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New York women may need second opinions on biopsy results

Many women undergo biopsies in order to confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer and rely on the results to tell them what treatment is needed. A recent study showed that while pathologists agree most of the time about the diagnosis of cancer and normal tissue, pathologists have trouble agreeing on the diagnosis of pre-cancerous conditions. Many women could be put at risk for a range of consequences associated with such diagnostic misinterpretations.

The findings of the study go on to suggest that women that receive a misdiagnosis from a breast-cancer biopsy could be at risk of undergoing unnecessary treatment. In addition to the inappropriate treatment, the patient could experience unwarranted emotional distress over being informed of a pre-cancerous condition. Alternatively, women may not know their risk of developing breast cancer if their pathologist fails to identify a pre-cancerous condition. A misdiagnosis could put the patient at risk of the condition worsening over time.

Wet weather driving tips to improve safety

New York residents may see spring rainfall as a sign that winter is finally over and better weather is on the way, but the roads may still be treacherous even after the snow and ice has melted. According to the AAA, wet weather causes 1.2 million accidents on the nation's roads each year, and many of these collisions could be avoided if drivers lowered their speeds and observed some basic safety protocols.

Maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front is an important part of road safety habit regardless of prevailing weather conditions, but many drivers do not appreciate that their car or truck will require far more road to stop in the rain. Doubling the normal distance could dramatically reduce the number of wet weather car accidents, and drivers who maintain safe distances are less likely to hydroplane or skid because of sudden braking.

New York woman killed when SUV crashes into AT&T store

One person was killed, and two others were injured when an SUV plowed into an AT&T phone store on Long Island March 30. The accident happened around 11 a.m. on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck.

Police said a 65-year-old woman lost control of her Toyota SUV as she was attempting to park and smashed through the front plate glass window of the building. A 66-year-old woman sitting on a couch in the store was struck and became pinned by the vehicle. Nearly a dozen other customers and witnesses worked to lift the SUV off the woman before emergency crews arrived. The victim, a Great Neck resident, was taken to North Shore University Hospital where she died around two hours later. Another customer and a store employee were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Distractions teens deal with while driving

New York parents may spend a great deal of time emphasizing the importance of putting the cellphone away while driving, but recent literature suggests that efforts to reduce phone use while behind the wheel may not be affecting distracted driving overall. Driving distractions are certainly not limited to texting and calling, but because these have been some of the most significant distractions in recent years, the focus of many safety campaigns has moved away from the general danger of distracted driving behaviors.

The focus on cellphone use is reasonable because with significant educational initiatives, an estimated 40 percent of teens reportedly continue to participate in text messaging activity while driving. However, approximately 27 percent of teens report that they change clothes while they are behind the wheel. Others engage in multi-tasking behaviors such as doing homework or putting on makeup. Fortunately, early studies indicate that a short class of just 20 to 40 minutes addressing the risks associated with multitasking might increase teen awareness and caution.

Spinal cord injuries from car accidents

People who are involved in motor vehicle collisions in New York may sustain spinal cord injuries from the trauma. Although the vast majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by traumas such as auto accidents or abrupt impacts from other causes, these injuries can also be the result of degeneration from diseases like cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, global statistics show that between 250,000 and 500,000 people sustain an injury to their spinal cord each year. About 90 percent of these injuries are caused by some sort of trauma. Due to the various complications associated with this type of injury, people who sustain a spinal cord injury have a mortality risk that is between two and five times higher than people who have not received one.

New York crash seriously injures 2 women

A 34-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman were seriously injured after an SUV crashed into a restaurant on Broad Hollow Road in East Farmingdale. The crash took place about 10:30 a.m. on March 19, and police say that the driver was fleeing from another hit-and-run accident when this incident took place. It was discovered after the accident that the 69-year-old man did not have a valid driver's license.

One of the women became trapped under the SUV after the crash, and firefighters had to use special equipment to free her from the wreckage. After she was freed, she was transported by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. The other woman also had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. Both of the victims were nurses at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola.

Bus crash seriously injures 2 in New York

Authorities with the FDNY reported that two people were seriously injured when a small bus crashed near the George Washington Bridge. The accident reportedly occurred on March 10 when the bus left the roadway and smashed through a stone wall before careening down an embankment.

According to reports, the bus was on a ramp connecting the Henry Hudson Parkway to the bridge on the west side of Manhattan just north of Fort Washington Park. Emergency medical personnel responded and transported the two people to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Both injured people were reportedly in serious condition but are expected to survive.

New York crash kills teenager, injures 4 others

It was reported that a New York teenager was killed in a car accident on March 6 on Northern State Parkway at approximately 11:06 p.m. The crash left four others with injuries.

Authorities stated that two vehicles, a Chevrolet Malibu and a BMW, were travelling on the parkway when they collided. The Chevrolet ultimately left the road and crashed through the median. The vehicle came to a rest on its top in the westbound lanes of the parkway. The collision caused the BMW to leave the road and collide with a tree. Authorities stated that both of the vehicles were heading east at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred, though it was not believed that drugs and alcohol were involved.

New York cabbie pins woman between two taxis

A woman in New York City was severely injured after an early-morning accident left her pinned between the cab into which she was loading groceries and a cab that struck her. The accident, which occurred near Times Square, sent the woman to the hospital for surgery and raised a number of questions about the underlying causes of the accident.

Police and taxi commission officials stated the accident was caused by a rookie driver. However, the driver claims his brakes were not functioning properly when he attempted to avoid the collision, after admitting he did not initially see the woman. The impact left her with serious injuries that required medical intervention. The California woman, who had come to New York to attend the funeral of an old friend, was to be joined by her family while she recovers from the wounds and aftermath of the accident.

New York man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2013 crash

A Patchogue man pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Feb. 20 in a case that involved a fatal automobile accident in Sayville in 2013. The man was allegedly driving while on narcotics when he veered into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on collision. The driver of the other vehicle died, and the passenger of that vehicle was seriously injured. After the plea deal, the man was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

The surviving driver reportedly was driving while high on PCP and morphine, among other drugs, at the time of the car accident. The man was originally indicted for second-degree murder and vehicular homicide, among other crimes, before reaching a plea deal and pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter. The district attorney said that there was a very high level of legal burden to prove the man was guilty of murder by "depraved indifference" beyond a reasonable doubt. In a recent case, a Babylon man was acquitted by jury on such a murder charge.

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