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Blog Posts in June, 2013

  • Is It Time To Log Radiation Exposure For Diagnostic Testing?

    At least one hospital system thinks so. Intermountain Healthcare began tallying patients' cumulative radiation exposure from diagnostic testing in order to track the use of high-exposure tests and encourage doctors to consider tests that cause less exposure. The purpose is not to limit tools that can be used to properly diagnose a condition or avoid misdiagnosis , but to limit the tests that are ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury May Increase Risk Of Stroke

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in adults. New research out of the University of Michigan suggests that those who experience a traumatic brain injury may be at greater risk in the long run of suffering from a debilitating stroke, on top of dealing with an existing head trauma. While this may seem somewhat obvious - trauma to the brain making the brain more susceptible to health ...
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  • New Study Finds Dangers of Walking And Texting

    Texting and driving is a widely recognized danger on the road. Now, a new study has found that pedestrians who are walking while using a mobile phone are ending up in the emergency room. The study, which used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, found that the number of injuries increased from 559 in 2004 to 1,506 in 2010. The injuries ranged from minor to serious, ...
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  • Mom Sues Monster Energy Drink Over Son's Death

    A mother, whose teenage son died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming, is suing Monster Beverage Corp, alleging that his death was caused by drinking the company's energy drink. On July 1, 2012, Alex Morris went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 19. The lawsuit states that Morris would not have died if he did not drink two cans of ...
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  • FDA Shuts Down 1,600 Fake Online Pharmacies

    The Food and Drug Administration's crackdown on dangerous medications has resulted in the closure of more than 1,600 online pharmacies. The FDA also said in a statement that it took action against more than 9,600 websites, and seized more than $41 million worth of illegal medications. The effort, called Operation Pangea VI, involved the FDA, INTERPOL and other international enforcement ...
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  • South Florida Boy Still Recovering After Traumatic Bus Accident

    Jerry Cunningham has been in the hospital since a May 10 bus accident left him with serious brain damage. Cunningham was trying to stop a Pompano Beach bus when his hand got trapped in the door and the 14-year-old was dragged alongside the vehicle for about seven seconds. Video captured the traumatic accident, including passengers inside the bus yelling for the driver to stop. Along with fractures ...
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  • Judge Rejects Plea Deal; Bad Butt Injections Case Set For August

    A judge did not accept the plea deal on Tuesday for two South Floridians who are accused of injecting people's buttocks with Fix-a-Flat and other substances. Oneal Morris and Corey Eubank were arrested and charged in 2011 of practicing medicine without a license after victims alleged Morris had injected their legs and butt with a mixture of Fix-a-Flat, cement and superglue. Both have pleaded ...
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  • South Florida Cyclist Killed In Rear-End Crash

    A 30-year-old West Palm Beach man struck the back end of a bicycle traveling in the same direction he was on Kirk Road in Palm Beach County earlier this week, fatally injuring the cyclist. The bike rider was thrown from his seat and landed on the hood of the driver's car. The driver was stopped on another street that intersects with Kirk Road. Police had witnessed him driving recklessly and pulled ...
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  • South Florida Driver Killed In Accident With 18-Wheeler

    A driver was killed early Thursday morning after a truck collided with a tractor trailer in Pembroke Pines. Around 5:30am on June 20, a box truck rear-ended an 18-wheeler in the area of U.S. 27 and Johnson Street. The Jaws of Life had to be used to free the driver of the box truck, who was then rushed to Memorial Region Medical Center in critical condition. The 29-year-old driver later died from ...
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  • Massachusetts Ruling Could Lead To More Tobacco Suits

    A Massachusetts court has ruled that cigarettes' addictive qualities do not give tobacco companies protection from product liability claims. This ruling comes after the state affirmed a $35 million award to Willie Evans, whose mother died at the age of 54 from lung cancer caused by smoking Newport cigarettes. The result of the ruling is that all cigarettes in the state could be declared defective, ...
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  • Young Florida Amputee Will Walk, Ride A Bike, Can Do Anything

    A Florida toddler who suffered a tragic and serious personal injury when her feet were cut off by a riding lawnmower driven by her father regained the ability to one day walk again on her own. The two-year-old was fitted with prosthetic legs sporting a Dora the Explorer theme yesterday, along with pink sneakers and a Superman Cape. The Palm Harbor tot took to her legs seamlessly according to ...
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  • Miami Assisted-Living Facility Closed By State

    A Miami assisted-living facility was shut down after regulators found an elderly woman tied to a wheelchair. San Martin de Porras ALF, located at 1840 NW 15 th St, was also ordered to pay $20,000 in fines. The license revocation comes after regulators arrived at the home in February of 2012, and found an elderly woman struggling to get up after being tied down to a wheelchair and forced to sit on ...
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  • NICA Allowed To Cap Birth Injury Payments To Parents At $100k

    The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Fund, or NICA, was set up to provide an alternative to a medical malpractice lawsuit after a mistake during delivery causes serious injury to a newborn. Infants who were deprived of oxygen during birth - which can lead to severe brain damage and is often diagnosed as hypoxic brain injury or Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), or those ...
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  • Deck Collapses at Shuckers Waterfront Grill, Dozens Injured

    As Miami Heat fans watched the game Thursday night, the patio deck at Shuckers Waterfront Grill collapsed into Biscayne Bay, with dozens of patrons crashing into the water. Police arrived at Shuckers, located at North Bay Village, around 9:45pm after the deck collapsed with approximately 100 people on the waterfront patio deck. As many as two dozen people are reporting injuries. By midnight ...
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  • Fungal & Bacterial Growth Found In Steroid Injections

    Bacterial and fungal growth has been found in unopened vials of a steroid injection from a Tennessee pharmacy under investigation for links to reported infections, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Main Street Family Pharmacy in Tennessee issued a nationwide recall of sterile products on May 28. Potentially defective products with a use-by date on or before November 20, 2013 ...
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  • Anesthesia Errors Leave Florida Man Unable To Move, Communicate

    A Lauderdale Lakes man now calls Georgia home. He was left in a vegetative state, unable to move or to communicate other than through blinking his eyes after an anesthesia error left him without oxygen to his brain for approximately five minutes. The man is with family in Georgia now who, along with a care team, provides in-home comfort and care for him. A Florida jury recently awarded him $27.5 ...
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  • 33 Workers Killed In South Florida Workplace Accidents in 2012

    Across Florida, 227 workers lost their lives in fatal workplace accidents in 2012, according to reports compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Thirty-three of those fatal accidents occurred here in South Florida, eight more than in 2011, and all but one involved men. Florida workers in the construction industry are at the highest risk of a fatal injury while on the job , ...
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  • Proof That Malpractice Victims Aren't To Blame For Health Care Costs

    We have all heard the rhetoric that health care costs are ballooning out of control due, at least in part, to large medical malpractice verdicts. But, a study of med mal payouts exceeding $1 million by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reveals what many medical malpractice attorneys already know: limiting a victim of medical negligence's right to recover will have little ...
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