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New York accident leaves 1 dead and 1 injured

One person was killed and another one injured in Hauppauge on June 19 in a car accident. Suffolk Police report that the accident took place on the Long Island Expressway east of Exit 55 at about 6:10 p.m.

The incident occurred when a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, headed west on the LIE and driven by a 56-year-old Coram man, collided with a 2006 Mini Cooper, driven by a 20-year-old man from College Point, Queens. The Chevrolet then slid off the road into a wooded area and collided with multiple trees.

Pancreatic cancer treatment shows promise

A four-drug combination could help pancreatic cancer patients in New York and elsewhere live longer according to a new study. Experts say the research represents the biggest advancement in the treatment of the disease in 25 years.

Researchers at the Cancer Institute of Lorraine in France found that a chemotherapy treatment called folfirinox was significantly more effective in treating pancreatic cancer patients than the current standard drug, which is called Gemzar. Nearly 40 percent of patients given folfirinox were disease-free an average of three years after treatment. In comparison, only 20 percent of patients who received Gemzar were disease-free after the same period of time. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of folfirinox patients were still living compared with just 50 percent of Gemzar patients. Experts say the results of the study, which involved nearly 500 participants, are "practice-changing." They also say folfirinox will now likely become the standard of care for early-stage pancreatic cancer patients. Folfirinox is already the top treatment for late-stage patients.

How to navigate summer construction in New York

With winter weather preventing any work, summer in upstate New York is the time to complete road construction. While better roads is a desirable result, lane closures, lower speeds and other inconveniences make construction frustrating.

However, construction zones are also dangerous, not only for workers but also for drivers. In 2015, there were nearly 100,000 motor vehicle accidents in work zones, leading to similar rates of property damage, injuries and fatalities as other car crashes, reports the Federal Highway Administration. Most accidents occurred in the daytime during the midweek days and were rear-end collisions. Being aware of these facts can help you stay safe in construction areas this summer.

FMCSA releases report on 2016's fatal truck crashes

The data on fatal large-truck crashes in 2016 has been thoroughly analyzed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and its findings may be of interest to drivers in New York and across the U.S. Fatal crashes with large trucks resulted in 4,317 fatalities in 2016, which is up from 4,094 in 2015. They also involved more large trucks -- 4,213 compared to the previous year's 4,074. In all, the FMCSA noted a 3 percent increase in the number of these crashes.

While there was a 34 percent decrease in fatal truck and bus crashes from 2005 to 2009, the period from 2009 to 2016 saw a 28 percent increase overall. Between 2015 and 2016, the truck involvement rate remained the same -- 1.46 trucks were in fatal accidents for every 100 million miles traveled. However, 2016 saw more registered trucks on the roads; there were 11.5 million, compared to 11.2 the year before. While 61 percent of the fatal crashes took place in rural areas, 27 percent were on interstate highways. Another 15 percent occurred on rural interstate highways. The majority of fatal crashes happened on weekdays between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Patient matching errors the subject of letter to Congress

In 2009, the HITECH Act mandated the use of electronic health records by healthcare organizations. This has given rise to unique issues in patient matching and identification, however, which reportedly result in healthcare organizations losing billions of dollars each year in malpractice claims. In New York and across the U.S., patients have suffered from medication errors, wrong site surgery and other forms of malpractice on account of these issues.

Patient matching errors form the subject of a recent letter sent to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations by a group of 33 stakeholders, including the American Medical Association and the American Health Information Management Association. The letter requests that Congress include in any appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019 language that will help end them.

Summer holidays prove dangerous for drivers

You expect your summer to be full of fun and relaxation as you enjoy the warm weather and time off school or work. You do not think that a weekend holiday trip will be dangerous, yet the summer holidays tend to be the most hazardous for drivers for various reasons.

Understanding why and doing what you can to be safe can help you to have an accident-free season. 

Study finds condition causing vision loss often goes undiagnosed

Many New York residents are aware that their vision may decline as they age. To prevent this, many people regularly visit eye doctors or other trained eye care professionals to ensure that their eyes are still healthy. However, a study published in JAMA Opthalmology found that some eye care professionals were failing to diagnose a serious eye degeneration condition.

According to the results of the study, 25 percent of 644 patients who had previously undergone dilated eye exams were found to show signs of age-related macular degeneration. Researchers determined that about 30 percent of the cases that went undiagnosed could have benefited from nutritional supplementation. However, researchers were concerned that the condition could become more prevalent as the baby boomer population becomes older.

New York senator pushing for stricter construction safety laws

As a result of a fatal accident in Manhattan in 2015, a 22-year-old man was buried in a trench that had not been reinforced. The man's construction company was being convicted of manslaughter as well as negligent homicide.

In response to this, Senator Jose Peralta is working to get a straight up or down vote on Carlos' Law, named after the worker who died. Officially known as S.4373B, this law would lead to increased fines and penalties for developers who ignore safety protocols and thus directly contribute to the injury or death of a construction worker.

Is having ADHD a driving liability?

If you suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you are not alone. Many New York motorists have the condition. It is incurable, though it can be safely managed with medications, therapy and other treatments. Many diagnosed individuals rely on medications to manage their symptoms. However, there are many individuals who forgo treatment or do not know they suffer from it. 

The symptoms of ADHD can affect a person's driving performance, increasing the chances of them crashing their vehicles and hurting themselves and others. The condition interferes with the ability to focus and remember things, and it increases impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Because there are many diagnosed and undiagnosed ADHD motorists, take some time to learn how the condition affects road safety. 

Drowsiness a hazard in the rideshare industry

Drowsy driving has long been a public safety issue in New York and the rest of the nation. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 328,000 annual crashes occur in the U.S. due to drowsy driving; 109,000 of those crashes result in injuries and 6,400 involve a fatality. Drowsy driving has become so widespread that the National Transportation Safety Board has included "reduce fatigue-related accidents" in its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List of life-saving changes.

The ridesharing industry is especially prone to drowsy driving for several reasons. Drivers in this industry often work at night and during long periods of wakefulness, increasing their drowsiness. They may feel compelled to work even when they are sleepy because of low fare and a lack of safety incentives. Since many rideshare drivers are independent contractors, they are not screened for conditions that could influence their performance like obstructive sleep apnea.

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