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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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Moon Bounce Injuries and How to Avoid Them

If you are a parent in Philadelphia, you probably know what a moon bounce is. For those who don’t, a moon bounce is a type of large, inflatable bounce house or bounce castle that is typically found at children’s events, ranging from school fairs to birthday parties. Moon bounces may seem safe enough, and as they are a favorite thing[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 18, 2017
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Medical Device Company Ordered to Pay for Death Caused by Contaminated Scope

In 2016, the medical device manufacturing company Olympus recalled thousands of its medical scopes, which are small devices that are used to look at the inside of the esophagus and stomach. But while the recall was certainly necessary, it came much too late for some people. By the time the Olympus scopes were recalled, 16 patients in a Southern California[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 15, 2017
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What’s Behind the Fact that Cancer Death Rates Are Higher in Rural Areas?

Those who live in more rural parts of the United States, including rural Pennsylvania and New Jersey, are diagnosed with cancer at a lower rate than are those who live in urban areas. That being said, however, the rate of death from cancer is higher in rural areas, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 11, 2017
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Study Finds Number of Preventable Nursing Home Deaths Quadrupled Over Past Decade

A landmark study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, reveals some haunting statistics regarding the number of preventable nursing home deaths. According to the study’s results, the number of potentially preventable nursing home deaths has quadrupled in the past decade. More Patients Dying from Preventable Nursing Home Injuries Researchers found that between the years of 2000 and 2013, the[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 8, 2017
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Negligence in Childbirth Leading Cause of Maternal Death

Most people have heard of the infant mortality rate, the rate of death for infants under one year of age, which is typically used to indicate the quality of healthcare in a country. What few people rarely talk about though is the maternal death rate, which refers to the number of women who die from causes related to pregnancy and[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 6, 2017
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Mother of Four Dies After Sepsis is Misdiagnosed

A dream vacation turned into a horror story when Liz Fairclough, a mother of four, wife, and grandmother of one , died when she developed sepsis from an infected cut on her leg, and the condition was misdiagnosed. Had the condition been properly diagnosed and treated, it is likely that Fairclough would have survived the infection. Infection Developed from Scratch[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 4, 2017
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More Cases of Breast Cancer Are Diagnosed,  And The Survival Rate Increases

Breast cancer is a terrible disease, and one that takes the lives of thousands of woman every year. To be sure, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, about 40,610 women will die from breast cancer in the United States. Also concerning is the fact that more and more women are being diagnosed with the cancer. In 2017, it[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 1, 2017
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Fox News Contributor Tammy Bruce Mocks Autistic Child; Apologizes Quickly Afterwards

When Vice President Mike Pence made a military families’ appearance in front of a bunch of school-aged kids, many of whom were closely surrounding him as he spoke, he accidentally bopped one of them lightly on the nose when he extended his arms. In fact, the “bop” was so light that Mr. Pence didn’t even seem to notice. The kid,[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 30, 2017
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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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