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Nursing home neglect abuses continue

The history of almshouses, charitable housing for the poor, old and distressed, predates the settlement of America. Over the years, conditions in these facilities have been the subject of much debate. With the post-Depression establishment of government-funded social programs and the advent of Medicare and Medicaid, skilled nursing facilities grew exponentially to care for the aging population. Unfortunately, the quality of care in Mississippi nursing homes is not always ideal.

Traffic crashes named the 8th leading cause of death

The World Health Organization has ranked traffic crashes as the No. 8 leading cause of death globally. While drivers in Mississippi can feel confident that road safety laws are adequately protecting them, this is not the case in many countries. The 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released in December by WHO, shows that those in low-income countries are three times more likely to die in a traffic crash than residents in high-income countries.

Side crash injuries 40 percent less severe with external airbags

Mississippi residents who keep up with advances in car safety tech may be aware of external airbags. While other systems that predict crashes will tighten seatbelts or adjust the suspension, the systems linked to external airbags provide a more drastic solution. However, this solution can limit the risks associated with side impact crashes.

Proper safety precautions for driving on wintry roads

Changes in winter weather patterns have meant that even drivers in Mississippi need to be concerned about winter driving. Winter driving brings unique dangers because icy winter conditions can appear out of nowhere. Modern vehicles have been equipped with traction control and other safety features to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians from unforeseen occurrences that can take place during the winter.

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