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Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome Likely Underdiagnosed

August 22, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Compartment Syndrome, a dangerous condition that occurs when swelling in an extremity or compartment of the body cannot alleviate due to the fascia of the body holding fluids in one area, is mostly associated with trauma.  Whether caused by fire, blunt force injury, or car accident, most doctors are familiar with this devastating disease.

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Improperly Performed Treatment for Compartment Syndrome

August 21, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Compartment Syndrome occurs when swelling in one “compartment” of the body, be it an arm or a leg or even the torso, is unable to be alleviated because the fluid cannot dissipate into other parts of the body due to the fascia.  The fascia is the tissue, made largely of collagen, that prevents the organs or muscle of one compartment from shifting into another.  Most of the time this is a good thing, unless swelling needs to be relieved.

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New York Takes Major Step Toward Legalization of Marijuana

August 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Though not ready to follow in the footsteps of California and Colorado entirely, a major change to New York law took place in June of 2019.  Though not making sale, growth, and distribution legal, the change allowed for New Yorkers to possess significant quantities of weed without facing charges.  It is called decriminalization, and it is the next big step towards full legalization.

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Marijuana Goes Mainstream

August 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The rapid rise in acceptance of marijuana use in America has shocked many people.  Where just a decade ago even medical marijuana was a rare commodity, now more and more states have turned to legalization of recreational use to boost tax receipts.  There is no clearer sign of this burgeoning acceptance than the number of mainstream companies willing to align themselves with marijuana producers.

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The Role of the Placenta

August 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Placental previa (or placental detachment) is a dangerous condition that puts the lives of both baby and mother at risk.  To understand some of the reasons why, it is important to understand what the role of the placenta is, and how the function of this unique organ is integral to having a healthy child.

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Breastmilk Banks May Be Useful in Preventing Necrotizing Enterocolitis

August 07, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially fatal disease that mostly afflicts premature infants.  The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but it is well established in the medical literature that the disease onset is weeks after delivery, and that breastmilk has a preventative effect.  For some reason, formula feeding does not have a prophylactic effect on gut fauna.

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Parents Well-Served to Learn Walking Route

July 30, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Getting ready for back to school can quickly devolve into a whirlwind of stress.  Finding out which teacher your children will have, checking supply lists, and trying to track down the one last box of the specific brand of pencil or art supply can be a harrowing experience.  But despite all the hubbub, parents would be well-served to find time to squeeze in evaluating the walking path their child will take to and from school.

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Cancelled Flights May Increase Traffic

July 29, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Boeing 737 Max was a major part of many airline fleets, with tens of thousands of the planes in service across the country.  After a deadly accident and terrifying near-misses, an evaluation of the 737 Max revealed design flaws that left the pilot unable to navigate the plane in certain situations.  This fundamental issue required the planes to be grounded in many countries.

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July 25, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For years researchers have noted data supporting the fact that women die at a higher rate than men in automobile accidents.  Determining why has proved difficult, but a new study out of the University of Virginia may go a long way in explaining the discrepancy.  The study, published in July of 2019, puts part of the blame on crash tests.

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Truck Drivers Distracted by Variety of Media

July 24, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Driver distraction is a major problem for truckers, as the temptation to multi-task can be elevated after thousands of hours on the road.  These drivers may also reassure themselves that they are less likely to cause an accident due to distraction because they have logged so much experience that they are likelier to be able to react quickly enough to changing road conditions to swerve or brake in time.  This is not the case.

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Kids Walking Alone Can Be a Tough Decision

July 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Getting kids to and from school can be a difficult proposition, particularly for working parents or parents with multiple children attending different schools.  Staggering start times and adjusting for traffic can be problematic.  Even managing bus pickup times and but stops can be a multi-hour logic puzzle that yields unmanageable results.

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Teaching Street Safety to Children

July 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The basics of street safety can be taught to children even while they are very young.  In most cases, this begins with parents literally holding the child’s hand to cross the street.  Slowly but surely the child gains other skills, such as looking both ways and only crossing in crosswalks or other designated areas.

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Summer Vacations and High Traffic Areas

July 12, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip, as kids are out of school and most of the country is warm enough to enjoy some outdoor time.  Beaches are a common vacation destination in the summer, as the warm sand and cool water are both at perfect temperatures for maximum enjoyment.  National parks are a favorite haunt of many people, as summer and hiking go hand in hand.

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Driving in High Heat Carries Unique Difficulties

July 11, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Though winter driving, particularly navigating icy roads, receives the majority of the attention when it comes to difficult situations, summer driving is not without its own difficulties.  When a heat wave strikes, drivers should be aware of the changes in the environment, the changes in other vehicles, and the changes in other drivers that accompany these weather patterns.  Adjusting for those around you is of primary importance in preventing accidents.

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Misread Scans Cause Years of Unnecessary Suffering

July 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Washington Post has published a story about a retired nurse who suffered years of side effects from a surgery to remove her gallbladder.  The surgeon incorrectly modified her liver, resulting in an odd side effect of significant itching.  Years of scans were misread until a specialist recognized the symptoms from a previous patient and intervened properly.

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Truckers Should Respond Immediately to Signs of Drowsiness

July 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Drowsy driving is never a good idea, but it is particularly dangerous for truck drivers.  When behind the wheel of a big rig, the driver is responsible for thousands of pounds of metal, enough to easily cause significant multi-vehicle accidents.  Driving a truck is also more complicated than piloting a small sedan, so even a momentary lapse in concentration or consciousness can be impossible to recover from quickly enough to prevent disaster.

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Construction Workers Should be Made Aware of Higher Voltage Wiring

July 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For those who work in the construction industry, semi-exposed wiring is a common sight.  Though all electrical lines should be properly sheathed or in conduit, wiring tends to be everywhere in a building under construction.  Until the insulation goes in and the sheet rock goes up, there is always a risk of accidentally touching unexpectedly exposed wires.

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Truck Drivers Must Refrain From Careless Driving

July 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Defining careless driving can be very difficult.  Ultimately, it is up to the officer writing the ticket to determine whether or not a driver was careless, and rarely will it be based on the little things that can cause accidents like failing to keep two hands on the wheel or remaining attentive to the road.  Careless driving usually requires some observable sign that the driver is not paying proper attention.

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Improving Intersection Safety for Pedestrians

July 01, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is no surprise that many automobile accidents take place at intersections.  Drivers are attempting to determine who has right of way, are braking more frequently and sometimes more suddenly, and are generally executing turns in addition to the normal process of going straight.  The additional options make it much more potentially confusing.

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Placental Abruption Risk Factors

June 28, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Placental abruption when the placenta separates from the uterine lining unexpectedly, resulting in significant dangers to the unborn baby.  The placenta is responsible for carrying nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the fetus, and is the primary connection between the mother and her child until the child is safely delivered.  When the placenta is not functioning properly, the baby may suffer oxygen deprivation or malnutrition.

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