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Pennsylvania man loses testicle in wrong-site surgery

A 54-year-old man from Pennsylvania recently won a lawsuit for almost $900,000, after his surgeon removed the wrong part of his body. The man experienced chronic testicular pain for 15 years in his right testicle. Although, the man later believed less invasive options were possible, his doctor suggested performing an operation to remove the man’s right testicle. However, the doctor mistakenly removed the man’s left testicle instead.

Even a BAC under 0.08 percent can lead to drunk driving accidents

Pennsylvania residents may be shocked to hear that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day, nearly 30 people nationwide will lose their lives in an alcohol-related accident. This amounts to one drunk driving death every 53 minutes. While deaths due to drunk driving have been going down over the previous 30 years, people still have a one in three chance of being involved.

Could reducing trucking regulations mean more truck accidents?

Every day, large commercial trucks travel on major roadways throughout Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. While these massive tractor-trailer trucks present many risks to other drivers, federal trucking regulations exist to mitigate these risks. However, with the recent election and the impending change in the nation’s highest political office, it is possible that some of these regulations might be eliminated. While these changes could mean improvements in the trucking industry, they could have unwanted consequences.

What’s the difference between cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy?

Parents-to-be often do not focus on the risks associated with childbirth. Mothers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere may try not to think of the chances their baby could be born with a disability or suffer harm due to a birth injury. However, the unfortunate truth is that birth injuries are possible, and the life of an injured newborn could be greatly altered due to the negligence of a medical professional.

Possibility of computers helping doctors reduce misdiagnoses

It is an uncomfortable feeling — knowing that there is something wrong with your health but fearful of knowing what it is. Residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere rely on medical professionals to not only determine what is wrong with us but also to determine what the best course of treatment is. But a treatment plan is only as good as the diagnosis it is based off of, and when a doctor fails to properly diagnose a patient, he or she could suffer due to the wrong treatment plan and a delayed diagnosis.

Sled Riding Safety

Autumn is upon us and soon the snow will begin falling. Snow brings with it the joy of playing in the snow and sled riding for kids across the country. But sled riding can be a dangerous endeavor for children; according to the most recent statistics, over 50,000 children per year are treated at hospitals due to sled, toboggan, and tube related injuries.