April 2013

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How Did Our Grandparents Survive, Kentucky?

As I unfold my ladder, which has safety warnings at each joint, I wonder how anyone managed to live to a ripe old age 100 years ago. Kids did dangerous things back then, like riding their bikes without helmets. Toddlers did not choke on small…

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When an Inherently Dangerous Kentucky Machine Is Even More Perilous

Each year in the United States, it seems, a different model of car is recalled because some component has failed, causing people to get into crashes. Many of these people are injured; some die. The Response to a Growing Problem Difficulty in notifying consumers about…

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Getting Cheated by the Kentucky Healthcare Professional You Trust

We tend to respect and have faith in our Kentucky doctors and other medical professionals. In general, they earn this esteem; sometimes, however, our respect and faith are misplaced. Particularly incorrigible are fraud and abuse perpetrated on the elderly in Kentucky nursing homes. Unethical doctors,…

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Do Kentucky Doctors Make the Right Diagnosis of a Fatal Brain Disease?

A fatal brain disease seems to be misdiagnosed more often than not, according to an article on the HealthDay website. A Deadly Disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative brain disorder that is nearly always fatal within a year of onset. The National Institutes…

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My uncle is in a Kentucky nursing home. How can I tell if he is being physically abused?

There are a number of clues, including the following: bruises, welts, or scars—particularly if they are symmetrical on both sides of the body—that cannot be explained; broken bones, sprains, or dislocations; unexplained hair loss; prescription bottles containing obviously more or less than they should; broken…

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My wife and I are having a difference of opinion on whether the symptoms of a brain hemorrhage would be obvious. My wife says it would be obvious; I say it wouldn’t. Who’s right?

You both are right. Some symptoms of a brain hemorrhage, or brain bleed, are severe and recognizable, whereas some may be overlooked or attributed to another, insignificant cause. If you experience any of these symptoms, which are listed on WebMD, go to the emergency room…

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