Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy: What to Look Out for and What to Do Next
Posted on August 7, 2018

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a complex condition. Very rarely is it obvious that a child is born with CP. More typically, it’s not until a baby misses developmental milestones – the first at 2 months – that parents and doctors…


Medical Errors in the Emergency Room: Why Are So Many Being Made?
Posted on August 2, 2018

Medical errors, a leading cause of death in the U.S., claim at least 250,000 lives every year. They impact patients of all stripes and conditions. They happen in doctors’ offices almost as much as in hospitals. No matter where or…


FDA Warns: Do Not Use Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment
Posted on August 1, 2018

In a July 30 press release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. warned consumers against the use of so-called “vaginal rejuvenation” devices that use energy-based lasers (or radiofrequencies) to reshape the vagina. These devices are being…


Maternal Mortality Rate Soars: U.S. Now ‘Most Dangerous’ Place in Developed World to Give Birth
Posted on July 30, 2018

Bringing a child into the world is without a doubt one of life’s most special joys. Every day in the U.S. an average of 10,800 children are born (a new baby every 8 seconds). As the leader of the free…


Financial Elder Abuse: The Warning Signs and the People Who Must Step Up to Help
Posted on July 27, 2018

Changes in stamina, strength, the senses, or memory are normal signs of aging. But along with this comes a darker side rarely talked about: financial exploitation. Whether family members, nursing home assistants, nurses, insurers, salesmen, or caretakers, any member of…


Bayer to Halt All U.S. Sales of Controversial Essure Birth Control Device
Posted on July 24, 2018

The global pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced on Friday, July 20, that it will stop selling and distributing the highly controversial Essure® System for Permanent Birth Control, effective December 31, 2018. Bayer’s decision to end sales of Essure marks a major…


House Committee Orders Federal Investigation in VA Nursing Homes
Posted on July 18, 2018

A federal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing homes has been launched only a month after USA TODAY and The Boston Globe issued their joint report revealing roughly half of the VA’s 133 nursing homes to have…


FDA Recalls Valsartan – Common Heart Med – for Possible Link to Liver, Kidney Cancer
Posted on July 16, 2018

Millions of Americans rely on a common heart medication that may be carcinogenic, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, and other health agencies around the world. In an FDA press announcement on Friday, July 13,…


Federal Data Finally Proves Nursing Homes Understaffed After Years of Fake Reporting
Posted on July 16, 2018

It’s a long-held suspicion that U.S. nursing homes maintain inadequate staffing levels, but federal data have only just confirmed it a valid one. The New York Times this month published a visual map of these data, showing staffing standards across…


Disability Activists Say Starbucks Move Away from Plastic Straws Ignores Important Accessibility Issues
Posted on July 13, 2018

Starbucks recently announced it will stop using plastic straws in its 28,000 stores by 2020. Instead the company will employ “adult sippy cups” with a raised section of the lid. Some cold drinks will still include straws made from different…