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Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 19: Special Price Offered for Motorcycle Rider Safety Classes in August at State College of Florida in Bradenton

Attention motorcycle riders: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is offering its Basic Motorcycle Rider 1 class for a special price of $175 for its upcoming 16-hour class that will meet 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, August 12-13, 2015 at SCF, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.

FSU Study of Distraction Caused by Cell Phone Alerts Yields "Shocking" Results

"Shocking" is the word used by one of the FSU research coordinators who worked on a study to see how  distracted a person can become when they get a notification on their cell phone.  FSU researchers suspect that upon getting a notification - even if the recipient lets it go and does nothing else - the recipient, knowing that they missed a call or have a text message waiting for them, shifts their attention to what they may have missed and momentarily stops focusing on the task at hand.

CRPS/RSD PART 23: Stronger NSAID Warnings Issued by the FDA Raise Special Concerns to Chronic Pain Sufferers

In our most recent CRPS/RSD post we told our readers about how some pharmacies are refusing to fill valid pain medication prescriptions that chronic pain patients need to control their pain.  With prescription medications becoming more difficult to obtain, many chronic pain sufferers may be resorting to taking large doses of over the counter NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in an attempt to find relief, and in doing so, they may damaging their health and putting themselves at risk for a heart attack, stroke and other complications.   

Distracted Florida Driver Jumps Partially Open Drawbridge!

Palm Beach resident James Montano crashed through the flashing gates and jumped a small gap of an open drawbridge on the Flagler Memorial Bridge in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  After the event he reportedly told a law enforcement officer that he failed to see that the bridge was opening because he had been distracted by his GPS.  No Kidding - it really happened. And there's a video of the whole thing.

Alex Cooks Sr., Founder of Alex's Bar-B-Q and Alex's Xmas for Kids Bike Program Dies after Motorcycle Accident in Tampa

Tampa area restaurant owner and community favorite, Alex Cooks, 49, has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Fletcher Avenue on Monday, June 8, 2015.  Cooks' motorcycle struck another vehicle while Cooks, who was wearing a helmet, exited a supermarket parking lot into oncoming traffic.  As the news of the tragedy has spread, mourners have been leaving items at a growing memorial outside of Cooks' Carrollwood restaurant and posting messages on Alex's BBQ's Facebook page.   

CRPS/RSD PART 22: News Probe Reveals Pharmacies Refusing to Fill Prescriptions for Pain Medication

People suffering from chronic pain with valid prescriptions issued by reputable physicians are being turned away by pharmacies that are refusing to fill their pain medication prescriptions.  Why is this happening and who is responsible?  An in-depth probe aptly named "State of Pain" by Orlando television WESH 2 has reportedly gathered thousands of stories of prescription medication denials, where real people describe themselves as being left in pain and feeling judged,  humiliated, betrayed, appalled and "MAD AS HELL".  The WESH 2 probe has shed light on the magnitude of the problem and has received the attention of the Florida Board of Pharmacy - the state agency responsible for regulating Florida's pharmacists.  

Exploding Takata Airbag Recall Expanded to Historic Proportions - Consumers Anxious and Confused

The ongoing saga involving defective "Takata" airbags has now reached epic proportions as the scope of the recall has been expanded to include 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide.  The announcement of the expanded recall was made on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, after which National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind remarked that "This is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history."

Healthcare Alert: Serious Concerns Being Raised About Quality of Certain Nursing and Medical Assistant Training Programs

We have good news and bad news to share with our readers about the quality of training being received by the Nurses and Medical Assistants we trust with our care.  The good news is that we have Florida's top rated training programs right here in our area: University of Tampa, University of Central Florida and State College of Florida - Bradenton.  The bad news is that there are many training programs out there that are raising serious quality of care concerns.

Free Online Safety Course Credited for Keeping Three Teenagers Safe After Boat Sinks on Tampa Bay

15-year-old Matt Mainzer and a couple teenage friends were out for a fun afternoon on Tampa Bay in Matt's17-foot flats boat in late March when the boat developed a crack in its hull and began sinking.  Fortunately, Matt kept his cool and did what he had been taught to keep himself and his friends safe.  Using a cell phone he kept in a waterproof case, Matt called for help.  He got everyone into their life jackets and the three friends jumped overboard before the boat overturned.  Then he had the group hold on to the overturned hull of the boat until they were rescued unharmed.

Free Online Safety Course Credited for Keeping Three Teenagers Safe After Boat Sinks on Tampa Bay

15-year-old Matt Mainzer and a couple teenage friends were out for a fun afternoon on Tampa Bay in Matt's17-foot flats boat in late March when the boat developed a crack in its hull and began sinking.  Fortunately, Matt kept his cool and did what he had been taught to keep himself and his friends safe.  Using a cell phone he kept in a waterproof case, Matt called for help.  He got everyone into their life jackets and the three friends jumped overboard before the boat overturned.  Then he had the group hold on to the overturned hull of the boat until they were rescued unharmed.

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