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Sports and the Unsettling Connection to Traumatic Brain Injuries

Sports are a significant part of American culture. And while college and pro-level sports certainly receive national fanfare, many children begin playing a sport as soon as they are school-aged (if not before), and continue playing sports throughout their teenage years. Sports are a fantastic way to teach certain skills and provide play and exercise, but they can also be[...]

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Rachel Placitella Selected as One of Best Lawyers in America and One of 10 Best Female Attorneys in New Jersey

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of[...]

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For Decades, Johnson & Johnson Hid Dangers of Talc Powder in Products

Defective and dangerous products are manufactured all of the time. From vehicles to toys, the products that we bring into our homes and use every day aren’t always safe. However, the majority of the time, the manufacturer doesn’t know that their product is dangerous; if they did, they would surely recall it and make a change, right? Unfortunately, just the[...]

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When it Comes to the Flu Vaccine, Shots Are Better

Kids and their parents around the United States are in for a sore surprise: when it comes to vaccinating against the flu, the traditional shot proves to be more effective than the nasal spray. In fact, an article in The New York Times states that the nasal spray should not be used at all to protect against the upcoming flu[...]

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How Does Your Hospital Stack Up?

Of all things in life that should be equitable, healthcare is certainly at the top of the list; socioeconomic status, race, gender, location, religion, and the like should not have any effect on the level of care that a sick or injured person receives. However, different hospitals across the nation receive different quality ratings, and in Philadelphia, the hospitals don’t[...]

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What’s Being Done to Help Pennsylvania Cancer Patients Afford Their Drugs?

It’s no secret that the cost of fighting cancer is devastating; patients in need of cancer-combatting drugs often incur thousands of dollars worth of debt in order to stay alive. This fact is tragic – a person should never have to choose between their health and their financial future. The good news is that the state of Pennsylvania recently became[...]

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Best and Worst of Youth Sports: A Comparison

A huge percentage of high school aged children, as well as children in younger grades, play a sport. Sometimes, this sport is provided through the school, other times the sport is city or town-sponsored. And yet other times, the sport is pursued through a private institution or trainer. Regardless of who sponsors the sport, there are benefits and disadvantages to[...]

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Unsuspecting Patients Exposed to Deadly Mycobacteria Infection

A number of patients who recently had surgery may have been exposed to dangerous bacteria that is notoriously hard to diagnose, but can have life-altering, even deadly consequences. What is worse (and frightening) is that the patients probably don’t even know they have been infected and may not learn that they have been infected until it is too late. The[...]

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Federal Government Ranks Hospitals; Controversy Created

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services recently released its new, five-star scale hospital rankings, shaking up previously held conceptions about the best hospitals in the nation. While hospitals across the nation have pushed back against the ranking system, saying that they unfairly rank the hospitals that have the sickest patients and the most severe injuries, the federal government has[...]

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Study Reveals One in Five Trauma Deaths Preventable

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the results of a new study suggest that the lives of 20 percent of trauma victims could have been saved had the victims received more timely care. The study was published by The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine shortly after the Orlando shooting that resulted in mass casualties. Preventing 30,000[...]

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Cancer Diagnosis: Early Diagnosis Leads to Better Treatment

With each year, medicine rapidly advances, and cancer treatment becomes better and better. Recently, immunotherapy – which relies on a body’s own immune system to fight cancer, acting on the cells of the immune system – has been introduced as a promising advance in cancer research. With more research, immunotherapy may be a large part of the answer behind beating[...]

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Residents in Nursing Home Responsible for 20 Percent of Abuse

Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in the United States. And most nursing home abuse is in the form of a nursing home professional – such as a nurse – neglecting or abusing a patient. New statistics, however, show that approximately one in every five nursing home residents is abused not by a nursing home staff member, but by[...]

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Are Trampoline Parks Too Dangerous?

Trampoline parks have gained popularity in recent years, with young kids, teens, and even adults becoming enthralled with wall-to-wall opportunities to bounce around. But while trampoline parks are certainly fun, they may not be safe. In fact, a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics found that trampoline park-related emergency room department visits is on the rise. If you’re[...]

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Proposed Legislation Seeks to Allow Defective Medical Device Victims Right to Sue

The United States Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 1976 exemption clause in its decision in Riegel vs. Medtronic has set a dangerous precedent. The court’s conclusion in the case was that a medical device (in this case, a Medtronic catheter) manufacturer was shielded from liability because the Medical Device Act’s pre-exemption clause “bars common-law claims challenging the safety or effectiveness[...]

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