Kids in Hot Cars is an Even Bigger Problem in Arizona

The official start of summer signals many things: pools open, vacations with family, and copious amounts of time spent outdoors with friends.  Summer also brings really high temperatures, and if you’re not careful, too much time outside can lead to adverse health effects, like heat stroke. While heat stroke can affect people of all ages, now is an especially important time to remind everyone that it can be really dangerous for children who are left unattended in hot cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there are 37 children every year who die from heat stroke when left…
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Insurers Come Under Fire for Using AI to Deny Claims

Health insurance companies, often criticized for high costs and refusal to cover physician-mandated treatments, now have a new trick up their sleeve. Many insurance providers are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to determine whether medical costs are eligible for coverage. Some insurers have come under fire for using AI to deny medical care to elderly and disabled patients.  One new lawsuit claims that the insurance company UnitedHealthcare illegally denied “elderly patients care owed to them under Medicare Advantage Plans” by deploying an AI model known by the company to have a 90% error rate. These determinations went against the physician’s…
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How Biking Can Improve Arizona Communities Economically

In 1956, the League of American Bicyclists aimed to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage people to go for a spin. Since then, May has been celebrated as National Bike Month! Arizonans already know how great bicycling is! In fact, Visit Arizona says, “With 300-plus days of sunshine and thousands of miles of cycle-friendly roads, Arizona is consistently ranked as a top destination for serious cyclists.” There are many ways to get involved with National Bike Month, including making a commitment to commute during Bike to Work Week, happening on May 13-19. Or choose May 17 to participate…
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Experts Looking for Answers to Rising Traffic Injuries, Deaths

Thanks to advances in safety, auto accidents have trended downward for decades. Road fatalities steadily declined, too. There were more than 50,000 annually in the early 70s and just over 30,000 in recent years.  For 45 years, the U.S. death toll had been going in the right direction.  However, we hit a major roadblock in 2015 when the number of people lost in crashes jumped 7.2% from 2014, the most significant increase in 50 years. More than 44,000 Americans died in traffic crashes in 2023, which was a 13% increase from 2019 until now. Experts are looking for answers as…
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Here’s What You Should Know About Distracted Driving in Arizona

Here’s a sobering reality about driving in 2024: in today’s age of technology, there are more distractions than ever.  So much so that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is a national campaign with a goal to save lives and end distracted driving by raising awareness about the dangers.  While car crashes can happen for a variety of reasons, including unpredictable weather conditions or because of an impaired driver, one of the main culprits that continues to become more common is distracted driving.  If you’re paying more attention to something other than the road, you’re putting passengers, motorists, and…
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