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Taking Action to Protect Yourself from the ‘Silent Killer’

Often called the ‘silent killer,’ hypertension – or high blood pressure – is a condition that is rarely accompanied by symptoms. However, while you may not be able to identify high blood pressure with the naked eye, the condition is extremely serious, and is linked to a number of long-term and serious health problems. What Is High Blood Pressure? Blood[...]

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Study Finds FDA Needs To Do More to Protect Women

According to Philly.com, a new study conducted by Northwestern University found that over the past fifteen years the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved medical devices for use by women that posed serious and significant risks to women’s health but that were supported by weak clinical studies. More specifically, the study focused on eighteen medical devices approved for use[...]

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Asbestos Cases Won Against GM&O and Illinois Central Railroad

Early this week major verdicts were passed down against GM&O and the Illinois Central Railroad regarding two separate asbestos trials. The first verdict was returned in favor of Jim Smith, an asbestos patient that is in the end stage. Mr. Smith and his wife were awarded upwards of $1,371,184. The second verdict passed down was in favor of John Nafziger, who had contracted lung cancer[...]

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Asbestos Cases Won Against GM&O and Illinois Central Railroad

Early this week major verdicts were passed down against GM&O and the Illinois Central Railroad regarding two separate asbestos trials. The first verdict was returned in favor of Jim Smith, an asbestos patient that is in the end stage. Mr. Smith and his wife were awarded upwards of $1,371,184. The second verdict passed down was in favor of John Nafziger, who had contracted lung cancer[...]

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Proposed Hospital Rating System Hits Roadblocks

Anyone who is familiar with online shopping is familiar with the “star” rating system. For example, a person shopping on Amazon.com or other popular shopping sites may decide to purchase an item (or forego another item) based on the number of “stars” others have given the particular product. In these contexts, “one star” denotes a product that has received a[...]

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Talc-based Powders Significantly Increase Risk of Cancer

Every day for 30 years, Deane Berg applied Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder to her legs. And so when she was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer at the young age of 49 – without any of the common risk factors like infertility or endometriosis – her use of the talc-based powder was deemed the likely culprit. As such, she became[...]

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Worrying About More than Just Obvious Errors – Beware of HAIs

Hundreds of thousands of patients are treated in hospitals each year, many of them successfully. However, even when a patient receives the treatment that he or she need, the patient may still be at risk of a HAI, or hospital-acquired or health care associated infection (HAI). A HAI can cause serious harm to a patient, including death, even when everything[...]

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Workers’ Safety in Jeopardy Due to Mishandled Inspections

Workers’ safety in the city of Philadelphia may be in jeopardy due to the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) failing to do its job correctly. To be sure, a recent review over a nine-month period conducted by the Inspector General’s Office found that the L&I failed to follow proper demolition guidelines in over 80 percent of cases. When[...]

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Dangerous Respiratory Monitor Battery Packs Recalled

A Class I recall is the most serious recall type, reserved only for products that are defective enough to result in serious injury or death. In mid-2016, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a medical device recall notice identifying Medtronic Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions’ battery pack, which is used on patient monitors, in a Class I recall.[...]

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Hospital Charity Care Case in Limbo

As reported by the Courier-Post, the constitutional challenge raised by eight rural New Jersey hospitals remains unresolved after a New Jersey appeals court refused to hear the hospital’s challenge to the state’s “charity care” requirement. In declining to hear the case, the appellate court recommended that the hospitals file their challenge in a lower court. The hospitals’ claimed that New[...]

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When Pushes for Hospital Efficiency Go Too Far

One Oregon hospital is making national news because of the response of some of the hospital’s doctors to efforts that were proposed by hospital administrators to increase the efficiency of the hospital. When hospital administrators announced they intended to outsource the hospital’s hospitalists (doctors who oversee hospital patients’ care) to an outside firm, the hospitalists of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical[...]

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When It Comes to a Healthy Diet, Researchers Keep Guessing

It was only a handful of months ago that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) changed its recommendation regarding dietary cholesterol, countering on its once held belief that eating high cholesterol causing foods caused high cholesterol (we now know that it is consumption of sugar, not fat, that causes high cholesterol). And so it is no surprise that in[...]

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Although health news headlines have been dominated by stories about the spread of the Zika virus – which the World Health Organization has now declared to be an international health emergency – there is a substantial amount of misinformation circulating about the virus. Here is what you need to know about the Zika virus and what steps you need to[...]

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Unsanitary Medical Scopes Lead to Antibiotic-Resistant Infections in U.S. and Europe

Antibiotics are the drug of choice to treat bacterial infections.  Since the 1940’s, medical professionals have depended on them to fight disease and save lives.  But in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year at least two million people in the U.S. are infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.  These infections kill[...]

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Dentists May Be Overprescribing Potent Painkillers

Anyone who has ever undergone a relatively major oral surgery – like a root canal or the removal of wisdom teeth – probably has been prescribed a painkiller. And it is not only for surgeries that painkillers are given; many patients may complain of toothaches as a ruse to acquire narcotics. And while knowing when to draw the line, and[...]

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