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Here’s why Halloween is the Deadliest Day of the Year for Child Pedestrians

Here’s why Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians

By Christopher Ingraham

The Washington Post

It’s almost Halloween, which means that law enforcement agencies around the country are warning parents about the possibility of finding marijuana candy in their children’s trick-or-treat buckets.

But like poison and razor blades, Halloween pot candy is largely a myth. The real threat to kids on Oct. 31 is much more mundane: traffic. Children are three times more likely to be struck and killed by a car on the holiday than any other day of the year, according to the latest federal highway safety data.

September is Baby Safety Month

September is Baby Safety Month

Chicago Defender

Elizabeth Kaveny is the Managing Partner of Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers (www.kavenykroll.com) who specialize in all areas of medical malpractice and personal injury. Even more important, she is the Mother of four children. Kaveny has seen first-hand at work and at home, the risks that exist in daily life for the youngest and most defenseless in our families.

Chicago is a Top City for Bike Share and Scooters, Study Says

Chicago is a top city for bike share and scooters, study says

By Ryan Smith

Curbed Chicago

Chicago trails only Honolulu, New Orleans, and Nashville among U.S. cities that could benefit the most from micromobility transit options.

Shared bikes, e-bikes, and electric scooters have the potential to reduce Chicago car trips by more than half, according to a new report from INRIX—a Washington state-based transportation data and analytics company.

Birth Injury and Infant Mortality Rates Continue to Rise in the U.S.

Birth Injury and Infant Mortality Rates Continue to Rise in the U.S.

By Maggie Novak

The Libertarian Republic

It undoubtedly will come as a shock to expectant mothers in the U.S., but the facts speak for themselves. The rates of both birth injuries and infant mortality are far higher than most people realize.

Ohio Hospital Paid Neil Armstrong’s Family $6M in Malpractice Settlement after his Death

Ohio hospital paid Neil Armstrong's family $6M in malpractice settlement after his death

Washington Examiner

Famed astronaut Neil Armstrong’s family reportedly received $6 million from an Ohio hospital following allegations that medical errors led to his August 2012 death.

The Mercy Health system, which defended the care provided to Armstrong, paid his family a $6 million settlement to avoid public litigation, according to documents obtained and authenticated by the New York Times. Armstrong died from “complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures” in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 82.

Emily Hartridge, Popular YouTube Personality, Dies at 35

Emily Hartridge, popular YouTube personality, dies at 35

By Amir Vera

CNN

YouTube personality Emily Hartridge died Friday, according to an announcement made on her official Instagram account.

“This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once,” the post read. “Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. She has touched so many lives it’s hard to imagine things without her. She was a very special person.”

Is Electric Scooter Safety Next on the Regulatory Menu?

Is Electric Scooter Safety Next on the Regulatory Menu?

By Mike Gentine

The National Law Review

A few years ago, hoverboards drew a lot of attention from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Formally known as self-balancing electric scooters, hoverboards became an instant success because they combined practical mobility and enjoyment. But that success was not without some setbacks. When news stories in 2015 linked hoverboards to fires, the same popularity that drove sales also attracted public and government scrutiny.

CTA Fires Operator of Train that Struck and Killed Woman Retrieving Phone

CTA fires operator of train that struck and killed woman retrieving phone, says in-cab video shows ‘failure to devote attention to duty’

By Mary Wisniewski

Chicago Tribune

The CTA has fired the operator of a train that struck and killed a woman who climbed down on the tracks last month to retrieve her phone.

The operator was looking away from the tracks ahead of him for about 12 seconds before the June incident at the 69th Street Red Line stop, according to a video recording taken inside the train cab and provided by the CTA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Truck Driver Killed in Crash that Derailed Amtrak Train

Truck driver killed in crash that derailed Amtrak Train

By Jean Kang, Mike Lowe, Courtney Gousman

WGN9

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — A truck driver was killed when he apparently tried to cross the tracks in the path of an Amtrak train in south suburban University Park.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. Sunday in University Park, about 30 miles south of Chicago.

Sepsis a Leading Cause of Death in U.S. Hospitals but many Deaths may not be Preventable

Sepsis a Leading Cause of Death in U.S. Hospitals but Many Deaths May Not be Preventable

By Infection Control Today

Sepsis is a major contributor to disability, death and health care costs in the United States and worldwide. A growing recognition of the high burden of sepsis as well as media coverage of high-profile, sepsis-induced deaths have catalyzed new efforts to prevent and manage the disease.

While new initiatives have been beneficial in paving the road toward better detection and treatment of sepsis, the role of sepsis in associated deaths and their preventability remain largely unknown.