Month: January 2011

Harmed in the Hospital

In the opinion section of the News & Observer yesterday (1/20/11), Dr. James Bryan and Burton Craige wrote about a study published recently in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine that looked at the “shockingly high rate of preventable injuries to patients, and little or no improvement over time”…specifically in North Carolina hospitals. Researchers …

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NC Injury Rate Down, Deaths Up

The overall injury rate for workers continues to decline in North Carolina and has steadily done so since 2000.  However, deaths in the workplace are on the rise.  Many of the deaths involve falls or “crushed-by” accidents.  More continued emphasis on prevention is needed to protect our workers.  http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/01/19/180942.htm

Icy road conditions contribute to Asheville auto accidents

January 20, 2011 Several Asheville auto accidents were reported while the area received several inches of snow, the Citizen-Times reports. The interstates and roads would quickly become recoated shortly after they were cleared, contributing to Asheville auto accidents. Even if the roads look clear, motorists should look out for black ice, a factor in many …

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Report Questions Nursing Home Charges

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report titled “Questionable Billing by Skilled Nursing Facilities.” The title says it all… but we’re still going to comment. In recent years, government analyses have discovered improprieties in the amount of Medicare dollars billed by–and paid to–to skilled nursing facilities (a general term that includes nursing …

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First Major Drug Recall of 2011

For decades, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has given the world some of the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Sudafed, and Zyrtec. But with a long string of recent product recalls, McNeil  is at risk of losing consumer trust. The latest recall affects several highly popular brands. In consultation with the U.S. Food and …

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NFL Launches Health Info Website

Last fall, the National Football League (NFL) unveiled new guidelines regarding concussions, encouraging players to recognize symptoms, report them to coaches, and  follow treatment suggestions. The announcement was met with cautious optimism that the culture of head-cracking aggression might be softened. The culture is as thick-skulled as ever, but the NFL is making another attempt, …

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FDA to Restrict Acetaminophen in Pain Medications

Acetaminophen—the active ingredient in Tylenol products—is a popular, over-the-counter pain reliever. Because it is so useful to treat many types of pain, it is often added to prescription narcotic pain medications. Even though you can buy acetaminophen in any supermarket or pharmacy, it is actually a potent drug, capable of causing permanent liver damage if …

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Winter weather contributes to more Asheville auto accidents

January 13, 2011 Winter weather in North Carolina contributes to more Asheville auto accidents, the Citizen-Times reports. Drivers should be cautious if they choose to proceed across icy roads. Asheville auto accidents are possible and may slow down traffic. For safety tips against winter storms and how to avoid Asheville auto accidents, check out the …

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Beware Scam by FDA Impersonators

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about a scam targeting people who purchase medications over the Internet or via “telepharmacies.” The criminals call the victims and identify themselves as FDA special agents or other law enforcement officials. The scammers tell the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet or the telephone …

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Arizona Shooting Spree Aftermath: Recovery from Brain Injury

The rapid response of the Tucson, Arizona medical team saved the lives of a dozen people shot in a gunman’s rampage. Among the injured was U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who had been shot in the head. This week, neurologist Richard C. Senelick, M.D., gives us a peek into the challenges Representative Giffords will face as …

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