Monthly Archives: December 2016

Could This App Save You from a Car Accident?

These days, smartphones have a bad reputation when it comes to car accidents and drivers’ safety. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of fatal crashes, and phones are to blame for a large portion of those incidents. However, one technology company is working to turn the smartphone into an important tool for preventing accidents. The Israel startup, Nexar, has created a mobile app that will bring advanced safety software to the masses. The phone sits on the dash. It uses the camera, accelerometer and gyroscope that are built into most smartphones to gather data on the road. It then uses machine learning to analyze the information and determine if the car is entering a dangerous situation. If an accident is about to happen, the app will warn the driver. The more data the program gathers, the better it will become at making these kinds of predictions. The…
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Could this Nausea Medication Be Causing Birth Defects?

A group of families have taken legal action against the makers of Zofran after the company didn’t provide enough warning that their product can cause birth defects. According to the accusers, the company that manufactures the drug, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), did not warn consumers about the risks despite being aware of them early on. After outside studies showed that the popular anti-nausea medication caused cardiovascular and cleft-palate birth defects, GSK added a warning on the product. Early labels, however, did not include this information. Some believe that the company intentionally withheld the information from its customers. Additionally, the drug was never approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating pregnant mothers. Initially, the medication was only approved for patients suffering from the nausea caused by cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. According to the lawsuit, GSK still marketed the drug to pregnant women, even though the FDA had never approved…
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Can This Campaign Prevent the Improper Administration of Cancer Treatments?

A national campaign has recently formed to reduce the number of cases of improper administration of cancer treatments. A mistake where doctors improperly administer chemotherapy has been killing patients rather than helping them. A campaign known as Just Bag It is hoping to put a stop to that. How Can We Make Cancer Treatments Safer? Occasionally, due to medical malpractice, the chemo drug Vincristine is injected into the spinal column instead of the vein. This can be a fatal mistake for cancer patients. The campaign is aiming to use an IV to administer the drug instead. This would eliminate the risk while still providing the medication just as effectively. Currently, about half of all hospitals already administer chemotherapy this way, but a recent campaign out of Philadelphia is hoping to spread that to every hospital in the country. The program is being run by the National Comprehensive Cancer network. According…
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