Reducing Medical Error Mortality Rate in the U.S. Calls for Improvement in Hospital Procedures
Posted on March 20, 2018

Everyone knows somebody who avoids seeing the doctor because they might be sick. At the same time, numerous studies have shown that hospital care doesn’t always make someone healthier. While statistics have varied, research suggests medical errors may cause up…

Johnson & Johnson Hit with $35M Verdict in Another Transvaginal Mesh Trial
Posted on March 16, 2018

After a 9-day trial, an Indiana federal jury on Friday ordered a $35 Million verdict against a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon Inc., for its defective pelvic mesh device. The jury found that Ethicon failed to adequately warn about risks…

World Consumer Rights Day: How to Raise Global Awareness of Consumer Needs This Year
Posted on March 15, 2018

Whether they are shopping online, buying a second-hand car, or planning a vacation, all consumers deserve safe, quality products and services that work as advertised. But when things go wrong, and companies expose unwitting consumers to dangerous or unethical practices,…

Medical Errors Could Kill as Many as 440,000 Americans Per Year, Data Show
Posted on March 6, 2018

When a 2016 Johns Hopkins study claimed medical errors could be responsible for more than 250,000 deaths per year, researchers warned the number was an educated guess. The death toll could be higher, they theorized, considering the secrecy that often…

200 Complaints about Jogging Stroller Injuries Prompts Federal Action against Britax
Posted on March 2, 2018

After Britax Child Safety, Inc. declined to recall its hazardous jogging strollers, allegedly responsible for at least 97 injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stepped in to prevent further harm. The CPSC sued Britax, self-named the number 1…

NY Times Report: Nursing Homes Dodging the Law to Evict Residents Without Cause
Posted on March 1, 2018

Among the 1.4 million Americans living in the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes, discharges and evictions rank top in complaints brought to state long-term care ombudsmen. According to the ombudsmen, nursing home complaints exist in too much of a “gray area,”…

House Passes Bill to Limit Accessibility Rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Posted on February 21, 2018

Last Thursday, the ADA Education and Reform Act passed in the House on a 225-192 vote. Most Republican and 12 Democrat leaders agreed to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which mandates equal access to public places. The changes,…

Trump's Aggressive Budget Proposal Puts Medicaid on the Chopping Block Once Again
Posted on February 15, 2018

The past year has been rough for America’s marginalized communities. Thanks to record-breaking budget cuts and Obama-era policy overhauls, no person with disabilities or chronic illness who relies on federal help can consider themselves safe from President Trump’s healthcare agenda….

Report: Nursing Homes Misusing Antipsychotic Drugs to Sedate Residents
Posted on February 7, 2018

In its 111-year history, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never deemed antipsychotic drugs an appropriate treatment for dementia. In fact, the FDA has gone as far as cautioning against administering the drug to elders, who could experience, among…

5 Tips for Maximizing a 15-Minute (and Potentially Error-Fraught) Doctor's Visit
Posted on February 6, 2018

In the U.S., the average primary care visit lasts less than 15 minutes. Time is money to large physician networks, whose employers often set doctors daily patient quotas at 16 or more, so that they churn through as many patients…