Posts from December 2014.

The last act of Congress in 2014 may avoid a government shutdown, but it also shuts down efforts to limit deaths in accidents caused by tired truck drivers.

Lawmakers recently passed an omnibus spending bill, providing $1.1 trillion in funding for the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2015. Like every spending bill, it offered goodies and giveaways to all types of businesses. One big favor, unfortunately, went to the nation's trucking industry.

The bill suspends two important ...

According to a new federal government report, 50,000 deaths from hospital mistakes across the United States were prevented between the years 2010 and 2013. Researchers concluded approximately 1.3 million fewer patients experienced health complications caused by hospitals, or about a 17 percent drop since 2010.

It's hard to pinpoint reasons for the drop, but it is good news. Yet the fact remains: too many people continue to suffer from preventable physician errors and much work remains to ...


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