We are talking about traffic lights, the cause of more than 10 percent of traffic delays, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. There are certainly environmental risks associated with sitting in traffic -- air pollution, fuel consumption -- but there are safety risks as well. The more people wait, the more likely they are to be impatient when...

Following the discovery that the Walmart truck driver who severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan in 2014 had been awake for 28 hours prior to the accident, more people are taking note of the potential dangers of driving while tired. While researchers with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute observed that the number of overly-sleepy drivers on the road...

According to a new study, an antibiotic used to treat deadly bacterial infections may place patients at a high risk for hearing loss. The medication is frequently given to newborns battling life-threatening infections in Missouri and across the U.S. The study examined the impact of aminoglycoside antibiotics, which are typically used to treat bacteremia, meningitis and respiratory infections in...

As Labor Day approaches, families are getting in their last days at the nation's amusement parks. For some, the visit is a spur-of-the-moment trip down the road. For others, it's a planned vacation, with a few days spent at one park before moving on to the next. And how better to beat the heat than to ride high-speed roller...

Missouri residents may know about malpractice suits that are filed against physicians, hospitals and other health care workers because of reported negligence. Medical errors might cause a worsening of symptoms of the patient or misdiagnosis of a condition. Reportedly, the number of injuries occurring in the health care industry is over 1 million annually, and around 85,000 lawsuits are...

We are discussing the 2015 Boating Statistics and Drownings report published recently by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The report covers 2014 data and breaks down the number of boating crashes in a number of different ways. There were, for example, 179 boating accidents last year, with 14 fatalities and 82 people injured. In spite of last year topping...

A few weeks ago, the Missouri State Highway Patrol published the annual report of boating accidents and drownings. The numbers, from 2014, show some interesting trends and raise a few questions about the risks boaters take.The good news is that fewer people died in boating crashes last year than in 2013. The numbers are low -- 15 deaths down...

Many Missourians love to hunt. And what could be better than enjoying a crisp autumn day outside with nature? As the end of summer nears and fall quickly approaches, it is time to start preparing for hunting season -- specifically, hunting safety.In Missouri, most hunters are required to take a hunter education course from the Missouri Department of Conservation...

Missouri residents who have elderly loved ones in nursing homes may be interested in new standards proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve care patients who are living in those types of facilities and guard against elder abuse. By increasing governmental oversight and requiring training of individuals who care for the elderly in nursing home...

The most common pets in the U.S. are dogs and cats. Because they have been domesticated by breeding and training, most of these animals are safe to be around most of the time. However, serious animal attacks do happen, often because of a negligent pet owner who failed, say, to keep the fence door latched.Other animals belong in the...