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1 Dead, 2 Injured in Morganton Work Zone Crash

Author Jarod Cassidy

Two workers were injured and one worker was killed early Friday morning when a pickup plowed into a work crew that was working on a paving project in Morganton, North Carolina.

About the Fatal Morganton Accident

According to WSOC-TV, the incident occurred along Interstate 40 near the Highway 18 interchange around 2 am.

Police state that driver Timothy Robinson veered into a closed lane of traffic and barreled through a section of construction cones before hitting the three workers. One of the workers, Flavio Jaimes, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two other workers were transported to area hospitals. Their condition has not been released.

Work Site Crash Statistics

  • According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, 87,606 crashes in work zones in 2010.
  • Of those crashes:
    • More than 500 were fatal
    • 26,282 resulted in injuries
    • 60,448 resulted in property damage only
  • About 70 percent of road construction site deaths recorded between 2003 and 2007 occurred between the 8 am and 4:59 pm.

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FDA Votes To Change Labels On Testosterone Replacement Products

Author Brigitte Barrera

In a 20 to 1 vote, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory board has decided to alter the labeling on all testosterone replacement products. Current labels were deemed misleading and the products are being misused by the public.

FDA Advisory Board Decision Concerning Testosterone

According to Medscape, the FDA advisory panel was made up of 21 people from the Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.

The combined committes made their decision to change testosterone replacement product labels with the hope of reducing the use of these products for “age-related” hypogonadism. Furthermore, the committee decided that extensive research is needed to determine safety and benefits of said products. 16 voted to approve a study looking into particular aspects for safety purposes, especially cardiovascular disease.

Current Testosterone Labels & Concerns

The current labels have two claims.

First, that the testosterone replacement should be used by men to aid in the treatment of testicular damage resulting from chemotherapy or heavy metals, and congenital or acquired primary hypogonadism; including conditions such as cryptorchidism, Klinefelter's syndrome. This claim was supported by the board.

The second claim can be found on the products as "hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (congenital or acquired): Idiopathic gonadotropin or luteinizing-hormone–releasing (LHRH) deficiency or pituitary-hypothalamic injury from tumors, trauma, or radiation”.

According to the board, the word “idiopathic” is suggesting to men that it helps to regulate low testosterone levels, or low T, due to aging.

From 2009 to 2013, there was a 65% increase in testosterone therapy. 70% of the prescriptions during this 5 year time span were given to men between the ages of 40 to 65.

21% of the men using the products were not tested for low T while 25% were not tested prior to starting treatment.  

About 50% of men on testosterone therapy were diagnosed with hypogonadism.

Dr. Hylton V. Joffe, director of the Division of Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Products at the FDA, did state that the "enefit is unclear in men diagnosed with hypogonadism due to no apparent cause other than older age.” Furthermore, that this was the reason the FDA was concerned that the labeling is not accurate.

In advertisments, the low T products are claiming to improve quality of life and sexual performance; this is speculated as a cause for the testosterone therapy increase, and all companys making this claim have been sent warning letters.

New Testosterone Product Labels

New labeling is still under discussion.

Recommendation of testosterone testing and proper diagnosis along with a list of symptoms is likely to be on the new label.

Testosterone replacement products will have more precise labeling.

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Car Accidents With Multiple Deaths Increasing in Texas

Author Lilibeth Ramirez

An investigation has found the number of Texas auto accidents with at least three deaths has increased since 2010.

Accidents Occuring in Oil and Gas Extraction Areas

According to KWTX, the number of Texas traffic accidents that resulted in three or more fatalities has increased significantly since 2010.

An investigation revealed 72 such accidents occurred in 2010 – as of last year the number has more than doubled to 148.

Most of the fatalities have taken place along roads with significant traffic caused by the oil and gas boom. However, reports from law enforcement do not specify whether the accidents involved oil and gas vehicles.

Studies have also shown oil field workers are who engage in long work shifts as well as lengthy commutes are 8.5 times more likely to die in a car accident than other private employees.

Driving & Sleep-Deprivation

The National Sleep Foundation provided the following information:

  • Every year, an estimated 100,000 police-reported crashes are a direct result of driver fatigue.
  • Sleep deprivation increases the risk of a sleep-related crash; the less people sleep, the greater the risk.
  • Men are more likely to drive while drowsy and are almost twice as likely to fall asleep while driving than women.
  • A study by researchers in Australia showed that being awake for 18 hours produced an impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05, and after 24 hours of .10

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