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April 2016 Archives

Even with medical advances, doctors must diagnose correctly

We live in an age of medical miracles. Many diseases that were once responsible for untold numbers of fatalities are now all but vanquished thanks to vaccines and other medications. There are also surgical procedures that can fix injuries that at one time would leave people incapacitated. And as time goes on, we will no doubt discover even more ways to treat conditions and ease human suffering.

Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute to truck driver fatigue

Because truck drivers frequently work long and irregular hours, they can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of fatigue. In an effort to ensure truck drivers get the rest required to operate a truck safely, they are required by law to stop and take regular breaks and are limited in the number of hours they can drive during a shift and throughout the week.

To avoid accidents, motorcyclists need to slow down when it rains

In the coming months, the temperatures will steadily rise and motorcyclists will be able to spend more time in the saddle. While the snow and ice will have subsided, riders will still have to take care when the rain showers of spring and summer descend from the Pennsylvania skies.

Poll says doctors prescribing opioids counter to recommendations

We all need to trust that our physicians are capable of correctly diagnosing our symptoms and prescribing the right medications. This is especially true if the medications in question have potentially dangerous side effects. And among all the various types of prescription medications available, opioids, a form of painkiller, may present the greatest risks to patients.

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