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Where You Live in Philadelphia Can Impact Your Life Expectancy

Are certain Philadelphia residents at greater risks of serious illnesses and personal injuries than are others? According to a recent article from Philly.com, there are certain areas of the city in which residents simply have a lower life expectancy than people who live in wealthier parts of the Philadelphia. And in most cases, the stark discrepancies are tied to income[...]

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Number of Worldwide Stillbirths Remains High

A story on the website Philly.com reports that, according to British researchers, more than 2.6.million stillbirths continue to occur worldwide every year.  This number breaks down to an astonishing 7,200 deaths each day.  Half of these deaths happen during the birth process, and 98 percent occur in low and middle-income countries. The researchers note that there has been little decline[...]

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Press Release Christopher Placitella, of Cohen Placitella & Roth P.C., has been selected to the 2016 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the[...]

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When Your Child Needs Surgery: How to Prepare

As a parent, knowing that your child must undergo surgery – even a minor surgery – can be unnerving. And for your child, experiencing fear about the event is very common. While surgery may be unavoidable, you can help your child prepare for the big day in the following ways: Tell Them at the Right Moment Depending upon the age[...]

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Non-Invasive Brain Scan Evaluates Concussion Recovery

A concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury, is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that interrupts normal brain function.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 (the most recent year for which it reports statistics), about 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths were associated with traumatic brain injuries[...]

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When Race Gets in the Way of Effective Medical Care

It seems ludicrous to think that racial stereotypes types would, in any way, affect the level of care that a black patient receives from a white doctor. But in a recent study published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, researchers found that false beliefs (held by white doctors) about biological differences between white and black people[...]

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New Tests Bring Clarity to Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a scary disease. While one-third to one-half of all prostate cancers are not life-threatening, many of the tumors are indeed aggressive, and can lead to death. That being said, the American Cancer Society reports that the relative five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is almost 100 percent, and the relative 15-year survival rate is around 94 percent.[...]

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Urgent Recall issued for Hemostasis Valve

On March 4, 2016, Vascular Solutions – the maker of the Guardian II hemostasis valve – issued an urgent recall over concerns that a defect in the device can cause serious injury or death to patients on whom the device is used. Doctors and hospitals need to take the devices out of service. According to the Food and Drug Administration[...]

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New Study Says Acupuncture Not Effective for Hot Flashes

As women going through menopause know, hot flashes are one of the most common - and bothersome - symptoms of menopause.  Hot flashes can be treated by certain medications, as well as estrogen replacement therapy. For those who prefer more natural therapies, acupuncture has been seen as another option.  But in a new study, acupuncture proved no better than a[...]

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Aphasia Center Parlor Party

Imagine losing the ability to communicate through speech and the written word. What would your life be like? For those with aphasia this is a complicated and frustrating reality. Aphasia recently took center stage at an event hosted by Cohen, Placitella & Roth PC, Attorneys at Law, as staff and clients of the MossRehab Aphasia Center joined invited guests to[...]

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The Real Cost of Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco – products like dip, chew, and/or snus – is an integral part of life in many rural areas each day. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 1,000 male teenagers under the age of 18 throughout the U.S. use a smokeless tobacco product for the first time. This is approximately the same number of teenagers who[...]

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New Study Links Potatoes with Gestational Diabetes

The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association has dubbed potatoes “America’s favorite vegetable,” noting that Americans consume approximately 110 pounds of potatoes per person each year.  But according to a New York Times blog post, a new study indicates that women who eat more potatoes are more likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. What is gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes is[...]

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Federal Regulators Investigate Child Death Linked to IKEA Dresser

Consumers should not have to worry about whether a piece of furniture will pose a serious risk of injury to their children. However, many product defects are not announced to consumers until someone sustains a serious personal injury. According to a recent article from Philly.com, federal safety regulators have launched an investigation into the third reported child death from an[...]

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New Research Suggests Listening To Your Body Can Help With Stress

We all experience stress daily, whether at work or within our families.   Because this feeling can be so prevalent, we are also inundated with advice about how to cope with it.  Now, a New York Times piece reports on a new study suggesting that paying closer attention to our bodies can help us handle stress more effectively. Positive and negative[...]

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Crane Co. Appeals $4.8 Million Jury Award

Crane Co. is appealing a jury’s decision to award the wives of two men – Thomas Amato and Frank Vinciguerra (deceased) – a $4.8 million settlement. The jury that made the decision concluded that Crane Co.’s asbestos-containing products offered inadequate warnings, making the products unreasonably dangerous (for the two men). Mr. Amato worked as a boilermaker from 1972 to 1980,[...]

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