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Study Shows Mirena IUDs Connected to Breast Cancer

A recent study published in the Obstetrics & Gynecology medical journal researched the connection between certain intrauterine devices (IUDs) and a higher risk of breast cancer. This study specifically focused on women who used Mirena, sold by Bayer, and similar IUDs that release a synthetic progestin known as levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy and treat heavy […]

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Possible Medication Switch Causes Recall

American Health Packaging is recalling many 600 mg ibuprofen tablets and a lot of the epilepsy drug, oxcarbazepine, in 300 mg tablets that were shipped. AmerisourceBergen issued the voluntary recall, because there is a chance that the two medications may have been switched in the blister packs. The recall was issued over worries that the […]

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Medication Errors Common after Hospital Discharge

A new study indicates that over half of heart patients made medication errors or misunderstood instructions given to them about their medications after being discharged from hospital stays. The study highlighted the importance of medical professionals giving clear, easy-to-understand instructions. It also indicated that “health literacy” in general decreased the likelihood of risky medication errors. […]

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Surgery Complications Common

Recent research has indicated that medical errors are currently the third most common cause of death in the United States. Despite improvements in risk prevention programs and increased patient care, surgery complications are still a common threat to a patient’s well being. Although some surgery complications are impossible to prevent, some are due to doctor […]

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NCAA Reaches Preliminary Settlement on Head Injury Case

The NCAA has reached a preliminary settlement in a class action suit with victims of traumatic head injuries during college sports games. The lawsuit was brought against the organization by former college athletes who wanted the NCAA to institute significant reforms on its head-injury policies. The settlement indicates a big change in the care and […]

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NHTSA Investigating Steering Defect in Ford Sedans

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation into safety issues related to the steering systems of Ford sedans. The issue was raised after concerns over safety issues regarding steering shafts on about 500,000 Ford vehicles. Ford Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, and Marauder sedans from model years 2004 through 2007 may […]

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The Dangers of Gas Cans

Almost every home has gas cans. We keep them in our garages and sheds to fill up lawnmowers and other devices. These red, plastic canisters are about as ubiquitous as any other home accessory. For this reason, we never really think about the dangers posed by them. Investigation has revealed many examples of horrific accidents […]

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Metric Doses for Liquid Children’s Medication Could Prevent Errors

A new study that was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Center for Research Resources has shown that parents who measured liquid medications for their children using teaspoon or tablespoon units were twice as likely to give an incorrect […]

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Chrysler Recalls SUVs

Chrysler has recalled an estimated 792,000 vehicles for faulty ignition switches. The affected vehicles are all SUVs with model years ranging from 2005 to 2007. The specific models in question are Jeep Commanders from model years 2006-2007 and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2005-2007. When a person is driving the vehicles, they may bump their keys […]

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Inconsistency of Prescription Labels Risks Medication Errors

Medication errors cause thousands of deaths in the United States every year. A recent study by the University of Waterloo and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind determined that many of these errors are caused by illegible labeling. Many factors can affect the legibility of a drug label from a pharmacy. Fonts that are too […]

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