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A few things to keep in mind when picking up your prescription medicine

Whatever you are going to the pharmacy for, there are some things to keep in mind when picking up your medication. Prescription medication can be dangerous if someone is given the incorrect type or the incorrect amount or dosage.

So, how do you make sure you are getting exactly what you need? Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your prescription medications.

Should you ask your doctor every question you have?

When you go to the doctor, maybe you're a bit nervous to ask all of your questions. Maybe you're afraid the doctor will think it's a "dumb" question and will be annoyed. Maybe the doctor looks like he or she is in a huge rush, and you don't want to be an inconvenience with something that's not actually a big deal.

Perhaps your doctor even makes you feel foolish for asking questions, brushing them off. This could be done unintentionally, but it could still make you hesitant to ask.

Could your cancer be considered a worker-related disease?

Cancer is a disease that still continues to baffle medical science—despite all of the funding that goes toward research, not all of the causes of cancer are known and the exact mechanisms that set the disease in motion are still not understood.

However, there is an increasing awareness that some occupations expose workers to more than the average amount of carcinogens—which are cancer-causing agents that can be found in a variety of substances that can make their way into the human body. Some of the more commonly-known carcinogens include things like arsenic, lead, mercury, radon and asbestos. There are also substances like ultraviolet light, which won't hurt you in small doses but can lead to skin cancer after repeated, long-term exposure.

Was your doctor at fault for your infant's early birth?

Preterm delivery of an infant can have devastating consequences for both the infant and the entire family.

The earlier the child is born, the greater the risk of permanent disability or death. Many babies who are born too soon end up having to spend the first months of their lives in an expensive neonatal intensive care unit, where they can be watched around the clock by nurses and doctors.

Study says 90 percent of newborns get unapproved medicine

According to one study, the vast majority of newborn babies may be given medications that were never approved for them. The study pins the number around right around 90 percent.

Some have even gone so far as to call this entire process a guessing game, saying hospitals just try what they think will work and hope for the best. They don't have the proper sign-off from the Food and Drug Administration saying that the medications and amounts are safe for the newborns.

Clinical trials: Beware of the risks

Dealing with disease can be incredibly difficult - especially if you've been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness.

Current medical science doesn't always hold the answers that sufferers seek. When you come across a promising-sounding solution, it's only natural to jump at the chance.

In the case of clinical trials, however, untested medical methods may carry serious risks. It's important to be aware of these risks before participating in a clinical trial.

How truckers can stay safe on roads teeming with risks

How does your driving career stack up in terms of safety?

Trucking is a truly noble profession, but it's also a hazardous one. Although truck drivers have unique, interesting jobs, they're also some of the most at-risk workers in the United States.

The facts about trucking risks

Cerebral palsy and its common risk factors

Cerebral palsy is caused by developmental problems or damage involving the brain of a young child. It's been linked at times to oxygen deprivation. While this is one possible reason for CP, there are others that doctors are now considering as well, meaning it's important to know the risk factors. Some include:

1. Premature births. Children are thought to be at a greater risk before the 37th week out of 40, though the risk is even greater before the 32nd.

When are you most at risk from a hospital communication error?

If you're a hospital patient, the most dangerous time for you is whenever you're transferred from one floor to the next or right after every shift change.

Approximately 70 percent of deaths related to medical errors are the result of communication breakdowns during hand-offs, when one patient care team takes over for another. Oddly enough, studies show that the longer the patient care team takes discussing your case, the higher the odds that an error will occur—and longer discussions happen closer to the end of each shift change.

Be wary of nursing home arbitration clauses

Entering a nursing home is usually a difficult time for everyone involved—and that's before the paperwork gets started.

Yet, every day, seniors or their relatives are asked to wade through a dizzying array of admission forms in order to get access to needed nursing home care, usually when they're at their most vulnerable.