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Blog Posts in June, 2012

  • Hotspots For Truck Rollover Accidents In South Florida

    New construction on the Florida Turnpike and I-595 is geared toward reducing the number of truck accidents on South Florida roads . Because of this effort and other programs to promote truck safety in Florida, the overall number of truck rollover accidents has dropped from 708 in 2005 to 296 in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. As part of this effort to improve Florida ...
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  • Avandia And Actos Linked To Vision Loss

    Diabetes drugs Avandia and Actos may cause vision problems as severe as blindness according to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Both have been linked to macular edema, the swelling of the central portion of the retina in individuals with type II diabetes. Both diabetes drugs have been in the news for other serious side effects. Actos has been linked to an increased ...
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  • Despite Fatalities, Pradaxa Manufacturer Seeks Expanded Approval

    Pradaxa is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for stroke-prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Despite reports of over 200 fatalities from the blood thinner with no off switch, Pradaxa manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim is undertaking a study aimed at expanding the approved use of Pradaxa to those who have received mechanical heart valves. The study, Randomized, ...
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  • Medical Mistakes Happen Daily, Cause Quarter Million Fatalities

    By one physician's estimate, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Millions are injured each year by a medical mistake and over 250,000 people die from errors by the medical care team attending to him or her. A recent report detailed ten common medical mistakes that may rise to medical malpractice , including: Mistaken Identity Not all mistakes cause tangible ...
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  • Pradaxa Tops As Cause Of Prescription-Drug Related Deaths

    According to Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit organization, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports that 542 people died in 2011 due, at least in part, to taking the dangerous and defective drug Pradaxa . At over 500 fatalities in one year, the risk of death when taking Pradaxa is higher than all other medications. Only 72 warfarin-related deaths were reported during that ...
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  • Are South Florida Hospitals Safe For Patients?

    Over 400 people die each day because of medical mistakes made in hospitals around the U.S. according to the LeapFrog Group. The voluntary organization's mission is to "trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care." Among other programs, the LeapFrog Group recently launched the Hospital Safety Score website to grade U.S. hospitals and give patients a resource ...
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  • NHTSA Wants All Trucks To Have Electronic Stability Controls

    Research completed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that electronic stability control (ESC) systems can help prevent fatal truck rollover accidents and limit the number of truck crashes caused by a driver's loss of control. The NHTSA estimates that equipping commercial trucks with ESC systems could save more than 50 lives each year, prevent nearly 700 ...
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