An investigative series by ProPublica and NPR has looked into the problems with the death investigation system in the U.S. One of the issues that the news organizations recently looked into is the marked reduction in how many autopsies get performed in the U.S. these days as opposed to the past and how a lack of routine autopsies can lead to repeated misdiagnosis errors and unchecked medical malpractice.
Many kinds of fatal car accidents have been decreasing in recent years, but it seems that the number of people killed in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles has been on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that significantly more people were injured and killed in pedestrian accidents in 2010 than were injured or killed in 2009.
You have probably heard of the dangers of distracted driving by now, but may not have heard of distracted doctoring. The phenomenon is similar in that a person is distracted from an important primary task at hand by a technological gadget.
The cheer and fun of holiday cocktail parties and end-of-year gatherings also means that the holiday season is a time of increased fatal car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver.
Federal authorities had already identified Borgress Gardens Nursing Home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as having problems. It was ranked lowest among all Michigan nursing homes by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This summer it was placed on the federal Special Focus Facility watch list for troubled nursing homes, after a nursing home resident died and another was injured.
A Philadelphia jury awarded three women $72.6 million in their cases against Pfizer drug company for its marketing of a dangerous drug. Susan Elfont, Bernadette Kalenkoski and Judy Mulderig developed breast cancer after taking the hormone replacement drugs Prempro, Provera and Premarin during menopause. None of the women had a family history of cancer.
Two recent news stories highlighted problems of abuse of developmentally disabled persons in assisted living facilities.
Continuing our look at Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, if your parent or elderly relative has been involved in a car accident - regardless of who was at fault - AND you've seen the signs of problem driving, it's time to talk about whether your loved one should still be behind the wheel.
December 5 through 9 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. It's an excellent time to become aware of the myths and truths about older drivers, and to take an honest look at the challenges older drivers - and their families - face.
The ten largest for-profit nursing home chains operate some 2,000 nursing homes in the United States. In recent years, many of these large chains have been purchased by investment firms. In order to maximize profits, these companies have kept labor costs low, by reducing the number of nursing staff. So what's been the result of this focus on profit?
While funding anti-texting ad campaigns, safe driving music videos and high school driving clinics might make for good public relations, safety advocates are questioning whether Ford, BMW and Chevy are really creating unsafe driving conditions with features in their latest model cars.