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Physician Burnout and Medical Mistakes

A career as a physician can mean long hours, constant stress, and an inordinate amount of time spent performing data entries on medical record systems. All of this, and more, can lead to physician burnout. Nationwide, physician burnout rates keep rising, and it is estimated that as many as 54 percent of doctors are affected. Many place blame on the way medicine is practiced in the United States, with a special emphasis on the clerical demands that require a doctor to spend two hours on the computer for every hour they see patients. To alleviate some of the pressures doctors face, many hospitals have invested in programs they believe could help reduce stress, such as yoga, personal coaching, and more. » Read More

Reducing Birth Injury in Newborns

There are many complications that can harm a newborn during delivery. One of the worst is hypoxia-ischemia, a serious complication that can restrict blood flow, depriving the brain of oxygen. The results can range from mild to serious, from minor learning disabilities to the inability of motor skills, and loss of sight. Hypoxia-ischemia can result in lifelong suffering, but a promising new treatment may help to reduce or prevent this brain injury. A new study was performed on a newborn experimental model brain. The study used standard cooling therapy, or therapeutic hypothermia, combined with a selective Src kinase inhibitor, PP2, which blocks a regulatory enzyme of apoptosis, also known as cell death. Hypoxia-ischemia is known to intensify cell death. An » Read More

Van and Tanker Truck Collision Fatally Injures Man in Mendham

A tanker truck collision caused a man to lose his life on Wednesday morning around 7:50 am. In Mendham, New Jersey, on Route 24, a 28-year-old man from Bergenfield, New Jersey crashed his van into the side of a tanker truck, which led to a fatality for the van driver. The van, which became pinned underneath the truck, was crushed and trapped the man in his vehicle. He succumbed to his fatal injuries at the site of the tanker truck collision. The driver of the other vehicle escaped the accident unscathed, and the contents of the truck remained intact. If a vehicle engages in an accident with a large truck or tractor trailer, the results could be catastrophic. When the » Read More

Schoolchildren at Risk Because of Distracted Drivers

San Francisco analytics company, Zendrive, has analyzed data from almost four million drivers on the road near 75,000 schools. Distracted drivers near schools put children at risk for pedestrian accidents. The results of Zendrive’s study have been compiled into a map that consumers can access online to see which schools received top grades and which ones failed when it came to cellphone use and driving. School Safety Snapshot Zendrive’s technology uses the sensors on a smartphone to capture data about driver behavior. It can detect collisions, aggressive driving, and distracted driving, as well as other patterns of behavior. The study, titled School Safety Snapshot, showed 88 percent of drivers used their phones at some point while driving, and a third » Read More

Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Car in Toms River

A man was fatally struck by a car on Tuesday evening in Toms River, New Jersey. Around 5 pm, the pedestrian accident occurred when the victim stepped out into the road at the intersection of Fischer Boulevard and Fairview Drive near his home, and was hit by a car. Later that evening, the 37-year-old man who was fatally struck succumbed to his fatal injuries at a local hospital. Within the past month, multiple pedestrian accidents have been reported in Central New Jersey, which is becoming a growing cause for concern by both pedestrians and motorists alike. In nearby Lakewood, New Jersey, officials introduced a new safety program last week, which focuses on the number of serious car crashes in the » Read More

Dangerous Drugs

There has been a lot of press coverage recently about opioid addiction and the dangers of prescribed opioids. According to a recent report, the most dangerous prescription drugs on the market right now are anticoagulants, which are also known as blood thinners. These drugs include Xarelto, Pradaxa, and Warfarin, among others, and they are most likely to cause an emergency room visit. All of these drugs use biochemical reactions to prevent blood from clotting. Based on Centers for Disease Control data, there were 22,000 severe injuries, including 3,000 fatalities, related to anticoagulants last year alone. Of those injuries, nearly half required a hospital stay. The numbers could be significantly higher because the Food and Drug Administration only tracks voluntary reports. » Read More

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