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August 2016 Archives

Rhinovirus Outbreak at Montrose Veterans' Home

An outbreak of Rhinovirus at the New York State Veterans' Home in Montrose, New York has killed four people and sickened dozens others. The New York State Department of Health reports that the outbreak began on August 2. According to DOH, there have been 58 cases, including 4 deaths, at the 221 bed Westchester County veterans' home.

Laws help hold alcohol industry accountable in drunk driving accidents

It may not just be the person behind the wheel at fault when an intoxicated person injures someone while driving. There are numerous instances of customers being served inappropriately and beyond the legal limit. Such practices add another level of negligence and liability to cases in which drunk drivers injure or kill innocent victims.

Surgical Mesh used in Hernia Repair Recalled

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has issued a voluntary recall of ETHICON PHYSIOMESH Flexible Composite Mesh following two studies that found patients implanted with the mesh had a higher risk of hernias re-opening and requiring additional surgery.  The company states that it believes the higher rates of revision surgery to be a "multifactorial issue" but has yet to pinpoint the factors causing the product's failure.  In addition to the Physiomesh problem, Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits related to its vaginal-mesh inserts.

Pokémon Go: How to do it Right

The new augmented reality game by Niantic Labs, Pokémon Go, has already passed the 100 million download mark with no sign of stopping. When you turn on the app, an accurate map of your location is superimposed with PokeStops , Gyms, and 142 of the original 151 Pokemon (three are not native to the Americas and the rest are not yet out), effectively turning planet Earth into the Kanto Region. Despite the AR being in its initial stage and lacking things like trading, live battles, and an accurate tracker, users are everywhere and are already making a noticeable impact on interactive technology culture.

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