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Brain smog: Traffic pollution reduces children's ability to learn in school

3/27/2015 - Living or working in a high-traffic environment does more than make people want to plug their ears or noses; aside from loud highway or airport sounds or the smells of fumes, another detrimental problem has been discovered. Sadly, the problem is a concern for school-age children who may find that traffic-related...

Maryland cops profile gun owners in traffic stops and searches

1/24/2015 - A rising number of gun owners in Maryland believe that law enforcement officers may be singling them out for an inordinate number of traffic stops, thereby infringing on their rights to keep and bear arms, among other constitutional protections. The Washington Times, in a recent report, described...

Air traffic audio reveals likely cause of mysterious U.S. aircraft N900NK that crashed into ocean

9/6/2014 - We've just published air traffic control audio and analysis of what happened to the private turbo prop aircraft that crashed yesterday after the pilot became non-responsive. The transcript of the audio is shown below, and you can hear the full audio in this YouTube video. It's clear from the audio...

Campus police officer shoots, kills 23-year-old honor student after traffic violation

12/15/2013 - Robert Cameron Redus was a well-liked, 23-year-old college student whose life ended in tragedy early Friday morning. Redus died at the hands of an armed campus cop by the name of corporal Christopher Carter. According to San Antonio local KSAT News, Carter emptied his gun into Redus after pulling...

DHS announces plan to illegally scan emails, web traffic for 'homeland security'

3/23/2013 - When the Department of Homeland Security was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, nothing was said - at least publicly - that the newly formed agency would be permitted to operate outside of the confines of the U.S. Constitution. And yet, as time has passed, DHS has become...

Police handcuff innocent drivers at traffic intersection in search of unidentified bank robber, violate constitutional rights

6/7/2012 - If you've ever wondered why organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) exist, you need look no further than an intersection in Aurora, Colo., the latest example of a troubling rise in authoritarianism by adherents to an "us against them" police state mentality. In a case that stretches...

Mindless pedestrians walk right into traffic while texting, talking on cell phones

5/16/2012 - The American people appear to be getting increasingly more unaware of their surroundings, and this is particularly evidenced in the number of pedestrians that are now getting injured or killed as a result of wandering into traffic. A CBS 2 New York report explains how one New Jersey town is actually...

New York cop illegally trespasses private property, arrests woman for filming suspicious traffic stop

6/23/2011 - A young woman from Rochester, NY, is facing criminal charges for allegedly "obstructing governmental administration," after she filmed a suspicious traffic stop taking place in front of her home. Officer Mario Masic from the Rochester Police Department (RPD) illegally approached 28-year-old Emily Good...

Traffic Noise Raises Blood Pressure

12/24/2009 - Living in areas with high traffic noise may lead to higher blood pressure and a concurrently higher risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study conducted by researchers from Lund University Hospital in Sweden and published in the journal Environmental Health. "Road traffic is the most important...

US government report recommends blocking popular websites during pandemic flu outbreak

10/30/2009 - The US government has issued a new report that recommends blocking access to popular websites during a pandemic outbreak in order to preserve internet bandwidth for investors, day traders and securities clearing house operations. The concern is that a pandemic would cause too many people to stay at...

Traffic may Trigger Heart Attacks

3/17/2009 - If you spend time stuck in traffic as you commute to your job, you might want to consider working closer to home or finding an easier route to get to the office. The reason? It could be a way to lower your risk of a heart attack. That's because people who have had heart attacks are likely to have been...

Asthma Risk in Children Raised by Traffic Pollution Exposure of Pregnant Mothers

3/6/2009 - Asthma rates in developed nations are soaring, and it is extremely clear that environmental pollution has a big part to play in the increase. A study recently published in the journal PLoS ONE has revealed that traffic pollution could cause genetic changes in a pregnant woman's womb, raising her child's...

Traffic Pollution Bad for the Heart

2/5/2009 - A study recently conducted in Germany has found that people who lived near traffic had a higher chance of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which in turn increases the risk of heart disease. Details and Findings of Study The study team, led by Dr Barbara Hoffman, who also...

Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Causes Potentially Deadly Traffic Accidents

9/23/2008 - Pfizer's bestselling anti-smoking drug Chantix has been responsible for more than two dozen traffic accidents, due to side effects such as seizures and loss of consciousness, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The institute reviewed the more than 3,000...

Pollutants from interstate traffic can cause long-term damage to kids' lungs

1/29/2007 - A recent study reports that aside from the dangers and noise presented by traffic, there is another reason not to move your family into a home near an interstate: the long-term health of your children. The study, published Jan. 26 in the Lancet, is the result of eight years of research conducted...

European towns do away with traffic signs, restoring freedom and social responsibility to drivers

11/23/2006 - Can you imagine driving without traffic lights to guide you from place to place? Well, several cities in Europe are giving that very notion a try -- and the results are very encouraging. European traffic planners have been dreaming recently about streets free of rules and directives, as they want...

Breast-Cancer Risk Linked to Exposure to Traffic Emissions at Menarche, First Birth (press release)

7/18/2006 - Exposure to carcinogens in traffic emissions at particular lifetime points may increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women who are lifetime nonsmokers, a study by epidemiologists and geographers at the University at Buffalo has found. Their study was conducted among women who lived in...

Welcome to the town of Allopath

6/19/2005 - There once was a town called Allopath. It had many people, streets and cars, but due to budget limitations, there were no stop signs or traffic lights anywhere in Allopath. Not surprisingly, traffic accidents were common. Cars would crash into each other at nearly every intersection. But business...

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