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Study to Examine Driving in Triangle Area

An article on WRAL.com reports that a federal project will be studying the driving behavior of about 3,100 people in six states, including our own. The goal is to discover the underlying causes of crashes and traffic congestion, and eventually to reduce driving fatality rates. The project, called the Second Strategic Highway Research Program’s Naturalistic Driving …

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Failure of Surgical Mesh a Serious Worry for Women

Surgical mesh is a common medical product used to repair conditions in which body organs need extra support. For example, one of the most common uses has been to repair hernias. In women, surgical mesh is also used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), conditions that occur when the muscles …

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Advice for Concussions: When In Doubt, Sit It Out

On July 28, 2011, Northwestern Medicine in Chicago hosted a concussion symposium called “Playing It Safe: Changing the Mindset Around Concussion Safety.”  And a few top-notch physicians were on hand to talk about the effects of concussion. Concussions are in the news every week these days. Former pro football players are suing the NFL, claiming …

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Storytelling May Help People with Alzheimer's Disease

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease leaves the patient and families feeling helpless and hopeless in the face of a disorder that takes away memories. To many, it feels as though the disease slowly takes away lives. Depression and cognitive decline seem inevitable. Now, new research by experts at the University of Missouri shows that …

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When Bargains & Garage Sales Can Be Dangerous

Do you brake for yard sales?  Bargain-hunt on Craigslist?  Raid Grandma’s attic for useful items? You may unintentionally bring home danger. According to an article in The New York Times, there are many items that should never be handed down or passed along. And the list is lengthy! Baby cribs, for instance: From 2007 to …

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Nursing Home Residents, Medications, and Risk of Falling

Although many studies have linked antidepressant use among the elderly and falls, new study published in the Journal of Gerontology looked at the specifics of why this happens. According to ScienceDaily, researchers from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School) found that nursing home residents have a five-fold increased …

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