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Death from medical mistakes a serious problem

In the 2018 midterm elections, many voters said that healthcare was their top priority when choosing a candidate. However, neither political party has put forth a plan that would reduce the number of deaths attributable to medical error. According to some reports, death by medical error is the third most likely cause in the United States, and there were probably 500 preventable deaths on election day by itself.

In 2016, a study found that an estimated 250,000 patients die per year because of mistakes made by medical professionals. Mistakes are often made when prescribing or administering medication to patients, and diagnostic errors are also relatively common. Errors related to diagnosing patients has resulted in 4 million serious injuries per year. However, there are ways that medical professionals can improve patient outcomes. For example, using a checklist can reduce errors during a surgical procedure.

3 things besides cellphones that cause distractions while driving

You have likely heard the campaigns about ending distracted driving. Cellphone companies have gotten in on the cause in an effort to force drivers to put down their phones behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that accidents caused by distractions are still rising. In 2016, 3,450 motorists died in accidents due to in-car distractions.

Being distracted behind the wheel is getting easier, and cellphones are not the only culprit. It is a good idea to know what might qualify as a distraction before you find yourself in an accident.

Accidental injuries threaten Americans' lives on the road

People in New York may be surprised to learn that they really do take their lives in their hands when they get behind the wheel. The leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 is accidental injury. In 2016 alone, 61,749 people were killed in unintentional injuries. This is more than twice the number of people in this age group who were killed by both heart disease and cancer combined. While various unintentional injuries can be deadly, motor vehicle accidents and poisonings were the most frequent causes of accidental death.

Ever year, 2 million people are injured and 32,000 people lose their lives in car accidents. Drivers can take steps to make themselves safer on the road, and the first step begins with their own driving practices. This means following safety rules of the road, including abiding by the speed limit. One of the biggest threats to roadway safety that has accompanied the rise of the smartphone is distracted driving.

Advanced driving courses can improve safety of teen drivers

Most New York parents worry about the safety of their teens when they begin driving; young people can be more impulsive than adults and make dangerous driving decisions as a result. Teenagers are also more distracted by cellphones and other gadgets than ever before, which increases the risk of them getting into accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are the top cause of death for U.S. teens between the ages of 15 and 18. Nearly 2,000 teen drivers were involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2015, while another 99,000 were injured. Some common reasons that teen drivers crash include distracted driving, poor decision making, inclement weather and general inexperience operating a vehicle.

3 car accident myths to avoid

A car accident can inflict severe, extensive damage on numerous aspects of one's life. Obtaining legal compensation can mitigate a great deal of that damage, helping you get medical treatments and pay bills when your injuries affect your earning power.

Unfortunately, many people fall into the trap of believing harmful myths that hinder them from pursuing the full extent of potentially available legal recovery. Avoiding the following three pitfalls is important in the aftermath of your accident. 

Molecular profile testing uncovers misdiagnoses of brain tumors

A global study on pediatric brain tumors that involved over 150 institutions revealed that traditional diagnostic methods often produced inaccurate diagnoses. For families in New York with children suffering from brain tumors, the study highlighted the importance of confirming a diagnosis with molecular profile testing.

The test, known specifically as DNA methylation profiling, looks at the molecular content of tumor cells. This analysis uncovers substantial differences among tumors with cells that largely look the same under a microscope. Traditionally, pathologists have arrived at their diagnoses based upon what cells look like, but their mistakes could cause patients to receive the wrong treatments.

Teen drivers and teen passengers can be a fatal combination

Parents of teen drivers in New York should know that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released new research data relating to the dangers faced by young drivers. Its main finding is that teen motorists who drive with teen passengers are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents.

Specifically, the fatality rate increases by 51 percent for all of the vehicle's occupants. Furthermore, the teen driver/passenger mix leads to a 56 percent fatality-rate jump for occupants of other vehicles. Factors like speeding and driving at night also raise the fatality rate. This is important because there were over 1 million crashes involving teen drivers in 2016. More than 3,200 fatalities resulted from those accidents.

ECRI lists top hazards stemming from health technology

The ECRI Institute has released its 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report. Addressing many of the hazards pointed out in the report will be of the highest priority to hospitals and medical centers in New York as it will help reduce the risk for patient injuries and deaths.

Topping the list are cybersecurity attacks where hackers target remote access to healthcare systems. These can render systems inoperative and expose or compromise the patient data that they hold, resulting in possible delays in the delivery of patient care.

Truckers who violate these regulations can cause serious injury

Truckers must follow specific regulations that aim to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of other motorists. When truckers violate these regulations, they can cause very serious accidents that can result in lifelong injuries to other drivers.

The following regulations are some of the most basic ones that truckers need to follow in order to keep our roads safe.

Learn more about LBD

About 1.4 million people in New York and throughout the country experience symptoms related to Lewy body dementia, or LBD. This can lead to problems moving or remembering people or events. However, since it presents symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease, it is not always diagnosed properly. There are many medical professionals who are not even aware that LBD exists. It is believed that a combination of genetic and other factors cause people to develop this condition.

There are several signs that a person has this condition such as changes in behavior or sleep patterns. It is possible that a person who has LBD will start to act out their dreams. It may also be hard for someone with LBD to regulate their blood pressure or control their bowel movements. Other symptoms include a lack of awareness or experiencing hallucinations.

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