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Medical Errors in Massachusetts and How you Can Prevent Becoming a Victim

According to a new report by The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, there were roughly 62,000 medial errors in Massachusetts in a single calendar year. The study was conducted by analyzing health insurance claims data and surveying people who had suffered due to a medical error. The Betsy Lehman Center said its reporting most

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Brain Injury Facts & Information

Traumatic Brain Injury Facts: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a “bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Brain Injury helpline: 1-800-242-0030 Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Source: http://www.biama.org/ An average of 155 people in the US dies each day from injuries that include a

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The Opioid Crisis: Massachusetts is Struggling

Facts on Opioid Addiction in Massachusetts: Opioids are a class of drugs found in the opium poppy plant. They are commonly used as painkillers. The most commonly used opioids are: OxyContin and Percocet (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), Abstral, Fentora, and Duragesic (fentanyl), heroin, Duramorph (morphine), Demerol (meperidine) and Belbuca (buprenorphine). Massachusetts has one of the highest

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Fast Facts on Marijuana In Massachusetts

Marijuana and Driving in Massachusetts: Driving while high on marijuana is illegal and you could get an OUI There is no conclusive test for measuring THC impairment. Police officers use observational skills, field sobriety tests, and drug recognition to prosecute civilians. Breathalyzers that detect THC impairment are under development. After alcohol, marijuana is the drug

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Ways to Avoid Drowsy Driving

We all know how dangerous driving drunk is. There are endless resources like ride-sharing and designated driving that have been set up to help stop drunk driving. So why aren’t we doing anything about drowsy driving? It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t get behind the wheel drunk, but I’m willing to guess that you’ve hopped

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Antibiotics Linked to Aortic Aneurysm & Aortic Dissection

Fluoroquinolones are a group of widely-used, broad-spectrum antibiotics prescribed to treat a variety of respiratory and urinary tract infections. Unfortunately, they have also been long associated with a large number of dangerous complications and adverse health effects. Most recently, fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been shown to greatly increase the risk of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissections

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Elder Neglect and Abuse in Massachusetts Nursing Homes: How You Can Protect Your Senior Loved Ones

Massachusetts nursing homes have been making national news recently and yet again, it’s for all the wrong reasons. Last Wednesday, following a year-long investigation, the state’s Attorney General Maura Healey announced that serious instances of neglect have been discovered in as many as 7 elder care facilities across the Bay State. Healey said that her

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