A dog can certainly be man’s best friend and can be an excellent source of companionship for the owner and his or her family, but under the right circumstances, a dog can also present a danger to others.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in a severe enough injury that it requires medical attention.
These alarming statistics serve as a reminder that dog attacks occur frequently and can be very dangerous for the victim, but canine lovers can help play a part in preventing a dog attack. The CDC offers the following tips for dog owners: Read the rest »
The manufacturers of the blood thinning medication Pradaxa have recently come under a great deal of scrutiny from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation. An FDA report concerning Pradaxa, which helps reduce the risk of stroke for patients with the heart condition non-valvular atrial fibrillation, has thousands of patients concerned as there is a potential link between the drug and fatal bleeding incidents. Claims against the German manufacturer of the drug, Boehringer Ingelheim, have began making their way into court since a number of these hemorrhaging incidents have called into question the safety of this blood thinning medication. The company admits that in just one year, the drug was linked to 260 cases of fatal bleeding. Read the rest »
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a severe type of injury which can permanently alter a person’s life. TBI is one of the leading causes of acquired disability and death in infants, and the Brain Injury Association of Michigan reports that children ages zero to four and 15 to 19 are the most at-risk age groups for getting a traumatic brain injury.
The only known cure for a traumatic brain injury is prevention, so following these seasonal safety tips from the Brain Injury Association of America can help prevent a child injury accident while having fun in the sun. Read the rest »
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord, typically due to the spread of an infection. Depending on the cause, meningitis may resolve on its own in several weeks, or in severe cases, it may be life-threatening. In honor of World Meningitis Day on April 24, the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) and its global members are encouraging individuals, families, and communities across the globe to learn more about this potentially serious disease.
The organizations would like people to understand the signs and symptoms of this disease, the significance of urgent treatment, and that prevention against some forms of meningitis is available through vaccination.
The signs and symptoms of meningitis are similar to the flu, and may develop over a few hours or over the course of one to two days. Symptoms may include: Read the rest »
The estate of a deceased woman has filed a Nebraska medical malpractice lawsuit against the Granite City medical center where she was receiving treatment, according to The Madison Record. The estate of the deceased filed the lawsuit on March 29 in Madison County Circuit Court against Gateway Regional Medical Center for failing to adequately monitor the woman and allowing her to wander, ultimately resulting in her death.
In May of 2010, an ambulance transported the victim from Park Haven Care Center to Gateway for admittance to their psychiatric unit because of suicidal thoughts. Prior to the victim being picked up, Park Haven instituted a 1:1 patient watch, meaning there would be one worker specific designated to watch her, to prevent the woman from harming herself. Read the rest »
NECN.com reports that Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has proclaimed April as “Donate Life” month in order to increase awareness of organ and tissue donations. Gov. Heineman states that presently there are 450 Nebraskans on a donation waiting list who need some kind of transplant, showing the crucial need for individuals to pledge to be an organ donor. In addition, many more could benefit from cornea or tissue transplants. In 2011, more than 260 lives were saved in NE after receiving a life-saving organ transplant.
With over 100,000 patients on the national waiting list for a donor organ, there are simply not enough donors to meet the need. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 10 minutes, and sadly an average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs. Nebraskans have the power to potentially save a life as just one person who makes the decision to be an organ, eye, or tissue donor can save up to eight lives, restore sight to two people, and help heal another 50. Read the rest »
According to KHAS-TV, the residents of an apartment building in Hastings have begun to clean up after a fire nearly destroyed the place they call home. The fire began March 31 in one of the basement apartments in the building located on Kansas Street. Most residents of the Hastings apartment home were able to make it out of the burning building unharmed; however, one injured man was immediately airlifted to a burn unit for treatment of his fire injuries, but his condition is unknown at this time. The local American Red Cross is providing residents with a place to stay.
Several of the residents were back at the apartment building home on April 2 sifting through the charred remains and seeing what was left of their belongings. Although some residents lost everything, they are still keeping a positive attitude and are simply trying to piece together what is left of their lives. Read the rest »