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West Bank amputee sues JeffCare, doctor and others

A Jefferson Parish man filed suit against a local doctor after undergoing an amputation below his knee.

The man, a diabetic, sought treatment from Marrero's Jeffcare-West Jefferson in January of last year. His chief complaint was discomfort and pain in his foot, and reported that he informed the physician that he had diabetes. She recommended he seek treatment from a wound care doctor and allegedly told the man his pain was insignificant.

Do you know the facts about seat belts?

It is a proven fact that seat belts save lives. Many lives are lost unnecessarily each year due to improper use of seat belts or foregoing using the safety devices entirely. The African-American community is at high risk of injuries and deaths for failing to use seat belts.

Test your seat belt savvy with the following questions about safety belt usage.

The link between cancer and talcum powder

A substance that was once considered ubiquitous and innocuous is now allegedly a deadly risk factor for mesothelioma, ovarian cancer and gynecological tumors. The product is talcum powder, used on everyone from grandmothers to infants.

But repeated exposure to talc, which is being described as similar to asbestos fibers, may cause granulomatose nodules to form in the lungs. This can cause a fibrosis known as talcosis.

Iota woman dies at scene of motorcycle wreck

An Iota woman who was the passenger on the back of a motorcycle lost her life last week when a car collided with the motorcycle at an intersection.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m., near Eunice at the intersection of State Route 95 and U.S. 190 east. According to the Louisiana State Police, the 38-year-old woman was riding on back of a motorcycle driven by a 51-year-old Eunice man.

Is my driving anxiety related to my car accident?

If you have been injured in an accident, sometimes your injuries go deeper than simply the physical level. A violent accident can lead to future driving anxieties that can hamper daily activities and reduce the quality of your life significantly. Below are some tips to rid your mind of worries and get yourself back behind the wheel.

-- Deep breathing exercises. Taking the time each day to do deep breathing while clearing your mind of all negative images can lower your stress level. As stress raises our risk of anxiety, depression and even deadly strokes, it is time well spent.

What are signs of nursing home abuse and neglect?

When you have a loved one living in a nursing home, it is very important to be an advocate for this person and make sure that he or she is getting the proper care. Below are some possible indications of neglect towards nursing home residents.

-- Decubitus ulcers

Businesses must hire safe drivers for trucks, company cars

Businesses with employees driving company cars and trucks should take every precaution to ensure that the people they place behind the wheel are responsible and safe drivers.

If they don't already, companies should develop guidelines using Motor Vehicle Records to screen all potential drivers. These records indicate the driving history of each licensed individual and are available through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Business owners will need to know the prospective driver's date of birth, driver's license number and home address.

Reopened investigation into Dodge, Jeep sun visors

In the past few years, United States automakers have been in the news for a series of product recalls after multiple cases of malfunctioning vehicles resulted in numerous injuries to and even deaths of American consumers.

The most recent case to draw the media's attention involves sun visors on Dodge and Jeep automobiles. The federal government has reopened their investigation into the malfunctioning visors after there were reports of some catching fire. The visors had already been recalled for repairs.

Product recall of all Blue Bell ice cream sold in 23 states

Louisianans love their Blue Bell ice cream that has been a southern staple and cool comfort food to generations who grew up enjoying the sweet treat.

But thanks to a nationwide recall of their whole line of products all the way back to 2010 due to an outbreak of listeria, they will have to forgo their favorite dessert for now.

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