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December 2016 Archives

Study shows better patient outcomes with female physicians

The gender of primary care physicians for elderly Arizona hospital patients could influence the likelihood of death or hospital readmission. A research team from Harvard analyzed the Medicare records of over 1.5 million patients age 65 and older. The data for people receiving non-surgical care revealed that 11.49 percent of people cared for by male physicians died within one month of treatment. The one-month death rate for the patients of female physicians was 11.07 percent.

How to prevent your guests from driving drunk

Drunk driving is one of the major causes of car accidents across the nation. In a concerted effort to crack down on such incidents, states have passed comprehensive drunk driving laws. In many locations, these include so-called social host liability laws. This means that someone hosting a social gathering can be held responsible if a guest gets drunk and then causes an accident.

Follow-up MRIs could help detect fetal brain abnormalities

An MRI scan following a mid-pregnancy ultrasound could help doctors in Arizona and around the world diagnose a potential fetal brain abnormality, according to British researchers. Their study, which was conducted at the University of Sheffield, was published in The Lancet on Dec. 14.

NFL star facing drunk driving charges after traffic incident

Arizona Cardinals fans are likely familiar with Michael Floyd. The 27-year-old wide receiver set seven school records at Notre Dame before being selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, and he went on to play in 63 of the team's 64 regular season games over the next four campaigns including a breakout 1,000 yard season in 2014. The Cardinals picked Floyd despite lingering questions about his drinking and decision making, and those questions resurfaced on Dec. 12 when reports emerged that he faces drunk driving charges after an incident in Scottsdale.

Synthetic drugs pose a challenge for lawmakers

Media outlets in Arizona and across the country have reported on the growing popularity of synthetic cathinones, also called bath salts, and cannabinoid substances with street names like K2 and spice. These drugs are often formulated using legal substances in order to skirt federal narcotics laws, and they can sometimes be found on the shelves of the nation's grocery or convenience stores. However, the windows of opportunity for synthetic drug manufacturers are generally short as lawmakers usually act quickly to close loopholes.

How a DUI can affect a teen's plans for college

Parents do their best when parenting their teens. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed many unsavory facts regarding teens and their safety, and few are so concerning as the revelation that 10 percent of those surveyed in the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance reported that they had engaged in drinking and driving. Parents are often completely unaware of such activities, but that ignorance can be expensive. When it comes to a teen's plans for the future and for college, a DUI can have a number of consequences.

Millions may be misdiagnosed as having penicillin allergies

Many people in Arizona and throughout the country are diagnosed with allergies to penicillin when they are children. When they later develop infections as adults, they may be prescribed other antibiotics that carry more serious side effects than penicillin does because their medical records reflect the penicillin allergies.

Factors that increase your BAC

As the holiday season approaches, it can be difficult to avoid alcohol completely, but did you know that there are other things that can cause your BAC to be elevated? In many cases a blood test will show that there is no actual alcohol in the blood, yet other factors can cause a breath analyzer to give a false report. Here are some things to watch out for if you get pulled over or have been convicted of a DUI.

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