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MedPulse: Did Agency Knowingly Hire Dangerous Doctors?

A recent investigation conducted and reported by USA Today revealed some appalling details about hiring practices at hospitals and clinics operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to the article published December 3, 2017, the VA hired multiple physicians knowing that they had a history of malpractice claims or disciplinary matters. The author contends that these individuals’[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Apr 2, 2018
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Why People Are Seeing More Ads for Drugs on TV

Have you noticed that you have been seeing more ads for prescription drugs on television during commercial breaks or while watching streaming services with commercials, such as Hulu? According to a recent article in The New York Times, it is not your imagination suggesting that you are seeing more advertisements for prescriptions medications. To be sure, the number of ads[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Mar 30, 2018
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Penn, CHOP, Moss Rehab, Cheyney Get $4 Million to Study Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are debilitating. Whether you sustain a TBI once or are dealing with the possible effects of multiple concussions, it is important to think carefully about activities that cause brain injuries and ways of preventing head trauma. Given that concussions—a type of mild traumatic brain injury—have been linked to the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Mar 28, 2018
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Immediate Brain Damage from Hits to the Head

When we talk about contact sports and traumatic brain injuries, we often think about the long-term effects of concussions. Researchers at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center have analyzed the ways in which multiple blows to the head may, over time, result in the debilitating, degenerative condition known as CTE, but how do hits to the head impact athletes[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Mar 26, 2018
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Reports Show Healthcare in America Lags for Mothers

It may come as shocking to some that the U.S., a nation considered to be among the leaders in technology, medicine, and other scientific fields, fails in many ways when it comes to healthcare for pregnant women. An opinion piece in the New York Times reports that care for mothers lags far behind other advanced countries, including the U.K., Japan,[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Mar 23, 2018
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MedPulse: Do Plaintiffs Have a Right to Get Adverse-Incident Reports?

Florida lawmakers are currently constructing an initiative concerning medical malpractice claims, and, if passed, Florida residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on an issue that could have serious implications for the future of medical malpractice suits. According to a January 12, 2018 article appearing in News4Jax, the measure will seek to limit current law regarding accessibility of adverse[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Mar 21, 2018
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Physician Burnout

Although most people who make an appointment to see a doctor are concerned with their own health and not the emotional or physical health of the physician, a series of recently published studies indicates that many patients should begin taking these factors into consideration, as physician burnout and depression have been linked to a higher rate of medical errors. Physician[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Mar 19, 2018
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How to Keep Children Safe from Abuse at the Doctor’s Office

Given the recent news surrounding the sexual molestation crimes of Lawrence G. Nassar, who served as a doctor for the American gymnastics team, many parents have questions about how they can keep their children safe from abuse at the doctor’s office. According to a recent article in The New York Times, physicians are supposed to treat and heal, not inflict[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Mar 15, 2018
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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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