Archives for September 2014

Lawsuit filed in wake of trucking accident involving famous comedian

On June 7, 2014, a limousine carrying famed comedian Tracy Morgan, his close friend and comedian James McNair and several others was rear-ended by a large tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike. Business Week reports that the traumatic collision claimed the life of James McNair and sent a critically injured Morgan to the hospital. After recently being released from physical rehabilitation, … [Read more...]

Despite Nevada law, many drivers still use their cellphone behind the wheel

As of January 1, 2012, Nevada drivers are restricted from physically handling their cellphones or any other electronic devices while operating a vehicle, according to Nevada’s Zero Fatalities campaign. Although people who break this law face strict penalties, including fines and a suspended driver’s license, they continue to talk and text on their cellphones while driving. In fact, distracted … [Read more...]

Nursing home patients often given antipsychotic drugs unnecessarily

When families make the difficult decision to take their elderly loved ones to a nursing home, they expect the homes to provide residents with an environment in which they can enjoy life as much as possible. Despite this expectation, the American Association of Retired People reports that a large number of nursing homes are regularly using antipsychotics on many of their patients despite the … [Read more...]

Many patients in nursing homes given antipsychotic drugs

While some nursing home patients rely on their medications to increase their ability to function, not all senior citizens depend on prescription medications. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states that as a person ages, their tolerance to certain drugs changes, making some medications harmful for the elderly to take. Yet many nursing home residents in Nevada and across the United States are being given … [Read more...]

Taking an active role in one’s health can prevent medical errors

Although many Nevada residents rely on the medical expertise of health care professionals to provide adequate care in their time of need, medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. According to the Journal of Patient Safety, experts estimate that up to 425,000 people die each year as a result of medical errors. Rather than complacently accepting medical treatment and advice, … [Read more...]

Medical mistakes determined third largest cause of death, study says

When patients enter a Las Vegas hospital, they do so with reasonable expectations that they will receive the proper medical care for their conditions. However, new research indicates that a significant number of patients fail to receive even the minimum standard of care in U.S. hospitals, and that lack of care is leading to an epidemic of preventable deaths. According to A New, Evidence-based … [Read more...]

Taking selfies while driving poses unnecessary risks to others

Driving in Las Vegas, like most major U.S. cities, can involve taking some risks. Those risks seem to be increasing over time as social media and smartphones combine to create new avenues in which drivers can become distracted. A rising trend among young social media users involves drivers taking self-portraits, or selfies, with their camera phones and then posting them to the web, all while … [Read more...]

Employers’ responsibility to protect outside workers from heat stroke

The summer months generally bring higher temperatures and increased humidity to Nevada, and the rest of the country. Exposure to the hotter weather and direct sun, in addition to other factors, can cause serious heat illnesses, including heat stroke. The symptoms of this potentially fatal condition include confusion, collapsing, having seizures, ceasing sweating and passing out. For outside … [Read more...]