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Studies: Testosterone Doesn’t Help Most Men

According to a new group of studies, testosterone therapy may help some men get stronger bones, but it does almost nothing for sexual problems, anemia, and other issues; furthermore, this treatment plan carries serious health risks that can be fatal.

The much-anticipated TTrials surveyed almost 800 men in twelve different locations nationwide. Many men in the group showed significantly higher bone density levels after receiving aggressive testosterone replacement therapy. Many men also reported having more energy, and some findings did indicate elevated hemoglobin levels in these patients, but some professional reviewers questioned the validity of these findings. The studies found no link between testosterone levels and cognition or sex drive, but researchers found a definite link between testosterone and heart problems.

Teenager Dead Following Police Chase

One person is dead in a vehicle crash, and several others seriously injured, after police cornered a 16-year-old driving an allegedly stolen car near Tates Creek in Lexington. Police first spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Richmond Road and Mt. Tabor Road as they attempted to detain the driver for an unspecified traffic violation. Rather than pull over, the driver accelerated down Mt. Tabor in the direction of Richmond Road. Shortly thereafter, the driver, later identified as a 16-year-old male, started driving the wrong way on New Circle Road. After striking a pickup, a third car collided into the wreckage,...

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Drunk Driver Kills Two, Injures Seven

One witness said “total chaos” ensued when a driver under the influence of alcohol and marijuana caused a serious car crash outside two busy Louisville nightclubs.

According to police and witnesses, a 37-year-old male driver struck a parked car near O’Dolly’s and La Movida, and then zoomed into a parking lot full of people mingling outside a taco truck. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, and seven others were rushed to nearby hospitals with serious injuries. Police say that during the investigation, the drivers speech was extremely slurred, he fell asleep several times, and he had a .40 BAC level. He also admitted that he had consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana before driving, according to the arrest affidavit. He now faces various criminal charges.

Ky. Caregiver Faces Serious Abuse Charges

21-year-old Billy Spicer faces multiple criminal charges stemming from nursing home abuse allegations in a Clark County group home.

According to Attorney General Andy Beshear, Mr. Spicer was an overnight caregiver at a facility housing intellectually or developmentally disabled adults. At one point, Mr. Spicer either sealed a resident’s room with duct tape to keep the resident from leaving, or he failed to remove such restraint. A grand jury indicted the man on three counts, and if convicted of all three nursing home abuse charges, Mr. Spicer faces a maximum 15 years in prison. He is currently free after posing a $10,000 bond.

“One of the core missions of my office is to protect Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens from abuse and exploitation – and to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” Mr. Beshear vowed.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Hardin

A deadly pedestrian-auto collision occurred when an onrushing car struck and killed a man as he walked across Highway 68.

The wreck took place near the intersection of Aurora and Highway 68. According to witnesses, the victim’s family, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the victim went for an afternoon walk, and as he crossed the highway, he stepped into the path of a driver on the road, who was eastbound. The driver says that although he saw the pedestrian, he was unable to stop, and the car struck the victim. Both people were rushed to a local hospital, where the pedestrian was subsequently pronounced dead.

The victim may have been wearing headphones at or near the time of the pedestrian-auto collision.

UK Company Hopes To Make Surgical Meshes Obsolete

In a press release, Mediplus says it has developed a “non-surgical alternative” for PoP treatment that avoids “the clinical risks associated with surgical mesh.”

Although they are still legal to use in the United States, surgical meshes were recalled in both Scotland and the UK, because they often cause serious side effects and are not very effective at treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse and other conditions. As opposed to a surgical intervention, Mediplus offers a range of silicone pessaries that lift internal organs to relieve incontinence and other symptoms. Support pessaries, many of which resemble small buttons or pacifiers, are usually ideal for first-time PoP victims.

An estimated 32,000 UK women use pessaries each year.

Fire Truck Causes Serious Car Wreck

When a Lexington Fire Department vehicle made a sudden and unexpected U-turn in traffic, a trailing SUV crashed into the truck, injuring at least one person in a car wreck.

According to witnesses and authorities, the fire truck was running in emergency mode (siren on and lights flashing) near the intersection of Broadway and Judy Lane. When the crew received a dispatch call redirecting the unit to another location, the driver apparently made an unsignaled U-turn to change directions. At that moment, an SUV travelling behind the fire truck could not safely stop, and it smashed into the fire truck. The driver, whose name was not released, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The vehicle was also seriously damaged in the car wreck.

GM Takes Ignition Switch Fight To High Court

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The automaker, which has already paid more than $870 million in out-of-court settlements related to defective ignition switches, wants the Supreme Court to overturn a defective products verdict from a lower appeals court.

Previously, General Motors argued that the “old GM” was liable for damages, and once the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, the “new GM” was a different company and therefore not responsible for previous acts of negligence. However, appeals court judges did not agree, instead ruling that the “new GM” was not substantially different from the “old GM” and company executives knew about the defective products. Undaunted, GM maintains that bankruptcy laws allowed it to shed previous liabilities, and that includes negligence lawsuits.

Unless the Supreme Court overturns the lower court’s verdict, roughly 130 cases will continue to move forward through the system.