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September 2016 Archives

Complications that could lead to pregnancy-related injuries

Whether it is a woman's first pregnancy or not, there is a lot of preparation that goes into having a baby. And while parents in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation focus on bringing their new bundle of joy home, mothers-to-be need to first focus on maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Because complications can arise during a pregnancy, it is important to have medical professionals check and monitor for any common complications during pregnancy that could result in pregnancy-related injuries to the mother or the newborn.

Uber Rolls Out Fleet of Self-Driving Cars

A fleet of four self-driving cars hit the roads of Pittsburgh on September 14th, 2016, available to only the most loyal Uber customers. Uber is placing two highly trained engineers in the front seats of their autonomous vehicles to manually take over should the car fail. Uber is focused first on mastering the roads of Pittsburgh. "If we really can master driving in Pittsburgh, then we feel strongly that we have a good chance of mastering it in most cities around the world," the leader of Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, Raffi Krikorian, said.

What are the common causes of truck crashes?

Rarely do motorists in Pennsylvania and other states travel on the interstate without any other vehicles present. Even during the late night hours, the chances of sharing the road with a commercial truck, such as a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer truck, are very high. While these massive trucks have the right to be on the road like any other vehicle that is safe for travel, commercial trucks do pose some major risks on the roadway that could cause a truck accident.

Surgeon Blamed for Removing Kidney from Wrong Patient

Health officials are investigating a complaint that a Massachusetts surgeon inadvertently removed a kidney from the wrong patient. The alleged error occurred at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, but the patient's physician, who was not affiliated with the hospital, scheduled the surgery and is most likely at fault. Officials connected with St. Vincent Hospital gave the following statement:

Helping you seek recourses following a medication error

When we are ill, we cannot always rely on over-the-counter medications to heal our ailments. Some injuries or illnesses require the aid of prescription medication to thwart infections, reduce pain or initiate the treatment process. However, in order for these medications to work appropriately for patients in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, a patient must receive the correct medication at the proper time and at the right dose. If a doctor or a nurse fails in this respect, it could lead to serious consequences for the patient.

Car Hits Child Boarding School Bus

On the morning of Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, a 10-year old girl was waiting at her bus stop and ready to go to school. When the bus arrived, her driver stopped and put the flashing lights on. The girl was attempting to cross the street when a car disregarded the flashing lights and the stop arm. The girl was clipped by the car and taken to an area hospital to be treated for her injuries. Thankfully the girl sustained only minor injuries; she was treated and released shortly after admission. The driver of the car was charged with reckless driving. To read more about the accident, click here.

Could Your Phone be Harming Your Health?

On September 7th, 2016, Apple announced the release of its newest product-the iPhone 7. In its announcement, Apple disclosed that the new iPhone will jettison the traditional headphone jack in what some say is an attempt to bring back the Bluetooth headset. Apple also developed a wireless set of headphones called AirPods in conjunction with their newest iPhone, but Apple will still supply a set of wired headphones with its new product. Is Apple a generous company or is there more to the story?

How common are medication mistakes among American patients?

Whether it is temporary due to an illness or an infection or long-term due to a serious disease or long-term condition, most residents in Pennsylvania have been prescribed a medication at one time or another. And while prescription medication can be very resourceful to treat and heal patients, if patients are not properly prescribed or informed of the medication they are prescribed, this could cause serious and even fatal adverse drug events.

Come Off the Field After a Concussion

A recent report published in the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that high school athletes who stayed on the field immediately after suffering a concussion took twice as long to recover as athletes who left the field immediately and did not return to action. The study tracked 69 athletes who reported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program after suffering a blow to the head. The athletes came from a wide variety of sports and ranged from 12 years of age to 19 years. 35 of the athletes were immediately removed from the game after suffering their injury, while the other 34 stayed on the field. The study found that those who stayed in the match after head trauma took an average of 44 days to recover, while those who were immediately pulled from action took an average of 22 days to recover. A New York Times article written by Rachel Peachman elaborates on the findings of the study. Doctors believe that resting in the 24 to 48 hour period after suffering a concussion allows the brain cells to heal faster, thus allowing athletes to get back in action more quickly. Taking precautions immediately after an athlete suffers a concussion is imperative to their safety.

Determining the cause of a birth injury

Bringing new life into the world is a miraculous event. Parents, whether it is their first child or not, enter the child birthing process with much joy and hope in their hearts and minds. A mother and father likely do not want to contemplate any unexpected complications during the labor and delivery process. Even more so, parents do not anticipate that their new bundle of joy will suffer due to a birth injury caused by a negligent doctor.

FDA Says Drug Causes Compulsive Gambling and Sex

A recent FDA report warns consumers of the dangers associated with Aripiprazole, a drug used to treat depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The drug, which goes by the trade names Abilify, Abilify Maintena, and Aristada, can in some cases lead to irresistible urges to gamble, eat, shop, and have sex. Aripiprazole has been prescribed to more than 1.6 million patients over the last 13 years. As of May of 2016, 184 cases of Aripiprazole induced impulse problems had been reported to the FDA, but the agency believes a high number of cases go unreported. Of these 184 reported cases, 164 of them complained of impulsive gambling after consuming the drug. When these patients lowered their dosage or stopped taking Aripiprazole altogether, their impulse problems stopped. Unfortunately, many doctors initially believed that the increase in gambling was a valid reason to increase their patient's dosage of Aripiprazole, making the behavior worse. Read more about the problems associate with Aripiprazole.

Report Finds Child Drownings Down 11 Percent Nationwide

Pool Safely's national public education campaign that works to reduce child (15 and under) drownings in swimming pools and spas appears to be having a positive effect. A recent report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission showed an 11 percent decrease in fatal child swimming pool drownings. To take the pledge and ensure your family is safe in the water this year, visit the Pool Safely website.

Ten percent increase in fatal motorcycle crashes since 2014

As any motorist in Pennsylvania can see, motorcycles are small vehicles that other vehicles will share the road with throughout the year, primarily during the warm months. While any vehicle is susceptible to the dangers and risks existing on the various roads across the nation, motorcycles are small vehicles that are especially susceptible to fatal and serious collisions. Their small size often makes it difficult to spot them or judge the speed of them. Thus, other drivers fail to yield to them, causing a serious or fatal motorcycle crash.

Five People Blinded from Cataract Surgeries

It took only fifteen minutes for the lives of five Massachusetts residents to be turned upside down. The Massachusetts natives were five of forty-five patients scheduled for cataract removal surgery on the same day. Experts characterize cataract removal as a routine procedure - serious injury is rare. Before undergoing the cataract surgery, the five patients underwent an eye block anesthetic, which involves injecting a numbing agent into the eyeball muscles. The patients were discharged and sent home with a patch over their eye after doctors performed what they thought were successful cataract removals. Unfortunately, when the patients presented back to the surgery center the following day and the patch was removed, their vision had been handicapped. Three of the patients were completely blind in the eye that was operated on, and the other two had severely restricted vision. The injuries have shocked eye surgeons across the country, but specialists have concluded that the patients' anesthesiologist probably pierced the retinas of the patients with his needles. The patients are now struggling to adjust to their new lives - several have had to quit their jobs and all are experiencing problems with depth perception and everyday tasks.

What are the long-term effects after a brain injury?

Unfortunately, some Pennsylvania residents suffer major injuries after a serious accident. One organ an accident victim needs to pay special attention to is the brain. A brain injury could severely impact the life of a victim, causing temporary or even permanent impairments and disabilities. Such a condition can make it challenging for an accident victim to return to his or her normal life.

Throw the Talcum Powder Away: Johnson & Johnson Product Liability

In early May, a jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay a surviving South Dakota woman $55 million; the woman claimed that she developed ovarian cancer from repeatedly applying Johnson and Johnson talcum powder to her genital area. This verdict came shortly after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay $72 million dollars to the estate of a woman who succumbed to ovarian cancer. At the moment, there are thousands of lawsuits around the country claiming that applying Johnson and Johnson products to the genital area caused fatal cancer.

Fatal DUI accident in Pittsburgh kills one

Just like the roads in Pittsburgh are filled with various types of vehicles, these vehicles are filled with many types of motorists. Some drivers might be young while others might be elderly, and several drivers might be in route to or from work, school or the store while others might be driving for work. No matter what time of day it is, drivers are on the road for numerous reasons, and while drivers seek to get to and from their destinations safely, this desire does not protect them from a negligent driver.

Expected Increase in Motor Vehicle Accidents this Labor Day Weekend

The first Monday of every September brings with it picnics, parades, a day off, and more importantly a celebration of the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day also brings with it an increase in travel, which unfortunately results in a higher number of traffic related accidents and fatalities. According to Fortune, this Labor Day could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years. Accidents have been on the rise in 2016. There were 9% more fatal motor vehicle accidents from January to June of 2016 than January to June of 2015. Experts attribute this increase to a stronger economy which encourages motorists to drive more, particularly during off days and holiday weekends. The National Safety Council is predicting that 438 people will perish in traffic accidents during Labor Day weekend. Drive smart, defensive, and be aware if you plan to be on the roads.

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