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Lower Quality of Care at For-Profit Nursing Homes

Results of a new study suggest that the nation’s largest for-profit nursing homes deliver significantly lower quality of care, compared with smaller and not-for-profit nursing homes. Why? Fewer staff nurses (despite profits). The study looked at quality in the 10 largest for-profit chains, which control about 13% of all nursing home beds in the country. …

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Making Teen Driving Safety a 2012 Resolution

Car wrecks are the leading cause of death among North Carolina teens, and crashes are surprisingly common. In NC, teenage drivers are involved in car wrecks approximately every 24 minutes. According to research, the most common mistakes that cause teen wrecks are speeding, inattention and distraction, and failure to yield. And while drunk driving is …

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Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated

True or false: All suspicious deaths are investigated so that justice can be done if foul play is discovered. Answer: It depends on how old you are. According to an article on the website ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, and PBS’s Frontline, if a senior citizen died under suspicious circumstances, there’s no guarantee that anyone …

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New Year's Celebration Takes a Tragic Turn

Beginning at the stroke of midnight, New Year’s celebrations turn loud. In my semi-rural neighborhood, the fireworks, gun shots, and shotgun blasts lasted a full 30 minutes. It’s a routine way to welcome the new year, but apparently we are lucky to have come away without injuries. According to an article in the Tampa Bay …

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Top Medical and Drug Stories of 2011

Medical stories are some of the most heartbreaking:  You trust your health to a doctor or hospital, and something goes wrong. Maybe you end up sicker than you were before. Sometimes, the error may result in death. Here is a round-up of the most important medical and drug stories of the year. (To read any …

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