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Breast Implants May Increase Risk of Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently announced that a rare form of lymphoma, which refers to a cancer of the immune cells, is linked to breast implants. While researchers are unsure exactly what is causing the anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and whether or not a defective medical device or medical malpractice is to blame, more than 350[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 28, 2017
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Are Cardboard Baby Boxes As Safe As We Think?

Cardboard baby boxes have been praised as one of the safest things that new mothers can use as an alternative to bed-sharing, and their use is often advocated as a way to prevent against SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). While the boxes have been used for decades in Finland, where they gained popularity amongst public health groups in the U.S.,[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 25, 2017
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The Dangers of Patient Handoffs

It is not uncommon for a patient in a hospital to be handed off from one doctor to another, or from one nurse to another; shift changes, a poor doctor-to-patient ratio, being referred to a hospital, and complications with other patients all affect this occurrence. But while patient handoffs may be so common that they have evolved into an accepted[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 23, 2017
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Nursing Homes Throughout the United States Fall Short of Standards

Nursing homes have a high duty of care - after all, they are the facilities in which we trust our loved ones will receive the level of care that they both need and deserve. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work this way; nursing homes are guilty of neglect, abuse, and negligence, and every year, there are countless patients harmed in nursing[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 21, 2017
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Children With Autism Could Lose Benefits Under Proposed Healthcare Legislation

Autism is a mental condition that begins during childhood and has an effect on socialization, communication, and understanding of societal norms. Children who have autism may have difficulty in making friends, may remain nonverbal, and may have a variety of behavioral issues. What’s more, autism is often accompanied by other conditions, including mental health conditions, seizures, and gastrointestinal disorders.  In[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 18, 2017
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When Dangerous Drugs Are Marketed to Women

A powerful piece titled “From Accutane to Zonite: A History of Dangerous Drugs & Devices Marketed to Women,” was recently published by the American Association for Justice. The article is a strong reminder of how pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies have marketed dangerous and even life-threatening devices to women over the years, and a look into how women are[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 16, 2017
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Two Kinds of Hospitals – One Could Be Lifesaving

When you are in need of medical care, especially care for a serious condition, how do you choose your hospital? Most patients would answer that location is a primary factor, likely followed by whether or not the hospital specializes in the type of treatment needed. What’s less likely for a patient to consider, however, is whether or not the hospital[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 14, 2017
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The Best Way to Prevent Serious Injuries to Children in a Car Accident? Use a Seatbelt

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number one killer of children and teens ages zero through 19 is “unintentional injury.” The CDC further reports that the leading cause of child injury is motor vehicle crashes, which kill an average of 11 children a week in the U.S. A new analysis conducted by the University of[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 11, 2017
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The United States’ Healthcare System Ranks Poorly

As one of the wealthiest countries, and one that spends about $9,000 per person each year on healthcare, it would logically follow that the U.S. has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. However, a recent global health scorecard found that the U.S. is lacking, with the results being called “an embarrassment” by the report’s chief author, Dr.[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 9, 2017
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Mortality Rates Amongst Newborns Post-Surgery Raise Questions About Hospital Practices

Newborns are very delicate, and when they have health complications at the time of their birth, their treatment must be approached with extreme levels of care. Unfortunately, treatment is often very complicated and difficult, and does not always end well. Data published for five hospitals in Pennsylvania show that the number of infant deaths following newborn heart surgery is surprisingly[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 7, 2017
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SSI Benefits for Children at Risk of Being Eliminated

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a valuable resource for children across the United States who are disabled. Unfortunately, House Republicans have proposed entitlement cuts, which could very well threaten the SSI lifeline that these children depend upon. Supplement Security Income Supports Thousands of Children with Disabilities Supplemental Security Income is a program that is funded by the U.S. government, and[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 31, 2017
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Losing a Child: One Woman Shares Her Grief & Helps Others Cope

There is no grief like that experienced as a result of losing a child. For parents across the U.S., the idea of something happening to their child is unbearable, and for those who have lost a child in a tragic accident or illness, moving forward in life can feel impossible. One woman, an RN at Kennedy University Hospital named Kimberly[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 24, 2017
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Communicating Risks of Surgery When the Stakes Are High

For patients who have to undergo a serious surgery, one of the most terrifying aspects can be not fully understanding what “high risk” really means, and what the potential worst-case scenario outcomes are. For patients and doctors alike, communicating these risks can prove difficult. Patients may not know which questions to ask, and may not understand medical terms even when[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 17, 2017
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Can a Health Insurance Company Stop Paying Mid-Treatment?

When you have a health condition that is serious enough that your wellbeing is at risk if you do not receive treatment, the idea of your insurance company denying your treatment is both shocking and threatening. However, that is exactly what happened for one Orange County man, 22-year-old Gillen Washington, who suffers from an immunodeficiency disease. Insurance Company Denies Treatment[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 10, 2017
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Risk of Miscarriage Linked to Antibiotic Use

For most women, the news of pregnancy is exciting, uplifting, and invigorating. However, no matter how healthy a woman is, the risk of miscarriage may be as equally threatening - about 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to the Mayo Clinic. In order to avoid miscarriage, many women take certain precautions, such as keeping weight in[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Jul 3, 2017
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