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Why are Dog Bites More Common in the Summer?

The summer months are typically associated with vacations, outdoor activities, and a much-needed break from school. Unfortunately, research shows that dog bites also occur more often in the summer, and that young children are at the highest risk. Many factors, ranging from hot weather to stress at home, can influence a dog’s behavior and create a dangerous situation. With more than 36% of U.S. households owning at least one dog, the risk is ever-present. Children face a higher likelihood of suffering a dog bite in places where dogs and children are present together including parks, neighborhoods, and other public areas. The CDC notes that children are more likely...

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NY Pols Pass Brianna’s Law Requiring Boater Safety Courses

New York State lawmakers have passed a bill dubbed Brianna’s Law — named for a Long Island girl killed in a boating crash — that requires boaters to take boater safety classes. The measure passed the New York State Senate last month and the state Assembly this week. The bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it into law. “Accidents happen whether on land or on water, but having knowledge of boating safety and navigation laws will help keep those from turning deadly,” said Assemb. Kim Jean-Pierre (D-Wheatley Heights), a lead sponsor of the bill. Current law only...

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NY Senate Approves New Limo Regulations

The New York state Senate passed a package of limousine regulations Thursday following deadly limo crashes in Schoharie and Long Island. Democratic state Senator Tim Kennedy of the Buffalo area’s 63rd district stood alongside the families of limo crash victims as he outlined the regulations at the capitol. “From requiring seatbelts in every vehicle carrying nine or more passengers, to mandating commercial driver’s licenses and drug and alcohol testing for drivers for for-hire vehicles...

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2 Young Girls Seriously Injured in Crash in New Dorp

Two young girls were injured in a crash in New Dorp, Staten Island Wednesday night. The girls, ages 8 and 10, were in a northbound Honda Accord when their vehicle was struck by a Dodge Charger, traveling in the same direction on Hylan Boulevard, just after 9:35 p.m. The 22-year-old driver of the Charger appears to have been attempting a right hand turn from the center lane onto Bryant Avenue. The vehicles collided, sending the Honda Accord, traveling in the right lane, into a utility pole. The 50-year-old driver of the Accord was not injured. He is a relative of the two girls, who...

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Round Of A-Paws: Cat Declawing Ban Bill Passes In NY

Cats should give the Empire State a round of a-paws. The state Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would make New York the nation's first to ban the declawing of cats. The measure would threaten a $1,000 fine against anyone who performs a medically unnecessary declawing procedure, which state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal called a "horrific" surgery that causes felines lifelong pain and discomfort. "Today though, every cat and kitten in New York State lands on its feet as we prepare to make New York the best state for cats to live in the United States," Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the...

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New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a recent data analysis by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) confirms that stronger safety requirements in New York City are helping to reduce on-the-job fatalities while worker deaths continue to rise in other, less-regulated parts of the state. In 2017, the most recent...

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Senator Accuses Popular Trampoline Parks of “Trying to Hide” Deaths and Injuries

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing to regulate trampoline parks amid mounting concern over their risks.  A California police officer filed a lawsuit last week after he was temporarily paralyzed at a trampoline park outside San Francisco in 2013. A recent "CBS This Morning" report revealed six deaths since 2012 and a number of severe injuries at the popular parks. Two weeks ago, CBS News' Meg Oliver went to a Chicago-area trampoline park to assess the potential dangers. Less than an hour before her arrival, Jason Freewalt, a healthy young dad and former college football player, suffered serious injuries to his legs. The 42-year-old...

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AMA Highlights May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

The American Motorcyclist Association is issuing a special appeal to motorists to be aware of motorcycles during May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month and marks the return of motorcyclists to the roadways throughout the country. Drivers should double check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles and pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic. “Motorcycle Awareness Month also provides an excellent opportunity for us to educate the nonriding public about the safety issues that affect motorcyclists every time we leave our driveways,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “May typically is...

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Juror Says $2B Award in Roundup Cancer Trial Was Intended to Have ‘Punch-in-the-Gut Effect’

Jurors awarded $2 billion in punitive damages Monday to a California couple who alleged that their longtime use of Roundup weed killer caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The case is the third time the maker of Roundup has been found liable for causing cancer, report the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the Recorder. The verdict is the largest so far. Juror Doug Olsen told reporters that the verdict was intended to have a “punch-in-the-gut effect” on the maker of Roundup, according to coverage by the Recorder. Bayer AG acquired Roundup maker Monsanto last year. Plaintiffs in the case are Alva and Alberta Pilliod, whose cancers are in remission....

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Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $1 Billion to Settle Hip Implant Lawsuits

In the mid 2000’s, metal-on-metal hip implants were introduced, and manufacturers claimed they were medical breakthroughs that would last much longer than traditional hip replacements and would allow patients to lead more active lives. Unlike prior implants that used hard plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel components, metal-on-metal implants used advanced metals including cobalt, chromium, and titanium for all major parts, and they would simply outperform all the implants that had come before them. This groundbreaking technology turned out to be more harmful than beneficial to many people because as the implant’s metal parts grind together under normal use, they produce tiny...

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