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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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The Scarlet Sticker: Kyleigh’s Law Upheld in New Jersey

September 5th, 2012

Reuters reported on August 8, 2012, that Kyleigh’s Law, which requires any New Jersey-licensed drivers under 21 with a provisional license to place a bright red sticker on the top left-hand corner of each of their two license plates for a year, has been upheld …

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Over 2,000 NFL Players File Brain Injury Lawsuit in Philadelphia

August 29th, 2012

Last month in Philadelphia, thousands of retired professional football players filed a personal injury class action lawsuit against their shared former employer, the National Football League (NFL). Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is famous helmet manufacturer Riddell Sports, Inc. The heart of …

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Not Just for Planes: Automobile ‘Black Boxes’ will be Standard by 2015

August 22nd, 2012

In April 2012, the Senate passed a bill that would require auto manufacturers to install event data recorders (EDRs), also known as “black boxes,” in all cars. They have been around for more than a few years in automobiles: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal of PCWorld reports …

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Pennsylvania Judge Thoroughly Tackles Facebook Discovery

August 15th, 2012

As the relationship between technology and the law both widens and deepens, we were bound to see more rulings on issues of social networking and privacy. We have written about the issues, especially Facebook, on several occasions. Adding to this list is Allegheny County Common Pleas …

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Institute of Medicine Criticizes FDA for Unsafe Post-Market Inspection

August 8th, 2012

Do you remember Vioxx, the anti-inflammatory drug recalled and later withdrawn because it was linked with elevated risk of heart attack or Fen-phen, the weight loss drug that was found to cause potentially fatal pulmonary hypertension? These medications were once approved by the Food and …

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