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Veterans receive terrible care in VA nursing homes nationwide

America's veterans age just like the rest of the general population -- and many of them end up in nursing homes run by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Many of these nursing homes are providing care that is substandard, at best -- outright horrible at worst.

This claim isn't just supposition. It's the conclusion coming from the VA itself, based on the results of inspection reports that have been made public for the first time. The reports essentially show that the problems with patient care that exist in privately run nursing homes also exist in nursing homes for veterans.

How to stay involved in your parent's care at a nursing home

Putting a parent in a nursing home is never an easy decision. You probably worry often about the care your mom or dad is receiving, and for good reason. Nursing home abuse is a real problem in the U.S., and it is not only staff you have to worry about harming your loved one. According to the Office for Victims of Crime, almost a quarter of abuse complaints at nursing homes involve residents hurting other residents.

What can you do to ensure the health and safety of your parent? The answer is to stay involved in your parent's care in the following ways.

5 essential pieces of motorcycle safety gear

Few things are more enjoyable than leaving the stress of everyday life behind to explore Ohio behind the handlebars of your favorite motorcycle. As you know, though, motorcycling can be dangerous. That is, a motorcycle wreck can cause you to suffer serious bodily harm

If you sustain a serious injury in a motorcycle accident, you must act quickly to pursue compensation for your injuries. After all, for most personal injury cases, Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations. A better strategy, though, is to avoid a motorcycle accident altogether. With the right riding gear, you increase your odds of staying safe on your bike. Here are five pieces of motorcycle gear you should wear every time you ride: 

Bullying culture in health care can be detrimental to patients

Unfortunately, not everyone leaves bullying behind after their high school years. This can be especially true in the health care industry. In fact, some experts say that on-the-job bullying is more prevalent in health care than any other field across the country. You and other Ohio residents should be aware of this, because if bullying is present among your medical team as you are hospitalized, it can have an adverse effect on your health and safety.

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services explains that bullying is a common behavior among doctors, nurses and other health care workers. Why is this so, you may wonder? Health care is a fast-paced, stressful and competitive industry. Doctors and hospital administrators may feel they need to run a tight ship and keep their staff under strict control, and they can use less-than-positive means to maintain order and ensure efficiency. Senior nurses may feel superior to or threatened by newer nurses, and they may even form pecking orders or cliques to ostracize or belittle those they do not like or newcomers who have not proved themselves yet. It is also possible for some members of staff to try to undermine other workers or take credit for their work.

Spring can be a dangerous time for motorcycle riders

You do not only ride a motorcycle for transportation. On the contrary, your bike helps you clear your head while exploring Ohio. Even though you have exceptional riding skills, you must worry about others who share the roadways. If you are in a wreck, you may need to act quickly to protect your legal rights. 

Some parts of the year are worse for motorcycle riders than others. Spring is one of those times. Here are three reasons spring can be a dangerous time for motorcyclists: 

Why motorcycle collisions often cause serious injuries

As the snow melts and temperatures climb, you may be itching to dust off your motorcycle and hit the road. Before you do, though, you must think about your safety and well-being. After all, fatal motorcycle crashes are common in late spring and early summer, reveals the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

With a bit of luck and some defensive riding, you may never have to worry about a motorcycle crash. Still, you should understand the risks associated with motorcycling. Here are three reasons motorcycle collisions often cause serious injuries. 

Why isn't a federal agency doing more to stop truck accidents?

It's probably not fair to say that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) isn't doing anything to protect the average motorist from accidents with large trucks -- but it definitely isn't doing what it could be.

Over the last 30 years, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended at least 10 times that large vehicles be equipped with technology that could significantly reduce the number of front-end collisions large trucks are involved in -- something that often happens when drivers get distracted and tired.

How do weigh stations keep the highways safer?

Weigh stations are dotted along most major highways in the nation -- and open ones are a required stop for any passing truck.

Believe it or not, these weigh stations perform an important role in keeping you and others safe out there on the roads. Their purpose goes far beyond making sure that the semitrucks observe the appropriate limits on their loads.

Don't let a nurse case manager ruin a workers' compensation claim

Good news! The insurance company handling your workers' compensation claim has just assigned a nurse case manager (NCM) to your case. The NCM is going to communicate with your medical providers about your medical needs, help arrange for services and, ultimately, facilitate your return to work.

Sounds great, right? Well, don't you believe it.

What causes placenta previa?

Normally, the placenta that protects and nurtures an unborn child forms at the top of the uterus, well away from the cervix. In about one out of every 200 pregnancies, however, something goes wrong and the placenta attaches itself partially or completely over the cervix -- putting both the baby and the mother at risk. A C-section is the only safe method of delivery.

What causes this condition to happen?

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