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Fall risk tied to sleep aid could bring medical malpractice suits

New information about sleeping pills administered in hospitals could lead to an increase in lawsuits for medical malpractice and related slip-and-fall accidents. A study recently published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine shows that fall rates among patients who take the sleeping pill zolpidem are more than four times as high than those who do not take that drug.

Fall risk tied to sleep aid could bring medical malpractice suits

New information about sleeping pills administered in hospitals could lead to an increase in lawsuits for medical malpractice and related slip-and-fall accidents. A study recently published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine shows that fall rates among patients who take the sleeping pill zolpidem are more than four times as high than those who do not take that drug.

6-year-old New York boy killed when bus crashes into home

If there's one place everyone expects to feel safe, it's at home. We're supposed to feel protected there, both from nature's elements and the outside world in general. It's the place we go to relax and shake off stress after a long day. It's where we eat and sleep, and the space we share with our families. Any unwelcome intrusions can range from irritating to extremely dangerous.

6-year-old New York boy killed when bus crashes into home

If there's one place everyone expects to feel safe, it's at home. We're supposed to feel protected there, both from nature's elements and the outside world in general. It's the place we go to relax and shake off stress after a long day. It's where we eat and sleep, and the space we share with our families. Any unwelcome intrusions can range from irritating to extremely dangerous.

Doctors disagree on antidepressant use during pregnancy

Pregnancy involves both more time in a doctor's office and making changes to diet and medication. Yet what is a woman to do when the medical field is conflicted about the right advice regarding the use of antidepressants during pregnancy? Do the risks outweigh the benefits, or vice versa?

Doctors disagree on antidepressant use during pregnancy

Pregnancy involves both more time in a doctor's office and making changes to diet and medication. Yet what is a woman to do when the medical field is conflicted about the right advice regarding the use of antidepressants during pregnancy? Do the risks outweigh the benefits, or vice versa?

New York boy's death amplifies need for better communication

A 12-year-old boy in New York was taken to a pediatrician by his parents, and later saw a doctor at a hospital emergency room. Both diagnosed him as merely suffering from a stomachache, and medicine was prescribed to handle this minor problem. About 72 hours later, his parents were faced with making funeral arrangements for him. The boy died because of an untreated infection that led to sepsis. The indications are that the death was the result of medical malpractice.

New York boy's death amplifies need for better communication

A 12-year-old boy in New York was taken to a pediatrician by his parents, and later saw a doctor at a hospital emergency room. Both diagnosed him as merely suffering from a stomachache, and medicine was prescribed to handle this minor problem. About 72 hours later, his parents were faced with making funeral arrangements for him. The boy died because of an untreated infection that led to sepsis. The indications are that the death was the result of medical malpractice.

Man struck by New York City police car also hit with repair bill

You don't have to live in Manhattan to know that pedestrians are everywhere. And while they're required to obey crossing signals and other road signs, motorists must still keep an eye out for walkers and yield to them when necessary. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen anyway. And sometimes they involve the very people hired to protect and serve New York's residents.

Man struck by New York City police car also hit with repair bill

You don't have to live in Manhattan to know that pedestrians are everywhere. And while they're required to obey crossing signals and other road signs, motorists must still keep an eye out for walkers and yield to them when necessary. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen anyway. And sometimes they involve the very people hired to protect and serve New York's residents.

License plate decals for New Jersey teens lowering accident rate

In the last few years, New Jersey has enforced a state law mandating that 17-year-old drivers place a red decal on the license plates of their vehicles. This makes it easy for police officers to identify motorists with graduated driver's licenses and subject their driving to extra scrutiny. Evidently, this has proven beneficial, since a new study indicates that it has lowered the risk of car accidents for these drivers.

License plate decals for New Jersey teens lowering accident rate

In the last few years, New Jersey has enforced a state law mandating that 17-year-old drivers place a red decal on the license plates of their vehicles. This makes it easy for police officers to identify motorists with graduated driver's licenses and subject their driving to extra scrutiny. Evidently, this has proven beneficial, since a new study indicates that it has lowered the risk of car accidents for these drivers.

Newark man accused of striking 3 pedestrians, leaving scene

As New Jersey motorists struggle to find gas to fill their tanks after Superstorm Sandy, some have opted for alternative forms of transportation. Many have had no choice but to walk instead of drive, which may be good exercise, but is not without its own risks.

Newark man accused of striking 3 pedestrians, leaving scene

As New Jersey motorists struggle to find gas to fill their tanks after Superstorm Sandy, some have opted for alternative forms of transportation. Many have had no choice but to walk instead of drive, which may be good exercise, but is not without its own risks.

New York police learn new techniques for electric car accidents

First responders, including police, firefighters and other emergency workers, need specialized training in order to cope with incidents involving electric cars. In car accidents involving such vehicles, special care must be taken because of the presence of sensitive vehicle components, specifically the battery pack contained in an electric vehicle. Such training has already been made widely available to firefighters, and now New York state police officers involved in accident investigation are also being provided with this needed training.

New York police learn new techniques for electric car accidents

First responders, including police, firefighters and other emergency workers, need specialized training in order to cope with incidents involving electric cars. In car accidents involving such vehicles, special care must be taken because of the presence of sensitive vehicle components, specifically the battery pack contained in an electric vehicle. Such training has already been made widely available to firefighters, and now New York state police officers involved in accident investigation are also being provided with this needed training.

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