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Blog Posts in November, 2014

  • Lawsuits: Does Viagra Cause Skin Cancer?

    In June 2014, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study which reported that users of the drug Viagra were 84 percent more likely to develop skin cancer over a 10-year period. The study looked at 26,000 men , finding that those who had taken Viagra, 6 percent of the total, had roughly double the risk of developing melanoma than those who never took the drug. Among subjects who were actively taking ...
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  • Faulty strollers recalled after reports of fingertip amputations

    Parents in South Florida and around the country heard alarming news recently involving strollers manufactured by Graco Children's Products. The company, as we discussed here, was in the news earlier this year for problems with its car seats. Now, it has recalled approximately 4.7 million of its strollers in the U.S. Over 200,000 additional strollers have been recalled in Canada and over 10,000 in ...
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  • Beware of arbitration clauses in Florida nursing home contracts

    People faced with the sad but often necessary task of placing a loved one in a Florida nursing home often find themselves consumed with a variety of emotions. Consequently, they may not take the time to read the fine print in the facility's contract. Even if they do, few people outside the legal profession have the knowledge to understand all of the language. Many nursing home contracts contain an ...
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  • Lab mistakes can be as dangerous as physician errors

    Many of us in Florida feel confident that we know and trust our doctors and the medical facilities where we receive health care. However, we are still required at times to place our health and our lives in the hands of people and entities we will never see. Among the most important are laboratories and the people who work there. We rely on labs to test blood and other samples, examine biopsied ...
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  • Supplements and medications can be a deadly mix for Floridians

    We hear a lot about interactions between various prescription medications or between those drugs and over-the-counter medicines. However, many Floridians don't consider the possible negative effects of taking dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, while on prescription meds. According to a 2005 to 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of ...
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  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can be at risk on Florida streets

    One of the many advantages of life in Southern Florida is being able to bicycle, walk and skate all year long. For some people, these activities provide fun and exercise. For others, they are an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly way to get around town. However, people who get around on bikes, skates and by foot often have to share the streets with car and truck drivers as well as ...
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  • Lawmakers, regulators call for urgency on faulty airbag fixes

    Ten major automakers have recalled 11 million vehicles in the U.S. due to faulty airbags made by Takata. The defect can cause the airbags to rupture and spray out parts. So far, the ruptures, which can occur in minor collisions, have been linked to over 30 injuries and several fatalities. In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged consumers to have their airbags fixed ...
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