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This little red pill is harming nursing home residents

Nursing home residents are facing aggressive treatment with dangerous effects. According to a CNN investigation, a drug called Nuedexta is inappropriately prescribed to elderly patients. This pharmaceutical drug is unsafe and unnecessary in many cases.

So what is Nuedexta meant to treat? Why is it potentially harmful? Read below for more information about this over-prescribed little red pill. 

Common causes of large truck accidents in Tennessee

Large trucks are an important part of our country's economy. The more you see on the road, the better shape the economy is in. Despite this, they can also be some of the most dangerous vehicles on the roads. So, what are some of the most common causes of large truck accidents in Tennessee?

As with many other motor vehicle accidents, a common cause of accidents involving large trucks is that of dangerous driving conditions. Slippery, icy or debris-covered roads make it difficult for trucks to safely navigate. Reduced visibility due to high winds, fog, haze and heavy rain can also make it difficult for a large truck to drive safely.

What should I do with a drug that's been recalled?

Drug recalls are a part of life that are bound to happen. With so many different drugs on the market, it's likely that one of the drugs you take at some point in your life will be recalled. So, what do you do should one of your prescriptions get recalled? We will provide you with some instructions in today's post.

Prescription drugs can be recalled for various reasons. These include being labeled wrong, packaged incorrectly, are a hazard to the patient's health, is manufactured poorly, is possibly contaminated and is not what the description says it is.

Explaining failure to diagnose in Tennessee

Going to the doctor should involve trust. It's natural for us to trust our doctors. Why not? They are some of the best in the world. They go through rigorous coursework and training to get where they are today. But, even the best doctors out there can make a mistake. Today, we will explain failure to diagnose in Tennessee.

A doctor or any other medical professional could be held liable if the failure to diagnose has led to progression of a disease or injury that otherwise would not have happened if the diagnose was done properly or in a timely manner. Doctors receive training to provide patients with differential diagnosis. This is when a doctor will list causes of a patient's issues or possible diseases in descending order of actual chances they are the culprit.

I was exposed to asbestos: will I develop cancer?

Asbestos is a human carcinogen, which is a substance known to cause cancer. While there is evidence connecting asbestos and cancer, unfortunately, there is no precise answer to the question posed in the headline of this post; there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, but not everyone who is exposed develops cancer or other related disorders.

However, in order to assess your risk if you have been exposed to asbestos, you can consider various factors that increase your chances of developing an asbestos-related illness. 

Jury trials are integral to medical malpractice suits

Preventable medical errors claim 440,000 lives in the U.S. every year. Incidents of abuse and neglect in nursing homes across America are rising along with the number of Americans aged 65 and older. Seniors will represent one in five Americans by 2030, and seniors require more chronic medical care.

The last line of defense in the case of injurious, disabling or fatal medical malpractice is a jury trial, in which a plaintiff sues a defendant under civil law for financial damages. The outcome is largely determined by a selected jury, within the instructions of the judge.

Potentially fatal drug reactions manufacturers don't mention

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS) are among the worst of all bad drug reactions. Immediately life-threatening, the conditions can be caused by drugs like ibuprofen to antibiotics. However, patients are seldom warned about the possibility even when they are given drugs that are commonly associated with one of these conditions.

Before you reach for another dose of your medication, this is what you should know.

How to drive safely near large trucks in Tennessee

The roads of Tennessee can be scary, especially for young drivers with little experience. However, even some of the most experienced drivers find themselves in difficult situations when on the roads throughout the state. Large trucks can be difficult to drive near due to their size and speed. Here are some tips to help you avoid trucking accidents.

When driving near a large truck, never tailgate the vehicle. It can be frustrating being stuck behind a truck because they take so long to get going due to their weight, but tailgating is dangerous. A rear-end collision with a truck can be tragic. It can crush you and your vehicle in an instant.

Signs your hip replacement device is failing

Hip replacement devices are meant to improve your quality of life, not make it worse. For many, hip replacement surgery does not end well. Not long after going through recovery patients notice issued with their replacement device. Here are the common signs that show possible hip replacement device failure in Tennessee.

The most common signs that your hip replacement is failing include the following:

  • A feeling that the hip joint has become dislocated
  • Pain when moving or walking
  • Lumps near the hip where the device is installed
  • Swelling in the groin area or on the hip
  • Popping or squeaking noises when walking

Tennessee girls prep school fined for asbestos

A girls preparatory school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been fined for the presence of asbestos. The school received its fine from the Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA). The fine comes after an inspection was performed at the Girls Preparatory School (GPS).

A complaint was filed about the condition of the school late in the month of June. TOSHA responded to the complaint and performed an inspection at the school. The complaint was filed by a whistleblower who witnessed employees improperly demolishing items that contained asbestos. The whistleblower also witnessed employees improperly disposing of asbestos-related materials.

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