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Greater federal regulation of beauty products proposed

Many dangers can lurk in your home. These dangers include consumer goods you bring into your home and use every day, such as beauty products.

There are a variety of ways a beauty product can expose a person to danger. For one, defects could cause these products to malfunction in a way that could cause injury. Also, such products can be dangerous if they are contaminated or contain certain chemicals.

When doctors are disabled

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Like everyone else, physicians (and other professionals) may get seriously injured or come down with career-ending diseases.

The difference is, professionals suffer greater economic losses when they go down than most people. They have invested heavily in their ability to practice, in years of expensive study, and arduous preparation.

Cellphone use while driving will be banned for some Arizona teens

In a little over a year, certain young drivers here in Arizona will be subject to some new driving rules. This is due to a new law recently signed by the state’s governor.

The new law will prohibit texting while driving and other handheld cellphone use while driving for some teen drivers. This would not be a blanket ban that covers all young drivers. Rather, the ban will apply to two types of teens:

Second opinions sometimes uncover misdiagnoses

There are various steps a person might take after being told by their doctor that they have a serious condition. One is to get a second opinion. Sometimes, a second opinion reveals that the initial diagnosis was off.

A recent study looked at the discovery of previous misdiagnoses during second opinions. The study was by the Mayo Clinic. In the study, researchers reviewed hundreds of instances in which a patient received a diagnosis from their primary care provider and then sought a second opinion from the internal medicine department of the Mayo Clinic. The researchers looked at how the second opinion compared to the initial diagnosis.

What to do after a motorcycle accident in Arizona

man falling off motorcycle.jpegIn Arizona, there are nearly 180,000 registered motorcyclists. Although less than 2 percent of riders in the state are involved in crashes in any given year, there are still far too many accidents.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, the seriousness of your injuries and the steps needed for your complete recovery may be overwhelming. However, there are certain actions that you should take --and others you should avoid -- in order to get the medical treatment and long-term care you need.

Medical thinking on prostate cancer screenings is about to change

two men.jpegThe U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made news on April 1, with recommended changes to diagnosis of prostate cancer. For the past five years, doctors have been encouraged to abandon PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening for signs of prostate cancer in men ages 55 to 69.

This recommendation reflects discouragement with the standard PSA test because it returned a very large number of false positives. These false positives meant that tens of thousands of men were treated aggressively for a condition that was not life-threatening.

The safety and legal issues of the rise of telemedicine

Health care is a constantly evolving field. One development that has been getting a lot of attention lately is telemedicine. Telemedicine involves medical practitioners using telecommunication technologies (such as videoconferencing) to provide patients with diagnostic and treatment services remotely.

The U.S. has seen quite of bit of growth in the use of this health care technology in recent years. Telemedicine programs have been implemented all over the country, including here Arizona. Arizona has several such programs.

Medication mistakes occur more often than you'd think

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Last year, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine determined that medical mistakes were the third most common cause of death in the U.S. Their study also indicated that at least 250,000 people die each year from these mostly preventable errors. Medication mistakes are at the top of the list.

How common are medication errors?

Hospitals: A potential source of patient harm

Unfortunately, patients are sometimes subjected to harm in the very place they go to protect their health. Various patient dangers can arise at hospitals. A recent Huffington Post article went over some sources of harm that can come up at these facilities, including:

  • Surgical smoke.
  • Incorrect diagnoses.
  • Unnecessary tests.
  • Left-behind objects. Examples of objects that could get accidentally left behind in a patient during a surgery include clamps, retractors, needles, scissors and sponges.

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