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Tips patients can use to help avoid errors in the operating room

Even though we trust our doctors and other medical professionals to get things right, the reality is that they make mistakes just like everyone else. However, there is one very big difference between medical mistakes made by doctors and mistakes made by everyone else: medical mistakes can cost people their lives.

In fact, according to one 2016 study published in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), medical errors claim as many as 250,000 lives every year in the United States — making it the third leading cause of death, behind only cancer and heart disease.

BLS Report: Workplace and construction deaths are on the rise

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary for 2016. One of the most alarming statistics in this report is that there were 5,190 fatal work injuries record in the U.S. that year, of which, 4,693 were in the private sector.

Not only was this a 7 percent increase from the previous year’s census, but it was the highest total of work-related fatalities since 2008.

Just how often is breast cancer misdiagnosed?

According to statistics reported by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will eventually face a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in her lifetime.

In 2017 alone, more than 300,000 U.S. women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer, including more than 250,000 cases of invasive breast cancer and more than 60,000 cases of non-invasive (ductal carcinoma in situ) breast cancer. To put these numbers in perspective, consider this: a U.S. woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes, on average.

Do you ride bike in New York? Here are 5 laws you should know.

With more and more people turning to bikes as their primary form of transportation, cycling is as popular as ever in New York City. And given the number of bikes on NYC roadways today, it is a good idea for cyclists to review some of the many laws that may apply to them — especially that laws that outline their rights and responsibilities.

With that being said, here are five things that every bike rider should know:

5 common causes of fires in multifamily buildings

Whether you live in an apartment building, condominium, townhouse or any other type of multifamily residential building, fire safety is extremely important. After all, just a single fire in any of the units can put everyone in the building at risk, which is why multifamily building fires can be so dangerous.

In fact, while multifamily building fires accounted for only 29 percent of all residential fires from 2013 to 2015, they nevertheless resulted in nearly 4,000 injuries and more than 400 deaths each year, on average, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

5 steps to take following a serious bike accident

Unlike those traveling in motor vehicles, bicyclists don't have seatbelts or airbags to protect them if they are ever in an accident. This is one reason why bike accidents can be so devastating.

If you are ever involved in a bike accident, you need to act fast, especially if you have suffered injuries. In fact, you need to take immediate action in order to protect your health and well-being, not to mention your legal rights. With that in mind, here are five steps you should take if you are ever in a bike accident:

Report highlights just how deadly construction work can be in NYC

Even though most people know that construction work in New York City is dangerous -- particularly for those working around large machinery or high atop scaffolding -- many don't realize just how deadly it can be.

In fact, according to a report issued earlier this year by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, there were an alarming 159 construction worker deaths in New York City from 2007 through 2014 -- meaning there was an average of roughly 20 deaths each year. And given the current construction boom in the city, it doesn't look like these numbers are going to drop anytime soon.

Scaffolding accident in lower Manhattan leaves several injured

On Sunday, several New Yorkers were injured after a scaffolding collapse in lower Manhattan. Fortunately, there were dozens of people nearby that pitched in to help free those trapped under the debris. The FDNY reports that all five of those injured were transported to Bellevue -- although many were surprised that there were not more people injured.

According to a report by the New York Post, FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Lonino said the accident occurred at 11:40 a.m. after the wind blew over a shed that was holding up the scaffolding. Lonino said that exterior panels of plywood paneling on the scaffolding acted as sails in the high winds, which eventually blew the shed over.

The opioid crisis is getting worse -- but who is to blame?

The current opioid epidemic is affecting every corner of the nation. In fact, The New Yorker recently reported that two hundred thousand people in the United States have died from opioid overdoses since 1999.

In New York City alone, more than 80 percent of the city's 1,374 overdose deaths in 2016 were linked to opioids, according to the New York City Department of Health. Even worse, overdose deaths in NYC increased an alarming 47 percent in one year from 2015 to 2016 -- and this year isn't looking any better.

5 things you can do to help protect your family from fires

Unfortunately, it is impossible to guarantee that a fire will never impact you or your family, especially since you may not be able to control many of the situations that give rise to dangerous house fires, including faulty wiring and defective appliances, just to name a few.

However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do everything possible to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and your family should a fire tragically occur in your home. Some of the steps you can take to improve your home's fire safety include:

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