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February 2018 Archives

Stay informed about immunotherapy side effects

Residents of Illinois who undergo immunotherapy for cancer, especially mesothelioma, should know about the side effects. Since the goal of immunotherapy is to enhance the immune system so that it can fight off cancer cells on its own, the side effects are not as severe as those of chemotherapy, which kills healthy cells that are also rapidly dividing. Patients generally feel like they are fighting the flu.

Marijuana holiday linked to surge in deadly car accidents

Illinois lawmakers may be paying close attention to car accident and marijuana use statistics in states like Colorado and California that have legalized cannabis for recreational use. The opponents of more relaxed marijuana laws often voice concerns about impaired driving and surging traffic accident fatalities, and studies suggest that these arguments have at least some merit. Researchers at the University of British Columbia say that the annual April 20 marijuana 'holiday" may have caused 142 traffic deaths between 1992 and 2016, yet more than half of the cannabis users polled in Colorado in 2016 did not believe that getting behind the wheel after smoking the drug posed a threat to other road users.

Distracted driving can put you at risk of severe injury

No matter how careful you are behind the wheel of your car, you can only reduce your risk of a crash. By choosing not to engage in dangerous behaviors, like drinking and driving or texting while you drive, you do your part to keep the roads safe and comply with the law.

Drowsy drivers the subject of new AAA study

Illinois drivers may be aware of the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving, but another hazard they should know more about is drowsy driving. A 2012 study from JAMA Internal Medicine found that drivers who go without sleep for 20 to 25 hours function in ways that are similar to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.1; the legal limit in the United States is 0.08. In other words, sleepy drivers operate their vehicles like drunk drivers.

Knee surgery patients can be harmed by pain misdiagnosis

People in Illinois who have gone through major knee surgery may have to deal with more than just pain and a complicated recovery. These patients could also face misdiagnoses following unexplained after-surgery pain. The use of older criteria to diagnose complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has led to some knee replacement patients receiving incorrect diagnoses. The issue was recently addressed in a study published in the "Journal of Knee Surgery."