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Johnson & Johnson Hid Dangers of Talc Powder in Products

Defective and dangerous products are manufactured all of the time. From vehicles to toys, the products that we bring into our homes and use every day aren’t always safe. However, the majority of the time, the manufacturer doesn’t know that their product is dangerous; if they did, they would surely recall it and make a change, right? Unfortunately, just the[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Oct 10, 2016
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When it Comes to the Flu Vaccine, Shots Are Better

Kids and their parents around the United States are in for a sore surprise: when it comes to vaccinating against the flu, the traditional shot proves to be more effective than the nasal spray. In fact, an article in The New York Times states that the nasal spray should not be used at all to protect against the upcoming flu[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Oct 3, 2016
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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[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 26, 2016
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Helping Cancer Patients Who Can’t 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[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 23, 2016
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Unsuspecting Patients Exposed to 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. Medical[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 21, 2016
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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[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 19, 2016
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Study Reveals One in Five Trauma Deaths Are 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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Early Cancer 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[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 12, 2016
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Residents in Nursing Homes Responsible for 20% 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[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 5, 2016
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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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President of AAGL Defends Use of Power Morcellators

The use of power morcellators pose a risk of spreading cancerous tissues throughout a woman’s uterus and beyond. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a number of medical professionals have vehemently spoken out about their use in gynecological surgery. A safety communication published by the FDA in 2014 reads, “The FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 29, 2016
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Catena v. Raytheon

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[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 23, 2016
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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[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 22, 2016
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