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Surveys show more drivers using phones to text, email

Pennsylvania drivers might be more likely to engage in more high-risk behavior using their phones than in previous years. Observational studies carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2014 and 2018 found that in 2018, there was a 57 percent higher chance of seeing a driver using a cellphone for email, texting or in some other way besides talking. On the other hand, the number of drivers seen using phones to talk went down.

Migraines, and the seven conditions they can be confused with

There are seven conditions that migraine sufferers in Pennsylvania are most frequently misdiagnosed with. Migraines, after all, exhibit symptoms that are shared by other conditions. The issue is so widespread that according to one study, only one in 20 patients gets a correct headache or migraine diagnosis. Patients will therefore want to be familiar with these seven other conditions.

Avoiding accidents with large trucks

From 2009 to 2016, the number of fatal large truck crashes went up 27 percent. This is according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. In all, 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016, and 66 percent of those fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants. Pennsylvania motorists can avoid becoming a statistic, though, if they consider some tips for avoiding truck crashes.

Why drivers should have full tort insurance

Pennsylvania is unique when it comes to auto insurance when compared to other states. One debate you might hear around here that you do not in most of the country is whether to go for full tort or limited tort automobile insurance. For those unaware, full tort coverage allows the driver unrestricted rights to sue a negligent party after a car crash. Limited tort coverage costs less than full tort, but in exchange, the driver does not have as many options for a lawsuit against a reckless motorist.

Study finds pediatric medication errors are often linked to EHRs

Hospitals in Pennsylvania and around the country rely on electronic health record systems to ensure that patient information is updated regularly. These systems are designed by computer specialists to provide doctors with all of the information they need to make prudent medication and treatment decisions, but the way this data is presented is sometimes so confusing that it leads to errors. Researchers from the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare studied 9,000 pediatric patient reports gathered at three hospitals between 2012 and 2017. Most of the errors they discovered were connected to EHR functionality.

Warning signs of a brain injury

Car accidents are scary, traumatic and often leave the individuals involved with severe injury. At times, this can include a brain injury. If your head slams into your steering wheel or window with great force during an accident, you may have endured serious trauma to the brain.

Could you have a brain injury?

Broken bones, cuts and scratches are visible injuries that people generally seek immediate treatment for, but some injuries are not so obvious, but require immediate medical attention, too. In fact, many of the most serious injuries are not readily apparent at all. Brain injuries in particular can be extremely severe and dangerous, but their symptoms might not always be as obvious.

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