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Congress Planning Laws for Self-Driving Cars

Congress Is Drafting New Bipartisan Legislation For Self-Driving Vehicles Self-driving cars are the future and, if the hundreds of autonomous vehicles being tested on roads and highways throughout the United States are any indication, the future is now. Companies such as Alphabet Inc. and Ford Motor Co. are developing and testing self-driving vehicle technology that they hope […]

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Common OSHA Safety Violations

These Frequent OSHA Violations Can Lead To On-The-Job Accidents And Injuries Founded in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more commonly known as OSHA, is a division of the United States Department of Labor that regulates workplace safety. OSHA has a number of safety standards in place designed to prevent on-the-job accidents, injuries, and fatalities. However, despite […]

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Distracted Pedestrian Deaths Are More Common

Distraction-Related Pedestrian Fatalities Are On The Rise Walking may seem like a safe, environmentally-friendly, and healthy way to get from one place to another. However, the Governors Highway Safety Association's (GHSA) recently released new statistics from its Spotlight on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities report, which may cause some people to rethink their daily stroll.   More than 5,370 […]

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Man Files Lawsuit After IVC Filter Embeds in Vein

Embedded IVC Filter Forces Patient To Undergo Two Retrieval Procedures Inferior vena cava filters, more commonly known as IVC filters, are small and wiry implantable medical devices used to prevent blood clots, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis in patients at risk for dangerous thrombotic events, but for whom anticoagulant drugs have not worked. When used […]

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When Did IVC Filter Use Begin to Decline

Studies Suggest FDA Safety Alert Led To Decline In Use Of IVC Filters For decades, implantable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters were a front-line treatment for trauma patients who were at risk for experiencing potentially deadly thrombotic events, such as stroke, pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), or deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs). However, in recent […]

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Pradaxa May Be Safer Than Warfarin for Some AFib Patients

Pradaxa® Outperformed Warfarin In Study Of AFib Patients Undergoing Catheter Ablation In recent years, Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) has been linked to a number of uncontrollable and even deadly bleeding events. However, a March 2017 study comparing the safety and efficacy of Pradaxa and warfarin found that it may be a safer option for patients […]

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PPI Related Kidney Decline Difficult to Detect

PPI Medications Linked To “Silent” Kidney Damage More than 20 million Americans fill prescriptions for proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approved for the treatment of gastric-acid illnesses, such as chronic heartburn, peptic ulcer disease (PUD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and […]

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PPIs Linked to Increased Cardio Risks for CAD Patients

PPIs Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Failure And Death In Patients With CAD Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) rely on chronic antiplatelet therapy to mitigate the risks associated with their disease. These therapies often include aspirin and Plavix® (clopidogrel), both of which are notorious for causing gastrointestinal complications. Aspirin puts patients at risk for gastrointestinal ulcers and […]

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How Proton Pump Inhibitors Damage Arteries

Study Offers Clues To How PPIs Damage Arteries Over Time Previous research into the efficacy and safety of acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) suggested a link between long-term use and a myriad of serious health problems, including artery damage and cardiovascular disease. However, until recently, researchers weren't able to explain how these drugs might inflict this damage. A 2016 […]

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How Recalled Hip Implants Impact Stryker Bottom Line

Hip Implant Recalls Negatively Affect Stryker Q4 Earnings Stryker has come under fire in recent years for metal-on-metal hip replacement systems that fail prematurely, necessitating painful and invasive hip replacement or reconstructive surgeries. After voluntarily recalling two such components—the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems—in 2012 over concerns of fretting and corrosion, the problematic devices are finally […]

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