Blog Posts in May, 2005

  • Increase in Nursing Home Violence

    An alarming trend of violent acts by and against residents of nursing homes is surfacing. Statistics from the federal Administration on Aging shows that in 2003, the number of reported patient-on-patient assaults increased to 5,515, from 5,000 in 2000. During this same period, the number of reported nursing home patient-on-patient sexual assaults shot up 51 percent, to 1,302 in 2003. This increase ...
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  • Did Pfizer Keep Viagra Users in the Blind of Potential Risks?

    Sounds a bit funny at first, but unfortunately it is no joke. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have associated Viagra use with a rare type of blindness called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy or NAION. The study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology . A press release by the University states: The onset of NAION within hours after ...
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  • More Fodder for All Bark No Bite FDA Black Box Warnings

    A recent article in the USA Today looked into the effectiveness of the FDA’s black box warning. This is the most stringent warning the FDA can place on a drug, and most recently placed the warning on antidepressants and the arthritis drug Celebrex … The problem with these warnings is they fail to adequately warn of the dangers of the drug. Either the warnings themselves are not known or they go ...
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  • 100,000 Vioxx Lawsuits Possible

    The federal judge overseeing the consolidated federal court Vioxx cases in New Orleans told plaintiff and defense attorneys that there may be over 100,000 Vioxx lawsuits filed. Judge Eldon Fallon, an experienced mass tort litigation judge, presided over the status hearing where attorneys argued over scheduling and discovery matters. The first Vioxx trials are scheduled to be held in state court. A ...
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  • Stroke Victims Are Often Taken to Wrong Hospital

    Stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability and the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. Of the 700,000 strokes annually, 164,000 of them result in death. One of the most critical factors between living or dying from a stroke is time. As each minute passes after suffering a stroke, the odds of survival diminish. Another important factor between life and death is being taken to a hospital set up to ...
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  • The Frivolous Case for Tort Reform

    It is hard to go anywhere in the country right now and not hear about tort reform. Battle cries of “doctors are fleeing the state!” and “judicial hellholes” and “jackpot justice” are favorites for proponents of legal reform. These cries stir passion, but are there any facts supporting these claims? The answer is simply no. The Economic Policy Institute recently examined claims made by ...
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  • Choosing the Right Nursing Home in Chicago

    There is an alarming rate of nursing home injuries including physical, psychosocial, cognitive and financial harm. The most common physical injuries are the result of an unnecessary fall. Of the 1.5 million nursing home residents nationwide, approximately 50% fall at least once per year. Of the residents that fall each year, 10-20% of the falls result in serious injury. Among people 85 years of ...
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  • Chicago Area Nursing Home to be Shut Down

    On April 27, 2005, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that proceedings have been initiated to close down the Emerald Park Health Care Center in Evergreen Park. At the request of the Illinois Department of Public Health , Attorney Madigan filed an emergency motion in Cook County Circuit Court to appoint an administrator to oversee the Home’s closing. You can read the IDPH press release here . ...
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