Category Archive: News

Oct 31

Study finds no link between elderly patient activity and hospital falls

Elderly patients who suffered in-hospital falls were found to be no more active than patients who did not fall, according to a study from the University of Texas. Investigators for the retrospective case-control study, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, analyzed the mobility patterns of elderly patients aged 65 years or older …

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Oct 21

Best Ways Seniors Can Avoid the Hazards of Winter

  (HealthNewsDigest.com) – NEW YORK — Winter is a special time for celebration. It should also be a time for added caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. It is the season for falls, slips on icy streets, and other dangers that can be especially harmful for older adults. “Something …

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Oct 20

Paralyzed man’s mind moves prosthetic arm

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — Seven years after a motorcycle accident damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed, 30-year-old Tim Hemmes reached up to touch hands with his girlfriend in a painstaking and tender high-five.   The project, one of two brain-computer interface (BCI) studies under way at the University of Pittsburgh, used a grid …

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Oct 20

Workers’ Comp Results Deteriorated for Northeastern States Last Year

Most states in the northeastern region reported deteriorating workers’ compensation underwriting results last year, according to latest data from A.M. Best. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maine and Rhode Island were especially hard-hit. Pennsylvania’s direct premiums written fell 8.6 percent last year. New Jersey’s fell 8.3 percent. Delaware’s was down by 8.1 percent. Maine fell 5.5 …

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Oct 19

N.Y. high school football player dies after game

HOMER, N.Y. (AP) – A high school football player in central New York died Friday night after he suffered a head injury during a game. The fatal injury comes at a time when the safety risks of youth sports are under intense scrutiny, due to questions about whether enough is being done to protect players’ …

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Oct 19

When the Nurse Wants to Be Called ‘Doctor’

NASHVILLE — With pain in her right ear, Sue Cassidy went to a clinic. The doctor, wearing a white lab coat with a stethoscope in one pocket, introduced herself. “Hi. I’m Dr. Patti McCarver, and I’m your nurse,” she said. And with that, Dr. McCarver stuck a scope in Ms. Cassidy’s ear, noticed a buildup …

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Oct 19

Workers’ Compensation Market Outlook Still Grim: A.M. Best

The U.S. workers’ compensation insurance segment continued to face competitive pricing, further rate decreases, weak macroeconomic factors, growing medical costs and an uptick in claim frequency during 2010. As a result, premium volume declined and underwriting results deteriorated yet again, reported A.M. Best. While the line is still dealing with the same issues in 2011, …

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Oct 17

Workers compensation rates hiked by more states

Insurers seek price increases after tough years October 16, 2011 – 6:00am More states are approving workers compensation rate increases this year as insurer results deteriorate amid rising injury expenses and the Great Recession’s hammering of employer payrolls. Advertisement   Read more in the Workers Comp Channel What’s This? Workers Comp News and analysis about …

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Oct 17

N.Y. Laborers Local Takes a Stand at Liberty Plaza

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 Alexander Reed Kelly Mike Hellstrom (left) worked his way up to union leadership after beginning as a rank-and-file member. Mike Hellstrom, a construction and private sanitation worker for more than two decades, has been involved in union work for 27 years, and he’s tired of watching his friends and colleagues lose their …

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Oct 14

Disparities in Quality of Life Found Following Workers’ Compensation Claims

St. Louis—Pain can prove costly for individuals already dealing with financial woes and problems at home, a new study has found. According to research published in the August issue of Spine (2011;26:1402-1409), blacks, the working poor and people younger than 35 years old are more likely to suffer from financial problems and domestic issues after …

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