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Got in a car accident? Avoid these three costly mistakes

A car accident is a surprising event that throws a huge wrench into your life. Suddenly, you need to deal with vehicle damage, personal injuries and insurance communications. The aftermath of a motor vehicle collision can feel overwhelming.

No matter what you are feeling, it is imperative to focus as much as possible. The more diligent you are at completing the right tasks, the faster you may recover medically and financially. Here are some big mistakes to avoid and tips on what to do instead.

Prostate cancer metastasis could be misdiagnosed

A popular PET imaging method for determining what stage of prostate cancer a person is at may not be entirely accurate according to a study that appears in the September issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Some New York men may have undergone prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography imaging, which is used to identify the enzyme PMSA.

While PMSA can indicate that prostate cancer has metastasized, the study found that the enzyme may also be expressive in benign tissue. This could result in the misdiagnosis that the prostate cancer has spread when it has not, and the patient might undergo unnecessary treatment.

Late diagnosis of West Nile causes man to be paralyzed

New York residents should know that West Nile virus, a virus transmitted by mosquito bites, is a serious condition. Those infected by it will typically experience fevers, headaches, body tremors and sleepiness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there is no specific antiviral treatment or vaccine for West Nile, but mild forms of the virus can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications or fever reducers.

In severe cases, victims will require hospitalization and supportive care. For example, West Nile virus could lead to the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. A Nebraska man suffered paralysis and damaged hearing after catching the West Nile virus four years ago. The worst thing about his situation is that it was preventable.

What to know about motor vehicle accidents

No one wants to face the possibility of a motor vehicle accident; however, for many adults, a simple drive home can turn into a drastic nightmare. A motor vehicle accident may include a collision that involves two cars, but pedestrians and cyclists are also at risk when it comes to using the roads.

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can include catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, coma and permanent disabilities. In some cases, rehabilitation may be required for victims involved in such incidences.

6 common causes of car accidents

Car accidents are disturbingly common. In fact, approximately six million car crashes occur every year in the United States. Most motor vehicle collisions are a result of human error. 

Even if you are a careful driver, you cannot be sure other motorists are responsible. Here are some of the most common negligent actions that cause auto collisions:

X-ray developments designed to reduce errors, improve quality

Many people in New York expect to receive an X-ray when they have a potential broken bone or other problems. However, there has been a number of developments in X-ray technology that could substantially change the experience for many patients. X-rays were originally discovered at the end of the 19th century, and since that time, they have been used to see inside the human body, examine luggage contents at airports and even monitor buildings.

X-ray detectors have traditionally been fixed and rigid. However, in the future, these detectors could potentially be printed onto a wide range of surfaces. This means that they could be curved to produce more accurate images of human bodies or large enough to scan shipping containers and trucks as well as suitcases for security. Small X-ray devices also may become available to allow police to assess potential suspicious packages.

Drowsiness: its effect on drivers and its symptoms

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the police report an estimated 100,000 drowsy driving crashes every year in New York and across the U.S. However, a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that the actual number of drowsy driving crashes may be triple that. In other words, drowsiness is a danger to drivers that often goes unrealized and unreported.

Its effect on drivers can be likened to the effect of alcohol. Getting behind the wheel after 20 straight hours of wakefulness can be compared to driving with a .08 BAC, which is the nation's legal limit. Drowsiness is known to make drivers inattentive, slow to react and poor in decision-making ability. It triples the risk for a crash. Over 50 percent of drowsy drivers are those under 25 with college students being especially at risk as they get an estimated six or fewer hours of sleep.

Crash risk goes up for teen drivers once they are licensed

Teen drivers in New York as well as their parents may be surprised by the results of a study conducted by the National Institutes for Health and Virginia Tech University. Researchers analyzed the behavior of 90 teen drivers and measured their risk for crashes and near-misses with other vehicles. That risk was eight times higher in the first three months that teens spent driving alone than in the previous three months they spent with parental supervision.

In other words, licensed teen drivers appear to be more dangerous than those with a learner's permit. Though the participants engaged in unsafe driving behaviors, such as severe turning and harsh braking, these dwindled by the time they received their license even though the crash risk did not change.

Teen drivers are undeniable roadway hazards

If you live in New York and spend time traveling the state’s roadways, you may have personal experience sharing the road with teen drivers. While doing so is an inevitable part of driving, it also poses clear risks. While, through no fault of their own, teen drivers lack experience, many teens also engage in dangerous driving behaviors behind the wheel, and when inexperience and poor decision-making come together, the results can prove deadly.

According to the New York State Department of Health, teen drivers are responsible for an alarming 78 percent of crashes that lead to serious or fatal injuries. Furthermore, about 10 people seek medical treatment at hospitals every day because they are involved in car crashes where teen drivers are at fault.

New technique can detect subtle breast cancer lesions

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in women worldwide. In recent years, doctors in New York and across the U.S. have become quite adept at detecting many forms of the disease. However, some breast tumors have characteristics that make them more difficult to diagnose.

To address the issue, researchers have created a new way to identify these hidden breast cancer lesions. The MAMMA project, which is funded by the European Union, uses intelligent computer software with spatiotemporal descriptors to map the shape and behavior of lesions. Combined with a new computational system called radiomics, the software has been proven to outperform current breast cancer diagnostic techniques, including Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System descriptors.

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