This World Alzheimer’s Month, Let’s Talk about Misunderstood (and Mistreated) Elders
Posted on September 21, 2018

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a critical time for numerous reasons. The campaign unites people affected by dementia from all around the world. It recognizes Alzheimer associations for the work they do, so they are better positioned to persuade governments…

California Lawsuit Alleges AbbVie’s Humira Was Pushed onto Patients Illegally
Posted on September 20, 2018

Biopharma giant AbbVie Inc. illegally bribed healthcare providers to prescribe its best-selling but deadly arthritis drug, Humira®, alleged a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The case, filed by the California Department of Insurance on behalf of the state of California, alleges that…

No More Fatal Doses: Changing Medication Administration to Reduce Deadly Errors
Posted on September 20, 2018

Each time medicine is administered incorrectly, the odds of a patient being harmed – or even killed – skyrocket. New research suggests that some nursing students are not getting the preparation they need to carry out safe medication practices. Obviously,…

FDA Chief Announces Controversial Plans to Stop an ‘Epidemic’ of Youth Vaping
Posted on September 17, 2018

Amid mounting reports of e-cigarette dangers, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has declared youth vaping an epidemic. In a statement released Wednesday, Gottlieb addressed the 5 major manufacturers (makers of popular devices Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu,…

Health Regulators Find Second Carcinogen in ‘Low-Risk’ Valsartan Drugs Under Recall
Posted on September 14, 2018

Certain medications containing valsartan, a common drug ingredient used to treat high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks, could contain more than 1 substance that causes cancer. The news comes from Health Canada, which (along with the FDA) recalled these…

The number of preventable deaths that occur in American hospitals each year as a result of medical error is staggering.
Posted on September 12, 2018

While it’s the particularly gruesome doctor and hospital mistakes that capture the public’s attention, 1 of the primary causes of deadly medical errors continues to be miscommunication between doctors, nurses, and staff. These errors are often impossible for patients and…

‘Does Vaping Cause Cancer?’ And Other Questions about E-Cigarettes, Injuries, and Death
Posted on September 5, 2018

About 10.8 million (or 1 in 20) American adults now use e-cigarettes. More than half of them are under 35-years-old and 1 in 3 of them smoke e-cigarettes on a daily basis. This revelation comes from a new Johns Hopkins…

Do ‘Combo’ Pills Actually Work? Or, Are They Just Driving up Medicare Costs?
Posted on August 29, 2018

For many patients with chronic health conditions, remembering to take multiple drugs throughout the day can make the difference between life and death. It’s no wonder, then, that doctors might suggest a simple alternative: taking all medications at once, rolled…

CDC Study: 1 in 4 Americans Has a Disability and Needs Better Access to Care
Posted on August 28, 2018

In a first-of-its-kind study, the CDC found that 1 in 4 American adults have a disability, up from 1 in 5 adults in 2013. Previous research shows that adults with disabilities face far greater barriers to healthcare than those without….

Study: Medical Mistakes Double Under Burned Out Doctors, Triple in Unsafe Hospitals
Posted on August 22, 2018

Doctor burnout has plagued the medical industry for decades, and this year, the problem reached an all-time high. Following 2017 findings that physician burnout has increased by 25 percent, a 2018 Medscape survey found it affects 42 percent of American…