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Pregnant Minority Women

New Study Provides Another Example of the Increased Risks of Being Pregnant While Black or Hispanic

September 28th, 2020

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black pregnant women appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 during pregnancy. This finding is but one more example of how systemic health and social inequities …

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Ambulatory Surgery Center

How Safe Are Ambulatory Surgery Centers?

September 17th, 2020

Their humble roots began in 1970 in Phoenix, Arizona, with the first ambulatory surgery center (ASC) “squeezed between neighborhood shops and a Baptist church,” according to The Arizona Republic. For $90, a child could receive an incision to relieve pressure on the inner ear. Today, across …

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Coronavirus Pregnancy

How Will COVID-19 Affect My Pregnancy and Baby?

July 27th, 2020

Pregnancy is often a time fraught with medical concerns. Pregnancy during a pandemic adds much to that anxiety. While it is still too early for medical experts to know exactly how COVID-19 may affect you and your baby, below is a roundup of helpful information …

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Magnet Injuries

Why Those Small, Entrancing Magnetic Balls Are Dangerous to Kids when Swallowed

July 15th, 2020

They look completely innocent. Tiny, colorful magnetic balls that can be molded into designs and shapes with no artistic limits, other than the boundaries of one’s imagination. The packaging says they are not for children under age 14, but they are easily found online with …

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SHARE Information Act

How Do Dangerous Products Stay on the Market?

June 18th, 2020

While consumers are unknowingly buying and using unsafe products, proposed legislation that would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to more quickly sound the alarm on safety issues has apparently come to a standstill in the halls of Congress. On January 9, 2020, U.S. Rep. …

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asthma

Can I Sue for Medical Malpractice Involving Asthma Treatment?

June 11th, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its grip on global public health, World Asthma Day, on May 5, passed with little fanfare, as the Global Initiative for Asthma postponed its public awareness campaign “until the time seems appropriate.” But to be clear: Asthma is still a serious …

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Harbor Freight Recall

Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Auto Jack Stands that May Collapse under the Weight of a Lifted Vehicle

June 1st, 2020

Do-it-yourself auto mechanics should check their garage immediately for jack stands recalled by Harbor Freight Tools that may collapse and cause serious injury for people under or near a lifted vehicle. The tool and equipment retailer recently recalled about 1.7 million six-ton and three-ton jack stands, …

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COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

As COVID-19 Ravages Through Nursing Homes, Federal Government Considers Relaxing Infection Control Regulations

June 1st, 2020

As nursing home residents continue to die at an alarming rate from COVID-19, the federal government is steamrolling forward with proposed rules that would relax infection control requirements at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The rules, proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid …

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Was Your Child Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy? Top 17 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

May 28th, 2020

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children and, unfortunately, frequently occurs when healthcare providers make mistakes. When your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the news is devastating, and you are likely searching for answers as to how and why the condition occurred, whether it could …

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What Should I Do If My Child Has Been Injured by a Gas Fireplace?

April 1st, 2020

In September 2015, 11-month-old Hattie crawled over to a gas fireplace in her family’s home and touched its front glass panel with the palms of both her hands. It was an activity typical of a curious toddler beginning to explore her world. The horrific outcome …

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birth injury

How Many Women Die Before, During and After Childbirth?

March 19th, 2020

For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. government has released new data on the U.S. maternal mortality rate — and unfortunately it presents a grim picture. According to a report released in January from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National …

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What Are the 5 Most Common Emergency Room Errors?

February 20th, 2020

We typically think of hospital emergency rooms as the best place to get medical care when serious injury or illness suddenly strikes. Indeed, in 2016, there were 146.5 million emergency room visits in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. But, unfortunately, with chaotic …

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