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Nursing Home Medication Injury

CNN is reporting that a drug company puts nursing home residents at risk by heavily promoting a drug called Nuedexta. Avanir Pharmaceuticals originally developed the drug to treat a condition called pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, a relatively obscure disorder. But recently, the company has aggressively marketed the drug to nursing homes as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. "Nuedexta is being increasingly prescribed in nursing homes even though drugmaker Avanir Pharmaceuticals acknowledges in prescribing information" that they have not extensively studied its effects in elderly patients -- "prompting critics to liken its use to an uncontrolled experiment," CNN reported. The CNN investigation revealed that Avanir...

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Safer Driving for Seniors

Despite what you may think, the fact is that senior drivers are safer drivers. It's partly because by the time you've made it into your 70's or 80's you've learned a thing or two. Senior drivers are more likely to follow basic safety rules like wearing seat belts, not speeding or driving after drinking. In addition to the wisdom that comes with age, car makers and highway engineers are increasingly working with safety in mind. Here in Central Florida,  Orlando car accident attorneys see the results of negligent driving every day. But traffic safety engineers have been working for decades with older...

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Roads Designed for Senior Safety

A recent story in the Sun Sentinel addresses the sometimes difficult topic of when and how to let senior drivers know that it may be time to hang up the car keys for good. Twenty percent of Florida's population is over 65, and there are more than 750,000 people over 80 years old driving here. The situation is especially acute in Central Florida, where the booming tourist trade and growing population drive more and more traffic through perpetual road construction. The resulting car crashes keep Orlando car accident attorneys busy trying to recover damages for injury victims. It's an ongoing dilemma and a...

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Tips for Driving in Orlando

Driving on the Tomorrowland Speedway in Disneyworld is a lot safer than driving the roads that take you there. All the things that make Orlando a great place in which to live also make driving in Orlando a challenge. This video from Sun Sentinal Transportation reporter Wayne Roustan offers a whimsical view of driving in Florida. Watching it a few times may lower your chances of getting to know any Orlando car accident attorneys.   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZSmDSR0Sn0[/embed]   Driving in Orlando - Safely The online training and certification company Aceable rated 10 Florida cities by driving habit, and Orlando landed right in the middle at number five. That's actually...

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Dangers of Distracted Driving

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, according to a story in the Orlando Sentinel. And it appears that Orlando's teen drivers still won't heed the warnings about the dangers of distracted driving. The most distracted drivers in the country are in Florida, according to the Department of Highway Safety, and the most distracted drivers in Florida are in the greater Orlando area. Of the 45,000 distracted driving accidents in Florida last year, 5,000 of them happened in Orange County. Experts say that teenagers making phone calls and texting while driving are one reason for the increasing popularity of Orlando car...

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The Best Car for Teen Drivers

When it comes to providing a car for the newly-minted teen driver, no doubt every parent would like to be able to hand over the keys to 2018 Lexus LS, the "safest car in the world." Of course, you'd like to spring for a new car, but $80,000 may not be in the budget. If so, you can check this list of Best New Cars for Teens in US News. The list ranges from the $20,000 Toyota Corolla to the $40,000 KIA Sorento. For the rest of us, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with a list of "pre-owned" vehicles that...

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Avoid Driving Accidents in Orlando

  Driving anywhere can be dangerous, but the pace and volume of traffic in Orlando demands a special focus on defensive driving. The city is a bustling world-class tourist destination, a thriving commercial center, and home to drivers with a wide range of skills and experience. Add the seemingly permanent, ongoing road construction projects, and you have a safety challenge. So how do you avoid driving accidents in Orlando? It pays to develop defensive driving habits. It's imperative to train yourself to understand that when you get behind the wheel, your mind must always be set to safety first. It's a matter of attention,...

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Misdiagnosis: Leading Cause of Malpractice Lawsuits

Doctors are turning to computer technology in an effort to cure the medical misdiagnosis problem. Wrongly identifying an illness — or missing a condition altogether — is one of the most common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits. According to a new story in the Wall Street Journal, medical professionals are using computer technology hone their diagnostic skills. Researchers say that information technology can help organize, interpret and share data. The story cites examples such as the hospital in Pennsylvania that uses a computer program to track diagnostic errors. The hope is that doctors can analysis such a database and learn lessons from the information. The...

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St. Jude Defibrillator Lawsuit

A group of health insurers has filed a class action lawsuit against St Jude Medical seeking to recover costs of replacing defective implantable cardiac defibrillators. The suit says that St. Jude knew about problems with the device's batteries for years before the FDA prompted a recall in 2016. The company recalled about 400,000 of the devices because batteries in some units died suddenly and without sufficient warning. The FDA says that the defects caused two deaths and injured dozens of people. A defibrillator delivers a shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. The batteries are supposed to last for an extended period of time and emit warnings...

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