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Fatal dog attack in Michigan leads to murder charges for owners

A 46-year-old man who was out for a jog recently was killed by two dogs that attacked and mauled him. The jogger was running down the street when the attack happened, which was witnessed by a person who was mowing his lawn. This witness began approaching the man and the dogs when he saw the 46-year-old was in trouble, but the witness soon realized that he would need something else to affect the situation. He ran back inside and grabbed a gun, eventually making it back to the dog attack where he shot one of the dogs.

Both dogs then ran off. The 46-year-old died from the injuries he sustained in the mauling. The two dogs were captured and have since been euthanized.

Do texting bans work? And what impact do they have on teens?

Many people all across the country may question the effectiveness of texting bans -- and really, it's a fair critique on the surface. You can't drive down the highway for more than ten minutes anymore without seeing a car swerving a bit in their lane. As you pass that car, it's likely you'll see a driver with his or her head down, and his or her face lit up by the light blue glow of a cellphone screen.

However, the data paints a very different picture about texting bans. So how effective are these bans at preventing car accidents? And do they affect any demographics in particular, such as teenagers?

When considering a change in doctors, look at these factors

The care you receive from your doctor obviously depends quite a bit on your doctor's knowledge of the medical field as well as this inherent and learned skills he brings to the table. But there are some other factors that contribute to a doctor's abaility to adequately and efficiently treat his or her patients -- and in some cases, these factors have little to do with medical knowledge.

For example, a disorganized office is a telltale sign that it may be time to change your doctor -- or to continue your search for a new doctor, because this one probably won't help you. A disorganized office may mean that it takes an inordinate amount of time to get a phone call back; that appointments are difficult to sort out or obtain; and that critical information gets lost in the maze of disorganization.

Work accidents are a major cause of brain injuries

It's early in the day and you're just getting into a groove for your work shift. You're walking around the work facility when you see one of your co-workers and you strike up a conversation. While the two of you are talking, another coworker spills some water on the ground a few yards down the hallway. Thinking nothing of it, that coworker moves along.

You finish your conversation and continue walking down the hallway when you come across the spill. You step right in it, fall, and strike your head on the ground. You suffer a brain injury as a result, and as it turns out, you won't be able to work for weeks because of the traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Repeatedly dangerous driver fatally strikes pedestrian

A 26-year-old man struck and killed a pedestrian from Ypsilanti last month, and now the young man faces very serious criminal charges. The 26-year-old has received numerous driving infractions before, including four speeding violations, a DUI and one instance where he failed to stop at a stop sign.

Compounding his mistake, the 26-year-old fled the scene of the accident after he struck the pedestrian in a wheelchair. There is also the possibility that the young man was intoxicated at the time of the crash. If so, he would face much more serious criminal charges. The police drew his blood and are in the process of testing it. However, this can take a long time to complete.

Rabies treatment after dog bite could fall on dog owner

Imagine you are walking down the street one day, minding your own business, when all of a sudden a dog rushes at you and attacks. It wasn't secured to anything, nor was it contained within a fence or some other area. The dog's owner simply had the animal out, free to go wherever it wanted to go.

This dog attacks and bites you, though eventually you and the dog's owner are able to get the animal off of you. The owner apologizes profusely for the incident, but of course that doesn't make everything alright. You are upset and injured, and to cap it all off, the owner tells you that he never took his dog in to a veterinarian to get some shots that would prevent certain serious diseases that dogs can carry, such as rabies.

Fatal wreck on US 23 claims two lives

Two teenagers were killed recently in a car accident on U.S. 23 in Michigan. The wreck involved two vehicles, one of which was a pick-up truck driven by a 19-year-old. That truck swerved across the median and crashed head on into a car. Specifics on the victims were not made clear, but it shouldn't matter -- this is a very unfortunate tragedy that probably shouldn't have happened in the first place.

According to the police, they believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. They can't say it with certainty yet because the blood alcohol test they are running on the suspect will take 30 days to complete.

Hospitals taking measures to reduce medical errors

In response to a medical error report published earlier this year that painted a bleak picture, a new report indicates that hospitals and medical staff members have taken the threat of medical errors to heart and are trying their best to prevent these critical mistakes. The original report found that roughly 325,000 people die every year in the U.S. as a result of medical errors, which makes medical errors one of the leading causes of death.

The new report found that many medical institutions are implementing new strategies to try to reduce these mistakes and improve patient health. For example, a pilot program at Kaiser is experimenting with different colored scrubs that identify staff members who are working on dispensing medication. This will alert other workers not to bother these staffers.

Rollover accident injures 5 people in Michigan

A rollover accident involving two cars in Michigan has left at least five people with injuries, two of which are young children. One of the children is a 3-year-old, while details on the other injured people were not readily available. There was an initial fear that one of the cars might explode, as leaking gas and a fire was spotted. But the fire went out and bystanders were able to help some of the injured people.

It is unclear what condition the injured people are in, but with rollover accidents it is common for people to suffer injuries to their upper body, neck and head. We're not just talking about severe whiplash, though that can certainly occur in a rollover accident. We're talking about traumatic brain injuries, broken vertebrae and severe cuts or bruises to critical areas of the body.

Dog bite case could set precedent soon

While the following story didn't occur here in Michigan, it highlights some very crucial points about dog bites and animal attacks that people from any state should know.

In 2012, a Federal Express delivery woman was approaching a house to drop off a package that a man had ordered. As she walked on the man's driveway, three dogs that he owned began acting aggressively. The FedEx delivery woman purposefully dropped the package on the ground to try to distract the dogs, which could give her the chance to escape. But the ploy didn't work, and the dogs continued to attack her until the owner came outside and took control of his dogs.

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