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Phone use while driving isn't down, but talking on the phone is

A new study has mixed news regarding cell phone use for drivers on New York roads and across the country. The good news from the study is that drivers are spending less time talking on their phones while driving. Unfortunately, drivers are reportedly spending more time doing other things on their phone.

Property owners may be liable for construction zone injuries

As a major contributor to New York's economy, a healthy and booming construction industry means consistent employment for many of the state's residents. While construction is generally considered to be a dangerous career field, federal and state law and local ordinances require extensive safety measures to be in place on construction projects. Nevertheless, the rate of construction workplace injuries has recently soared. An early 2018 report indicates that the construction industry is on pace to report its highest number of job-related injuries in a decade.

How doctors can prevent medication errors

Every year, roughly 1.3 million people throughout New York and the rest of the U.S. are hurt by preventable medication errors, according to the FDA. The agency annually receives about 100,000 complaints from people suspecting they were the victims of such errors. Medication errors can arise at the prescribing, dispensing and administration stages of providing health care.

ADHD may make distracted driving more likely

New York drivers may be interested to know that according to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents caused 32,744 deaths across the U.S. in 2015. Distracted driving was a factor in 3,477 of those traffic fatalities. One group that may be more susceptible to distraction while driving is people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but research indicates their crash risk is reduced when proper medication is taken.

Stressed surgeons could make more medical mistakes

New York readers may be alarmed to learn that surgeons could be much more likely to make a medical mistake if they suffer stress in the operating room, according to a recent study. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Columbia University, was published in the open access journal BJS Open.

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