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June 2018 Archives

Don't let big rigs intimidate you -- practice these safety tips

If you are a licensed driver in Kentucky, you are likely accustomed to big rigs on the highways. Tractor-trailers can be sizeable hazards to dodge when you change lanes, and a drive during peak hours can become nerve-racking. Some of the most dangerous areas to navigate when there are careless or negligent truck drivers present include Interstate 75 and Interstate 71 along with the Cut-in-the-Hill stretch of highway in Covington.

Brake violations top problem found during truck inspections

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance partners with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to organize brake inspection events throughout the country. Truck drivers in Kentucky can expect to encounter two inspection events in 2018. The CVSA has scheduled Brake Safety Week in September and plans to hold a surprise one-day inspection spree at some point this year.

Study shows advance in pancreatic cancer treatment

Pancreatic cancer is a notoriously difficult-to-treat condition for patients in Kentucky and across the United States. Because the cancer is so rarely diagnosed at an early stage, there is often little opportunity to treat it with surgery before it spreads to surrounding organs. However, a recent discovery presented at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference has highlighted a potential for increased survival for some pancreatic cancer patients.

Chemo may be unnecessary for some breast cancer patients

A promising study indicates that many Kentucky women diagnosed with breast cancer may not need to undergo chemotherapy in order to prevent a cancer recurrence in the future. For around 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with one common form of breast cancer in an early stage, hormone therapy can be sufficient to fully treat their cancer. The study, presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, emphasizes the use of a 21-gene expression test.

Truck crashes can cause severe injuries

Many Kentucky drivers may be concerned about the potential for serious injury after a collision with an 18-wheeler or commercial truck. These large vehicles are significantly heavier than the passenger vehicles they share the roads with. Therefore, they can be responsible for causing serious damage in case of an accident. When fatal collisions occur between large trucks and passenger vehicles, up to 97 percent of those deaths are passenger vehicle occupants.

Surgical errors that should never happen in Kentucky or anywhere

Like most Kentucky residents, you've likely made a medical appointment for yourself or your child at some point. From well-visits to seeking diagnosis for underlying causes of particular symptoms, we rely heavily on physicians throughout the nation to help us maintain good health and improve conditions that worsen for one reason or another. Sometimes, a doctor or specialist may determine surgery necessary to help you get well. The thought of undergoing a surgical procedure may worry you. 

Report finds that fatal truck crashes increased in 2016

Kentucky readers may be concerned to learn that, according to a new report, fatal large truck crashes are on the rise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the report, which updates preliminary data issued in 2017.

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