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Protect yourself from deadly hospital errors


According to the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America Report, in the United States, the rate of hospital-related medical harm is estimated to be over 40,000 people - every day. In fact, in the United States alone, over 2 million people (each year) are victimized by hospital-derived infections and over 100,000 people die as a result.

Anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills proven to kill thousands of American each year


People who take prescription drugs for anxiety or to induce sleep are significantly more prone to early death than others, suggests a new study recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). A team of researchers from the U.K. found that taking anti-anxiety medications like Valium (diazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam), or sleeping drugs like Ambien (zolpidem), are more than twice as likely as others to die as a result of the medications.

Obesity-mortality paradox debunked: Overweight type 2 diabetes patients do NOT survive better


A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has debunked the findings of some recent studies which suggested that diabetics who were overweight or obese could have lower mortality rates than their normal-weight counterparts.