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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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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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