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New therapy approved for malignant pleural mesothelioma

The NovoTTF-100L System, combined with pemetrexed and platinum-based chemotherapy had recently been approved by the FDA for a front-line treatment option for patients who have unresectable, metastatic or locally advance malignant pleural mesothelioma. This marks the first treatment in 15 years for those who suffer from this condition. The FDA made its decision based on the findings from the single-arm STELLAR trial, which increased the median survival rate to just over 18 months when the treatment was combined with physical therapy.

What are the risks of riding a motorcycle instead of driving?

Motorcycle accidents are one of the most dangerous types of traffic accidents in America. Even when wearing a full bodysuit and helmet, you will not have the same level of protection as occupants of passenger vehicles. Because of this, broken bones, head injuries, neck injuries and other serious conditions are risks to consider.

According to a Forbes article, one way to reduce motorcycle accidents starts with crash warning and prevention systems. The writer believes that these systems could better prepare bikers and your bikes to either avoid or survive an accident. However, crash warning systems are rarely included on motorcycles, though some companies are trying to change this.

Factors that affect alcohol levels

Most drivers in Pennsylvania know that driving under the influence of alcohol is a no-no, but many underestimate the amount of alcohol it takes to reach the legal limits. There are numerous factors that affect how alcohol metabolizes in the body, and a drink can affect one person way different than another one. This can result in people getting behind the wheel when they should not be driving. 

According to the Stanford Office of Alcohol Policy and Education, gender plays a major role in how one metabolizes alcohol. In general, men have more of the enzymes needed to metabolize alcohol, and they are often larger in size and have more water composition than women. This allows men to drink more before they are legally drunk. The amount of food in the stomach also makes a big difference. Alcohol reaches the blood stream much faster when food is not present. 

Strong winds and high-profile vehicles

There are many dangers associated with driving, and some vehicles are especially dangerous. For example, someone riding a motorcycle may be especially likely to sustain an injury or pass away if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Moreover, certain types of vehicles, such as high-profile vehicles, carry different risks that drivers should be aware of. In fact, it can be especially dangerous to drive a high-profile vehicle during strong winds since the vehicle may be more likely to be pushed or flip over as a result of wind.

High-profile vehicles, such as SUVs, vans and trucks, can be particularly dangerous at certain times. If you operate one of these vehicles, you should watch out for high winds and other risks (such as snow or ice) which could make an accident more likely. Moreover, if you were hit by one of these vehicles, it is important to do everything in your power to recover from the accident. Depending on what occurred on the road, it may even be necessary to move ahead with a lawsuit.

National Safety Month 2019: Workplace safety

Workplace safety should always be a priority, but especially right now. Why? Because June is National Safety Month! This is an annual observation that the National Safety Council and other organizations use to raise awareness about workplace injuries.

This year, National Safety Month is all about recognizing hazards, preventing slips, trips and falls and reducing fatigue. Here are some helpful facts and tips to keep you safe at your job. 

Road work and motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle collisions happen in many ways, and there are certain hazards that motorcyclists should be especially conscious of during the summer months. In many parts of the country, a lot of road work occurs during the summertime, and this can be helpful when it comes to reducing the likelihood of a motorcycle crash (eliminating potholes, etc.). Unfortunately, road work can also lead to a motorcycle collision in various ways and motorcyclists should exercise caution when approaching and riding through a road construction zone.

Some motorcyclists have been involved in accidents in work zones as a result of their own negligence, such as trying to speed through a work zone or pass vehicles by maneuvering through traffic. However, even when a motorcyclist is very responsible and cautious, they may be involved in an accident in this environment. For example, a construction crew member who is operating a truck may not see a motorcyclist and collide with them. Or, a motorcyclist may be struck by debris or by another vehicle that is driving too fast through a work zone.

How can I spot a drunk driver?

Drunk driving is a very serious offense that is capable of destroying numerous lives in one fell swoop. While it's ultimately up to law enforcement to identify and apprehend drunk drivers, it also helps for ordinary citizens to be alert and aware when on the road. In this case, MADD offers the following advice on how you can spot a drunk driver and what you should do about it.

First and foremost, never pursue a drunk driver on your own. If you notice any of the following signs, the best thing you can do is to take note of the vehicle and contact law enforcement right away from a safe area. Drunk drivers often exhibit risky driving behaviors, including swerving in and out of lanes. The person may also appear to accelerate or decelerate at an abnormal pace or even stop for no reason. Other signs include driving with headlights off, driving too slowly, making illegal turns, driving on the wrong side of the road, or signaling incorrectly.

What gear do I need when riding a motorcycle?

Motorcycle helmets are crucial to protect riders, but this isn't where safety measures should end. There are other types of gear that also offer protection, and it's a must that riders are properly outfitted every time they ride their motorcycles. RideApart.com explains what you must wear to stay safe when on the road. 

Motorcyclists should always make sure their legs are covered. However, regular jeans are not likely to offer ample protection in the event of a crash. When choosing pants, look for those with reinforced panels covering knees, shins, and hips. These are most likely to protect your legs from abrasions if you're involved in an accident. You also want to ensure that pants offer a good fit. They should be snug, but you should also be able to move your legs freely when riding. That way you can rest assured you can maneuver the bike correctly. 

The long-term rehab needed after limb amputation

Big rigs are a familiar sight on Pennsylvania roadways. They are a crucial part of a thriving economy. However, with more traffic on the highways than ever before and the fact that they weigh 20 to 30 times more than your car or light duty truck, accidents involving 18-wheelers are often devastating. At Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C, our team of attorneys has experience representing clients whose injuries result in limb amputation.

John Hopkins Medicine reports that a permanent disability takes a toll on patient self-esteem. A rehabilitation program that maximizes patient capabilities is essential for promoting independence which can improve self-care and encourage rejoining your community.

Common sense 101: Avoid a DUI accident at all costs

Drunk driving is still a persistent problem in Pennsylvania. Despite ad campaigns, many people either do not see the dangers or think they will be fine. Sadly, that is not always the case. In 2017 alone, more than 9,000 car accidents occurred as a result of driving under the influence, with many of them resulting in fatalities. 

We're not here to tell you not to enjoy alcohol. But before you head out for an evening, plan ahead and use common sense about getting behind the wheel of your car. We know you've heard it all before, but with the statistics still heading in the wrong direction, we think it bears repeating that drinking and driving is never okay. 

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