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May 2016 Archives

NFL withdrew $30 million brain damage study donation

Oklahoma football fans may be interested to learn that, according to a report issued on May 23, the National Football League attempted to influence a study that was being conducted on a link between football and brain injuries. The NFL had reportedly agreed to provide a $30 million donation to the NIH for the study but backed out after it was learned that a $16 million grant was given to a leading expert on football and brain disease.

Study shows robot can perform surgery

Oklahoma patients may not be aware that doctors are moving towards using robots that have the ability to make informed decisions based on the data they are given in surgeries. While it makes sense that robots, particularly ones that can make decisions, are becoming more prevalent, it has yet to be seen if humans may allow these robots to operate on them in the future.

Surgical errors and health care costs

A surgical sponge costs an Oklahoma hospital roughly a penny on average. However, it can cost a hospital up to $600,000 on average if that sponge or other objects are left inside of a patient. Those costs include legal costs and the fact that an additional surgery needs to occur to take the object out. In 70 percent of all retained object cases, sponges were the item left in the patient.

2014 truck accident statistics have been released

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a report showing that the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents around the country in 2014 declined by 5 percent from the previous year. This is good news for Oklahoma travelers and truck drivers alike.

FDA issues guidance to reduce drug-related errors

The Food and Drug Administration has issued two final guidance documents that could reduce the number of medication-related deaths in Oklahoma and across the U.S. The documents are part of the agency's efforts to satisfy a 2007 law which called for a reduction in unclear medication labels, look-alike and sound-alike brand names and problematic label and packaging designs.

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