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August 2017 Archives

Vehicle warning systems save lives

Illinois drivers who use blind spot alerts or lane departure warning systems may be interested to learn that these types of collision avoidance features dramatically reduce the number of car accidents. Despite the obvious benefits, officials with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety say these warning systems have not been widely adopted.

Causes and risks of traumatic brain injury: What you should know

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by anything from a simple fall to a major car accident. In fact, falls attribute to most TBIs that occur, especially for people 75 years of age or older. While this particular demographic often winds up in the hospital after suffering a TBI induced by a fall, the truth is that anyone of any age can suffer from a traumatic brain injury.

COPD can be misdiagnosed due to lack of testing

Hospitalized patients in Illinois and elsewhere may be at risk for misdiagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The symptoms of COPD, especially coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, are shared in common with many other diseases. When COPD is diagnosed without performing a full series of tests, patients could be wrongly diagnosed with COPD and other illnesses of concern could remain undetected.

Side effect information may be flawed

Roughly 40,000 people are killed in Illinois and throughout America each year from medication side effects. While the U.S Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) collects data on side effects, that data may be flawed. For example, there were some reports of side effects that were reported more than once while an actual illness or disease was listed as a side effect.

How attitudes about weight could harm patients

According to a review of previous research published on Aug. 3, fat-shaming can have both mental and physical effects on Illinois residents. This was the conclusion reached by researchers from Connecticut College's Department of Psychology. The research took a look at nearly four dozen earlier studies and took a look at the relationship between a doctor's attitudes toward obesity and patient outcomes.

Car accident increase from 2014 to 2015 was largest in 50 years

A batch of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paints an unsettling picture for road safety, especially in relation to car accidents. According to the 2015 data, 35,092 people died in motor vehicle accidents. That represents a 7.2 percent increase in that statistic when compared to 2014. It also means that roughly 96 people died every day as a result of car accidents, with another 6,700 suffering injuries every day as a result of these wrecks.