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Blog Posts in April, 2013

  • Those Vitamins May Not Be Making Or Keeping You Healthy

    If you are taking supplements to build muscle mass, lose weight or for sexual enhancement, the drugs that you're taking may actually be dangerous or defective drugs that do more to harm you than help you based on the results of a study of Class I drug recalls by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A Class I drug is one that contains something with a high likelihood of causing "serious adverse ...
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  • Doctors' Mental Mistakes More Costly Than Surgical Mistakes

    The most common outcomes of an error in diagnosing an illness, disease or cancer by a treating physician is death and permanent disability, according to a recent study published in BMJ Quality & Safety. Errors in diagnosis include misdiagnosis, a complete failure to diagnose and a delay in diagnosis and are "the most frequent, most severe and most costly" of all medical mistakes. The study ...
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  • The Dangers of the Cinnamon Challenge

    There are thousands of videos on YouTube of teenagers coughing and choking after attempting to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking water. While some teenagers might think it is funny and harmless, there are health risks associated with the cinnamon challenge. A report in the journal Pediatrics found that the challenge has led to a growing number of calls to poison control ...
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  • Dozens of Oklahoma Dentist Patients Positive For Hepatitis

    Health officials are notifying 57 patients who tested positive for hepatitis C and three who tested positive for hepatitis B due to the unsanitary practices of Oklahoma dentist Dr. W. Scott Harrington. One patient tested positive for HIV, however it is not clear if the dentist office was responsible for all the cases. Dr. Harrington had offices in Tulsa and Owasso, where investigators found ...
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  • When Medical Mistakes Happen, JAMA Reports That Hospitals Seem To Win

    Earlier this week, we discussed efforts by the Florida Legislature to add barriers to justice for victims of medical malpractice . Rather than focusing on improving conditions at hospitals and clinics throughout the state and devising systems to limit the number of medical mistakes that can lead to serious, even fatal injuries, the proposed bill is targeting victims rather than those who commit ...
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  • Parents of Premature Infants In Study Not Warned Of Risks

    Last week, the Officer for Human Research Protections notified a network of 23 research institutes that they had failed to adequately warn parents about the risks' of their premature babies taking part in a oxygen study. Premature infants need oxygen because their lungs are not fully formed. However, too much oxygen can cause blindness. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently set the standard ...
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  • FDA: Dietary Supplement Ingredient DMAA Dangerous

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning of a dangerous ingredient found in dietary supplements. In its advisory last week, the FDA said it will try to eliminate all supplements containing DMAA, which is found in supplements including OxyElite Pro and Jack3d. DMAA can cause increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightening, cardiovascular problems and even heart attacks. ...
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  • FL Tries To Make It Harder For Medical Malpractice Victims To Get Justice

    The Florida Senate recently took sides in the battle of doctor versus injured patient when a medical mistake causes serious or fatal injuries . It did not take the side of the victim. Instead, it sided with doctors, and added new barriers to justice for victims of medical malpractice. The Senate approved 27-12 a bill that would require medical experts in malpractice cases to be of the same ...
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  • Crosswalks Do Not Prevent Pedestrian Injuries, Study Finds

    A new study revealed that pedestrians struck by cars are most often hit in the crosswalk, while they had the right of way. The survey of New Yorkers, done by the NYU Langone Medical Center, found that 44 percent used a crosswalk at the time of the collision, and six percent were on a sidewalk. It also found that taxicabs pose the biggest threat to cyclists, and being overweight may protect against ...
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  • Florida Tourist Dies 6 Years After Meningitis Misdiganosis

    The Pierce family was vacationing in Florida when their daughter Kate finally succumbed to a life she'd been forced into after a doctor misdiagnosed pneumococcal meningitis as tonsillitis when she was just nine months old. The doctor who missed the true cause of Kate's illness sent her home shortly after her hospital visit, assuring her parents that he had consulted with a senior physician when ...
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  • Da Vinci Robot May Be To Blame For Some Surgical Errors

    Have you experienced complications after having surgery to remove your gallbladder or prostate? A hysterectomy? Heart valve repair? An organ transplant? Gastric surgery? If your procedure was done with the da Vinci robot, you are not alone and you may have a defective product lawsuit or medical malpractice case . The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently began an investigation of robotic ...
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  • Freidin Brown: $3.48M Verdict In Smoker Case

    Phil Freidin of the Firm, along with co-counsel Alex Alvarez, obtained a $6 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company on March 20, 2013 after a week and half trial before Judge Tuter in Broward County. The Decedent, Phil Marotta, began smoking at age 12 in 1959 and smoked 2-3 packs of cigarettes per day for approximately 34 years. Mr. Marotta was diagnosed with lung cancer at age 46 ...
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  • Dade Commission Passes Stricter Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers

    South Florida is known as the hit-and-run capital of the country, and the Miami-Dade County Commission just passed a resolution to change this epidemic. Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, who is a cyclist and according to him has almost been hit four times in the last month, introduced the resolution. The stricter penalties would include seven years imprisonment for leaving the scene with ...
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