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5 Hospitals Report Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Outbreaks

April 8th, 2015

Having covered the dangers that hospitals pose (on several occasions) and the previousfailures of the FDA to keep consumers safe (again, on several occasions), it will come as no surprise to readers to learn that the topic of this post brings the two together. Several …

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Some Wins, Some Losses in Tobacco Class Action Suits

April 1st, 2015

In November, this blog published an article about the ways in which class action lawsuits–cases in which a group of individuals (a class) may stand together against wrongdoing–have the ability to protect Americans from a variety of threats: discriminatory and predatory lending and insurance policies, …

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New York Doctor Database–Including Malpractice Information–Is Facing Elimination

March 25th, 2015

Health experts have long pointed to increased transparency as a way of eliminating medical errors and reducing healthcare-associated infections, not to mention making patients aware of potential risks. In the past year, this blog has published two articles about programs aimed at making this goal …

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Many Generic Herbal Supplements Not Herbal At All

March 18th, 2015

Health experts have long criticized store-brand herbal supplements. And finally they have been vindicated. The Attorney General’s office recently oversaw testing on products from nationwide chains like Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and GNC, finding that only a very small minority contained any of the ingredients listed …

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Youth Football League Faces Brain Injury Lawsuit

March 11th, 2015

Last June, this blog published an article about President Obama’s so-called “concussion conference,” which he called to address mild traumatic brain injuries in young athletes that many alleged were leading to mental illness and other adverse effects. This came around the same time that about …

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Antidepressants, Sleep Aids, and Allergy Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

March 4th, 2015

For many years, consumers have taken Benadryl as a sleep aid, assuming that it is a safe and non-habit forming solution for occasional insomnia. A recent study, however, led by Dr. Shelly Gray of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and published in JAMA …

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The Right to Jury Trial in Civil Cases: Reasserting the Importance of the Seventh Amendment

February 25th, 2015

The right to a jury trial in criminal cases is well known, but the right to a jury trial in civil cases is also a sacrosanct right under the United States Constitution. The Seventh Amendment is under attack, argues Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center …

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Campaign Finance Threatens Political and Judicial Impartiality

February 18th, 2015

Back in November, we argued that in recent years campaign finance–especially among potential judges–has undermined Americans’ faith in the judicial branch. Thanks to ThePopTort.com, we’ve got more bad news on that front after only a few months’ time. The legal blog mentions the recent case of …

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39 Pennsylvania Hospitals Fined for Preventable Mistakes

February 11th, 2015

A few months ago we wrote about a program called Leapfrog, whose goal is to assign letter grades to the country’s hospitals in an effort to establish their safety in a quantifiable, easily understandable way. Writing for PennLive, David Wenner reports that the Affordable Care …

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Drug Companies Spend Millions Marketing Redundant and Potentially Dangerous Treatments

February 4th, 2015

The investigative journalism website ProPublica, in conjunction with the New York Times medical blog The Upshot, recently published an article analyzing drug companies’ spending over the past five months in order to ascertain what drugs and medical devices they were promoting most heavily. The answer, it …

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Further FDA Failures: Diabetes Medications

January 28th, 2015

When it comes to regulation, there are many areas in which the FDA could improve its practices–compounding pharmacies, energy drinks, herbal dietary products, generic drugs,testosterone supplements, plastic water bottles, and cancer treatments–but we can now add diabetes medication like Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza to this list …

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Caps on Damages Keep Wisconsin Family from Suing GM, Potentially Saving Lives

January 21st, 2015

In 2006, eighteen-year-old Natasha Weigel was killed (along with a close friend) when the Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving left the roadway and struck several trees. It was clear immediately that the vehicle’s air bags did not deploy as they were supposed to, but the …

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