September 4, 2011

Drive Safely

1 Labor Day Weekend among Deadliest for Drivers

The National Safety Council projects that there will be approximately 400 traffic fatalities and 38,800 serious injuries on US roads this Labor Day Weekend. The holiday is statistically one of the busiest times of the year on US roads and, for the past 6 years, has averaged about 15% more traffic fatalities than other 4-day periods that don’t involve a holiday. Speeding, drunk driving and fatigue are among the top causes of traffic accidents. Peter Kissinger, president and CEO, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety told CBS News that motorists should get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel but, if fatigue sets in, they should pull off the road. Kissinger also stated what should go without saying - drivers should not drink while impaired and should wear their seatbelts.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: 85% of Drivers Use Seatbelts Regularly

Tags: Traffic Fatalities, Seatbelts, Drivers, Labor Day Weekend, National Safety Council, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Peter Kissinger, Road Safety, Traffic Accidents

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Keep Those Scrubs Away from Me

2 Doctor Coats, Scrubs Can Carry Superbug MRSA

White coats and scrubs worn by hospital doctors and nurses may be contaminated with the superbug MRSA, as well as other bacteria, say Israeli scientists. The study was published in American Journal of Infection Control. Findings reveal that MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, was found on eight of 238 samples of hospital uniforms. MRSA is a dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacterium, reports WebMD. Overall, antibiotic-resistant bacteria were discovered on 14 percent of nurses' and 6 percent of doctors' uniforms. However, researchers say that the uniforms may not pose a direct risk for spreading disease. While hand hygiene is considered the foundation of infection control, researchers suggest that workers wear plastic aprons when coming in contact with body fluids.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Bedbugs Carrying MRSA Found

Tags: Staphylococcus Aureus, Germs on Hospital Workers, Dirty Scrubs, Doctor Coats Carry Bacteria, American Journal of Infection Control

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The FDA’s Power Is Limited

3 U.S. Drug Shortage Tripled over Five Years

According to the FDA the number of drugs in short supply tripled from 61 to 178 within a five-year period. Quality control problems have shut down production lines, contamination has led to recent recalls and mergers have resulted in fewer companies making a drug. While many pharmaceutical companies no longer manufacture generics because they are not very profitable, brand name drugs have also been affected. When a medical facility runs out of a drug, patients’ treatments are put off or substituted for ones that may not work as well. Last year the FDA convinced manufacturers to make drugs and helped those with production issues but they cannot order them to make a drug or require a company to warn the FDA that it will no longer be produced but new laws may be passed to change that.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Several Cancer Drugs in Short Supply, Drug Shortages Have Hospitals Scrambling

Tags: Drug Companies, Drug Company Mergers, Drug Manufacturing, Drug Shortage, FDA, Medication Shortage, National Drug Shortage, Problems in Drug Development and Manufacturing, Drug Shortage Triples

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