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Infamous online alt-right figure accused of sexual assault

Well-known alt-right figure Cody Wilson was arrested in September on allegations of sexual assault of a child. Wilson, 30, is known in Hawaii and around the country for his online sales of blueprints for 3D-printed guns as well as the creation of Hatreon, a site that he billed as a means for far-right figures to raise money for their efforts. The crowdfunding service raised over $8,000 each month for one prominent neo-Nazi website.

While his online political participation has driven his fame, it is also the source of the charges against him. According to police, Wilson used an online "sugar daddy" site to contact an underage girl. While her age has not been released, police have described her as "younger than 17." Wilson reportedly used an alias on the site and bragged about his fame or wealth. However, he later identified himself by name when communicating with the teen girl over text messages. He met the girl in person on Aug. 15 according to a police affidavit.

Most common types of medical malpractice

Doctors are trained to spot illness early and treat it efficiently. However, when a medical professional makes a mistake, it can lead to severe injury or death for their patients. There are many ways that one can be affected by medical negligence, which we will look at more in this post. 

Man paralyzed after late diagnosis of West Nile

Anyone in Hawaii who has suffered from West Nile virus is likely familiar with the symptoms of fevers, headaches and body tremors. In serious cases, however, the virus can cause the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed, sending the victim to the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that there is no specific vaccine or antiviral treatment for West Nile. But those with a mild form can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications or fever reducers.

One man in Nebraska suffered paralysis and damaged hearing as a result of the virus. However, an alleged delayed diagnosis proved to be a major factor in his case. Four years earlier, the man was bitten by a mosquito while mowing his lawn and, knowing that a neighbor was lately diagnosed with West Nile, went to the doctor for a diagnosis. The doctor dismissed the idea that he had West Nile and did not perform a blood test to detect the virus.

Grand jury report: 300+ priests sexually abused thousands

Hawaiians may be shocked to learn about the widespread sexual abuse that happened in Pennsylvania. According to news sources, more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused more than 1,000 children.

A grand jury report that was released detailed sexual abuse by priests dating back to 1947. The report also detailed how the church worked to cover up the abuse instead of reporting the predators to law enforcement officers. In many cases, priests who were credibly accused were simply moved to new dioceses, and the people in those new churches were never warned about the priests.

Reasons not to visit the doctor in the afternoon

Hawaii residents who are about to schedule a doctor's examination or undergo surgery will want to avoid an afternoon visit, if possible. There are several good reasons for doing so, the first being that doctors and nurses, like other workers, experience what's called the afternoon slump. Fatigue sets in around 2 pm and 3 pm, which means decreased attention and productivity and, with it, an increased risk for medical mistakes.

Anesthesiologists in particular are more prone to mistakes: a Duke University study shows that the probability of a mistake more than quadruples from 9 am to 4 pm. Researchers even point out afternoon circadian lows as the reason behind this trend. Shift changes occur around 3 pm, which means that patients could be operated on by two different surgical teams. Miscommunications between the two teams can have serious consequences.

Sexual assault can take many forms

Hawaii residents should be aware that there are many different forms of sexual assault. Defined as sexual contact or behavior that takes place against victims who have not provided clear consent, assault may include unwanted sexual touching, attempted rape, fondling, penetration of the victim's body and compelling an unwilling person to perform sexual acts.

While rape is considered a form of sexual assault, not all sexual assault qualifies as rape. In its Uniform Crime Reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigations states that rape is any degree of penetration of the vagina or anus that is conducted with any object or body part against the will of the victim.

Nurses: Protect yourself from a medical malpractice lawsuit

Medical malpractice constitutes a serious offense, yet most cases occur by complete accident. Whether a court finds you negligent depends entirely on the circumstances of the potential injury of a patient.

To protect yourself from lengthy medical malpractice proceedings, the risk of losing your license and the potential of injury to a patient, it proves essential to follow necessary steps to ensure your job security in your hospital or clinic.

Study finds doctor burnout leads to medical mistakes

A new study has found that over half of doctors in Hawaii and the rest of the United States are suffering from workplace burnout. Unfortunately, this makes them more likely to commit medical errors. The study was published July 9 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

For the study, almost 6,700 doctors were surveyed on a number of professional issues, including medical errors, symptoms of workplace burnout, workplace safety, depression, fatigue and suicidal thoughts. Over 10 percent of the respondents said they had made at least one notable medical mistake in the three months prior to the survey. Furthermore, the authors of the study found that doctors who were experiencing burnout symptoms were at twice the risk of committing a medical error than those who were not.

NPR report uncovers abuse of the disabled

Individuals in Hawaii and throughout the country who have intellectual disabilities are more likely to experience sexual assault according to an NPR report. The report cited government statistics that found that they are assaulted at a rate seven times higher than people who are not disabled. However, changes are being made at the state level to help the disabled get justice. For example, an initiative in California would have provided more funds to prosecute these types of sexual assault cases.

In Pennsylvania, legislation would allow for testimony to be taken outside of court to make the process easier for the victims. In Massachusetts, a proposed registry would keep track of caregivers who engage in sexual assault or other abuse. The names of these people would be added even if they were not currently the subject of legal action. One reason why abuse is not always reported is because disabled individuals don't even know that they are being abused.

Kia car owners await instructions after air bag defect recall

Owners of some Kia vehicles in Hawaii are waiting for the Korean automobile manufacturer to determine how to fix faulty airbag systems that have prompted a recall. Shortly after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated deaths caused by airbag failures in certain Kia models, the company issued a recall of over 500,000 vehicles in the United States.

An electronic glitch appears to be stopping airbags from deploying during an accident. The issue came to light after six accidents produced four fatalities and injured six people. The Kia models currently under recall are the Fortes for years 2010 through 2013, the Optima for years 2011 through 2013 and the Optima Hybrid and Sedona for 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Hyundai, an affiliate of Kia, cited the same airbag issue when recalling 425,000 Sonatas. The German manufacturer of the airbags, ZF Friedrichshafen, has been cooperating with regulators during the investigation.

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