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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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New Guidelines Help Emergency Room Doctors Limit Use of Pain Medications

Unfortunately, emergency rooms have become a prime place for patients seeking prescriptions for pain medicine, often for reasons unrelated to illness or injury. Recently, Temple University Hospital made significant headway in identifying patients who were obtaining prescriptions for inappropriate uses, which helps limit the number of prescriptions of opioid drugs like Percocet, Dilaudid, and Vicodin that are written by doctors.[...]

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Contaminated Medical Scopes Sicken Patients

The doctor’s office should be one of the cleanest places there is, where patients do not have to worry about harmful bacteria. But despite requirements to properly sanitize medical equipment, at least 300 patients have been sickened by bacteria linked to contaminated medical scopes. Dirty Scopes Cause Illnesses According to an article published in The Seattle Times discussing a memo[...]

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Negligent Drug Trial Reporting and Living with Cancer

While we do not like to think about it, many patients who are currently living with cancer may have been harmed as a result of improper reporting of drug trial results. Indeed, according to a recent article in The New York Times, respected medical research institutions have routinely disobeyed the law when it comes to reporting the results of drug[...]

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Connection Between Zika Virus and Birth Defects Confirmed

In December of 2015, the New York Times published an article on a rarely discussed or worried about virus, Zika, and its potential threat to the newborns of Brazil. To be sure, the article stated that, “a surge in the number of infants born with tiny brains” was “blamed on an epidemic of the Zika virus,” but that whether or[...]

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Nearly Eight Million Childhood Deaths from Illness Preventable

A new report reveals that nearly eight million of the childhood deaths that occurred in the year 2013 around the world were preventable. The information was presented after an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study (2013), and explains that more than six million children lost their lives to preventable diseases and complications, including respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, and[...]

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