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January 2019 Archives

Drivers using phones raise fatal accident risk by 66 percent

Most people in Georgia have either used their smartphones behind the wheel or seen other drivers doing it. Because operating a phone takes people's eyes off of the road, the distraction places them at a greater risk of causing crashes. According to research, drivers increase their chances of experiencing a fatal traffic accident by 66 percent when they use their phones.

Many medical lawsuits involve antibiotics and painkillers

Patients in Georgia depend on healthcare professionals to make safe and effective choices about their medication. Two commonly prescribed classes of medication, painkillers and antibiotics, account for the most lawsuits involving medication errors.

Seatbelt use found to be effective at reducing liver injuries

Emergency room doctors in Georgia and around the country treat about 2 million car accident victims every year. This places a huge financial burden on the health care sector, but treatment costs could be reduced significantly if all road users fastened their seatbelts, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Kansas Medical Center and New York University studied medical records to find out how effective seatbelts are at preventing serious liver injuries. They found that being properly restrained reduced such injuries by 21 percent.

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