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North Carolina school bus crash: 15 kids hurt, none seriously

It is about a three-hour drive east of Charlotte to Benson, North Carolina. Though the town has fewer than 3,500 residents, it boasts two high schools, a pair of middle schools and two elementary schools as well. A school bus on its way to one of the elementary schools was recently in a rear-end collision that resulted in injuries to 15 students.

Social Security Disability backlog now means a nearly 2-year wait

In many ways, they are the people least-equipped to wait for long periods. They are the Americans who are waiting for a hearing their Social Security Disability appeal. According to recent news reports, more than a million people are today waiting to hear the results of their SSDI appeal.

Bad vibrations: preventing hand-arm vibration syndrome

It has been 100 years since it first occurred to doctors to look closely at the reports from certain workers of numbness in their arms and fingers, as well as discoloration. Back in 1918, an occupational physician studied stone cutters who complained of the symptoms.

Social Security Disability benefits to rise 2 percent next year

There is good news today from the Social Security Administration. The federal agency announced that Social Security Disability benefits recipients are to receive a 2 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA). The increase means the average SSDI beneficiary will see their monthly check rise from $1,173 to $1,197.

Take care of yourself if you care for others

Early this year, the Charlotte Business Journal listed the top 10 fastest growing jobs in North Carolina. Five of the 10 were in the health care industry. While health care workers care for others, they are often at risk of contracting illness or sustaining a workplace injury in the course of their demanding jobs.

North Carolina tragedy highlights dangers of teen drivers

It's a little more than an hour's drive northeast of Charlotte to get to the small North Carolina town of Advance. The community is grieving the recent tragic loss of three teenagers killed in a car accident. The 16-year-old boy who was driving tried to pass a pick-up truck on a Davie County road, but crashed into an SUV coming from the opposite direction.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

No matter where you go on planet Earth -- from Charlotte to Cherbourg or from Cape Town to Caracas, October 10th will be World Mental Health Day. Regardless of geography, the objective of the day's observation will be raising awareness of mental illness and the ways in which people can get support.

Flying high over North Carolina highway crashes

Drones can be used to take spectacular aerial video of your vacation spot, wedding or family reunion. The miniature copters have a wide variety of uses in warfare, as flying "scarecrows" used to chase birds from crops, for surveillance of cheating spouses (and others) and much more.

Shifts in teen behavior could reduce drunk driving crashes

Since the dawn of time, older people have bemoaned younger generations. They're irresponsible and reckless, the older folks will complain, and simply not up to the standards set by their elders. That time-honored tradition might not be passed on if results from a new study are accurate.

Life without paid sick leave has added stress

As you probably know, North Carolina law does not require employers to grant to their employees paid sick leave. A recent study published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry shows that workers who do not get receive paid sick leave experience significant stress worrying that if they get sick, they could lose their jobs.

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