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Thinking about swimming safety during the summer season

On the hottest days of summer, few activities are more inviting than jumping into a cool, clean swimming pool. However, few ordinary activities are as dangerous as jumping into a swimming pool if you or your young loved ones are ill-prepared to deal with the safety hazards which accompany swimming in the summertime.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the population of Americans most likely to suffer swimming pool drowning tragedies is children between the ages of one and four. These toddlers and tikes are curious, energetic and practically fearless. In addition, most of them cannot swim with any kind of proficiency. As a result, they are likely to toddle curiously into pools if they are unattended even for a moment or two.

FDA is considering safety of off-label drug use marketing

When pharmaceutical manufacturers seek approval to market their products from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they seek approval for very specific uses of those products. For example, the manufacturer of the drug Topamax sought approval to market this drug for use in preventing migraine headaches and treating seizures. These approved uses are printed on the drug’s label and may legally be referenced in marketing campaigns aimed at both physicians and the general public.

However, it seems that Topamax may have another useful function. Professional analysis conducted several years ago strongly suggests that Topamax may aid addicted individuals in battling their dependence on alcohol. This use of Topamax is not explicitly approved by the FDA, therefore it cannot be marketed to the public. However, physicians can prescribe Topamax for this so-called “off-label” use to patients they believe could benefit from the drug.

Improving patient safety through health-related IT

We are living in an age of interconnected electronic technology. Americans increasingly rely on a host of electronic devices to not only connect them with other people but also to be compatible with other devices. The fact that one can tap a few words into a phone and have those words connect to other phones, tablets, computers and devices is one of the factors driving connectivity.

However, some of the devices that Americans count on the most to be compatible with other devices are lagging behind the electronic compatibility trend. In particular, certain medical devices and other health-related IT remains incompatible with other devices in such ways that this disconnect is affecting patient care.

FDA embraces EHR monitoring in the name of safety

Several years ago when the Affordable Care Act was first passed, one of the provisions in the legislation called for more widespread use of electronic health records. As a result, hospitals and other care facilities around the country have been working diligently to switch from paper-based records systems to EHRs. This transition period has not been free of snags or errors, but many see this as a necessary cost of growth.

The Food and Drug Administration has noted that the switch to EHRs could improve healthcare in at least two ways. First, EHRs could prevent dangerous drug interactions in individual patients. Second, EHR data could be collected anonymously and in aggregate in order to more quickly identify dangerous drugs that need to be taken off the market.

Chicago bicyclist killed after being hit by CTA train at crossing

Even if you’ve lived in Chicago for years, the streets can still be surprising and dangerous at times. City drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are often compelled to contend with Chicago Transit Authority buses and other vehicles and countless train crossings.

Unfortunately, safety at these intersections can never be taken for granted. That lesson was repeated last week when a bicyclist was killed by a CTA Brown Line train at a ground-level crossing. The 31-year-old victim was no stranger to getting around in Chicago, having lived and worked in the area for the past 11 years.

10 percent of population unaware of their heart attack risk

It is well known that heart attacks are a leading cause of death across the nation and will push its way to the leading cause worldwide by 2020 as was reported by The Heart Foundation. Detecting the signs of a myocardial infarction early on can make all the difference, and the opposite is also true. Is there a failure to diagnose actually occurring much earlier that is contributing to the problem of heart disease?

The American Heart Association determined that cardiovascular disease causes the death of approximately two thirds of those who have been diagnosed with diabetes. This means that out of the 25.8 million Americans that have already been diagnosed with diabetes, approximately 17.2 are at risk for suffering a fatal heart attack. Understanding this risk can help patients and doctors take the necessary steps to prevent cardiovascular disease.

What about those with diabetes that are at an increased risk and don’t know it?

Who said working in an office isn't dangerous?

Michael Scott, the comedic lead character from the show “The Office,” made an episode about workplace safety particularly funny. Scott became jealous of the warehouse crew’s ability to discuss the proper use of very dangerous equipment and led his own safety seminar about preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.

While working in an office may not lead to crushing injuries from a compacting machine, injuries suffered in a fall are still ones that can have a negative impact on an individual’s life. According to a recall, a particular office chair has been the cause of 25 fall injuries suffered by individuals across the nation.

Construction in close proximity to pedestrians can be dangerous

Life is unpredictable. At any point in time something unexpected can happen to us, both good and bad. Several people were recently involved in an incident that no one likely predicted. As rare and unpredictable as the event may have been, the injury that was suffered by one person was very real and is of the type that has the potential to lead to compensation under a personal injury claim.

This particular incident didn’t occur in Chicago, but this type of harm could happen anywhere in which a construction site is located in close proximity to pedestrian traffic. On this particular day, pedestrians were shocked when the blade from a large saw flung out in front of them and hit a woman walking on the street.

Safety is the number one goal behind Google self-driving cars

Google researchers have been working on developing an automobile that is entirely -- and we mean 100 percent -- driven by a computer. Absolutely no human hands touching a steering wheel and no feet maneuvering across a brake or a gas pedal. The vehicle is reminiscent of a Volkswagen bug, but with some very obvious differences -- a couple of them mentioned above.

The latest prototype is not Google’s first attempt at a self-driving vehicle; the idea itself has been in the works for years. In the past, researchers and engineers have taken a vehicle that has already been manufactured and modified it with the necessary technology. This latest prototype is an entirely new creation.

Memorial Day Weekend could see 31.8 million drivers on the roads

There are only a few days left before one of the biggest travel days in the United States, and according to the well-known auto club AAA, this year is going to be a doozey. The auto club prediction is that there are going to be 36.1 million people that will be traveling, whether by plane, train, automobile or even cruise boat, at least 50 miles or more this Memorial Day Weekend.

The last year with numbers even close to that was 2005, and a lot has happened since that time. The country not only went through a recession, but the country is slowly coming out of it too. That, combined with the fact that this has been a particularly long winter in Chicago and other cold locales is why AAA believes that the numbers are going to be so high this year.