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January 2017 Archives

Police have few options when marijuana impairment is suspected

Arizona residents voted narrowly in November 2016 to defeat a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana use in the state. When the final votes were counted, law enforcement officers across the state may have let out a sigh of relief. Some fear that legal recreational marijuana would lead to a surge in the number of impaired drivers on Arizona roads, and law enforcement has little in the way of effective tools to counter this perceived threat.

What do you not have to do at a DUI stop?

In today's emotionally charged dealings with police, cooperation is absolutely essential to your safety and future. However, that does not mean you have to allow an officer to subject you to anything incriminating or illegal. You have the right to fair treatment. What you do when you are pulled over for drunk driving can greatly affect the proceedings of your case, so be prepared and learn the best way to act to avoid making your DUI charge harder to fight.

Motorcyle accident lawsuits in Arizona

Motorcyclists in Arizona and around the country may enjoy the freedom and sense of adventure that comes with traveling on two wheels, but they are also far more likely to be killed or injured in a crash than car, pickup truck or SUV drivers. Motorcycle helmets and protective gear have improved greatly, but not much can be done to circumvent the laws of physics.

Auto-brewery syndrome could be responsible for your DUI

For many people, avoiding drunk driving means being careful about how much alcohol they consume. However, those with auto-brewery syndrome have found that they can become drunk simply from the foods they eat. What sounds like science fiction is being proved an actual condition and is slowly gaining more publicity. Since most people do not realize that they have it until they are cited for drunk driving, the exact number of sufferers is still unknown. If you have been charged with a DUI, take a look at what happens with this condition to determine whether it may be to blame.

Green Bay receiver facing marijuana charges

Arizona NFL fans may be familiar with Geronimo Allison, a rookie for the Packers who has shown strength as a receiver this year. According to news sources, Allison is facing charges of marijuana possession in Wisconsin following a traffic stop. The stop took place on Sept. 4, 2016, and the charges were filed on Dec. 15, 2016.

Mother sues hospital over daughter's tonsillitis death

Arizona residents may be familiar with a surgical procedure called tonsillectomy, a common operation that's often performed on children to treat tonsillitis or breathing problems that are associated with sleep disorders. Every year, doctors in the United States perform about 530,000 tonsillectomies. On Dec. 8, a 9-year-old girl in Detroit died after undergoing what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.

Study shows RNs improve drug safety at nursing homes

Nursing home residents in Arizona are often prescribed multiple medications. For patient safety, it is critical that nursing home workers review the medications that patients are taking in order to prevent adverse drug events. This review process, referred to as medication reconciliation, may be done best by a registered nurse.

What to do if you slip and fall on someone else's property

Slip-and-fall accidents are common occurrences in Glendale. Many people believe that these incidents are a direct consequence of their own clumsiness or inattentiveness. What they fail to realize is that many slip-and-fall accidents are the result of someone else's negligence and carelessness, like when you slip and fall in a grocery store on a wet floor that did not have any safety precautions or signs around it.

Understanding the diagnosing of endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition of the female reproduction system in which the endometrium begins to grow outside of the uterus. Arizona women should be aware that identifying endometriosis can be difficult. The symptoms of the condition are inconstant, can vary widely and can be mistaken as symptoms of other types of diseases. This is part of the reason why the condition has a very high rate of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis.

Drunk driving rate hits 13-year low

Arizona readers may be interested to learn that the U.S. drunk driving rate fell to a 13-year low in 2014, according to federal statistics. While the national rate of those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has not dropped significantly in recent years, it has dipped slightly since 2008.

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