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Four Killed in Medical Transport Flight Crash

Author Jarod Cassidy

Four people were killed Wednesday when a medical transport plane en route to Phoenix, Arizona crashed in New Mexico.

About the New Mexico Plane Crash

According to Reuters, the small medical transport plane was carrying a patient from the Las Cruces Airport in New Mexico to Phoenix Arizona.

Shortly after take-off, the twin engine plane crashed about a mile south of Interstate 10 and was engulfed in flames. State police reported that the weather was neither windy nor rainy when the plane took off.

Among those killed in the crash were 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summer, and 35-year-old nurse Monica Chavez. The 59-year-old patient, identified as Fredrick Green, was also killed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the plane crash.

National Aviation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 1,539 civil aviation accidents were recorded in the U.S. in 2012.
  • 280 of the accidents were fatal, resulting in a total of 447 fatalities.
  • Among the most common causes of aviation accidents in 2012 were:
  • Fatal crashes were most likely to occur during the take-off phase and cruise phase of flight.

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Man Dies in Cement Truck Crash

Author Phylicia Taylor

The Houston Chronicle reports a man was killed in Fort Bend County after the cement truck he was a travling in overturned.

About the Accident

According to Bob Haenel, spokesman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, at 5 a.m on August 22, 2014 a loaded cement truck overturned, causing the death of one man and the injury of another.

The incident occurred on Crabb River Road near U.S. 59. The injured occupant was taken to Memorial Hermann-Sugar Land Hospital – his condition was not released.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the cement truck to crash. Traffic was diverted as deputies reviewed the scene.

About Large Truck Accidents

  • According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,921 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2012.
  • This marks a 4 percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of the 2012 fatalities:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were none occupants including pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Another 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012.

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Infection Rate Rising from Prostrate Biopsies

Author Mary Wolff

Medscape is reporting the findings of a Swedish study that shows rates of severe infection after transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) prostate biopsy are on the rise.

About the Swedish Biopsy Study

The leaders of the study analyzed the frequency and severity of infectious complications in a cohort of 51,321 men who underwent ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy from 2006 to 2011.

The team found that 3,210 of the men received a prescription for a urinary tract antibiotic in the month after the biopsy, and 54% had the prescription filled in the week following the procedure.  Of all the hospitalizations due to severe infections, 74% of men were hospitalized within a week of the biopsy.  

Men who had already experienced a urinary tract infection prior to a biopsy or suffered from diabetes were more likely to develop one after the procedure.  Men who were hospitalized were at the greatest risk for death due to infection. Out of the cohort, 34 died of a urinary tract infection or sepsis.

Implications of the Study

The study suggests that a biopsy should only be done in patients whose survival chances can be improved with a diagnosis of prostate cancer and also show other signs of prostate cancer.

The study does not recommend a biopsy for men who are at a high risk for infections or men who have life expectancy rates effected by other factors.

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