The proposed federal law we were discussing in our July 24 post brought the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" to mind. The story, based on a very funny book by Jean Shepherd, centers on a 9-year-old boy's dream of owning a Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. Just about every adult in his life, including...

As some Missouri residents may know, the death rate from complications due to pregnancy has been going up in the United States. Because of this, professional organizations are joining together to try and cut these fatalities in half within five years.There may be multiple causes for the rising maternal death rate. Until the 1930s, one of every 100 women...

Imagine it: you're driving down the road just like any other day. Everything is fine, and you aren't thinking about the unfortunate accident you're about to get into in about five seconds. That time elapses, and then BAM! A vehicle turns in front of you as you're traveling down the road, and now you're day is completely ruined.But before...

The trucking industry is asking Congress for a law change that has safety advocates more than a little alarmed. The proposal is part of a larger transportation bill that passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation earlier this month. The subject of the proposal is commercial drivers licenses.Let's step back for a minute to review...

Doctors in Missouri do not always have the right answers when they are asked to diagnose a patient's condition. If the right tests are not performed, a correct diagnosis could elude a patient for months or even years. Patients who are misdiagnosed with conditions that they do not actually have may continue to suffer from their original condition while...

Anyone who watched the recent Women's World Cup games will know that heading is part of the game, and it looks dangerous. Still, the concussions in the study we have been discussing were more likely to be the result of physical contact with another player.FIFA rules limit most forms of physical contact, but heading is allowed. That has prompted...

Missouri residents may want to learn more about how problematic the misdiagnosis of Lyme disease can be. A 2015 study published by LymeDisease.org revealed that over 60 percent of more than 6,000 respondents with the disease claimed that it took up to two years to receive a correct diagnosis for their condition. Less than 25 percent reported receiving...

It is hard not to think about football when the subject of concussions in children's sports comes up. The stories of professional football players, including the tragedy of Kansas City's Jovan Belcher, have been making headlines for the past few years. The players' class action lawsuits have kept Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL in the spotlight, and not...

We are continuing our discussion of the flashy dashboard displays that are appearing in more and more vehicles. Are they necessary tools or just another distraction for drivers?There are few federal regulations related to dashboard displays, though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed voluntary guidelines for manufacturers. For example, the brightness of the display must be adjustable,...

A lot has been written about the dangers of using cellphones while driving. Calling, texting, checking directions -- anything that takes a driver's eyes from the road for more than a second is dangerous. While Missouri has only banned texting for drivers until they turn 21, state lawmakers are aware of the problem: The General Assembly considered a couple...