Image result for elder abuseSeniors may be at a much higher risk of abuse and neglect when they live in for-profit nursing homes, compared to non-profit facilities.

New research published in the Gerontology journal recently indicates that residents of for-profit nursing home receive substandard care compared to residents of non-profit nursing facilities. According to the researchers, their study focused on more than 1,100 residents above the age of 60 who were treated at hospitals for the consequences of poor care between 2007 and 2011. Their study found that patients who were also residents of for –profit nursing homes were more likely to show up at the hospital for treatment of stage 3 and 4 bed sores, dehydration and broken feeding tubes and catheters. Residents of for-profit facilities were also more likely to suffer the consequences of improper or irregular delivery for their medications.

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Image result for concussionWe typically think of college football players or athletes when we think of high rates of brain injury, but head injury rates are high even in the general population.

According to a new study, about 1 out of every 6 adults has suffered a head injury that has resulted in them losing consciousness for at least a few seconds.

The study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that as many as 23 million people aged 40 and above have suffered a head injury. These head injuries can have possibly serious consequences, like neurological damage, depression and stroke. Persons with a head injury, according to the research, are also more likely to suffer from alcoholism and sleep problems.

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Image result for hospital sterilizationWhen stroke patients acquire an infection in the hospital during the course of their treatment, they may suffer a higher risk of complications after discharge from the facility.

According to the findings of a new study that were published recently in the journal Stroke, when stroke patients suffer an infection like pneumonia or sepsis in the hospital, it increases their risk of readmission by as much as 20 percent. The researchers analysed hospital readmission rates for 319,000 patients who had suffered an ischemic stroke, and found that as many as 20 percent of patients who were readmitted had suffered a hospital infection during their stay.  When the researchers looked at the risk of specific infections, they found that common infections like urinary tract infections were linked to a 10 percent higher risk of readmission.

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Image result for auto technologyMost new automobiles boast of a wide array of auto safety features. However, do you know how these work in keeping you safe? Failure to understand how auto safety technology works may actually increase a motorist’s risk of an accident.

Advanced auto safety systems include forward collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot monitoring systems. There is no doubt that these systems play a huge role in helping prevent accidents. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that these systems can help prevent as many as 40 percent of all accidents, and as many as 30 percent of all accident fatalities.

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Image result for semi tractorTruck drivers with diabetes who were hitherto barred from driving unless they had an exemption from the federal administration, can now operate commercial trucks under certain conditions.

Earlier truckers who suffered from insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) were prohibited from driving commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce unless they received an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has now approved a final rule that allows truck drivers with this form of diabetes to operate commercial motor vehicles if they can provide a medical certificate that states that the driver is following a stringent insulin regimen and is maintaining control of his disease.

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Image result for robotic arm surgeryArtificial intelligence is fast taking over hospitals and operating rooms. There are undeniably great advantages to the use of artificial intelligence in hospital environments. However, questions of liability in the event of a medical error or patient harm must also be strictly defined.

Medical errors are one of the leading causes of unintentional death in the United Sates. An approximate 100,000 persons are killed annually as a result of medical errors.

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Image result for prosthetic virtual realityAmputation victims who use prosthetic or artificial limbs may find it hard to cope with the use of the new limb. Researchers have been experimenting with virtual reality technology to enhance the use of such prosthetics for these persons.

Amputations can result after nearly any type of accident, including car, truck or motorcycle accidents. Amputations can also occur after the person has suffered a crushing injury in a workplace accident, or as the result of a fall. In many such injury cases, surgically amputating the injured limb may be the only medical option available to doctors.

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Image result for obesityPatients, who have suffered a brain injury and also struggle with obesity, may find their health problems complicated by medical issues linked to the excessive weight.

In the days after a brain injury, there may be moderate to significant weight loss due to a number of factors, including changes in the metabolic rate. However, after a period of time, weight gain may occur due to medication for the injury, and other reasons. Patients may suffer from physical limitations as a result of their injury, and may be unable to enjoy the kind of exercise and physical activity that is required for optimum health. They may also lack access to easy transportation as a result of their injury, and this can further impede their ability to enjoy physical activities.

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Loss of bladder control is extremely common after a spinal injury. A team of UCLA researchers recently announced that they have successfully tried magnetic device therapy to enhance bladder control significantly in patients with a spinal injury.

As many as 80 percent of patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury lose control over their bladder function. This is an embarrassing and inconvenient condition that causes great trauma and anguish to patients, and drastically lowers the quality of life they can expect after an injury.

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Image result for driverless carSelf driving cars may be here sooner than you think, and promise to revolutionize the way we travel. However, one thing will continue to remain constant.  Even as humans allow cars to take over driving duties, most auto accidents may continue to be caused by human error.

Driver error is a major factor in car accidents. Drivers who are fatigued or distracted are at a higher risk of causing a car accident that injures themselves and/or other motorists. Self driving auto technology aims to eliminate, in part at least, the role of driver error in causing accidents. Many of these systems are designed to maintain safe speeds, and avoid traffic obstructions or objects in the path of the car.  Many are also designed to warn the driver or activate the brakes in order to avoid an accident.

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