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Who all is at fault for my car accident?

If you were involved in a serious car accident, you already know that being injured is about more than just physical pain. You have doctor appointments, medical bills, ongoing suffering, lost wages, emotional trauma and so much more on your plate. HoldingĀ the negligentĀ driver responsible is often essential for realizing a full recovery, but there could be somebody else at fault.

You can potentially hold the owner of the vehicle vicariously liable for your accident, even if he or she was not the one who was driving at the time. As such, some Pennsylvania employers or vehicle owners are still responsible for the actions of those driving their vehicles.

AAA study shows what vehicle tech is distracting drivers most

Many drivers in Pennsylvania who wish for new technology know that it can bring opportunities for distraction with it. University of Utah researchers have conducted a study for AAA showing that infotainment systems, in particular, are dangerous. They analyzed 30 systems on new 2017 vehicles and found that seven demanded a moderate level of attention, 11 a high level and 12 a very high level.

The participants in the study, aged 21 to 36, were asked to use the various features while driving. Researchers noted how drivers would fail to halt at stop signs, drive way under the posted limit and swerve out of their lanes when distracted by the systems. Even listening to the radio and using voice commands proved to be distracting at some level.

Adverse drug events, and their impact on patients

Pennsylvania residents who take prescribed medications are most likely aware of the danger of adverse drug events. ADEs refer to any medication-related injuries, such as those relating to allergic reactions, overdoses or prescriptions. They are behind 100,000 hospitalization cases and more than 3.5 million physician office visits every year. ADEs also happen to be the fourth leading reason of death in the entire world.

The medication errors that lead to ADEs can be made at any stage, including the prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, adherence and monitoring stages. Doctors are largely to blame for these errors, but patients could compound a mistake. For example, patients may fail to bring up issues out of fear or pay little attention to any but the most severe symptoms.

More and more young people are suffering strokes in the U.S.

An average of 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer from strokes every year, and of those, 10 percent are 45 years and younger. The American Heart Association has found that stroke rates among young patients, which rose between 1995 and 1999, have risen even more dramatically from 2010 to 2014. Pennsylvania residents may wonder what is behind this trend.

One factor is the rise in obesity and other chronic conditions. Plaque can develop in the arteries in the presence of cardiac risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. As it does so, it can periodically rupture and completely obstruct the arteries, causing heart attacks and stroke.

Optic neuritis commonly misdiagnosed, says study

A medical condition called optic neuritis is misdiagnosed at high rates, according to the results of a study of patients referred for treatment from 2014 to 2016. Pennsylvania residents who suffer from medical conditions should be aware of the risks associated with misdiagnoses and the frequency at which they occur. The study in question was of patients at a university clinic in the Midwest, each of whom had been referred for treatment of optic neuritis.

Of the 122 patients whose data was examined, only 49 of them were found to actually have optic neuritis, compared with 73 who got different diagnoses. The study indicated that the most common error leading to a misdiagnosis was a failure to properly consider important parts of the patient's history. In some of the cases studied, the misdiagnosis was due in part to the patient having multiple sclerosis, which is frequently associated with optic neuritis.

Study shows how much car crash risk rises with lack of sleep

Pennsylvania residents may not be getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night, and this will negatively affect how they act behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is to blame for an estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., including 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Lack of sleep leads to inattention and impaired judgment.

According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, one in three adult drivers sleep less than seven hours each night. A study published by the SLEEP journal has measured the risk of a car crash among those who sleep six, five or four hours: respectively, it is 1.6, 1.9 and 2.9 times higher than if they got the minimum seven hours. Those who sleep less than four hours are 15.1 times more likely to crash.

Will vocational rehabilitation help you get back to work?

One wrong step, one thoughtless act, one unsteady grip and everything changed. This is how a workplace accident occurs, and you are now struggling to get back on your feet. If you endured a hospital stay, surgery, physical therapy or costly prescriptions, you were likely grateful for the workers' compensation system that provides benefits for injured workers.

At some point in your recovery, you may begin to wonder if you will be ready to get back to the job. However, you have concerns about whether you will be physically able to complete the duties of your position. This is where vocational rehabilitation comes in.

New testing may be necessary for kids with brain tumors

The finding of a brain tumor is frightening for any Pennsylvania patient, but it's particularly difficult if the patient is a child. A parent is placed in the very difficult position of making medical decisions for their son or daughter. The conventional wisdom suggests early detection can provide the best hope for successful treatment. To receive the proper treatment, however, the correct diagnosis must be made. Otherwise, valuable time may be lost.

New cancer research has revealed a flaw in the diagnostic procedure used to determine if children with brain tumors have cancer. The traditional method of diagnosis has been to determine the location of the tumor in the brain and examine a tissue sample under a microscope. However, new methods of molecular testing reveal different forms of cancer can look identical under the microscope but in fact be quite different. Importantly, the different forms of cancer require different treatment options.

The basics of tire maintenance

Pennsylvania drivers know that they have to care for their tires on a regular basis; otherwise, they put themselves and others on the road at risk. The following are the basics of tire maintenance, which drivers can fulfill on their own. It all begins with a tire inspection every month, or every two weeks if owners regularly drive long distances or over uneven roads.

Drivers are to look for any wear and tear, which should be clearly visible. Over-inflated tires will wear out the center because it bulges out, while under-inflated tires sag and cause the edges to wear out sooner. In poorly aligned cars, one side will wear out faster than the other. The second issue to inspect for is shallow tread. Place a quarter upside down into the tread; if the tread does not hide any part of George Washington's head, then it is shallow.

Avoiding pharmacy medication errors

A study published by the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that pharmacy dispensing errors account for roughly 21 percent of all medication errors affecting patients. Medication errors might be more common than Pennsylvania residents might expect, but there are a number of safeguards to protect patients. Pharmacists catch a lot of mistakes that could harm patients, according to a professor at UC San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

There are steps patients can take to make sure they get the right drugs from the pharmacy. Patients should, for example, make sure the information the pharmacy has is accurate and up to date. By verifying date of birth, name and address, the patient and the pharmacist can be sure that the right person is getting the right pills.

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