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December 2019 Archives

Several factors may make truck crashes more likely

Many people in Pennsylvania worry about getting home safely when they take to the road, especially if they are traveling on highways with large numbers of semi-trucks. While truck drivers are often safer operators than the public as a whole, the size, weight and volume of large trucks mean that crashes involving them can be particularly catastrophic or even deadly. People in other vehicles are far more likely to be seriously injured in a crash involving a tractor-trailer. There are several factors that can make serious trucking accidents more likely on the road.

AASM survey: 45% of American adults drive when drowsy

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine conducted a Sleep Prioritization Survey, which asked 2,003 adults in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. if they have ever struggled to stay awake behind the wheel. Startlingly, 45% said yes. The link between drowsy driving and auto accidents is all too clear: The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that some 6,400 fatal crashes occur every year in the U.S. because of drowsy drivers.

Surprisingly common skin disease frequently misdiagnosed

Hidradenitis suppurativa, or HS, is a painful, unpleasant skin condition that affects many people in Pennsylvania and throughout the country who may have a difficult time receiving a proper diagnosis. While HS leads to lumps, boils, pain and growing wounds, up to 64% of patients with the disease needed to visit at least five different doctors before receiving a diagnosis. On average, patients wait 10 years to get a proper diagnosis and adequate treatment. HS tends to appear as small lumps in the armpits, groin and other areas with high levels of skin-to-skin contact. At first glance, HS resembles other types of boils or abscesses, common acute skin symptoms.

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