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Lower back pain? Just wait it out, some doctors say.

Each year, thousands of Americans suffer lower back injuries at work, forcing them to apply for workers' compensation or even social security disability. For many, the problem is a debilitating one, with very few paths to a painless future. 

However, a doctor and back pain specialist at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System has a new suggestion for his patients: go home, take two aspirin, and wait it out. 

Did you suffer a serious brain injury? Don't suffer alone.

Nearly 1.5 million people receive a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Fifty-thousand people die as a result of their brain injuries, and 85,000 are left with life-long disabilities.

Were you hurt by a defective product in California?

If you use a defective product and are seriously injured, California laws allow you to pursue financial compensation. You may be able to hold accountable any party whose actions contributed to getting the product on the market, including the product's manufacturer, distributor or retailer. However, you have to be able to prove that the party was at fault.

No driver, no taxi: will the future of commuting be safer?

The future of taking a taxi may not involve a driver. Or a taxi. Or roads.

Commuters in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates may soon be using automated flying taxis, according to the New York Times. The drones, which are capable of holding a single passenger, may begin operation as soon as July, according to the city’s transportation authority director. In fact, a drone has already flown test runs around some of the city’s iconic skyscrapers. But what can we expect about the safety of such vehicles?

40,000 auto deaths prompt a call to action

Recently, there have been a spate of stories about the increases in traffic deaths, auto accidents and other fatalities that occur as a result of dangerous or irresponsible behavior while on the road. So is anything being done about it?

It seems the authorities have indeed taken notice. The National Safety Council (NSC), alarmed by the spike in fatalities and injuries in recent years, have unveiled a multi-step plan of action intended at curbing these dangerous habits and increasing safety measures. 

Millenial drivers: they're the worst.

A common suspicion, finally backed by science: millennial drivers are the worst. 

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has confirmed the anecdotal belief that millennial drivers are highway hazards. In particular, the study finds that 88% of drivers aged 19 to 24 have admitted to engaging in risky behavior while in operation of a motor vehicle, including texting while driving, running red lights and stop signs, or speeding in one month alone.

End deaths due to medical error: a millionaire's mission

"How do we put an end to the preventable deaths that occur daily inside of hospitals and other health-care facilities?"

This question plagues a lot of people across the medical field. While many work day-in and day-out to reduce deaths due to medical error, Joe Kiani is attempting to take a huge leap forward, by galvanizing medical technology companies to come together and push for open communication. 

The changing landscape of workers' compensation

According to both doctors, lawyers and insurance professionals, the workers' compensation landscape has changed–and is changing–in significant ways.

In particular, some factors are responsible for the changing the face and application of the industry over the past decade, including the opiate epidemic and the increasing online presence of the everyday worker. 

The terrible imbalance of power on our highways

truckcrash2-T.JPGNothing gives a driver the chills like the shadow of a large commercial vehicle blocking out the sun. You know your chances of surviving a truck-altercation are slim.

Here are the statistics

Nearly five percent of all highway vehicles are commercial in nature. While you in your car are carefully transporting people, these are other vehicles are transporting goods, in a rush to meet delivery schedules.

You are using the highways for very different purposes, and you, the car driver, are at a distinct disadvantage. Fully loaded big rigs weigh in at 40 tons; your car is two tons at most. You are just a speck on a big truck's windshield.

It is no secret that people in passenger cars are much less likely to survive a truck crash than the drivers of the trucks. Auto passengers account for 97 percent of all deaths in car-truck collisions.

In the year 2010 (the most recent year we have statistics from), California was the state with the second highest level of fatalities. Of 2,715 fatal traffic accidents that year, 235 involved a commercial vehicle. Fully nine percent of highway deaths in our state were from car-truck crashes.

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