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CRPS/RSD PART 21: Jennifer Aniston Plays Woman Suffering From Chronic Pain in Movie "Cake"

While the Oscars overlooked Jennifer Aniston's portrayal of a woman suffering with chronic pain in the movie, "Cake," thankfully, Aniston is receiving praise elsewhere and the film is being credited for helping to increase CRPS/RSD awareness. 

Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 18: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William T. Pendleton Named the AMA's 2015 Outstanding Road Rider

Heintz & Becker extends its congratulations and appreciation to Army Staff Sgt. William T. Pendleton of Fort Stewart, Georgia.  Pendleton was recently named the American Motorcyclist Association's (AMA) Outstanding Road Rider for 2015 in recognition of his leadership, uncommon excellence, and dedication to promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.

Please Drive Safely

This past weekend our community saw two more pedestrian and/or bicycle fatalities. A Kentucky man, William J. Ashcroft, and an unnamed woman, were attempting to cross Cortez Road near the Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort on Saturday night when they were struck by a Ford van. 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing Returns with the "Alert Today Florida 300"

As part of its continuing "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be serving as the title sponsor for the 2015 season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. The 120-lap, 300-mile race, will be known as the Alert Today Florida 300 and will ask NASCAR fans to remember that "Safety Doesn't Happen by Accident."

Don't Jeopardize Your Uninsured Motorist Coverage after an Accident

If you are injured or killed in a car accident caused by someone else, then you or the personal representative of your estate will have a legal claim against the at-fault driver or potentially the owner of the vehicle the bad driver was operating. Unfortunately, there is often insufficient liability coverage or other money available to pay all of the damages suffered. Sometimes, the at-fault driver flees the scene and cannot be found or identified. Additionally, they may have only limited liability coverage available. Carrying Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage ("UM Coverage") can protect you in such a circumstance.

Parents: Need to Know Information about New Child Booster Seat Laws

Up until recently the State of Florida allowed the use of ordinary car seat belts for children age 4 and over. However, new regulations contained in Chapter 2014-226 Laws of Florida have just taken effect to require all children to ride in a federally approved child safety seat up until their 6th birthday. Florida's new booster seat law does have some exceptions, including when the driver is not a member of the child's immediate family or when a child is being transported during a medical emergency.

Parents: Need to Know Information about New Child Booster Seat Laws

Up until recently the State of Florida allowed the use of ordinary car seat belts for children age 4 and over. However, new regulations contained in Chapter 2014-226 Laws of Florida have just taken effect to require all children to ride in a federally approved child safety seat up until their 6th birthday. Florida's new booster seat law does have some exceptions, including when the driver is not a member of the child's immediate family or when a child is being transported during a medical emergency.

Rodeo Fans: Don't Miss the SSBR Bull Riding Finals at the Manatee County Fairgrounds on Friday, January 30th and Saturday January 31st, 2015!

Attention all cowboys and cowgirls, for the first time ever, top bull riders from CPBR (Central Bull Riders) the NBR (National Bull Riders) and the SSBR (Southern States Bull Riders) will be competing under one roof at the "ALL Regions Championship" Event on January 30th, and January 31st in 2015, at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto, Florida.

Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 17: Airbag Protection Being Developed for Motorcycle Riders

In a motorcycle crash the only protection a rider has is their helmet and clothing. Unfortunately, the protective clothing that has been historically available for everyday motorcycle riders has only managed to provide minimal protection. For several years now manufacturers of protective clothing have been researching ways to provide more protection to motorcycle riders and are now in the process of transforming their products with state-of-the-art innovations. As a result, in addition to the padded vests and jackets made from super tough materials that have been the staples of the protective clothing market, riders are starting to see vests and jackets that also include protective airbags designed to inflate in a fraction of a second of an impact.

CRPS/RSD PART 20: Winter Cold Can Worsen Chronic Pain

As many as two-thirds of the people who suffer from some form of chronic pain (CRPS/RSD, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.) report that their pain becomes more intense in cold winter weather. The problem is worse for people who live in regions that experience blizzards and extended periods of below freezing temperatures, where winter pain can be excruciating and oftentimes seem intolerable.

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