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February 2020 Archives

Pfizer Hit With Lawsuits Over Zantac Cancer Risk

Pfizer Inc. has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit over claims that the pharmaceutical company should have known that its heartburn drug Zantac was contaminated with a "carcinogenic and liver-damaging impurity" but failed to warn consumers, according to Law360. At least two other similar lawsuits have been filed, one in Florida and another in Colorado.

5 ways to minimize risk of medication errors

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, four out of five Americans take prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs or various supplements every week. Some Ohio residents may take multiple medications at the same time. In fact, around one-third of all adults nationwide take five or more medications simultaneously. This raises the risk for injuries and death sustained by an adverse drug event.

A C-section might be warranted in these circumstances

When you're expecting a baby, you no doubt rely heavily on your Ohio doctor or midwife to help keep you and your child as healthy and safe as possible. While you may tire of going to your prenatal appointments, especially as you near your due date and mobility becomes more cumbersome, it's important to have regular examinations. Your obstetrician or midwife is specially trained to recognize signs of maternal or fetal distress.

Avoiding fatigue when driving a CMV

CMV drivers work long hours and sometimes exceed the number of hours they are allowed to drive in a single shift. This translates to a great number of drowsy truckers in Ohio and across the U.S. Drowsiness is not unavoidable; drivers simply need to be aware of it and take the right steps to address it.

New large truck crash study could be forthcoming

In 2018, there were 4,415 fatal crashes involving large trucks, which was a 52.6% increase since 2009. It also represented a 5.7% increase since 2016, and the latest data has prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to conduct a study. In 2003, the FMCSA conducted a similar study in which it analyzed 120,000 crashes involving commercial vehicles. However, the the agency says that changes in technology, road design and driver habits have influenced driver performance since the last study was conducted.

How truckers can recognize and treat sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects 35% of all commercial truckers in Ohio and across the U.S. They are, in fact, 11 times more likely to suffer from it than the general population. Of the all the sleep apnea variations, obstructive sleep apnea is the most prevalent among truckers. With OSA, the mouth palate and throat muscles relax and collapse during sleep, blocking the airway for 5 to 10 seconds at a time and thus breaking up the individual's sleep.

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