Learn about the risks of using a cell phone while driving. Also featured is inappropriate medical care in hospitals in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Pittsburgh - Using a cellphone while driving significantly decreases activity in the areas of the brain that are used to control the vehicle. Researchers enlisted 29 volunteers to drive a virtual vehicle while undergoing a functional MRI scan, and found a 37% decrease in the brain activity that is associated with driving. The study suggests that even hands-free cellphones can cause this distraction. From Wales - In a study of nearly 800 patients with severe injuries, as many as 25% received initial inappropriate management when care was initiated by a doctor other than an attending physician. Attending doctors initiated care in 40% of cases, but only 11% of cases at night. Factors causing this may include low staff to patient ratios at these times, barriers to accessing operating rooms and a reduction in the working hours of interventional radiologists during these times. Finally from Boston - According to Fidelity Investments, retirees will need to save about $225,000 to pay for medical bills received during retirement. This number represents a 41% increase over the past five years. Reasons for this include increasing drug costs, access to better but more costly diagnostic tests, and higher utilization rates. Among other things, financial planners are recommending that patients assess their own health and become better informed about the costs of healthcare. For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Dr. Susan Sharma.