February 2019 Archives

Study finds some car crashes caused by opioids

Drivers who cause fatal two-vehicle accidents in Ohio and around the country are nearly twice as likely to have opioids in their system as drivers who are not at fault.. A study that came to this conclusion was published in JAMA Network Open in February.

College students and car accidents: A serious risk

Parents often worry when their children go off to college. Will they be able to make it on their own? Will they do well in school? Will they make friends? There are a lot of questions when a child that the parent remembers taking home from the hospital as a baby is finally ready to head off on their own.

Study shows how MS is often misdiagnosed

A recently published study has found that the misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis is not uncommon at two MS-specializing centers. Patients across Ohio will want to know what the researchers found since the trend that was revealed could affect them, too. The study was conducted by a clinical team at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and the two centers in question were at Cedars-Sinai and at UCLA.

Winter safety tips for truckers

Winter conditions pose a serious challenge to commercial truckers in Ohio and across the U.S., so it would be a good idea to consider a few tips. One is to slow down, even traveling below the speed limit if necessary. At the same time, truckers should maintain a buffer zone from the vehicle in front since snow and ice increase a truck's stopping distance. Always avoid getting into packs on the highway.

The rise in big rig crash fatalities

Drivers in Ohio may be interested to know that federal crash data analyzed by Road Safe America showed that from 2009 to 2017, 44 states experienced increases in big-rig truck crash fatalities. During that time period, 35,882 people lost their lives in crashes involving large trucks. According to the co-founder of the non-profit organization, the fatalities could have been prevented if there had been laws in place requiring the use of automatic emergency braking technologies and existing speed limiting.

When is birth trauma a type of medical malpractice?

Most births in the United States are routine procedures, where both the child and mother are healthy without experiencing complications. However, some situations increase the likelihood of a traumatic birth. A traumatic birth can lead to injuries to the baby. The baby may experience broken bones, bruising or swelling of the scalp. Oxygen deprivation, in particular, can lead to very severe issues for the infant, and can cause seizures, blindness or learning difficulties.

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