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What can (and cannot) prevent drowsy driving?

Did you know that driving while drowsy can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated? Despite this fact, reports estimate than roughly 33 percent of drivers have driven when they were extremely tired in the previous month.

Unfortunately, drowsy driving is more common than it should be. However, every driver can take steps to avoid the risks of driving while sleepy.

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New law requires hospitals to disclose cost of medical procedures

In the United States, health care prices and costs are not easily understood.

Most patients do not know how much the medical services they are receiving cost. They submit their bills to insurance, pay their co-pay, and receive a bill. There is little attention paid to the actual cost of services or procedures.

But a new law may change that.

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How to deal with an inconsiderate doctor

Visiting the doctor is usually not a pleasant experience. The situation is only made worse when the doctor is unempathetic, confrontational or in a hurry.

One thing patients know is that a doctor’s tone and demeanor matter.

A recent article on HealthLine examines how a doctor’s words and actions affect patients.

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FDA approves device to detect concussions better

After a car accident, fall or collision while playing sports, one of the main concerns victims and medical workers have is whether a person has a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause some brain damage and chemical changes, even when it is minor. As such, properly identifying a concussion as quickly as possible is vital.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device to make concussion detection faster and more accurate. The device is Oculogica’s EyeBox and it could change how, where and when we test for concussions.

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Should pregnant women be included in research studies?

A recent article by NPR detailed the challenges doctors face in treating pregnant women with medical conditions – either pre-existing or pregnancy-related. The effects of certain medications may be unknown or unstudied, so doctors often rely on what they’ve always done.

Pregnant women are not typically involved in medical research studies, due to ethical and safety concerns for both the mother and the fetus. Pregnant women are among what is considered a vulnerable population, and studying them is generally not permitted.

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Changes coming to Ohio Amish country roads

Drivers in and around Cuyahoga county are likely quite familiar with the presence of people in the Amish community. And while Amish and other residents may not occupy a lot of the same spaces together, we do share the roads.

Unfortunately, this is creating some serious – and dangerous – problems for everyone. Across Ohio, there have been 860 fatal crashes involving Amish buggies between 2012-2017. More than 700 people suffered injuries in the accidents. Citing these troubling numbers, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Transportation are partnering to make roads in Amish country safer for everyone.

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Dangerous toys of 2018

Every year, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund publishes a report detailing findings from a survey on toy safety.

This year, the PIRG’s survey included 40 toys. Of those, 15 were found to be potentially unsafe or hazardous due to:

  • Choking hazards
  • Small parts
  • Balloons (which pose the greatest threat of a choking)
  • Magnets (potentially dangerous if swallowed)
  • The presence of boron
  • The presence of lead
  • Being potentially privacy-invasive (in some smart toys or connected toys)

Thousands of new toys are manufactured every year. The PIRG survey only looked at 40 of them. Here are some of the toys that were mentioned in the report:

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Why do doctors give premature babies caffeine?

Premature births are not uncommon in the U.S. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that roughly 1 in 10 babies is born too early. However, that doesn’t mean it is any less frightening or overwhelming for new parents.

Under these circumstances, it can be easy for parents to feel confused and defensive when it comes to the care their baby receives. Because as much as parents want to protect their baby, the care a premature baby receives in a hospital can seem unusual or counterintuitive.

For instance, did you know that doctors often give premature babies caffeine?

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Worldwide traffic safety and roadway accident statistics

We often look at local or national car accident statistics. But worldwide car accident statistics are more difficult to come by.

The World Health Organization recently released information about worldwide traffic-related deaths. This includes car drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. Some of the interesting statistics were:

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