Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 181 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-July-2003
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Life-saving benefits to traffic tickets?
Police should hand out more traffic tickets. While Robert Tibshirani, PhD, won't win any popularity contests with that sentiment, the Stanford School of Medicine researcher and his colleagues at the University of Toronto report in a paper being published in the June 28 issue of The Lancet that vigilant traffic law enforcement may reduce fatal car crashes.  more

FDA: Working to improve medication safety
Since 1992, the Food and Drug Administration has received about 20,000 reports of medication errors. These are voluntary reports, so the number of medication errors that actually occur is thought to be much higher. There is no "typical" medication error, and health professionals, patients, and their families are all involved.  more


Medication error tracking and public education
A recent ISMP survey on medication error reporting practices showed that health professionals submit reports more often to internal reporting programs such as hospitals than to external programs such as the FDA. According to ISMP, one reason may be health professionals' limited knowledge about external reporting programs.  more

HHS blueprint to boost breast-feeding
Two decades of scientific research, and years of proactive measures by health experts and others, are beginning to pay off. Attitudes and behaviors toward breast-feeding in the United States are changing. more

Information for patients: Vacationing on cruise ships with confidence
Shaking hands may be the conventional greeting for landlubbers, but on the high seas, the "forearm tap" has become popular. This greeting of knocking elbows together instead of shaking hands was encouraged by a number of cruise lines to raise awareness of the importance of personal hygiene on board ship, according to a representative for Carnival Cruise Lines.  more

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