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Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Just 2 months after the fatal accident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a driverless Uber car, Uber has halted its driverless car program. The program, based in Arizona, had previously provided employment for over 300 people.   The people of Arizona had voiced their concerns about the program, forcing the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, to take action. In response, he has now decided to ban the company from allowing any more driverless cars on Arizona roads.   Choosing not to fight the issue in the courts, Uber has abided with this request and has now officially stated that it is ending its driverless car program in Arizona.   So does this mean the end of driverless cars? Almost certainly not. Uber has announced plans to restart its program in Pennsylvania. In return for allowing the program, the state is likely to see an increase in jobs. Conversely, Arizona is set to lose 300 jobs, as Uber staff are relocated. Uber to offer staff more benefits This news comes on top of other recent news surrounding Uber, most notably that the firm has promised to give more benefits to Uber drivers in the EU. This was in response to being put under pressure from the EU, which was complaining that Uber was effectively treating Uber ‘contractors’ as employees, yet not paying the necessary taxes and benefits. As a result, Uber will now pay for maternity leave and provide other healthcare benefits.   Does this mean that Uber will soon offer USA drivers more benefits? It is hard to say. Although the EU decision sets a precedent, EU...
What makes a good Urgent Care Center?

What makes a good Urgent Care Center?

Nowadays it seems there is an urgent care center at the side of every street. With so many urgent care centers in Hialeah to choose from, how do you know which one to pick? This article aims to highlight a few things to look out for. By informing yourself about what makes a good urgent care center, you’ll be able to make a more informed choice next time you need one. 1. Speed of service Even though they are called urgent care centers, not all of them act so urgently. Many patients report for very long wait times. So, before choosing one, it’s a good idea to read their testimonials online. If you see a number of comments complaining about the wait time, then you are also likely to be made to wait. You could also try calling them to ask what the current wait time is, as wait times can vary.   RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center in Hialeah is very proud of its short wait times and this is refelected in the many positive online comments both on our Google My Business profile and our Facebook profile. 2. Services available This factor is important, because it relates closely to what we all care about: convenience. The more services offered under one roof, the more convenient it will be. For example, if they do not offer X-Rays, then – if you have a suspected broken bone – then you’ll be sent somewhere else for an X-Ray. So be sure to checkout their service list before choosing them.   RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center is proud to provide a...
3 Things you Never Knew about DOT Physical Exams

3 Things you Never Knew about DOT Physical Exams

If you drive a vehicle commercially in Florida, then you will already know that need to undergo a DOT Physical Exam in order to be certified. This is mandated by the Department of Transportation and it is something you need to do in order to legally drive a commercial vehicle. This article aims to outline three facts that you may not know about the DOT medical exam. 1. The exam must be conducted by a “licensed medical examiner”. This makes sense, but not many people know what constitutes a a “licensed medical examiner”. The DOT classify this as follows: “The term includes, but is not limited to, doctors of medicine (MD), doctors of osteopathy (DO), physician assistants (PA), advanced practice nurses (APN), and doctors of chiropractic (DC).” 2. A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months, but not always. Most drivers assume that all exams automatically clear them for the next 24 months. However, according to the DOT: “The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.” In other words, the medical examiner has the power to clear you for less than 24 months. This is not a well-known fact, because most drivers are in good health and therefore do not need their clearance to be limited in this way. 3. You cannot smoke marijuana, even if it is medically prescribed. Yes, that’s right. Even if you are medically prescribed marijuana, you will still fail the drug test during your exam. The DOT states that: “Marijuana, including...
Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

If you’re a big sports fan, then you probably already heard about the drug testing controversy regarding Russia and the Olympics. This has now spilled over into the world of soccer, with officials recently announcing that Russia will not be allowed to play any part in the drug testing of soccer players for this summer’s soccer world cup.   The games, ironically being held in Russia, will see the world’s best 32 national soccer teams compete to become world soccer champions. The games will be hosted in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kaliningrad. However, despite all games taking place on Russian soil, FIFA officials have declared – in no uncertain terms – that Russia will be be involved in the anti-doping procedures.   Michael D’Hooghe from FIFA was quoted by the Times as saying: “My basic condition to lead the anti-doping policy in Russia is that everything would be done from the very beginning to the last point by FIFA without Russian intervention…That means the chaperones, who take the players from the field, will be designated by FIFA and will not be Russian.” What drugs do they test for in professional sports? Using performance enhancing chemicals is nothing new and is said to have been done even as far back as the olympics in ancient Greece. However, the practice is of course unfair, which is why drug testing exists. But what type of drugs are actually tested for?   In short, the tests aim to find any drugs which have been banned by the appropriate sporting authorities. These include:   Anabolic steroids Androstenedione Human Growth Hormone...
5 Services you didn’t know were offered at RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah

5 Services you didn’t know were offered at RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah

When you hear the name “RiteCare Medical Center” you may be able to guess a couple of the services which are offered here. Yes, the center is a Hialeah urgent care center, and yes, the center also provides primary care in Hialeah. However, there are several other very useful services which are provided, which perhaps you do not know about. Here are 5 of them: 1. Physical examinations There are many types of physical examinations and all of them are provided here onsite at RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah. Patients can come to RiteCare for immigration physicals, pre-employment physicals, DOT physicals, as well as many other physical examinations. 2. Drug testing RiteCare provides drug testing for regular patients, as well as employment alcohol and drug testing in Hialeah. There are a variety of drug panels to choose from, plus a range of testing methodology. Testing can be done via urine, blood, and hair collection, among other ways. 3. Treatment of Auto Injuries As you may know, Florida has a “no fault” auto insurance system, whereby each auto accident victim receives up to $10,000 in medical expenses. This may seem like a lot, but it can quickly disappear with expensive hospital fees. Of course, if your injury is life-threatening, you should proceed immediately to the nearest Emergency Room or call 911. However, if your injury is NOT life-threatening, then it may benefit you to go to RiteCare’s Auto Injury Clinic in Hialeah. Treatment is of a high-standard, while still being affordable, meaning that your PIP money ($10,000) goes further. 4. Occupational Therapy As the name suggests, occupational therapy is usually...
What is Occupational Medicine? What services does an Occupational Medicine Center provide?

What is Occupational Medicine? What services does an Occupational Medicine Center provide?

You may have heard the term “occupational medicine” before, but have you ever stopped to ask what it means? Plus, did you know what services occupational medicine doctors and centers provide? This article aims to answer both questions, so read on for the answers! What is Occupational Medicine? According to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Occupational Medicine is…   “a board-certified specialty within the profession of preventive medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of work-related injuries and illnesses.”   Occupational Medicine doctors and practitioners…   enhance the health of workers through clinical care, prevention, disability management, research and education. What services does an Occupational Medicine Center provide? Occupational medicine centers provide a range of services (usually to employers and employees), including treating work-related injuries, preventing work-related injuries, disability management, drug testing and diagnostics, as well as several other related services.   For example, RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah provides the following Occupational Medicine services: Physical Examinations Pre-employment physicals can save employers thousands of dollars by identifying pre-existing conditions. There are several types of physical examination, including DOT physicals, pre-employment/post-offer; annual; fitness for duty; return to work; and custom evaluations tailored to your company’s needs and requirements. Read more about Physical Exams in Hialeah. DOT Physicals If you are a future commercial driver, you’re most likely aware that the law requires you to take a Department of Transportation Health exam every two years in order to keep your DOT card and be able to operate a commercial vehicle.  Read more about DOT Physicals in Hialeah. Drug Testing Drug testing programs save employers money and assist...
Miami Dade tops the list of most car accidents in 2017

Miami Dade tops the list of most car accidents in 2017

The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles has released data showing that Miami Dade had a total of 63,157 car accidents 2017. This puts Miami Dade well ahead of all other counties, with Broward County far behind in second place with 40,324. Florida as a whole saw 387,900 accidents with 246,285 resulting in injuries (Source: https://patch.com/florida/miamibeach/florida-counties-top-most-car-accidents-2017). What is causing the high number of auto accidents? There are many contributing factors to these high figures. Some factors we would expect, such as drink driving, bad weather, inexperienced drivers, as well as drivers over the age of 65 (drivers over the age of 65 were twice as likely to have been involved in an accident).   However, there were also many lesser known contributing factors. According to the data, the month with the most accidents was March (with 37,395 accidents), while Fridays are the day of the week when you are most likely to be involved in an accident. It seems that rush hour is also a factor, with a higher percentage of collisions happening between 4:00pm to 5:00pm.   On a macro level, another contributing factor is the growing population of Florida and of South Florida in particular. The increase in population leads to an increase in cars on the road, which subsequently increases the chance of accidents. What should I do if I have been involved in a car accident? If you or anyone involved in the accident has sustained life-threatening injuries, then you should call 911. However, if your injuries are not life-threatening, then another option is to visit an accident clinic specializing in the treatment of auto injuries,...
4 Tips for Safe Exercising and Injury Prevention from Medical Center Hialeah

4 Tips for Safe Exercising and Injury Prevention from Medical Center Hialeah

Engagement into fitness and healthy lifestyle has never been so visible as in recent decades. Indeed, exercising is a great way to stay healthy, obtain an athletic body and even socialize. This growing trend has reached various people groups – teenagers and the elderly, men and women, occasional joggers to triathletes and record breakers.  With all the benefits and positive image in mind, people tend to dive into new active routines often without the proper physical condition. Right away they want to lift heavier weights, go on longer runs, and bring more intensity to their workouts. This may simply sound like a high level of motivation, but the problem is that it is often is unrealistic – and sometimes even dangerous.   Physical therapists from our Medical Center in Hialeah share some tips to make your exercising safe 1. Evaluate your health condition and fitness level This involves assessing your lifestyle, including diet and activity level as well as screening your medical history. Whether you feel dizzy occasionally or experience back pain, which may seem minor to you, scheduling an appointment with a medical professional is necessary before the start of a new routine. Medical Center Hialeah may become your reference point, as physical therapists there do not only deal with injuries, but also help you to detect and prevent potential risks. 2. Choose an activity tailored to your needs and interests Selecting the best workout is about understanding yourself, your lifestyle, and goals. If you do not plan to run a marathon, do not force yourself to run one hour daily. If you are busy with family and...
Uber Self-Driving Car Involved in Fatal Crash

Uber Self-Driving Car Involved in Fatal Crash

Last month (in March) a self-driving Uber car was involved in a fatal crash, resulting in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Despite having a human safety driver onboard, both the car and the driver failed to see the pedestrian, who was attempting to cross the road. Unfortunately, as we know, pedestrian auto injuries are common, however this particular accident is significant. This is because it involved a self-driving Uber car. Self-driving technology is predicted to be safer than human-driven cars, because machines are less likely to make ‘human errors’. But this fatality raises questions about self-driving technology. Are human-drivers safer than self-driving technology? Internal video footage showed that even the safety driver was unable to prevent the accident. Plus, it appears that the pedestrian was crossing in the dark where there was no crosswalk. This suggests that it would have been difficult for even the best of drivers to have spotted the pedestrian and to have stopped in time. In general, self-driving cars have driven for thousands of hours with almost no accidents. As a result, they are considered to be safer than human-drivers. And certainly, it looks like the future is heading in that direction, even if this particular fatality raises questions around the technology. If I am involved in an Uber accident, which insurance pays for medical care? If you are involved in an Uber accident, it can be a very stressful situation. First, you or others in the car may be injured. Second, you may be wondering who is going to pay for medical treatment, not to mention repairing the cars etc. As soon as...
What are the different types of physical exam available?

What are the different types of physical exam available?

You have heard the phrase ‘physical exam’ before, but did you know there are many different types of physical exam? This article will give you a quick overview of which exams there are, what they are for, and where you can find them in South Florida. Physical exams for employers Depending on what type of job you have, your employer may ask you to undergo a physical exam. Often, even before you start work, you may be required to undergo a pre-employment physical. This may test your physical ability to perform the required job responsibilities, plus can sometimes include drug testing to help ensure a healthy and safe work environment. There are also several other types of exam which your employer may require you to undergo. For example, if you drive a commercial vehicle, then you will be asked to get a DOT physical.   A full list – RiteCare provides the following physical exams in Hialeah: DOT physicials Pre-Employment/Post Offer Annual Fitness-for-Duty Return-to-Work Firefighter Physicals Executive Physicals Diver Certification Any OSHA Required Exam Customized What do these exams include? These exams may include a combination of the following: Audio Testing Respiratory Protection Program Respirator Clearance Exam Questionnaire Review Pulmonary Function Testing (Spirometry) Blood work Complete blood count Lead Blood Test Hemogram Chemical Panel Hepatitis B vaccinations, titers, and boosters Lift Tests Treadmill EKG Vaccines Tuberculin Skin Testing – PPD Respirator Clearance and Fit Testing Hearing Conservation Programs Testing for Asbestos Lead and other chemical exposures   Read more about what physical examinations in Hialeah may include. Where can I get a physical exam? If you are in South...

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