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March 2019 Archives

NHTSA accused of inaction as fatal truck crash numbers rise

Large truck crashes are leading to more deaths in Kentucky and elsewhere in the country. In 2017, there were 4,102 large truck crash fatalities: 28 percent more than in 2009. Of those, 68 percent were car occupants, and 14 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Incidents where large trucks rear-end cars are especially frequent as well as severe in terms of injuries and damage.

This is what's happening in a drunk driver's body

You never know when a drunk driver is sharing the Kentucky roadway you're traveling on. However, you might notice erratic driving behavior that causes you to suspect a particular driver might be acting under the influence of alcohol. If so, it's always best to try to safely distance yourself from the vehicle. In a high traffic area when traveling at highway speeds, this isn't always possible.

Study reveals disagreements in fibromyalgia diagnosis methods

Residents of Kentucky should know that many people are mistakenly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition marked by chronic pain and fatigue. Furthermore, investigators at a university clinic have found a discrepancy between the clinical diagnosis and criteria-based diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The results were published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

Younger patients with colon cancer more commonly misdiagnosed

Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is not a condition limited to the elderly. In fact, there are an increasing number of patients under the age of 50 who are being found with stage 3 or 4 colon cancer. However, Kentucky should note that this may be the result of misdiagnoses at the initial appointment with a doctor.

State cellphone laws linked to distracted driving death rates

ValuePenguin has analyzed federal data on cellphone-related distracted driving accidents and has found that distracted driving fatality rates generally are highest in those states that have the most lax cellphone laws. Kentucky ranked 16th with a fatality rate of 1.76 people per 10 billion miles traveled. This state has a complete ban on texting but no ban on handheld phone use in general.

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