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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Nursing Homes a Solution but in Some Cases Unsafe

Nursing Homes a Solution but in Some Cases are Unsafe

In this day and age, our senior population is growing in number and living longer. The elderly are among our most vulnerable citizens. The challenge of providing the proper care has become increasingly important as many people are faced with … Continue reading

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Legal Rights Restored for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

Legal Rights Restored for Nursing Home Residents & Families

As of November 28, 2016, when an individual or a loved one fills out an application for residency in a nursing home, admission will no longer be contingent on signing away one’s legal rights. With a significant new ruling on … Continue reading

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Federal Nursing Home Rule Change Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

Nursing Home Rule Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

In the most significant change to rules governing federal funding of nursing homes in 20 years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will help prevent facilities from blocking claims of elder abuse through arbitration clauses. CMS, an agency … Continue reading

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Improper Use of Coumadin in Nursing Homes Leads to Deaths and Injuries

Misuse of Coumadin in Nursing Homes Leads to Injuries

Coumadin, known generically as warfarin, is a popular decades-old blood thinner given to patients in order to reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. It has benefits in patients who need it, but proper management needs to be implemented … Continue reading

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Illinois Nursing Home Employee Charged in Plot to Film Sexual Assaults on Patients

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On January 20, 2016, an Illinois nursing home employee pleaded not guilty to six counts of soliciting to commit sexual assault. Investigators say Channing Butler tried to pay other men to have sex with patients in a memory care facility … Continue reading

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New York Nursing Home Owners and Officials Plead Guilty to Patient Abuse and Neglect

Owners and officials at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center in Ilion, New York, have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges including suppressing incidents of patient abuse and neglect and falsifying business records, according to New York State Attorney General … Continue reading

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ProPublica Exposes Nursing Home Workers’ Inappropriate Postings on Social Media

The nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica has identified 35 instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers have posted photos or videos of residents, sometimes partially or completely naked, on social media. At least 16 cases … Continue reading

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Three Long Island Nursing Home Aides Sentenced to Three Years Probation in Death of Resident

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Three nurse’s aides at a Medford, New York nursing home who admitted they did not respond to alarms notifying them that a resident was in medical distress have been sentenced to three years’ probation and one was ordered to perform … Continue reading

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Two Massachusetts Nursing Home Employees Accused of Posting Humiliating Videos of Resident Abuse on Snapchat

Nursing Home Employees Accused of Posting Videos

Two nursing home employees in Lowell, Massachusetts, are accused of abusing residents of the facility and posting humiliating videos of the abuse on Snapchat. Lowell Police were called to Wingate at Belvidere Nursing Home on Wentworth Avenue around 2 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Nursing Home Worker Receives Prison Sentence for Patient Abuse

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Worker Receives Prison Sentence

A former nursing home worker in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania could spend up to a year behind in prison for abusing a patient. On Wednesday, Joshua Wegielewski of Scranton was sentenced to three to 12 months behind bars, Scranton television station … Continue reading

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