Bracing for braces

Can you imagine having to wear braces for nearly a dozen years? Well, that is what happened to Devin Bost, formerly of Eugene, who first got braces at the tender age of seven. He was forced to wear braces until he was eighteen. He now claims that having to wear braces for so many years… read more

Texting and maiming

Even though there are regulations in many states about texting while driving, there are still plenty of people who text and drive. Think about it–when is the last time you were out and did NOT see someone texting while driving? A New Jersey couple were on a motorcycle in fall of 2009 when they were… read more

Flush that!

It’s been a while since we have had one of those practically unbelievable stories. Well, get this, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a nationwide recall of a particular toilet-flushing mechanism because it can explode. That’s right, it explodes and can cause injuries. The flushing mechanism is the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System… read more

Medical errors on the rise … slightly

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission announced that reported hospital errors, also known as adverse events or never events, rose slightly in 2011 to 142 events. While this is somewhat of a disappointment, the commission is looking on the bright side, as the reporting of these errors by hospitals is voluntary, and the commission has been… read more

Fire tragedy

In Kansas in March a fire resulted in the death of a 28-year-old quadriplegic woman and her three children, the oldest just 8 years old. The woman, who became a quadriplegic after a car accident, managed to call 9-1-1, but she still died as a result of the fire. Now her family is suing for… read more