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Did you know that Steve McQueen died from mesothelioma?

Most people aren't aware that renowned actor Steve McQueen died of mesothelioma. However, most people do know that he enjoyed cigarettes, alcohol and racing motorcycles. It was in 1978 that the actor started to get sick. Initially, his doctors didn't think much of it and they told the actor to cut back on the drinking and smoking.

It wasn't until much later that they decided to do a chest x-ray on McQueen. Doctors found tumors in his lungs and discovered that the movie star was suffering from metastatic mesothelioma. As an avid motorcycle lover and mechanic, McQueen was constantly being exposed to asbestos, which lined the pipes of motorcycles in his day. Due to his constant exposure to asbestos, he contracted mesothelioma like many other mechanics and construction workers throughout the U.S.

What are the dangers of drop-side cribs?

Drop-side cribs have long been an important component of child rearing in U.S. households. However, these useful products have caused thousands of injuries to babies over the last few years. They've even resulted in dozens of baby deaths.

These cribs seem so useful, the way they allow parents to take their babies out of them so easily. However, every time parents put their baby inside a drop-side crib, they are placing their baby at risk of serious and potentially fatal injuries.

Drunk driving accident results in bodily injury in Preston County

An all-terrain vehicle crash left victims with injuries following an incident that happened on a recent Saturday in Preston County. According to the county sheriff's department, the crash happened in Albright on Aug. 12.

A 49-year-old man from Garret was operating the ATV in the accident. A female passenger who was riding with the man on the ATV required a helicopter flight to Ruby Memorial Hospital after suffering serious injuries. At this time, the extent and details pertaining to the injuries remain unknown.

When does Paxil cause serotonin syndrome?

Paxil is a drug that is commonly prescribed to treat depression and anxiety. It is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), and it is made by GlaxoSmithKline. The drug has been approved for use since 1992 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, it also comes with some serious side effects. This article will discuss the risks of serotonin syndrome when taking Paxil.

Before talking about this side effect, let's look at the conditions that Paxil usually treats:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • When serotonin syndrome develops

When failure to fulfill duty of care results in medical injury

You may enjoy visiting one of the many vendor markets in Pittsburgh's Strip District. While there, if you witness someone who appears to be experiencing a medical emergency, and you also notice people asking help from a doctor who happens to be dining nearby, do you feel fairly certain that, since that person is a licensed physician, he or she is obligated to help? If you answered yes, you are likely not alone, but you are also not correct.

A physician attending a public event on personal time is under no more obligation to help someone in distress as you might be in the same situation. If the doctor offers to assist the person in medical need, however, then the doctor has established a doctor/patient relationship and therefore is obligated by a duty of care.

Takata airbags are still a very big problem

Millions of automobiles have been recalled over faulty Takata airbags in the last several years. However, only some of them have been repaired. Countless faulty airbags are still on the road endangering consumers. You could be driving one of these vehicles right now.

Even consumers who want to get their potentially dangerous airbag repaired may find that their local dealership is out of replacement airbag parts, and cannot make the fix. These consumers are being forced to continue driving vehicles in which the airbag could inadvertently explode and shoot hot metal shrapnel throughout the passenger compartment. The risks of an exploding airbag are especially dangerous during the hot summer months. Eighteen deaths and 180 injuries throughout the world are blamed on Takata airbags so far.

The fastest and safest ways to stop your car

In dangerous roadway conditions, the faster you can stop your car while keeping it in control, the better off you'll be. As such, motor vehicle drivers in Pittsburgh might want to consider the braking techniques outlined in this article. These tips could literally save your and your family's lives.

Use and practice these three braking techniques:

  1. Brake Turning: If you apply the brakes mildly while going into a turn, the weight of the car leans forward into the front tires, which gives them more steering grip.
  2. Trail braking: If you feather the brakes during a turning maneuver, it's also an effective way to stay in control of your car.
  3. Emergency braking: Never be afraid of using your brakes if you have ABS, just push the pedal all the way down. If you don't have ABS, push your pedal 70 percent and feel the condition of your car. If it goes into a slide, pump the brakes in a way that prevents you from going out of control.

Facts you should know about asbestos

Ever since the late 1970s, asbestos use has largely been curbed in the United States. Nevertheless, toxic asbestos continues to be a problem. That's because a lot of old homes, commercial buildings and factories contain asbestos. When construction work needs to be performed on these homes, the asbestos dust can enter the air, and get into the sensitive lungs of workers.

Most people know that asbestos is "bad" and can cause deadly illnesses -- especially in the lungs -- but there's a lot of information people don't know. Here are some facts you should be aware of when it comes to asbestos:

  • Asbestos is known to be a human carcinogen because it is known to cause asbestos cancer.
  • The most asbestos was used between the 1930s and the 1970s.
  • US Navy veterans from World War II and the Korean War are the group with the highest chances of developing asbestos-caused illnesses.
  • Even though asbestos can only be used in limited applications in the United States, 30 million pounds continue to be used annually.
  • Asbestos continues to be the number one reason for occupation-related cancer. It's blamed for 54 percent of occupation-related cancers.
  • 45,000 Americans have lost their lives to asbestos since 1979.
  • 10,000 Americans will die this year alone from asbestos-related illness, and there are currently 200,000 suffering with asbestosis.
  • No level of asbestos exposure can be considered safe. Nevertheless, when exposure is longer and more intense, the chances of disease increase.

Accutane: A dangerous drug on the market for 30 years

You might think that you're safe if you only take pharmaceutical drugs that have been on the market for a long time. Think again. One widely popular drug prescribed to treat acne was on the market for over 30 years, and it was one of the most dangerous drugs ever to hit the market. What was this awful medication? Accutane.

Nobody wants to have unsightly acne blemishes. Accutane was supposed to be the miracle drug to treat the chronic acne. It showed up on the market in the 1980s, and everybody wanted to use it. That's because it often worked well to resolve patients' acne.

How to avoid getting into a car accident

Want to avoid getting into a car accident? First of all, join the rest of the world. No Pennsylvania resident wants to get into a car crash. Second of all, adhere to the tips that follow. These might seem obvious, but if you do the following 10 things, you will dramatically decrease your risks of getting into a fatal or injurious crash.

Ten tips to prevent car accidents:

  • Keep your eyes peeled for children: Children are known to act erratically and dart out into traffic, which results in numerous collisions.
  • Keep your car in good shape: Get your engine tuned up, replace old tires and get your brakes serviced. This will help your car perform its best and safest.
  • Scan ahead: Look ahead of yourself to where you'll be in 10 to 12 seconds. This will give you extra time to react.
  • Take it slow: What is your rush? Will it be the end of the world if you get there five minutes later? When you pull into traffic, wait to be sure there's plenty of room and do it slowly.
  • Be careful at red lights: If there isn't a lineup of cars at the light and it just turned green for you, look both ways before entering the intersection. There could be a driver distracted by his or her cellphone who is about to run the red light.
  • Keep them at 10:00 and 2:00: If you look at your steering wheel like it's a clock, keep your left hand at 10:00 and your right hand at 2:00. This will help you react quickly if you need to take evasive action.
  • Look back: If you're about to back up, turn your head all the way around and look where you're going with your eyes.
  • Don't tailgate, ever: Tailgaters cause numerous accidents, and when they cause them, they're usually deemed to be the one at fault.
  • Stay calm: If someone makes a mistake, don't get angry. Stay calm and be courteous at all times to those you share the road with.

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