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New hours of service regulations go into effect on Sept. 29

New U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hours of Service regulations go into effect on Sept. 29. The revision to these rules, which dictate how truckers may lawfully operate their tractor-trailers, will affect how long driving shifts can last and how drivers can take breaks. Federal regulators first imposed these rules as a potential way to reduce truck accidents. Only time will tell how this latest loosening of regulations will impact crash rates.

Starting Sept. 29, truckers will have the option of pausing their 14-hour duty shift for as long as three hours. Tractor-trailer operators will also be able to reduce their 10-hour off-duty period into two separate segments. One of those can now be as short as seven hours. The new 7/3 regulation replaces the 8/2 one that has long been in effect.

Some argue 2019's blood pressure medication recall wasn't serious

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled several Valsartan blood pressure medications from the market in 2019 due to their potential contamination with carcinogenic contaminates N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) and N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Many of these prescription drugs had been on the market for as long as four years when the federal agency discovered the potentially dangerous nitrosamine compound contamination. Medical analysts now looking back on the recall argue that it posed minimal risk to patients.

FDA records show that it's likely that these medications' recall affected as many as one million patients. Even still, researchers at Harvard University suggest that the adverse health risks that patients faced by taking the medication leading up to the discovery are relatively small.

How often drugs recalls happen due to packaging errors

Most patients who take medications realize that no medicines are completely safe. They often have side effects associated with them. There's always the chance of contamination. Both of these factors can result in recalls. Individuals don't often stop to think about how a medication's packaging poses potential dangers as well, though.

Statistics compiled by PharmaceuticalCommerce.com in 2018 captured how there was a 52% uptick in pharmaceutical recalls during the first quarter of 2018. Many of the medications that drug manufacturers or U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulators recalled that year had packaging problems. The use of stock-keeping units (SKUs), implementation of serialization and automation has resulted in a reduction in recalls in recent years. However, there are still some lingering problems.

Drivers relying on pedestrian detection devices can cause crashes

Making your way to a destination on foot may be an almost daily occurrence for you. You enjoy walking for a number of reasons, possibly including saving money on gas and getting important exercise. Of course, as good as walking can be for your health, it can put your safety at risk when you walk on or near roadways.

Though drivers should always remain on the lookout for pedestrians, distraction and general inattention can easily result in a driver not seeing a person on foot. Too many pedestrians find themselves struck by vehicles and suffering serious or even fatal injuries as a result. In efforts to combat the regularity of these accidents, many vehicle manufacturers have started utilizing pedestrian detection systems in vehicles. But do they work?

Why construction zones are hotspots for truck accidents

Construction zones can be dangerous for drivers under the best of circumstances. However, when careless truckers enter the mix, construction areas can become deadly.

Transportation officials often place signs warning motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving in highway work zones. These signs warn of reduced speed limits in these areas and the penalties for not adhering to them.

How can you tell how serious a medical device recall is?

Medical device recalls can happen for a variety of reasons. Although some manufacturers voluntarily recall their products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) often has to issue an order to remove the item from circulation or use.

A voluntary recall occurs when the manufacturer removes the product from the marketplace to correct an alleged violation of FDA regulations. A mandatory device recall is when the federal agency issues a recall order because they believe that it's putting the health of the public at risk. Although this type of event seldom occurs, the FDA does this in instances where the manufacturer fails to voluntarily recall the product themselves.

Why pacemakers malfunction

Pacemakers are supposed to be reliable, life-saving devices. Sometimes, things do not work out that way. Doctors have long looked to pacemakers to help regulate patients' irregular heartbeats and prevent strokes and heart attacks. Doctors often equip patients with pacemakers to minimize their risk of future cardiovascular deterioration. These medical devices usually keep very sick patients alive. They can't afford for them to fail.

There are a variety of reasons why a patient may need a pacemaker. Their heart rate might be too slow. They may have a heart blockage due to the electrical system in the heart not working correctly. They may have suffered heart failure and now have weak or damaged heart muscles. Their heart rate may be too irregular or fast. Other medications and other procedures may not have adequately helped.

Should I take all drug recalls very seriously?

Drug recalls are, sadly, quite common in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) records show that such events occur once a week. It can be downright frightening when it happens to the prescription you are taking, especially if you rely on it to remain alive. You may be wondering what you should do when such an issue occurs.

Not all medication recalls are of equal urgency. Some recalls happen because of labeling issues. However, others occur due to medication mix-ups or because patients have adverse reactions that could be life-threatening.

What are the dangers associated with using bone substitutions?

Countless individuals undergo bone grafts here in the United States every year. While many of the procedures go well, there are a select few that don't, and patients are left worse off than they initially were.

There are a variety of reasons why you may need a bone graft procedure. You may have become injured, received a knee replacement or developed a medical condition like osteonecrosis or cancer. Your impairment may have resulted in a fracture or other weakness that won't quickly heal without you receiving a bone graft. Doctors may suggest harvesting cadaver cartilage to implant in you to promote regrowth. Dental patients may even need a bone substitution to fill in gaps left behind by missing teeth.

Risperdal comes with serious, life-changing risks

Risperdal is a drug that has pros and cons. It is sometimes used to treat severe behavior problems in children. For example, it may be used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism if the children are aggressive or highly irritable. It can be used for psychosis as well.

The drug itself can be a life-saver for some, but it is not without risk. It can have serious, life-changing side effects.

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