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Did the Movie Star Have to Die?

Heart Surgery May Have Caused Movie Star Death Bill Paxton was well-known as an actor in TV and films, starring in such blockbusters as Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic. The news of his tragic death did not go into much detail when he passed in 2017, though there was some mention that he died after suffering a stroke due to[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 13, 2018
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Excessive Pollution in Pennsylvania and Possible Harms to Residents

Should you be worried about possible illness or injury as a result of water pollution if you live in Pennsylvania? While Philadelphia residents might not think that they are at risk of harm as a result of water pollution, there are many ways in which pollutants can have long-term and debilitating impacts. According to a recent article in The Inquirer,[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 6, 2018
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Why Aren’t Doctors Using a Treatment for Strokes Known to Be Effective?

Suffering a stroke is a terrifying experience, and one that most people hope will never affect them or their loved ones. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is reduced or cut off entirely, and the effects of a stroke can be severe. The Mayo Clinic reports that complications and long-term side effects of a stroke include[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 2, 2018
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Electronic Health Records Linked To Potential Patient Harm

When healthcare professionals began using electronic health record (EHR) systems, many patient safety advocates hoped that these systems would help to reduce the rate of medical errors and patient injuries since they could help to cut out human error in patient recordkeeping. Indeed, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), certain forms of technology[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 30, 2018
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Fertility Doctor Uses Own Sperm Instead of Donor’s

When a couple has difficulty conceiving, a potential solution may be visiting a fertility specialist who can discuss options for artificial insemination. As an article from WebMD explains, artificial insemination is a process by which “a doctor inserts sperm directly into a woman’s cervix, fallopian tubes, or uterus.” There are different methods of artificial insemination, but the most common method[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 26, 2018
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Parents Exposing Children To Risks By Refusing Recommended Vaccinations

Why are parents deciding not to have their children vaccinated, and what are some of the health risks caused by not vaccinating? According to a recent article in The Inquirer, many parents are mistakenly concerned that routine childhood vaccines such as the MMR vaccine (which is designed to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella infections) may cause autism or autism spectrum[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 23, 2018
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Starbucks Case Summary

  There have been a number of shocking stories about discrimination over the years, many of which focus specifically on police discrimination against black persons, especially black men. One such story that has shaken the foundation of American ideals is the April 2018 arrest of two black men at a Starbucks coffee store in downtown Philadelphia. The following provides a[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ May 10, 2018
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Link Between Tylenol and ADHD Raises Questions About Use During Pregnancy

Being pregnant and giving birth to a child is one of the most remarkable things in this life, but any pregnant mother will tell you that it can also be extremely challenging. Indeed, all pregnant women want to give birth a baby who is as healthy as possible, but with a science and recommendations from doctors about what to do[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 20, 2018
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Reports Show Healthcare in America Lags for Babies

A recent Washington Post article reported some sobering news for parents of infants and babies in the U.S.: The country has the highest infant mortality rate as compared to the other 27 advanced nations studied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A baby born in the U.S. is two to three times more likely to die during the[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 18, 2018
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Long-Term Risks and Benefits Associated with Cesarean Delivery for Mother, Baby, and Subsequent Pregnancies

Many pregnant mothers have questions and concerns about delivery and want to know more about the safest ways to give birth. A recent article in Contemporary OB/GYN underscored how maternal mortality rates in the U.S. during childbirth are higher than they should be, and that a number of federal legislators are supporting Congress for the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 16, 2018
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A Doctor Argues That Her Profession Needs to Slow Down, Stat

Do you often feel that your doctor is rushed when you schedule a visit, and that you are getting a shorter amount of time with the actual provider while waiting for longer periods in order to be seen? According to a recent article in The New York Times, one doctor argues that her profession needs to slow down and pushes[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 13, 2018
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Why Facebook Should Rethink Messenger Kids

Facebook recently introduced a new messaging app for children to connect easier with parents and close friends in what they allege is a safer and more controlled messaging environment. The app, called Messenger Kids, allows children and youth to chat with one another, send photos, and add a variety of filters and personal drawings to messages and images. While the[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 11, 2018
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Are Women More Vulnerable to Concussions?

It has nothing to do with a greater likelihood of suffering a blow to the head - a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair suggests that women may be more vulnerable to concussions due to leaner nerve fibers. In other words, if both a man and a woman suffer a blow to the[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 9, 2018
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Medical Malpractice Now Top 3 Cause of Death

Johns Hopkins University recently released a report on the prevalence of deaths due to medical errors, and the numbers are alarming: More than 250,000 fatalities in the U.S. annually are a direct result of mistakes made by healthcare practitioners when treating patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, that puts health-related errors[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 6, 2018
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New Findings Could Save Lives of More Stroke Patients

When is a doctor liable for a stroke-related death? And are there any steps a doctor can take to prevent death in a stroke patient? According to a recent article in The New York Times, a new study indicates that there may be a clear way to prevent stroke victims from suffering serious disabilities or dying as a result of[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 4, 2018
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