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What You Should Know About Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

November 21st, 2012

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a serious skin condition that causes a red / purple rash (known as erythema multiforme) to appear on the skin. It may be coupled with a fever and other flu-like symptoms. The external skin symptoms of this immune-complex syndrome alone can …

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Oklahoma Factory Closing Sparks Tort Reform Debate

November 7th, 2012

On October 4, The New York Times published an article in which the author, Clifford Krauss,discusses the closing of a gas can factory operated by Blitz USA, formerly the largest manufacturer of its kind in the United States. Blitz sold 14 million units a year …

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As NuvaRing Trials Near, Judge Denies Privacy of Internal Documents

October 31st, 2012

In July of this year, we posted an article about the possible dangers posed to women by the NuvaRing birth control system, which is an intra-uterine device worn by women for a period of three weeks, during which time it slowly releases hormones into the …

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Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Temporarily Suspended

October 24th, 2012

This past May, Pennsylvania legislators passed a law that would force the state’s voters to produce some form of photo identification at their local polling places to participate in elections. As of late September (according to a poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College), 59 …

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A Surgeon’s Five Tips for Improving Hospital Safety

October 17th, 2012

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal published an article on its website called “How to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us” prompted by the statistic that every week, “medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets.” The author, Marty Makary, is a …

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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Caused by Aspergillus in Epidural Steroid Injections

October 8th, 2012

Fungal meningitis is normally a very rare condition that primarily occurs in patients with weakened immune systems. However, there is currently an evolving and progressing outbreak of a dangerous type of fungal meningitis caused by the organism known asAspergillus; at this time, there have been …

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Country’s Largest Hospital Chain under Scrutiny for Unnecessary Cardiac Surgeries

September 26th, 2012

This past August, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States uncovered evidence that doctors at its many locations performed heart surgeries that were deemed unnecessary.The New York Times reports that in 2010, a former nurse wrote a letter to the chief ethics officer …

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Bumbo Baby Seat: Just One of Many Recalls

September 19th, 2012

The Bumbo® Baby Seat, essentially a large piece of molded green foam, has been the subject of two recalls in the last five years. In 2007, 1 million units were recalled in the United States. Now, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), …

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Widespread Shortage of Judges Derails Civil Justice System

September 12th, 2012

On July 11, this blog published a post titled “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied,” which dealt with the shortage of judges (and thus backlog of civil cases) in Union County, New Jersey. Upon further research, it has become painfully clear that this problem is not …

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