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April 2019 Archives

Illinois Patients' Medical Conditions Could Be Misdiagnosed

The failure of mental health practitioners to get a second opinion from a psychiatric specialist or clinic often leads to overdiagnosis, according to a new study performed at John Hopkins University. The study included more than 75 cases that had been referred to the Johns Hopkins Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic between February 2011 and July 2017. In each of those cases, the patient had been diagnosed with schizophrenia by a non-specialty physician.

Car manufacturer aims to stop drunk drivers

One automaker is emphasizing an unusual selling point for its future autonomous technology: the ability to stop drunk drivers. Despite widespread public awareness campaigns and intensified law enforcement activity against driving under the influence, drunk driving continues to pose a major threat on Illinois highways. In 2017 alone, 10,874 people were killed due to drunk drivers, says the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thousands more were injured, often severely.

When is the failure to diagnose preeclampsia medical malpractice?

Pregnancy should be one of the most joyful times of your life. But pregnancy can bring much uncertainty and worry in the form of medical issues and complications. By speaking to your medical provider about the symptoms you are experiencing and the concerns that you have, you should be able to get a swift diagnosis and the appropriate treatment to keep you and your baby healthy.

NSC survey shows driver distraction puts first responders at risk

The National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute conducted a survey to find out just how much of a danger distracted driving can be to first responders. In the first four months of 2019 alone, 16 first responders have been struck and killed by vehicles while helping others. Illinois residents should know that 16 percent of the survey respondents admitted to hitting or almost hitting a first responder or emergency vehicle.

CVSA 72-hour roadcheck scheduled for June

From June 4 to 6, 2019, inspectors with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be stopping CMV drivers in Illinois and across the U.S. as part of the International Roadcheck. This annual inspection spree will consist mostly of Level I inspections, which are the most comprehensive and check for both driver and vehicle compliance.