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…


Senior Citizens Day 2018: Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Recognize Elders’ Contributions
Posted on August 21, 2018

Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan declared the first National Senior Citizens Day. The idea behind the initiative was to give back to seniors who have impacted our lives by offering them a “heartfelt salute.” Today, unfortunately, the cause…


Nursing Home Residents with Dementia Wrongly Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs with Deadly Consequences
Posted on August 14, 2018

There have been several reports over the past few years on nursing home residents improperly being given antipsychotic drugs, a serious form of nursing home abuse. This is not a new story, as nursing homes have used drugs to subdue…


First Roundup Trial Concludes; Monsanto to Pay Cancer Patient $289 Million
Posted on August 13, 2018

A California jury has awarded $289 Million to a former San Francisco area school groundskeeper who claimed that heavy use of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer aided the development of his terminal cancer. The weed killer’s key ingredient is glyphosate, a…


FDA Expands Recall of Common Blood-Pressure Medication Valsartan Due to Fear of Cancer-Causing Impurity
Posted on August 10, 2018

On July 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled some medications containing valsartan, a common ingredient used in drugs to treat high blood pressure and help prevent heart failure. Now, the FDA has issued an update, expanding their recall…