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CHIP in Trouble

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (known as CHIP) covers nearly 9 million children in the United States whose parents earn too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford other coverage is in limbo. This program provides health coverage for children, and it's a victim of the partisan rancor in Washington. Its federal funds ran out on Sept. 30, and Congress[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Dec 7, 2017
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Recall of Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter

The medical device manufacturing company Spectranetics Corp. recently announced that it would be recalling its bridge occlusion balloon catheter due to device defects that create patient risks. Here’s what you need to know about this recall. Catheters Recalled Due to Device Defects The bridge occlusion balloon catheter is designed specifically to block the superior vena cava (the large vein that[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Oct 11, 2017
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Graham-Cassidy Bill Could Have Ended Coverage for a Million Pennsylvania Residents

On Tuesday, September 26, Senators in Congress decided that because they did not have enough votes to pass the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill--the latest in a string of Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)--they would not hold a vote. As such, the bill died before it was ever a real threat, but its aim--and the likely aim of[...]

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Healthcare Bill Fails to Pass, Keeping ACA Intact for Now

Since the election of President Trump, one of the biggest goals of the administration, and of Republicans in Congress, has been to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare” and replace it with something else. However, as much as Republicans may want to replace the bill, they have been unsuccessful at reaching any sort of consensus as[...]

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Sexual Misconduct Amongst Physicians and the AMA’s Stand

When you go to your doctor, whether your general practitioner or a specialist, surely the last thing that you expect is to be a victim of sexual misconduct.  Unfortunately, although it is rarely discussed publicly, sexual misconduct is a serious problem amongst medical providers, and both patients and other doctors may be the victims. To be sure, the American Medical[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 25, 2017
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Medical Device Maker Ordered to Pay $6.6 Million

In July of 2017, a jury ordered medical device maker Olympus to pay a whopping $6.6 million to a hospital in Seattle, $1 million of which was to be allocated to the surviving family members of a patient who died as a result of the company’s negligence. The lawsuit and settlement were the conclusion of a case that began in[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 22, 2017
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What Parents Can Do to Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death

For a parent, there is nothing more shocking, upsetting, and earth-shattering than the death of a child. Tragically, for parents every year in the United States, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) take thousands of lives. To be sure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2015 alone, there were about 1,600[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 20, 2017
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Moon Bounce Injuries and How to Avoid Them

If you are a parent in Philadelphia, you probably know what a moon bounce is. For those who don’t, a moon bounce is a type of large, inflatable bounce house or bounce castle that is typically found at children’s events, ranging from school fairs to birthday parties. Moon bounces may seem safe enough, and as they are a favorite thing[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 18, 2017
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Medical Device Company Ordered to Pay for Death Caused by Contaminated Scope

In 2016, the medical device manufacturing company Olympus recalled thousands of its medical scopes, which are small devices that are used to look at the inside of the esophagus and stomach. But while the recall was certainly necessary, it came much too late for some people. By the time the Olympus scopes were recalled, 16 patients in a Southern California[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 15, 2017
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What’s Behind the Fact that Cancer Death Rates Are Higher in Rural Areas?

Those who live in more rural parts of the United States, including rural Pennsylvania and New Jersey, are diagnosed with cancer at a lower rate than are those who live in urban areas. That being said, however, the rate of death from cancer is higher in rural areas, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 11, 2017
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Study Finds Number of Preventable Nursing Home Deaths Quadrupled Over Past Decade

A landmark study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, reveals some haunting statistics regarding the number of preventable nursing home deaths. According to the study’s results, the number of potentially preventable nursing home deaths has quadrupled in the past decade. More Patients Dying from Preventable Nursing Home Injuries Researchers found that between the years of 2000 and 2013, the[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 8, 2017
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Negligence in Childbirth Leading Cause of Maternal Death

Most people have heard of the infant mortality rate, the rate of death for infants under one year of age, which is typically used to indicate the quality of healthcare in a country. What few people rarely talk about though is the maternal death rate, which refers to the number of women who die from causes related to pregnancy and[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 6, 2017
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Mother of Four Dies After Sepsis is Misdiagnosed

A dream vacation turned into a horror story when Liz Fairclough, a mother of four, wife, and grandmother of one , died when she developed sepsis from an infected cut on her leg, and the condition was misdiagnosed. Had the condition been properly diagnosed and treated, it is likely that Fairclough would have survived the infection. Infection Developed from Scratch[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 4, 2017
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More Cases of Breast Cancer Are Diagnosed,  And The Survival Rate Increases

Breast cancer is a terrible disease, and one that takes the lives of thousands of woman every year. To be sure, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, about 40,610 women will die from breast cancer in the United States. Also concerning is the fact that more and more women are being diagnosed with the cancer. In 2017, it[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 1, 2017
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