated when they sustained their traumatic brain injury, and as many as 75 percent of TBI patients have a history of risky alcohol use.1 While drinking alcohol is clearly associated with risk factors for TBIs, it can also have significant impacts on TBI patients’ prognoses and […]

  • December
    12 2017

    New & Innovative Mesothelioma Treatments

    Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery have been the standard treatments for mesothelioma for decades. While medical professionals and researchers continue to search for a cure for mesothelioma, their investigations are uncovering new treatment options that could improve patients’ prognoses and quality of life. The following presents some of these emerging therapies that could be the future […]

  • December
    05 2017

    Fatal Accident at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont Refinery Kills Female Contract Worker

    On Friday Dec. 1, a 31-year-old female contract worker, Yesenia Espinoza, was killed in an accident at ExxonMobil’s refinery in Beaumont, Texas. Employed by contractor company Echo Maintenance, Espinoza was working on a construction project when a 24-inch pipe reportedly hit her in the head, causing fatal injuries. Investigators are continuing to look into what […]

  • December
    05 2017

    Untreated Sleep Apnea in Truckers Increases Risks of Wrecks, Study Reveals

    Truck drivers must obtain a certificate verifying their medical fitness for duty before they are legally permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles.1 While various conditions, like blindness or deafness, can be prevent truckers from meeting the medical fitness requirement, other conditions – like sleep apnea – are not barred but still can present a significant […]