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Columbus hospitals relieve $335M in debt; E-bike injuries jump 21% in one year; Trigger warnings are ineffective - Morning Medical Update

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Columbus hospitals relieve $335M in debt

Columbus, Ohio hospitals plan to relieve $335 million in medical debt for those that are eligible. To qualify, local families of four must earn no more than $111,000 collectively. About 340,000 will be impacted with an average of $1000 forgiven per family. Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in America.

E-bike injuries jump 21% in one year

E-scooter and E-bike injuries have increased 21% in the last year, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Children under 14 years old accounted for most of the injuries. Fires are also a potential hazard with these devices, specifically from the battery pack.

Trigger warnings are ineffective

While good natured, trigger warnings have been deemed as ineffective by scientists. In fact, new research shows that they are “almost unanimously” useless. Sometimes trigger warnings even draw people in. “…we have a culturally ingrained notion that 'to be forewarned is to be forearmed' — which seems to be really hard to extinguish, despite evidence to the contrary," senior researcher Victoria Bridgland said in a statement.

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