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Avoiding an accident this Memorial Day weekend

According to AAA, nearly 42 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is almost five percent more than last year.

More travelers means more drivers on our roads, more people getting to and from the airport – and the potential for more roadway accidents.

What can motorists do to keep themselves safe while traveling this weekend? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

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It’s not just hot air: Tech firm aims to make motorcycles safer

People often associate motorcycles and those who ride them with recklessness and rebellion. Many see it as a risky means of transportation utilized by people who would rather have fun than be safe.

However, motorcyclists value safety just as much as anyone else, and riders typically take whatever precautions they can take to avoid accidents. While bikes may come equipped with fewer safety features that allow them to do this, that is changing as companies work to make motorcycles safer.

Recently, for instance, a German technology firm announced they were working on safety feature for motorcycles that seems almost intergalactic.

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The 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers

Summer is right around the corner. For teens, summer means lots of free time, summer jobs and activities, and spending time with friends. For new teen drivers, summer also means more time to spend behind the wheel.

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting accomplishment for teenagers, but these drivers are the most inexperienced drivers on the road. According to the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, new teenage drivers (16- and 17-year-olds) are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than adult drivers.

Additionally, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees 15 percent more fatal teen car accidents than the rest of the year. This 100-day period is known as the 100 Deadliest Days.

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Falls and the elderly: A troubling issue without an easy solution

When elderly loved ones are in the care of medical professionals, we expect that they will be treated with compassion and dignity. They are, after all, vulnerable and often dependent on nurses, support staff and doctors.

However, while many people receive a standard level of care in a hospital, nursing home or other care facility, many do not. And too often, this leads to serious – and preventable – accidents, including falls.

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Risks associated with stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy is alluring treatment possibility for individuals dealing with a variety of health conditions ranging from orthopedic injuries to cancer. Many of these conditions are not easily treated, so stem cell therapy gives hope to people who believe that their treatment options are limited.

Stem cell therapy involves using the body’s own stem cells for healing. Some therapies, such as bone marrow transplants, involve the use of stem cells and are considered safe and effective and have been around for decades.

But other stem cell therapies are in early, experimental stages.

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Marilena DiSilvio to present at Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting

SAEM18On Friday, May 18, Elk & Elk Partner Marilena DiSilvio will share her extensive experience in medical malpractice and health care law during a medicolegal simulation at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Meeting.

DiSilvio will be joined by Dr. Michael Smith in their presentation of “Watch a Doctor Get Sued: A Live Medicolegal Simulation.” Smith serves as Director of the Ochsner Simulation Center and an Associate Professor at University of Queensland’s Ochsner Clinical School. Continue reading “Marilena DiSilvio to present at Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting”

The 12 most dangerous companies for workers

No job is 100 percent safe: An accident at work can happen when you least expect it. And there are many jobs that are inherently dangerous. More than 20 percent of all worker deaths in 2016, for example, occurred in construction-related positions.

But there are some specific companies that are notorious for being dangerous places to work.

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Recommendations aim to improve medical care for new mothers

Having a baby is an exciting – albeit, frightening – experience for many women. It is typically the most important event in a mother’s life, and it is crucial that she receives the care and medical attention to ensure the labor and delivery goes as smoothly as possible.

Unfortunately, for many mothers, the attention to their well-being drops off considerably after the baby is born. According to this recent report from NPR, new mothers typically go months without a doctor visit after having a child. This is far from ideal, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the group is recommending changes to address that.

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Before you commit: Two things to consider when choosing a doctor

Finding a good doctor can be an exercise in patience — no pun intended. Numerous websites tout reviews of doctors or include patient testimonials, but these sites rarely give you a full picture of a medical practice or individual.

In fact, two of the most useful factors to look for while researching physicians rarely show up at all:

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