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250,000 annual deaths linked to medical mistakes

A recent study has linked 250,000 annual deaths to medical mistakes and errors. It's a stunning number, much higher than many people assume.

In fact, if you look at the official list from the Centers for Disease Control, the only things that rank higher than medical mistakes are cancer and heart disease. Both of them result in about 600,000 annual fatalities. Though the gap between them and medical mistakes is fairly large, that still puts these avoidable errors at third overall.

A concussion is a serious injury that requires medical help

There is never a good time to suffer a blow to the head, as this can result in serious injury, such as a concussion.

There are many types of accidents that can result in a concussion, including but not limited to a motor vehicle crash or slip and fall.

A mom points to Tamiflu as having led her son to commit suicide

The aunt and uncle of 16-year-old Indiana teen boy join masses of other parents in questioning just how safe Tamiflu, the go-to drug for treating symptoms of the flu, is for minor patients.

They allege that their son only decided to take the drug in hopes that he'd able to recover much more quickly from the potentially deadly virus. He was prescribed the drug on a Thursday and immediately took it in the car as soon as he picked it up from the pharmacy that same day.

My Uber or Lyft driver got in an auto accident, what should I do?

Chances are you've probably taken a ride with a ridesharing company, such as Uber or Lyft. Ridesharing is a nice alternative to asking your friends for a ride and can be incredibly convenient if you're planning a night out. While these companies provide a valuable service, what happens when you're in a rideshare vehicle and your driver gets in an accident?

How to deal with a hit and run accident

After a car accident, most drivers usually pull over to the shoulder and exchange insurance with one another. We've covered what to do immediately following a normal accident, but what if the other driver runs from the scene?

What are the primary causes of distracted driving?

In an overall sense, it's easy to understand the risks associated with distracted driving. Even so, some people make the mistake of losing focus when they're behind the wheel.

There are many things that can result in distracted driving, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Daydreaming. Your mind begins to wander as you travel down the road, causing you to pay less attention to the task at hand.
  • Cellphone use. From texting to talking, there are many forms of cellphone use that can distract you.
  • Outside events, objects or people. A common example of this is staring at an accident on the shoulder of the road, as opposed to worrying about controlling your vehicle.
  • Conversing with passengers. It can be difficult to remain focused with other people in your vehicle, especially if they want to talk.
  • Reaching for something in your vehicle. Many accidents occur as drivers attempt to reach for something while driving, such as that piece of fruit that slipped under your seat.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls. From the radio station to the GPS, making adjustments when your car is in motion is a big no-no.
  • Eating or drinking. It's easy to believe you can save time by eating a meal or drinking a beverage in your car, but the practice also increases the likelihood of an accident.

DePuy hip replacement defect: Are you a victim?

If you opt for any type of hip replacement surgery, you expect to feel better after the procedure. Sure, there is a recovery period, but as the days go by, you hope to regain the level of health you've been expecting.

Unfortunately, the DePuy hip replacement could have the opposite effect on your life. Rather than feel better after the surgery, you may realize that something is very wrong.

Drowsy driving is a huge problem in the United States

When you take to the road as a driver, you know that you could run into all types of trouble. From a breakdown to an accident, you never fully know what to expect (even though you're hoping for the best).

Drowsy driving is a huge problem in the United States, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noting that iT is responsible for tens of thousands of accidents every year.

Safety group requests the release of Goodyear tire death records

Representatives with the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have petitioned the Naitonal Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to order Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. to release previously sealed documents. They're hoping that by requesting that the records be made public, it will make it easier for victims affected by their allegedly defective tires to file lawsuits for damages in their products liability cases.

A spokesperson for the nonprofit watchdog group CAS contends that it's his organization's belief that the documents may contain infomration about just how unsafe Goodyear's G 159 tire is. The tire giant has repeatedly countered any request for a release of the records on the grounds that documents allegedly contain trade secrets of theirs.

Defective toys: These tips can help avoid trouble

As a parent, you know one thing to be true: Your children enjoy playing with toys. While there is nothing wrong with this, you also realize that not every toy is as safe as it should be.

For example, defective toys have a way of making their way to market. Despite the best efforts of manufacturers and government agencies, there is no guaranteed way to keep these out of the hands of consumers.

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