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September 29, 2013 Breastfeeding lasts longer for bed-sharers, risk of SIDS still high
New research shows two sides to bed-sharing coin. Some parents believe sleeping in the same bed as their infant allows for better bonding and easier access to breastfeeding. Researchers now say that...
September 23, 2013 Trauma centers visited by patients affect mortality rates
Not all trauma centers were created equally, according to a new study published in the October issue of Annals of Surgery. Researchers found that death rates at trauma centers vary based o...
September 18, 2013 39 weeks gestation or later better for healthy delivery
Think a woman’s pregnancy lasts just 9 months? Think again. The generally accepted length of a “month” is 4 weeks, however, most weeks are slightly longer than 4 weeks. A pregna...
September 14, 2013 Sunscreen not coming up often enough in doctor visits
A few weeks ago, I visited the local state fair with my husband, son, and extended family. It was a toasty day and we spent most of the time carrying my six-month-old son around in our arms with h...
September 7, 2013 Doctors order too many diagnostic tests on patients
In this world we live in, malpractice suits are more and more common, so doctors are trying harder than ever not to make mistakes. In pursuit of this goal, they are starting to go a little overbo...
September 4, 2013 Patients leaving hospitals without proper information, study finds
Have you ever listened with glazed eyes to a doctor’s explanation? He’s trying to tell you precisely what your diagnosis is but his technical terms and scientific references just get you...
August 24, 2013 Obesity, diabetes linked with BPA and phthalates
In recent years, BPA and phthalates have been getting bad press. Many products are switching to alternative compounds in their manufacturing process, notably pacifiers and bottles. Now researchers hav...
August 17, 2013 Childhood obesity raises risk of asthma
If your child is overweight or obese, be on the lookout for signs of asthma. A new research study has found that kids who deal with weight problems are also more likely to develop asthma and it tends ...
August 12, 2013 Obese kids consume more calories than parents think
Everyone knows something about food = calories and too many calories leads to unhealthy weight gain. That’s why adults have the recommended 2000 calories a day that people ought to consume from ...
August 7, 2013 1 in 4 operating room errors technology-related
When you head to the hospital for an operation, you’d like to think that having a knowledgeable, experienced doctor will give you the best guarantee of a positive outcome of your surgery. Howeve...
August 2, 2013 Menthol Cigarettes may be banned by FDA
Menthol cigarettes are mint flavored to counteract the taste that new smokers dislike in normal cigarettes. However, the Food and Drug Administration has found that “the mint flavoring made it...
July 24, 2013 I.C.U. stays can cause PTSD
Mrs. Lygia Dunsworth had been experiencing severe abdominal infections when she was checked into the hospital for surgery. During her stay in the Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) Mrs. Dunsworth said she...
July 19, 2013 Chickens from farmers’ markets high in bacteria
Some people shop at farmer’s markets because they like to support local growers. Others shop there because of the plentiful supply of quality hand-crafted goods they can peruse at will. Still ...
July 15, 2013 Prescription drug abuse on the rise for U.S. women
An alarming prescription drug trend has recently been pinpointed by U.S. researchers. They have found that, “The rate of fatal overdoses of prescription painkillers and other drugs among U.S. w...
July 11, 2013 Low breast milk supply linked to insulin production
Many mothers plan on breastfeeding their children due to breast milk’s nutritious qualities, its ease of access, and the fact that it’s free. For some of these mothers, however, breastfe...
July 8, 2013 Number of falls may help predict Alzheimer’s incidence
Alzheimer’s disease symptoms are slow to appear, but new research may have uncovered one way to predict where it might strike next. In a report published in Neurology, researchers said, &ldquo...
July 4, 2013 Link between migraines and strokes identified
Migraines that are accompanied by auras have been linked, in women, with an increased risk of stroke. An aura, according to the National Institutes of Health, is “visual effects such as flashe...
June 28, 2013 Rapid response to strokes is crucial, study confirms
A stroke has long been known to be a serious and sometimes life-threatening medical condition that needs a quick response from medical personnel. But a new study’s findings emphasize that, qui...
June 25, 2013 Exercise added to diet not helping obese kids
Though dieticians and doctors have long recommended that obese children and teens ought to add exercise to a healthy diet, a new study that analyzed past data has found that this approach isn&rsquo...
June 24, 2013 Death rate report affects patient selection
If you had to undergo surgery, you’d want to be treated at the facility has the best outcomes for your particular surgery, right? That seems reasonable. For this very reason, however, some pat...
June 22, 2013 People outlive healthy driving ability by 6 years
The baby boomers—the generation born as fathers came back from WWII—are getting older. Some estimates put the number at 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day. This means an exponential ...
June 22, 2013 Opthalmologists warn against eye sunburn
As the days heat up, beach goers, hikers, campers, and bikers are slathering on the sunscreen to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV radiation. But did you know that your eyes can be ...
June 15, 2013 Human gene patenting barred by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that “human genes may not be patented.” The legality of patenting was brought to the forefront by Utah-based company Myriad Genetics which held pa...
June 8, 2013 Experimental drug for autism to be discontinued
For 300 families, the discontinuance of the experimental drug arbaclofen is a blow. This drug was in the clinical trials phase to see whether it could ease the symptoms of autism and fragile X syndr...
June 8, 2013 Doctors avoid admitting uncertainty
Doctors aren’t infallible, much as they’d like to be. Dr. Danielle Ofri, associate professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine, said that as a doctor, she understands that feeling. &...
June 6, 2013 Doctor, patient communication has room for improvement
Doctors and patients aren’t communicating adequately, a new study shows, especially when it comes to talking about prognoses and treatment options. And while some patients may prefer to leave al...
June 1, 2013 C-section deliveries may increase risk of childhood obesity
C-section deliveries are on the rise in the United States but their risk factors aren’t. It has long been known that since C-sections constitute major surgery for mothers they entail long reco...
May 30, 2013 New test predicts postpartum depression
About 15 percent of new mothers are affected by postpartum depression and for years, it has seemed that there is no way to predict who might develop it. That fact might be about to change, however. A ...
May 25, 2013 Endometriosis more likely to strike thin women
Being thin is always more healthy than being obese, right? Not necessarily, according to a new study. Researchers with Reuters Health found that “heavy women are less likely to be diagnosed wi...
May 25, 2013 TV ads may prompt improper drug prescriptions
Advertisements for prescription drugs seem to inundate the television these days. Hardly a commercial goes by that you won’t see a 30-second blip about how some pill or other is sure to cure wha...
May 23, 2013 Bed rest not so restful for pregnant women
“Bed rest” is one of the most dreaded phrases a pregnant woman can hear when a doctor is prescribing treatment. The problem with pregnancy is that in an attempt to keep fetuses as healthy,...
May 18, 2013 Smoke spreads to Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms
For years, there has been a steady increase of legislation that controls when and where people can smoke. Smoke has been taken out of restaurants, bowling alleys, and most bars, but there are still ...
May 16, 2013 Noise of all kinds affects the heart
You’ve been told since an early age not to listen to your music too loud when you’re wearing ear phones because it can hurt your hearing. You might also have heard that long exposure to ...
May 11, 2013 Women counseled to have caregiver present for home births
The American Academy of Pediatricians has taken not of the growing number of women choosing to give birth at home and has decided to issue a statement regarding best practices for this birthing opti...
May 9, 2013 FDA approves new regulations for emergency contraceptive
As of April 30, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Plan B One-step emergency contraceptive by women 15 years and older. Originally, Teva Women’s Health had submitted an a...
May 4, 2013 Suicide rates on the rise in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates have risen sharply in the U.S. since 1999, particularly for in the age demographic known as the baby boomer generation. In fa...
May 4, 2013 FDA investigation spurred by spread of caffeinated foods
At one time, the main foods where consumers would find caffeine were coffee and pop. That’s changed in recent years, however, with the proliferation of caffeine-loaded energy drinks. In today&rs...
May 4, 2013 Doctors show more empathy to thin patients
It turns out it’s not just some patients’ imaginations running away with them when they feel like their doctor is as compassionate as he or she should be. A small recent study found a st...
April 27, 2013 Cucumber implicated in salmonella outbreak
On Thursday, April 25th, the Center for Disease Control announced that 73 cases of salmonella spread across 18 states have been linked to cucumbers imported from Culiacan, Mexico. Of the 73 cases, 2...
April 23, 2013 Stomach CT scans helping to diagnose osteoporosis
A new study says researchers have found stomach CT scans are proving to be useful in diagnosing people with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening disease that affects women in particular and ...
February 11, 2012 $3 Million Settlement Reached in Psychiatric Hospital Rape
A lawsuit has been settled for $3 million dollars.  This is the largest settlement of its kind and was approved Thursday by the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington.  The lawsuit is in...
February 9, 2012 Dangers Of Anesthesia Used In Cosmetic Surgery
In a study based on 6-year data from Alabama and 10-year data from Florida, the Dermatologic Surgery published an article stating that office -based surgery using general anesthesia was connected with...
February 8, 2012 Malpractice Complaints Go Unlisted
The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice denied the request of the News Tribune to release “any and all documents containing or relating to complaints made to them regarding former Duluth neurosu...
February 3, 2012 Dentist Used Paper Clips in Root Canals
Former dentist, Dr. Michael Clair has plead guilty to numerous charges, including defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, illegally prescribing medications, assault and battery, and witness intimidation. ...
February 2, 2012 Dispute Between Doctors and Insurance Costing Patients
A dispute between a hospital and insurance company is hitting patients in their wallets. Emergency Room doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital no longer contract with Premera Blue Cross, which mea...
February 1, 2012 Women Gets Used Breast Implant
 Claiming that it was a “cost effective” move, Dr. Robert Rhodes who is based in St. George, Utah but consults in Los Vegas, mistakenly implanted a beast in the wrong women. He then r...
January 31, 2012 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruled Physician Can Be Sued For Emotional Distress
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that a physician can be sued for allegedly causing a patients to suffer emotional distress, even when no physical impact led to the distress, Amednews.com r...
January 26, 2012 Family Awarded $177 Million in Medical Negligence Lawsuit
A jury in Jacksonville, Florida has awarded Clay Chandler $167 million in damages for fraud and medical negligence, and added $10 million for punitive damages, after finding Memorial Hospital negligen...
January 20, 2012 Florida Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Settled
A Florida jury awarded $19.2 million to the family of Kiarra Smith after they filed medical malpractice against Health Park Medical Center, alleging Kiarra was overdosed on nutrients which caused her ...
January 18, 2012 Ohio Family Awarded $13.9 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit over Botched Delivery
After a three-week trial, a Trumball County Common Pleas Court jury has awarded the family of now ten-year-old Haley Cobb a $13.9 million settlement over a lawsuit that claims Haley's cerebral palsy w...
January 16, 2012 Novartis Issues Recall of Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin, and Gas-X Prevention
Novartis Consumer health Inc., has issued a voluntary recall of all lots of Excedrin and NoDoz bottles with the expiry dates of December 20, 2014 and earlier. The company is also recalling Bufferin an...
January 14, 2012 14 Drug Makers Facing Lawsuits over DES Breat Cancer Links
14 drug companies who made and promoted DES, or diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic estrogen used to prevent miscarriages from the late 1930s to the early 1970s, are facing lawsuits filed by 53 women acro...
January 11, 2012 Smigaj Lawsuit against Memorial Hospital Reinstated
The pision III Court of Appeals in Spokane has found that obstetrician Diana Smigaj presented enough evidence in her appeal to suggest that Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital misused its peer review proc...
January 9, 2012 Triple Eight Distribution Bicycle Helmet Recalled
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a bicycle helmet recall on January 6th of 30,400 helmets distributed by Triple Eight Distribution Inc. The recall was issued because the helm...
January 9, 2012 Yaz Bellwether Trials Halted; Judge Calls in Mediator
U.S. District Judge David Herndon has called off a series of bellwether trials involving the settlement of over 10,000 lawsuits filed against drug-maker Bayer over their Yaz and Yasmin birth control p...
December 7, 2011 Press Release - Estate of Glen Cloninger V. Dr. Kim Chen, ET AL.
Stephen Haskell Law Offices filed suit December 1, 2010 on behalf of the estate of a well-known local architect and real estate developer, Glen Cloninger, together with his family.

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