USA Today Report: VA Hid Major Medical Errors, Resulting in Patient Injury or Death
Posted on October 18, 2017

At the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the agency entrusted with the delicate care of our nation’s brave veterans, officials have buried medical workers’ deadly misdeeds for years. According to a months-long USA Today investigation, VA hospitals’ doctors and…


AbbVie ordered to Pay $140M for Billions in Sales Made from Exploiting AndroGel® Consumers
Posted on October 10, 2017

In the second major multimillion-dollar AndroGel® verdict, a Chicago jury ordered pharmaceutical developer AbbVie to pay over $140 Million to the Tennessee plaintiff who claimed AbbVie’s testosterone drug caused him to suffer a heart attack. A previous AndroGel® verdict was…


By the Numbers: Nursing Home Abuse Complaints Up 37% Since 2011
Posted on October 10, 2017

For nursing home complaints to be on the rise is upsetting in and of itself, but for them to also increase in severity is nearly incomprehensible. Nevertheless, these facts were both verified in a recent Office of the Inspector General…


How to Become an Ambassador for Global Change This World CP Day
Posted on October 5, 2017

For the 17 million people worldwide living with cerebral palsy and their 350 million relatives and caregivers, October 6 isn’t just another Friday. Tomorrow marks the 6th year of a critical social movement: World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day. The World…


International Day of Older Persons: Tapping into the Needs of the Aging Population
Posted on September 29, 2017

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons: a day set aside every year to honor the 700 million older men and women of the world. Across the continents, members of past generations have played such a vital role in…


How to Prevent Medical Errors: A 10-Step Guide for Doctors and Patients
Posted on September 21, 2017

In a 1999 report entitled “To Err Is Human,” the Institute of Medicine estimated that up to 98,000 hospital patients were dying every year from medical errors. While some errors were permanently altering lives – for example, birth injuries that…


8 Nursing Home Patients Left to Die After Hurricane Irma Power Outage, Raising Questions about Florida Healthcare Regulation
Posted on September 15, 2017

Within the chaos left by Hurricane Irma stands a particularly conspicuous nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, from which 115 patients have been evacuated and 8 are now reported dead. According to local emergency services, “a number of critical patients” are…


University of Missouri Takes On Impossible Task of Preventing Medical Error
Posted on September 14, 2017

Among the latest on a long list of institutions pursuing the holy grail of error-free healthcare, the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) is hard at work to reduce surgical mistakes. In an innovative new project, UMKC has combined its medical…


New Infant Mortality Data Released: Are Minorities at Higher Risk of Preventable Birth Injuries and Deaths?
Posted on September 8, 2017

Among developed nations, the United States maintains 1 of the highest rates of infant death in the world. Infant health and care is improving, and mortality rates have steadily dropped – but more than 23,000 of these untimely deaths still…


J&J Loses Sixth and Largest Pelvic Mesh Suit to Woman with Life-Altering Injuries
Posted on September 8, 2017

In its sixth and highest awarding pelvic mesh suit to date in Pennsylvania, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. received an order to pay $51.7 Million in damages. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ordered the verdict after a Pennsylvania…