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May 2016 Archives

Study Finds High Medication Error Rates in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are meant to be a place where you can put your loved one to be safe. You were probably given a wonderful pitch that included a professional staff, nice rooms and the latest technology ? all designed to care for your parent or grandparent. Unfortunately, a study published in the Journal of American Medical Information has found that nursing homes consistently make a significant number of errors related to providing care. This post will break down that study and how it may apply to you.

Xarelto-Defective Drugs Lawsuits

Thousands of lawsuits are now being filed against the manufacturers of the blood thinner, Xarelto. These claims include that patients of Xarelto, have suffered serious injuries and even death as a product of taking the anti-coagulant drug. Specifically, they allege that the side effects of Xarelto include excessive and most importantly, uncontrollable bleeding which they were not sufficiently warned of by the makers of Xarelto. In fact, alarming questions are now being raised about the reliability in critical data of the type of testing that was used that ultimately led to Xarelto being approved for market use.

Car companies volunteer to make smart brakes standard

Brakes are among the most under-appreciated parts of any car. Advertisements and movies always focus on the acceleration and torque, not on the brakes. Luckily, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not neglect brakes in the same way that pop culture does. NHTSA announced a new voluntary initiative to make "smart brakes" on cars an industry standard by 2022. This post will go over this new technology and how it may impact you.

Texting is not the only distraction for drivers

Distractions encompass more than texting or calling. A driver is distracted every time his or her eyes are taken off the road to change the station, "like" a song on Pandora or Spotify or even turn their head during a conversation. Unfortunately, the number of these distractions is set to skyrocket as cars become connected to the "Internet of Things." This article will go over those distractions and how they impact your ability to drive.

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