Daily Archives: April 30, 2013

Veterans Face Higher Car Crash Risks

According to research that is beginning to come to light, veterans of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are dramatically more likely to find themselves involved in a serious and potentially fatal car accident. For some veterans, the risk of dying in a fatal car crash is 76 percent higher

Survey Warns Of Unnecessary Delivery Interventions, Part 2

Our last post introduced a survey from Childbirth Connection. Based on responses from 2,400 new mothers, the researchers concluded that far too many doctors are using potentially dangerous intervention procedures that may not be medically necessary. One big concern that emerges from this research is that one unnecessary intervention can

Poor Neurosurgery Outcomes: Malpractice Or Mere Misfortune?

Neurosurgeons are an elite group, featuring some of the most brilliant minds in the medical profession. They are brain surgeons, after all. While intelligence is a definite requirement, neurosurgeons need other important attributes, including a willingness to tackle tough surgeries where a good outcome is unlikely. While self-confidence is crucial

More On Drowsy Driving: FDA Changes Ambien Warnings

One of our posts from last week dealt with new data that show the persistent dangers associated with drowsy driving. Fatigue-related crashes killed at least 11,000 Americans in the last decade. As we discussed in that post, a number of obstacles prevent law enforcement authorities from effectively deterring or reducing

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Improve Patient Safety, Part 2

Last week, we discussed recent evidence that medical malpractice litigation has a consistently positive impact on American healthcare. This post picks up where we left off last time. Another important factor is that doctors and hospitals are using information from lawsuits to identify problem areas in patient safety and make

Drowsy Driving And Motor Vehicle Safety

Federal authorities are warning of a danger that most people have probably experienced at some point in their life: driving while drowsy. Statistics show that many Americans readily admit to coming perilously close to falling asleep behind the wheel. An even more troubling statistic shows that many people actually do


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