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June 2016 Archives

Self-driving cars introduce moral dilemma

New York drivers may face a moral dilemma when driverless cars are finally available on the market although by then, regulation may have addressed the problem. On June 23, a study was published that asked 1,928 respondents about various hypothetical situations that might arise with self-driving cars. One was two people riding in a driverless car with obstacles on either side and pedestrians in the path ahead. The survey asked whether the car should hit a wall, injuring or killing the passengers, or save the passengers and hit the pedestrians instead.

Positioning during breast MRI may misrepresent tumors

Breast cancer affects countless women in New York. Some surgeons recommend that their patients have a breast MRI prior to scheduling their lumpectomy. The MRI allows the surgeon to plan the procedure in advance and to determine whether there are any other tumors in either breast.

Anesthesia risks and prevention

The idea of being placed under general anesthesia is frightening to many New Yorkers who have upcoming scheduled surgeries. While anesthesia errors are relatively uncommon, they can be deadly when they do occur. There are several things people can do to lessen the risks involved with anesthesia when they are preparing for a procedure.

Brain damage possible with plastic surgery

Individuals might seek plastic surgery services from New York professionals for various reasons, but it is important to understand the serious nature of any surgical procedure. Surgeries involving general anesthesia require careful monitoring of a patient's vital signs, and errors can have life-altering consequences. In some cases, inadequate oxygen can cause brain damage, and in other cases, anesthesia problems during surgery can lead to death.

The failure to diagnose dehydration in elders

Research on dehydration among elderly populations may give pause to Queens County physicians and caregivers who work with senior populations. The British study looked at a common method of diagnosis, urinalysis, to determine whether this provided an accurate view of a person's status. Researchers found that many common cues for dehydration, including urinalysis and clinical observation, may be misleading and result in a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose.

Summer heralds rise in number of fatal crashes involving teens

Motorists in New York and elsewhere across the country may be interested in knowing that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in auto accidents during the summer months than they are at times when school is more widely in session. One research and educational group, the American Automobile Association, recognizes Memorial Day as the unofficial start of what industry officials are calling the '100 deadliest days.'

Diabetes often goes undetected prior to hospital admission

Diabetes is a common disease among residents of New York and across the country. Calculations from the American Diabetes Association indicated that 20 percent of health care dollars go toward treating this single disease. Despite its prevalence, many people might not obtain a diagnosis until they enter a hospital as an inpatient.

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