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Why is distracted driving so dangerous?

It's the responsibility of all motorists in Georgia to ensure the safety of all who share the road. This entails following traffic laws, driving the speed limit, and limiting distractions in your vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains the dangers of distracted driving and what you can do to prevent a serious accident from occurring.

While texting and driving is the most notable example, any activity that takes your attention away from the task at hand counts as a driving distraction. For instance, carrying on a conversation with passengers is considered a distraction, as your mind will not be fully focused on the road. Adjusting your GPS or radio, or eating while driving is also dangerous, particularly because they involve removing your hands from the wheel.

Why Diabetes Drugs Cost So Much--and What Can Be Done About It

Patents and pharmacy benefit managers are part of the reason diabetes medication prices keep going up. Almost everyone seems to agree that prescription drug prices are too high. On Monday, House Democrats announced they have begun an investigation into the pricing practices of the pharmaceutical industry. This came less than a week after Democratic leaders unveiled a multi-pronged legislative effort to reduce drug prices. For his part, President Donald Trump last year introduced his plan to deal with what he called the "unfair practices" of the drug companies. The cost of prescription medication can be burdensome to even people who take drugs occasionally or for short periods of time. The impact, however, can unrelenting for people with diabetes who must take medication every day to keep their disease in check. Here's a look at two of the drugs that can break the bank for people with diabetes and how these medications got to be so expensive.
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Can breast cancer be misdiagnosed by a medical professional?

Breast cancer is an all too common issue that women of every age in Georgia deal with. Regardless of family history, all women should undergo screening for breast cancer at some point in their lives. According to the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition, breast cancer affects more women than any other type of cancer with 1 million who have yet to be diagnosed and 2.3 million who have been. While a diagnosis can be devastating and life-changing, are there times when a medical professional may misdiagnose the condition? The simple answer is yes.

A misdiagnosis can work both ways. First, a doctor may say the cancer is present when it is not, or they may completely miss the cancer altogether. Both can create life-threatening situations that lead to catastrophic injuries. There are times when breast cysts, blocked milk ducts, and fibroadenomas appear like cancer, but a thorough medical evaluation is imperative to determine what the actual condition is.

The Bold Mission Of America's Biopharmaceutical Companies Is To Bring An End To The Burdens Of Disease, In All Its Forms

We are just as committed to making medicines affordable as we are to discovering the treatments and cures that give hope to patients and researchers alike. So that one day, these medical breakthroughs realize their full potential: the ability to save, extend and improve life. For all of us. Read More.

Truckers: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In an effort to curb distracted driving across the United States, the National Safety Council has announced that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This spring, they want drivers to think more about the ramifications of their actions. Police officers may also be on the lookout for distraction to see if they can provide stiffer ramifications for those who can't put the phone down and drive.

The motto that the NSC is using is "just drive." Too often, people try to multitask. They check Facebook notifications or text friends. They take pictures or type an address into Google Maps. They even watch videos and look for new songs to stream over the speakers.

Are there risks associated with c-sections?

As explained by the Mayo Clinic, a cesarean-section is a birthing method where the baby is delivered via an incision into the abdomen and uterus. It's often performed because of complications associated with vaginal delivery, or when a woman is giving birth to multiples. While this procedure is quite common there are still quite a few risks involved, including the following.

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The problem of CLASBIs in Georgia hospitals

A serious injury or illness, among other causes, may lead you to seek medical treatment at a hospital in Georgia. When you go in, you likely expect your condition to improve, not that you might be made sicker. Unfortunately, however, you may contract other ailments, such as central line-associated bloodstream infections.  If proper precautions are taken by health care providers, these types of infections may be preventable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, central lines are a type of catheter that may be placed in your chest, neck or groin. Often used in intensive care units, these lines may be left in place for an extended period in order to administer fluids or medications or to collect blood for testing. Central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLASBIs, may develop if viruses or bacteria enter your bloodstream through the central line.

Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely to Get Sued Again

One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims, and the more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again.Researchers analyzed 10 years of paid malpractice claims using the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal government database that includes 66,426 claims against 54,099 doctors. The study is in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read More

How to Choose the Best Lawyer

How do you choose the best lawyer for your needs? Choosing legal services is like choosing any other product or service: the wise consumer conducts thorough research before making an informed decision. Once you secure several lawyer referrals with expertise in the appropriate practice area, you should carefully research each candidate. Below are five steps to choosing the best lawyer for your legal needs. Read More

What types of tests should you demand for breast problems?

The survival rate for breast cancer is best when a health care specialist identifies the disease in its early stages and enacts treatment as soon as possible. That said, in standard imaging tests, breast cancer does not always look like cancer, and doctors cannot always tell cancerous lumps apart from normal breast tissues or benign cysts. For this reason, if a patient or doctor suspects the presence of breast cancer, the doctor should order as many tests as possible to either rule out the possibility of cancer or to confirm it. If you notice any abnormalities with your breast tissue, talk to your Georgia doctor about which diagnostic tests you need to undergo to receive an accurate diagnosis.     

Though there are dozens of tests health care professionals use to diagnose breast cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends requesting one or all of four types of tests. The first type of test is a breast ultrasound.

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