Legal Articles

September 25, 2013 Medical harm affects 43 million hospital visits each year
According to a review of medical care provided in hospitals around the world, 43 million patients are harmed by medical care each year, with two-thirds of those cases occurring in mid to low income co...
September 21, 2013 Breast cancer screening should begin at 40, experts say
New research on the mortality rate of women under the age of 50 who choose not to have mammograms paints a troubling picture, especially considering recent guidelines released by health experts on t...
September 16, 2013 Upbringing in poverty raises risk of smoking
A new study carried out by Duke University researchers looked at substance abuse by children based on wealth and affluence. They found that children raised in poorer circumstances are more likely th...
September 12, 2013 Chobani voluntarily recalls tainted yogurt
Are you a yogurt eater? You might want to double-check your labels this week. Reports have been coming in from consumers that a recent batch of Chobani yogurt has been causing nausea and stomach cramp...
September 5, 2013 Dental hygiene causing more hospital visits
You probably didn’t know that root canal you’ve been putting off might be putting you at risk for serious health complications. In fact, dental hygiene can have a significant negative...
September 2, 2013 Obesity letters spark controversy in childhood obesity debate
Parents receive all kinds of notifications from their children’s schools: grade reports, truancy and tardiness statistics, behavior accounts, etc. One letter you probably wouldn’t expect...
August 31, 2013 Breast milk not affected by most medications, scientists say
For years, doctors and nursing mothers have struggled with the question of what medications are safe to take while a mother is breast feeding. Few mothers are willing to enter case studies when the he...
August 22, 2013 Labor induction and autism occurrence may be linked
When a fetus is not delivered by one to two weeks past full gestation or when the need is medically indicated, doctors will deliver babies by inducing or augmenting labor, often with the drug pitoci...
August 15, 2013 Women in big cities may have higher risk of postpartum depression
Having a baby isn’t easy, otherwise everyone would do it and there would be ten kids per family. After 9 months of grueling back pain, frequent urination, sore stretch marks, and squished lungs,...
August 9, 2013 Doctor discussions of dietary supplements currently insufficient
When people visit their doctors, they usually do so to discuss specific ailments or to complete wellness checkups. However, these visits should also serve as opportunities for patients to discuss with...
August 4, 2013 Choking causes thousands of emergency room visits each year
About 34 kids each day in the last decade in the U.S. went to the emergency room after a choking experience, a new study is reporting. Hard candy is most common, followed by soft candy, and then by ...
July 26, 2013 New device approved to diagnose ADHD
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was once an under-diagnosed condition difficult to pinpoint because its symptoms vary so widely from child to child. Recently, however, new medical s...
July 20, 2013 Medical studies selectively reporting positive findings
Feel like you’ve heard a lot of good news about medical news recently? You’re right, but don’t believe everything you hear. According to a new study, “animal research is ridd...
July 17, 2013 CT Scans increase children’s risk of cancer
A new study has found that “each year more than four million CT scans are performed on children, and they are increasing the risk for future cancer.” Scientists and doctors have long kno...
July 14, 2013 Children should speak about their own asthma
Though parents may be inclined to do most of the talking when seeing an allergist about their children’s allergy symptoms, researchers have found that this actually isn’t completely effe...
July 10, 2013 Fertility center success rates can be misleading
Patients considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures will likely do their research before investing a large chunk of their money in such a risky business. One thing they might research is th...
July 6, 2013 Silent epidemic stalks the western U.S.
You probably have never heard of coccidioidomycosis, though a few people might recognize it by its more common name, valley fever. This disease, also known as cocci, is characterized by The New York...
July 3, 2013 Bed rest not helpful after IVF
Doctors have often counseled women to go on bed rest following their in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, the theory being that it makes the woman’s body more likely to accept the fertilize...
June 27, 2013 Woman’s heart problems connected to soda consumption
In an extreme example of what can happen when you drink too much soda, a 31-year-old woman living in Monaco (a country near southern France) recently found out that her fainting spells and heart pro...
June 23, 2013 Gender gap confirmed in trauma care centers
There is a gender gap when it comes to trauma treatment at trauma care centers. A recent Canadian study has confirmed this, though it has long been suspected. The study’s author, Andrea Hill, ...
June 23, 2013 Breakout of norovirus in 2 national parks
No, it’s not a rampaging bird flu, but the norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus. This virus affects 21 million people each year in the U.S. and it is now stalking two of the...
June 14, 2013 Poor sleep quality contributes to women’s heart disease
The amount and quality of sleep you get can have a big impact on your mood—those days where you don’t get enough are never quite as good as days where you get the full eight hours—...
June 12, 2013 U.S. has lack of proper hand washing, new study finds
How well do you wash your hands? Maybe not as well as you think, according to a new study just published in The Journal of Environmental Health. Researchers looked at the hand washing practices of 3...
June 12, 2013 Obama administration stops bid to limit sales of morning-after pill
The Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to make the morning-after pill available for purchase over the counter without prescription has been fraught with controversy. The Obama Admi...
June 8, 2013 Grapefruit alters cholesterol medication effectiveness
For years, you’ve had doctors telling you to eat more fruits and veggies and take your vitamins. This advice is especially crucial if you’ve been diagnosed with a disorder like heart dis...
June 1, 2013 New strains of the bird flu developing in China
A new version of the bird flu—known as H7N9—has developed in China and is exhibiting some worrisome new abilities. Previously, the bird flu could only be passed by close contact with a c...
June 1, 2013 Lung cancer treatment differs depending on race
Not all races receive the same treatment when it comes to non-small cell lung cancer, according to a new study released in May. Most patients do at some point undergo the necessary surgery to treat th...
May 25, 2013 Sugary drinks drastically raise risk of diabetes
It’s long been known that the consumption of too many sugary foods can inhibit your body’s ability to process all that glucose correctly. Over time, this can lead to the development of d...
May 18, 2013 Sucking your child’s pacifier has hidden benefits
As a general rule, over the years, health officials have counseled parents and guardians against sharing utensils with their babies. This warning was encouraged by the assumption that sharing your adu...
May 16, 2013 Doctors urged to monitor heart patients’ quality of life
A person’s “quality of life” can be thought of as his or her level of happiness, the ease of access to the basic amenities required to be comfortable, the degree of health that is ...
May 11, 2013 Arsenic levels in chicken may increase risk of cancer
Johns Hopkins researchers have taken  a closer look at one of the highest consumed meat products in the United States and have found troubling results. Arsenic levels in chicken were found to exc...
May 11, 2013 Hormone replacement therapy: benefits and side effects
Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment often used to ease the intensity of menopausal symptoms. And while it is a well-known fact that long-term use of this therapy poses health risks, going off...
May 2, 2013 Bioengineering takes step forward with groundbreaking windpipe surgery
On April 9th, Hannah Warren, a 2 1/2 –year-old girl born without a windpipe, underwent groundbreaking surgery to receive a bioengineered trachea. It was performed at Children’s Hospital of...
April 27, 2013 Binge drinking damaging to young adult circulation
Heart disease isn’t usually associated with young people, but a new study has found that binge drinking during the college years ups people’s risk of developing heart disease later on. Sha...
April 25, 2013 Breastfeeding past one year contributes to iron deficiency
Breastfeeding has long been accepted as the best method of nourishing infants. It provides numerous health benefits to both the mother and the baby. From breast milk, babies receive vital antibodies...
January 12, 2012 Malpractice Fears Not the Cause of Rising Healthcare Costs
According to a report in the journal Health Affairs, "Concerns about reducing the rate of growth of health expenditures have reignited interest in medical liability reforms and their potential t...
August 12, 2011 THE FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE CANCER
A Medical Legal Perspective “I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you,” the doctor says stoically. “You have cancer. We need to talk about your options.” It...
June 16, 2011 Medical Malpractice
Patient X goes into the operating room for surgery on his right knee. He wakes up from anesthesia with a bandaged left knee. He is stunned and outraged -- the surgeon operated on the wrong leg.

This is not an urban legend. Common medical mistakes and surgical errors like leaving surgical sponges and instruments in the patient’s body, incorrect diagnosis, medication errors, anesthesia mistakes, post-surgical
February 11, 2011 Managing Your Medical History
Quick! Answer these questions:

What medications are you taking?
What is the dosage and how long have you been taking them?
When was your last physical?
Has your weight fluctuated in the past five years? If so, how much?
November 30, 2010 Can Preventive Surgery Decrease Some Types of Cancer?
Cancer researchers report evidence supporting prophylactic surgery of “at risk” tissue to reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in some women.
September 28, 2010 Medical Mistakes -- A Primer on the Basics of Medical Malpractice
Do you think you might have a viable medical malpractice case? While our office is available to assist you in reaching this decision at no charge, you might first want to think again. Medical malpractice suits are among the most challenging and costly form of litigation, and layered over by misconception.
September 20, 2010 The Urge to Merge
Trend spotters say we’ll continue to see an uptick in health care mergers and acquisitions as hospitals, primary care providers, research labs, drug makers and insurance companies consolidate services. A Wall Street Journal article reported that nearly 30% of all U.S. mergers in 2009 came in the health care industry, up from a typical rate of about 10% annually.
August 27, 2010 Medical Tort Reform
A physician misdiagnoses an illness. A hospital patient is administered the wrong medicine. A wad of gauze is left inside a body cavity. Tragically, thousands of people die or are maimed as a result o...
July 27, 2010 Health Care Reform: What it Means to You Now
On July 23, 2010, President Barak Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the first major health care legislation in the United States in decades. Changes will roll out over the next four years and beyond, with most changes taking place by 2014.

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