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Stricter Gun Laws Haven’t Made Communities Safer from Mass Shootings

A trauma research team has developed a profile of commonalities among communities where mass shootings have occurred that includes a shortage of mental health professionals, a relative lack of socialization opportunities, higher rates of income inequality, and relatively high housing …

Major Surgey Patients Without Opioids Have Shorter Hospital Stays: Research

Surgeons at an Ohio hospital have developed a treatment protocol that they say sends people home after operations without any opioids to manage their pain, leading to shorter hospital stays. “Over 75 percent of our elective colorectal patients underwent surgery …

New Report Shows California’s Share of Payroll, Workers’ Comp

Californians accounted for 11.9 percent of all jobs covered by workers’ compensation in the U.S. in 2016, 13.9 percent of covered payroll and 19.6 percent of all cash and medical benefits paid for work injuries and illnesses, according to the …

As Tornadoes Shift Eastward, Scientists Explore Why

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why. Tornado activity …

How States Are Battling Distracted Driving

Like many diligent public servants, Georgia state Representative Ed Setzler enjoys crowing about a nice, tidy highway project. In a Sept. 8 Facebook video, the Republican appeared to be doing just that from behind the wheel of a car. This …

UK Businesses Roll Back Investment as Brexit Uncertainty Bites: Survey

Four-fifths of U.K. companies have cut or withheld investment because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit, Britain’s biggest business lobby said. Some 58 percent of businesses have made plans to cut jobs, adjust supply chains, relocate production and services or …

Tired Employees Common in Industries Using Shift Work

More than two-thirds (69 percent) of employees are tired at work, increasing the risk of injuries and incidents on the job, according to the National Safety Council. Many of these fatigued employees work in the construction, transportation, manufacturing and utilities …

National Safety Board Calls for Standards for Drugged Driving Tests

U.S. transportation safety officials are sounding the alarm on drug-impaired driving, calling for state and federal regulators to do more to tackle the growing problem as states grapple with prescription drug abuse and adopt a more permissive stance on marijuana. …

How to Make Self-Driving Cars Safer on Roads with Humans

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress press for removing safety regulations in order to fast-track the introduction of highly automated vehicles, human factors/ergonomics experts are recommending requiring important testing and driver support. The Human Factors and Ergonomics …

P/C Insurers Double Net Income in First Half of Year

U.S. property/casualty insurers saw their net income after taxes more than double to $34 billion in first-half 2018 from $15.5 billion in first-half 2017, with the help of lower catastrophe losses, growing premiums, and an increase in investment income, according …