NY Times: Hundreds of Nursing Homes Closing Each Year After Steep Drop in Occupancy
Posted on October 3, 2018

When San Antonio-based nursing home Chandler Estate closed in early 2018 after 40 years in business, about 30 staff members lost their jobs. Worse, more than 40 elderly residents were forced to relocate. But the board of directors had no…


Elderly Man Pulled Alive from Rubble of D.C. Senior Complex Destroyed in Fire
Posted on September 27, 2018

At Washington, D.C.’s Arthur Capper Senior Apartments last week, a fire occurred that left more than 100 residents displaced. Parts of the building threatened to collapse. But at least all apartments were evacuated on time, District officials announced, with all…


How to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim of a Doctor’s Misdiagnosis
Posted on September 25, 2018

If you’ve ever experienced an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis, you’re not alone. Nearly everyone will at some point in their lives, according to new research. But you’re also one of the lucky ones, because for some people, the consequences are…


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…