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Infection and Death Following ERCP Procedure
Contaminated endoscopes are suspected of causing a deadly outbreak of the superbug CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) at UCLA hospital in California...
Halloween Costume Safety
Attorney Jim Horwitz was interviewed by News12 Connecticut discussing the safety and liabilities of Halloween costumes.
Halloween Safety
With Halloween right around the corner, it's important to consider the steps we can take to ensure the safety of our trick-or-treaters. Incidents involving...
Product Liability
Contaminated Medications
Contaminated medications pose an enormous risk of harm to unsuspecting patients. The source of these contaminated medications may be "compounding pharmacies."
As reported by The New York Times, a 12-year-old boy, Rory Staunton, died of sepsis after doctors failed to correctly diagnose him with Streptococcus pyogenes over a period of two days. Sepsis, the leading cause of death in hospitals, can present itself to look like less serious ailments such as the flu.
Insured Patients Wrongfully Billed through Balance Billing
Under Connecticut Law, it is illegal for any health care provider to request payment from a person who has health insurance (other than a co-payment or deductible) for medical services covered under a managed care plan.
Total Knee Replacement and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
One of the most serious complications of total knee replacement is the development of a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT –the presence of one or more blood clots that partially or completely block a vein. These DVTs can possibly result in a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
As reported in The New York Times, at least 13 people in eight states have died after eating cantaloupe contaminated with listeria, in the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the...
E. coli in Germany
In a virulent outbreak of E. coli that gripped Germany this spring, 36 people were killed and more than 3,000 were sickened in what is being called the...
Switzerland-based pharmaceutical giant, Roche,was dealt a major blow recently when the U. S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended revoking...
Radiation Overdoses
As reported by The New York Times, three patients in an Illinois hospital were administered radiation overdoses during identical medical procedures. One...
GlaxoSmithKline Whistle-Blower Suit
GlaxoSmithKline, the British drug giant, has agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil complaints that the company for years knowingly sold...
Infant Sleep Positioning Aids
Infant sleep positioning aids, intended to keep babies in a desired position while they sleep, have been available to the public for years and have been...
The antidepressant Wellbutrin has joined a host of related drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil that may be linked to heart birth defects. Manufactured by...
Neurontin, a drug developed to treat epilepsy, was approved in 1994 by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an anticonvulsant, to control...
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) scans are invaluable diagnostic tools. An MRI uses magnets and radio wave pulses...
A popular drug often prescribed to treat stomach upset may cause serious side effects. Reglan (known generically as metoclopramide) is often prescribed to...
Avandia (rosiglitazone mleate), marketed by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline, is the brand name for an oral anti-diabetic agent that was approved by the Food and...
Radiation Overdose
Radiation can cure you. Or it can kill you. Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy or irradiation, refers to the use of ionizing radiation to control...
Yasmin and Yaz
The popular birth control pills Yasmin and Yaz, both manufactured by Bayer, have been found in clinical studies to cause a higher rate of blood clot injury...
Salmonella, E-coli and other Infectious Bacteria
Foods contaminated with bacteria such as salmonella, e-coli and listeria can be dangerous. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced several...
Blood Transfusions
The widely held assumption that blood may be safely transfused for up to 42 days is being challenged by several studies that found that blood stored this...
Hospital Infections
A trip to the hospital for surgery, or even an emergency visit, may put your life in greater danger than you realize. The latest killers in the United States...
Erb's Palsy
Erb's Palsy, also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis, is a condition commonly caused during childbirth when an infant sustains injuries associated with...
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) is a rare but serious respiratory and circulatory disorder that develops in newborns. It is also...
Kernicterus is a rare type of brain damage that occurs in newborns with severe jaundice. It causes athetoid cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage due to...
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious medical condition commonly caused by an allergic reaction to antibiotic drugs and pain relievers. An advanced...
Actos is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes who do not use daily insulin injections. But for...
Hemochromatosis is a disorder that interferes with iron metabolism, resulting in too much iron in the body, ultimately leading to liver enlargement and...