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There are nearly half a million cars in South Florida with faulty airbags from the Japanese airbag maker Takata. According to Florida Senator Bill Nelson, the state has seen the most deaths and injuries in the entire country due to the defective airbags, which may explode due to excessive heat and humidity.

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Time is one of the biggest factors in treating strokes — and a group of South Florida researchers say they’ve found a way to buy stroke patients more time.

If a person has a stroke, the sooner they get treatment, the better their odds are of surviving and of healing without permanent disability. Generally, the thinking has been that patients have a window of no more than six hours for a clot-removal surgery to be effective.

But people don’t always know when they’ve had a stroke — like if it happens while they’re sleeping. And that complicates treatment options. 

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65.

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12/30/14 - Today on Topical Currents we discuss the severity, causes and after-effects of stroke. Stroke affects someone in the US every 45-seconds.  It’s triggered by a sudden change in the brain’s blood circulation. Four out of five families will be impacted in some way by stroke. We’re “at your service” today . . . With experts on-hand. There are stroke warning signs:  including facial changes, numbness, and slurred speech.