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Miscommunication between a doctor and patient is one of many factors that can lead to a delayed or missed diagnosis of cancer. In some cases, a doctor may not listen as a patient describes symptoms. In other cases, patients may not communicate with their doctor particular symptoms or health issues they are experiencing because they …

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Roughly one in four adults who participated in a recent Harvard School of Public Health survey said they had been personally impacted by medical errors. “But calls for public action remained clouded by a great deal of public uncertainty” about a variety of matters, the researchers found.   For instance, the survey revealed that many …

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Instead of asking your doctor to assess your risk of skin cancer, you can simply pay between $2 and $5 for an app that will do the same. Does that sound too good to be true? Yes, according to federal regulators. On February 25, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it reached agreements with …

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Drunk driving accidents continue to be a major problem in New York State. According to the most recent statistics available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2013, there were: Additionally, as a result of these crashes: Out of the 11,251 drivers involved in these crashes, 7,898 of them were reportedly driving …

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In recent months, a series of auto crash tests have been conducted to determine whether safety risks are posed by the Trinity ET-Plus guardrail system. As the New York Times reports, the eighth and last in the series of tests by the guardrail’s manufacturer, Texas-based Trinity Industries, Inc., has raised some eyebrows. During the January …

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Modern pharmaceutical drugs have helped to treat and prevent illnesses that, in the past, may have resulted in tens of thousands of deaths or left patients suffering from debilitating physical or mental health conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also played an important role in ensuring that the drugs prescribed to patients …

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Avoiding potential injury on a New York construction site in the winter means more than adding an extra layer of warm clothing. Construction workers and others who work outdoors over the winter months face specific weather-related hazards that can lead to construction accidents. Here are the top five hazards to consider: 1. Cold Stress Cold …

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New research shows that lack of sleep and poor sleep can cause drivers to fall asleep behind the wheel and get into serious and potentially fatal car accidents. Authors of the study published this month by the online research journal PLOS ONE concluded that 6 to 10 percent of motor vehicle accidents are caused by …

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A newly published study explains that a system of waste removal unique to the brain can be damaged by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and leave the victim more susceptible to degenerative brain disease and premature death. It is well-understood that a serious TBI can eventually lead to degenerative brain disease. But a study in the …

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