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The FDA is slated to overhaul its medical device approval process

On Nov. 26, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they plan to overhaul the vetting system that has been used to approve medical devices for release on the market for the past few decades. The action comes on the heels of reports showing how many previously approved devices have caused consumer injuries.

Once the new process takes effect, a medical device won't be approved simply because it is similar to a previously approved device. It will instead have to undergo clinical testing and additional scrutiny as if it were a device that's never been placed in front of them before.

Wrongful death claim facts you should know before going to court

When you suffered the sudden, unexpected loss of a beloved family member in a fatal Texas car accident, you may have felt like someone had knocked the ground out from underneath your feet. The grieving process for sudden death loss is unique for every person; however, many families find it helpful to attend community groups to share encouragement and support with others who have suffered similar experiences.  

Knowing that your loved one's death was preventable, had it not been for another person's negligent or reckless behavior, can definitely exacerbate your grief and may also spark an intense desire to seek justice on behalf of your deceased family member. Texas law provides recourse for you to do so by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court. Those who do must substantiate their claims by providing evidence that convinces the court that the designated defendant's negligent or reckless actions directly caused the death.

How dangerous are attention deficit disorder drugs?

Have you been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Millions of people have been diagnosed by their doctors with ADHD. The thing is, this medical condition doesn't have a "test," per se. You can't take a blood exam to definitively know if you have this illness. Nevertheless, by asking a few questions, your doctor may decide to prescribe you medicine — a highly addictive drug — to improve your condition.

What's the drug of choice to treat ADHD these days? The extremely dangerous stimulant Ritalin is one of the most popularly prescribed medications for this illness. Somewhere between 4 to 9 percent of children and approximately 4 percent of adults diagnosed with attention deficit disorder are currently taking doctor-prescribed stimulants like Ritalin, which some might refer to as a "speed-like" drug.

Tips to help truck drivers sleep during the day

Truck drivers often have to work non-standard hours, getting up early, staying up late or even driving all night long. They do have to follow regulations about sleep and breaks, though, which may mean they wind up having to sleep during the day to catch up on their rest.

This can be hard to do, but it is crucial to eliminate the risk of dangerous drowsy driving. Here are a few tips from the National Sleep Foundation that may help:

  • Make sure family members know your schedule. It's hard to get to sleep, and it's nearly impossible to get back to sleep if someone wakes you up.
  • Invest in blackout shades. Traditional blinds just do not get the room dark enough, but special blinds can make it as dark as night even at noon.
  • Do not drink too much caffeine. You may feel like you need it during that long drive, but drinking it too close to the end of the shift can keep you awake even when your body is physically exhausted. If you do drink it, pay close attention to when you have it.
  • Do not use a nightcap. Having a drink may help put you to sleep, but it can also disrupt your sleep cycle and make you feel more tired when you wake up. Falling asleep naturally is far more restful.
  • Try to create a schedule so that you can make it a habit. Training your body takes time, but it can help.

All but one-third of truck crashes occur in parking lots

If you were asked to say where you believe that the majority of truck crashes occur, you'd probably say on an interstate. The truth is that nearly two-thirds of truck accidents happen in parking lots though.

Most of these crashes involve truckers colliding with fixed objects. Others occur when truckers attempt to put down or pull up their lift gates or when they attempt to back up toward a dock.

I Have No Thumb but I Must Dial

Picture this: You're adventuring in a remote area of a national park, enjoying the scenery and fresh air, when an unsettling rattling sounds from directly behind you. You freeze for a moment. And then whip around just in time to see the fierce rattlesnake leap up at you. You jump back, but you're too late. The fangs sink into that small, exposed patch of skin between your sock and pants. You kick at it, and it slithers away, but the venom is working its way inside you. You start to feel dizzy as you pull out your phone and dial for help. Your consciousness fades in and out as you lay on the grass. You hear voices and people lift you. A deafening sound. You open your eyes long enough to see the wilderness fly by underneath you. You feel the jostling as you are moved from the helicopter onto a gurney. You finally regain full consciousness and realize you are in a hospital bed.

IVC filters have many complications associated with them

Doctors commonly insert inferior vena cava (IVC) filters into the body's largest vein in order to reduce a patient's risk of developing a blood clot after suffering an injury or having a surgery performed on them. They're used as an alternative to prescription blood thinners for those at risk for either deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE).

Although they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 1979, they carry with them significant risks.

The most dangerous prescription medications are addictive ones

If you were asked why people die from taking prescription drugs, you'd likely say it's because they take them differently from how they're prescribed or take something that was for someone else. That's often not the case though. Many individuals either become injured or die by taking medications exactly as prescribed by their doctors. Those who do either become addicted or have an adverse side effect to them.


Insurance Companies Enter the War on Drugs

The opioid crisis has been grabbing headlines for years as overdoses skyrocket and the victims become move diverse (suburban teens, professionals, otherwise law-abiding citizens). Blame constantly shifts from lawmakers to doctors to pharmacists to manufacturers and to users. The starting point is usually aimed at Purdue Pharmaceuticals who pushed to have pain be the "fifth vital sign" for doctors to better understand a patient's state. And when pain was present, Purdue had the perfect remedy - the new "non-addictive" painkiller, Oxycontin, a time-release version of the opioid oxycodone. Their reasoning behind the non addictiveness was because the drug was released slowly over a period of time, which would deter recreational users while managing the pain of legitimate patients.

Children's Advil Recall

Do you have a children's Advil bottle in your medicine cabinet? Great! Ibuprofen is an excellent pain reliever. Is it four ounces? Ok, pretty standard. Is it...bubble gum flavored? Uh oh. Normally this would be a typical product...perfectly safe at therapeutic doses, but the recent 4 oz bubble gum children's Advil lists the dosages out of whack.

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