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    • Flint Water Crisis Has Me Boiling Over

      Flint Water Crisis Has Me Boiling Over

      Flint Water Treatment Plant Foreman Dead Matthew McFarland, age 43, was found dead by a friend at this home April 16, 2016, when the friend went to visit him.  An autopsy was conducted but did not determine the immediate cause […]

    • VW Announces Emissions Compensation Plan as Mitsubishi Comes Under Fire

      VW Announces Emissions Compensation Plan as Mitsubishi Comes Under Fire

      Yesterday Volkswagen reached an agreement to help stem the damage from its emissions cheating scandal that broke over six months ago.  Under the plan, the German auto maker will either buy back or fix about 600,000 non-compliant vehicles in the […]

    • Michigan Residents in Out-of-State Crashes

      Michigan Residents in Out-of-State Crashes

      What happens when a Michigan resident is involved in an automobile crash in another state, while visiting, travelling through, or on vacation? Out-of-State accidents come with special challenges for the residents, especially once they head home to Michigan and try […]

    • Bounce House Death of Girl Leads to Arrests

      Bounce House Death of Girl Leads to Arrests

      Tragic news came out of Great Britain this weekend as a 7-year-old girl was killed when a gust of wind blew away the bounce house she was playing in.  According to reports, a strong wind pulled the safety stakes out […]

    • Drug Makers and Insurance Companies Working Together Resulting in Higher Costs?

      Drug Makers and Insurance Companies Working Together Resulting in Higher Costs?

      Drug benefit companies are negotiating sweetheart deals with pharmaceutical companies at the expense of consumers, according to a report by USA Today.  Under the complex arrangements, drug companies offer incentives for pharmacy benefit managers (drug benefit plans) to push expensive […]

    • The Yellow Dog Project

      The Yellow Dog Project

      Do you know what it means if you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its collar, leash, or around its neck? If you don’t, you should make note of this global movement, the “Yellow Dog Project.”  According to […]

    • Drug Ad Narrators: “It’s an Art”

      Drug Ad Narrators: “It’s an Art”

      It’s no secret that the $5 billion dollar per year pharmaceutical industry has been known to bend, twist, ignore, or hide the truth. If you’re new to the topic, check out my last post on the reporting of side effects […]

    • Most Drug Makers Report Incomplete Side Effects to the FDA

      Most Drug Makers Report Incomplete Side Effects to the FDA

      The FDA keeps a database for adverse events (i.e. side effects, serious injuries, deaths) related to a particular pharmaceutical. Both doctors and patients have the option of voluntarily reporting problems to the agency or a drug manufacturer, but drug companies […]

    • Michigan Drivers Beware

      Michigan Drivers Beware

      Michigan State Police are planning a “crackdown” on West Michigan freeways. Their target? Left lane drivers now through the end of April, according to a recent Mlive article. “Most violators don’t realize that the left lane is intended for vehicles […]

    • E-Cigarette Exploding Problem Burns People

      E-Cigarette Exploding Problem Burns People

      Last week I wrote about recent studies into the potential health risks and benefits of e-cigarettes.  I also mentioned another hazard involved with vaping: exploding batteries.  As more people take up vaping, reports of serious burn injuries continue to pop […]