Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that has been heavily studied since the late 1200s. Researchers say Spanish alchemist Arnold of Villanova first discovered the poisonous gas when examining the incomplete combustion of wood. According to historical records, Villanova described an invisible poisonous gas that scientists today believe was most likely the existence of carbon monoxide fumes.
Influenza Di Freddo is believed to have been a term coined by residents of Florence, Italy in the 1300’s. Literally translated, it means “the cold influence”. It was used to describe the sudden increase in community illness that coincided with the decrease in air temperatures from summer to fall. As it turns out, there is a scientific explanation for the increase in flu virus infection and the cold, dry air of fall and winter. You see, the flu virus is transmitted through the air. When the air is hot and wet, the virus gets dragged to the ground by water droplets. When the air is cold and dry, the virus stay afloat longer, allowing all of us a better chance at breathing it in, and becoming sick.
The release of the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show Maryland hospitals could be getting safer. Though the state fell eight spots since the Spring reviews, ranking 38 out of the 49, Maryland ratings have still shown quite a bit of improvement.
Over 400 people die every day in the United States from accidental injuries. In 2018, unintentional injuries became the third leading cause of death for the first time in history, only beat by heart disease and cancer. According to the National Safety Council (N.S.C.), 47.2 million Americans reported injuries in 2017. Of these, 169,936 resulted in fatalities, and 100 percent of these deaths were preventable.
Maryland has some of the best medical facilities in the nation. But not every hospital is up to par. In the biannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Report released last week, Maryland hospitals ranked 30th across the country for health and safety.
Here in Maryland, it’s homecoming season. I have three teenagers. Plans are being made for “the ask” (the over-the-top production of how one goes about asking their chosen date to attend) “the dress”, (self-explanatory) and “the ride” (who will have the most memorable limo arrival). All harmless high school fun, right? And the limo, while it may be pompous, does hold a certain “well, at least they won’t be driving” attraction for us worried parents, right? Maybe not.
Whether you just received a scary diagnosis or moved to a new town, consult a variety of sources to find a trustworthy doctor. Here are seven resources to aid your search.
1. Board certification search tool
Among the first steps for evaluating quality is to check to see whether a physician is board certified, says
A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine found medical errors to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to medical malpractice insurance giant Deitrich Healthcare, medical malpractice payouts totaled $3.9 billion in 2014.
Wondering whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice? Take this quiz to learn