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December 2018 Archives

Adverse drug events, the world's fourth leading cause of death

Every year across the world, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized for adverse drug events. These refer to any medication-related injury, such as injuries due to allergic reactions, overdoses and medicine errors. New York residents should know that among adults in this country, most ADEs are caused by anticoagulants, antibiotics, diabetes medication and opioids.

Winter driving tips for New Yorkers

New York has one of the lowest rates of child deaths in car accidents, with a rate of 0.067 child car accident deaths out of every 100,000 child residents. The car accident rate typically increases during the winter when there is harsher weather. Snow, ice and water on roadways mean there are more obstacles motorists need to navigate through. Drivers need to be extra careful during this time of year, and all New York drivers need to be aware of these safety tips. 

Safety technologies could cut accident rate

Many New York motorists are excited about the potential for automobile safety technologies that could help to significantly reduce the number of serious accidents. According to an analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the growth of these technologies has the potential to reduce the upward trend in car crashes seen in the past seven years. Since 2011, there has been a 30 percent increase in motor vehicle accidents across the country, but the firm predicts that the rate will shrink significantly over the next 10 years.

Errors in medical records

New York residents should know that a world-leading health IT expert states that an estimated 70 percent of health records have erroneous information. The wrong information contained in health records can result in medical care that is harmful or even fatal for patients.

Seven commonly misdiagnosed conditions among women

The following is an outline of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions among women. Patients in New York are advised to ask for a second opinion when these conditions fail to improve or rather worsen. The first condition is bloating, which has a myriad causes from the menstrual cycle to extreme stress and can be a sign of ovarian cancer or diverticulitis. It can be mild or severe.

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