Month: June 2017

How good of a passenger are you in a car?

Summer is the time for road trips -- which means lots of driving with lots of passengers. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to be a good passenger -- and bad passengers can end up distracting the driver and causing an accident. In order to make your next road trip safer, here's how to be the best possible passenger: 1. Help the driver stay off the phone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that texting while driving is a major cause of distracted driving. If you're in the front passenger seat, volunteer to handle any texts that come in if your driver...

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Woman dies from brain-eating amoeba at waterpark

Outdoor water parks and swimming pools are often synonymous with summer fun -- but they're also potential death traps. According to sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the most common illnesses people catch from public swimming pools and water parks is cryptosporidiosis -- a bacteria that can leave the victim with watery diarrhea for as long as three weeks. Outbreaks are particularly common among pools and parks that allow young children, especially those that may not be totally potty-trained. Experts say that even a single accidental mouthful of water...

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What causes a wrong-way highway collision?

Wrong-way driving accidents involve a vehicle that has somehow gotten turned around, moving against the flow of traffic as it enters the highway via an on-ramp or off-ramp -- and they account for about 300 to 400 deaths each year. While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that only about 3 percent of accidents on divided highways are caused by wrong-way drivers. However, those accidents are more likely than not to be serious, if not fatal, because they happen at such a high rate of speed. How does this kind of accident happen? It depends a lot on exactly what caused the...

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Truck accidents and their causes

Let's face it, no one wants to get in an accident with a semi-truck. It's like pitting a toy car against a life-size vehicle. The consequences of such an accident are often life-altering if not fatal. You have experienced the tense situation when driving down the highway, a concrete construction barrier just outside your passenger door and a semi-truck passing on your left. You mentally keep your fingers crossed that he or she does not decide to change lanes or has to swerve into your lane in the next few seconds. It is not possible to avoid every accident, no matter what kind of precaution...

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False fatal diagnoses throw patients into mental agony

What if you were told you had a devastating illness that could only end in death? That was the reality for dozens of patients in Ohio who were told that they were suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Over fifty patients of a "memory loss center" whose director lacked either a license in either medicine or psychology spent agonizing months believing that they would soon succumb to the debilitating effects of dementia and then die. Faced with what they believed was certain death, some left for what they believed would be a final vacation, others quit their jobs and gave away...

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How can you protect yourself against a fatal medication error?

Medical mistakes are responsible for as many as 98,000 deaths in the United States each year -- many of them related to medication errors. Is there any way you can protect yourself against this all-too-common lethal risk? Consider the following defensive actions: 1. Invest in a medical alert bracelet or necklace -- especially if you have drug allergies to commonly administered medications. For example, many ambulances have morphine that they can give to someone who is injured and in a lot of pain -- but if you have morphine allergy, the attempt to help you could accidentally kill you. Make...

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