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Tests for diagnosing bladder cancer and its spread

There are a multitude of tests that are available for finding cancer in Ohio patients and for seeing where if and where it has spread. No test is accurate enough, though, to be able to screen the general population for bladder cancer, so many are diagnosed with it only after they experience symptoms.

For example, patients may detect blood in their urine, in which case they will undergo a urine test. Doctors will check the urine for tumor cells. Patients may also undergo cystoscopy where doctors inspect the bladder with a thin, lighted, flexible tube. No anesthesia is necessary for this procedure.

Fatal crash raises concerns about intersection safety

Some busy Ohio intersections are fairly safe for motorists thanks to either well-coordinated traffic lights or roundabouts that force drivers to go counterclockwise around an island. However, there are some intersections and stretches of road that may present certain driver safety risks. This is believed to be the case in the area where a fatal crash occurred near westbound State Route 32 and Interstate 275. The three-car collision resulted in the death of an 86-year-old woman.

The incident occurred in Union Township, which is about a 100 miles from Columbus. The accident's lone casualty drove her car into the rear part of a vehicle stopped at a red light. The vehicle that was struck then collided into another vehicle. Two passengers were treated for lesser injuries on the scene and two others were treated at a local hospital. The township's police chief said accidents are "not uncommon" at the intersection where this incident occurred.

5 steps after a car accident

Imagine a semitruck slams into the back of your compact Honda while you are stopped at a red light. Even though your vehicle bounces forward into the intersection, you are lucky to survive the collision without any life-threatening injuries. However, you do need to go to the hospital for a strained neck and a broken wrist.

Since the accident was the fault of the semitruck driver, you probably have a viable claim for damages you can make in court. To preserve your legal rights, and increase the chances of success in your personal injury action, it's important that you follow these five steps immediately after the crash:

Escpaed lion kills zoo intern on second week of job

The last thing an Ohio family expects to hear when a young person leaves home to start a new job is that their loved one was killed in a tragic incident only weeks later. Nevertheless, this is the reality that the loved ones of a 22-year-old intern are facing after she was killed by an escaped lion at the zoo where she was working. The woman, a recent graduate of Indiana University, began her job at the North Carolina zoo only two weeks before the incident on Dec. 30, 2018.

The worker was participating in a routine cleaning of an animal facility at the Conservators Center zoo in Burlington, North Carolina. According to the zoo, she was part of a husbandry team working with a professional animal keeper to perform cleaning and maintenance on an enclosure. During the cleaning, the lions were to be kept in a locked space. However, one lion escaped from this area, coming into the enclosure during the cleaning and attacking and killing the intern. After the intern was killed, Caswell County sheriff's deputies shot the lion, killing it.

Dump truck, ready-mix concrete truck crashes continue to rise

Anyone in Ohio who drives a dump truck or ready-mix concrete delivery truck should know about the accident rates just released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Focusing on 2016, the latest year for which they have statistics, the FMCSA has shown that severe accidents involving dump trucks (that is, severe to the point that the truck had to be towed away) went up 9 percent for a total of 8,206.

Tow-away accidents with ready-mix delivery trucks jumped up 9.6 percent to 838. As for accidents that resulted in injuries, dump trucks saw a 2.7 percent increase with 5,483 such cases in 2016, and ready-mix delivery trucks saw a 3.8 percent increase. The latter also experienced a rise from 33 fatal accidents in 2015 to 38 in 2016. Fatal dump truck accidents declined from 369 to 367 in that same period.

Heart disease, cancer and medical mistakes: Top U.S. deaths

If you had to quickly name the leading causes of death in the United States, you'd probably start with cancer. It gets a lot of press. It can be treated but not always cured. We know it's deadly.

Next, maybe you'd settle on heart attacks or simply heart issues in general. You know that America has an obesity epidemic. It stands to reason that heart disease has to be pretty high up on the list.

Proposed bill seeks increased truck regulations

Parents and other safety advocates in Ohio and across the country are concerned that proposed legislation aiming to reduce fatal truck accidents has seen little progress since it was introduced in Congress in 2017. Underride crashes, in which a passenger car slides under the carriage of a large truck or semi-trailer, can be devastating and often fatal. Severe head and neck injuries are common in these types of accidents, even when they occur at low speeds. Protective gear, called underride guards, can reduce the likelihood of a fatal crash.

Federal safety standards already mandate that trucks maintain rear underride guards. In 2011 alone, 260 people were killed in rear-end crashes. This represented 19 percent of all fatalities linked to trucking accidents. However, underride guards are not currently required on the front and sides of trucks. As a result, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the Stop Underrides Act of 2017. In addition to mandating front and side underride guards, the proposed bill would also update standards for the rear guards. It would include the equipment as part of mandatory annual inspections and require the Department of Transportation to review standards every five years.

Why medical record errors occur and why they may not be remedied

Ohio residents and other patients may have the ability to store their medical records electronically. However, it is still possible that errors will be made. In fact, one academic believes that up to 70 percent of patient records have some sort of mistake on them. One woman found out that her records showed she had two children and diabetes; that would have meant having her first child at age 13, but she had never been pregnant before. She found out about the diabetes mistake after being asked about her blood sugar during a doctor's appointment.

While not all errors are extreme, they could still result in a negative outcome for a patient. It is believed that more than 250,000 people die each year as the result of a medical error, and some estimates place the figure at closer to 400,000 annually.

Follow these steps to become a defensive driver

There are safe drivers, reckless drivers and those who lie somewhere in between. You don't have any control over other drivers, but there are always things you can do to enhance your safety and attempt to avoid an accident.

One of the best things you can do is become a defensive driver. Here are five tips that will help you to do just that:

  • Always plan ahead. Think about what you're getting into before you ever put your car in drive. For example, if you know you'll sit in rush hour traffic, prepare your mind accordingly. This will help you make sound decisions when the time comes.
  • Don't lose sight of others. You can't watch everyone all the time, but you should keep a close eye on drivers close to your vehicle. If you spot someone driving in a reckless or aggressive manner, create as much space between your vehicles as possible.
  • Slow down. You shouldn't drive dangerously slow, but you must keep one eye on your speed at all times. There's a speed limit for a reason, and you should follow it.
  • Don't drive aggressively. If other drivers become aggressive, it's easy to fall into the same trap. You may assume you have to do the same in order to protect yourself. This isn't true. You should remain a defensive driver regardless of what's happening around you.
  • Becoming distracted. Being a defensive driver means paying attention to the road at all times. You shouldn't send text messages while you're driving, talk on the phone, eat or drink.

Amazon sued for wrongful death by family of former employee

Amazon is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a former employee. People in Ohio might be interested in the details of the case as it raises issues of employer negligence and discrimination. The complaint alleges that Amazon failed to provide benefits that were mandated by contract, including disability compensation. These failures led to the employee's death, according to the plaintiffs. The employee, who was 53 years old, died of a heart attack.

According to the complaint, the employee worked as a senior human resources business analyst for Amazon beginning in 2015. The next year, the employee disclosed to Amazon that he was HIV positive and had some other medical conditions that required him to change his clothes and use the restroom frequently. The employee asked for a leave of absence based on the short-term disability plan at Amazon. The plan would have entitled the employee to benefits.

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