Aug28, 2015

The Harsh Reality of the Damages Cap for Amtrak Victims’ Losses

After the tragic Amtrak derailment in May 2015 when eight people died and more than 200 people were injured, victims of the crash received the harsh news that they are unlikely to be fully compensated […]

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Aug27, 2015

FDA Approves Praluent a Pricey New Cholesterol-lowering Drug

On July 24, 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved Praluent (alirocumab) the first in a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors (protein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9). This new class […]

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Aug24, 2015

New Report Links Robotic Surgery to 144 Deaths Since 2000

A team of researchers from MIT, Rush University Medical Center, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have published a paper on Adverse Events in Robotic Surgery, which takes a look at the causes and patient […]

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Aug20, 2015

CDC Uncovers a Link to Birth Defect Risk for Pregnant Women Taking Paxil and Prozac

The Centers for Disease Control has published an analysis on the use of a class of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac and Paxil during pregnancy and whether or not there is a […]

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Aug19, 2015

FDA Proposes Disclosing Added Sugars on Nutrition Facts Label

The average American male over age 20 consumes about 235 calories from added sugars and women of the same age group consume about 239 calories of added sugars each day. The American Heart Association recommends […]

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Aug17, 2015

How Do Doctors Deal with Medical Mistakes?

Preventable medical errors are frightfully frequent in modern medicine. Research in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that upwards of 440,000 people die each year and thousands more are injured in the United States from […]

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Aug13, 2015

Farid Fata’s Chemotherapy Scam on Hundreds of Patients Gets Him 45 Years in Prison

In what is being called the most serious case of medical fraud in U.S. history, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman sentenced oncologist Farid Fata to 45 years in prison and ordered him to pay […]

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Aug12, 2015

Is There a Link Between Glyburide and Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 9.2% of pregnant women get gestational diabetes in the U.S. in the 24th through 28th week of pregnancy. Women who get gestational diabetes have a […]

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Aug10, 2015

Florida Court Lifts Cap on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases

The case that the court was considering was that of Susan Kalitan who had filed a medical malpractice suit against North Broward Hospital District, anesthesiologist Robert Alexander, his employer, Anesco North Broward, Barry University, nurse-anesthetist […]

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Aug7, 2015

Consult the Surgeon’s Scorecard Before You Go Under the Knife

The ProPublica database focuses on eight elective procedures including:

Knee replacement
Hip replacement
Gallbladder removal, laparoscopic
Lumbar spinal fusion, posterior technique
Prostate resection
Prostate removal
Cervical (Neck) spinal fusion

The timing of the release of this tool is important because federal health officials […]

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