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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.

Can strobe lights reduce rear-end truck crash rates?

An Oklahoma-based transportation company, Groendyke Transport, Inc., spent the last few years exploring ways to reduce tanker-truck incident rates. One idea that they came up with was equipping their trucks with relatively inexpensive flashing amber-colored strobe lights. Their fleet's crash rate went down significantly after they did this. The transportation company chronicled their in-house research in a Fleet Owner article on June 1.Company owners have long been disappointed at their crash rates and wanted to find ways to reduce them. They started installing strobe lights on the rear portion of their tanker trucks approximately three years ago. They hoped that this would reduce the number of rear-end crashes that their drivers were having.

Its drivers immediately noticed how motorists were much more responsive to the tankers once they installed the strobe lights. They would slow down faster than they had in the past and even switch lanes to avoid coming close to them.

Truck drivers aren't the only ones susceptible to drowsy driving

Without a doubt, truck drivers do get fatigued after concentrating on controlling a vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds for hours at a time on all kinds of roads, traffic patterns and weather. Just the size of these vehicles may make you wary around them, and when you add in possible errors by the driver, you may pay even closer attention when you must share the roads with them.

However, what alerts you about potential mistakes by drivers of passenger vehicles? Truck drivers are not the only ones whose work and/or lifestyle make them susceptible to drowsy driving. To increase your safety, you will need to maintain the same vigilance you do with 18-wheelers with the other vehicles you share the road with, since you never know who is driving the car, truck or SUV on the road with you, let alone whether he or she slept well last night.

Beware: Your breast implants may be killing you

Breast implants remain one of the most popular forms of elective surgery in the United States despite the many health-related concerns that have emerged regarding them in recent years.

The drug and medical device manufacturer Allergan recalled its texturized breast implants during July 2019 after researchers discovered that they were potentially linked to a rare form of cancer. The implants had been banned since 2018 after researchers made similar discoveries regarding them.

Can vaccines be recalled?

Recalls happen for items such as food products, toys and cars all the time. Medical device or drug recalls for medications are quite common as well. Perhaps even more surprising is that vaccines can even be recalled due to there being a bad lot or batch.

Vaccines are generally recalled by their manufacturers after quality control tests show that there have been some irregularities in some of the vials. Individuals can search the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to see if anyone has reported any potential negative side effects from receiving the same shot.

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