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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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Catena v. Raytheon — N.J. Appellate Division Holds that Limitations Period Does not run in Fraud Cases Until Evidence of Scienter 

In Catena v. Raytheon, No. A-4636-13T4, 2016 N.J. Super. LEXIS 112 (App. Div. Aug. 18, 2016), the Appellate Division, in a published opinion, recently addressed how New Jersey’s “discovery rule” applies to claims of common law fraud and under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (CFA), N.J.S.A. 56:8-1, et seq. There, plaintiff Richard Catena filed suit against defendants David Anderson[...]

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Patients Emotionally Misled by Cancer Center Ads

The fact that cancer centers are for-profit businesses, ones that get rich by preying on the sickest patients in our communities, is disturbing. And to add to that dismay, a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that cancer centers not only spend millions of dollars on advertising, but that advertising for cancer centers[...]

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NJICLE CLE Event Notice: NEW JERSEY ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE Friday, September 23 Earn Up to 7.1 credits, including 1.2 in Ethics! New Jersey Law Center - Central 9:00AM - 4:00PM For more information, or to register now, click here or call NJICLE at (732) 214-8500. Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Product Liability and Mass Tort Section Co-Moderator/Program Coordinator: Christopher M.[...]

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Number of Children Covered by CHIP Falls in Pennsylvania

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, otherwise known as CHIP, are two of the most essential providers of healthcare for children whose parents otherwise would not be able to afford it. Despite their essential nature, however, the number of children who are covered under the programs is on the decline in Pennsylvania – for unknown reasons – while growth[...]

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