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    • Hospital acquired-infections are more common than you think.

      Hospital acquired-infections are more common than you think.

      According to some of the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on hospital acquired-infections, approximately 650,000 people picked up a bacteria or virus after being admitted to U.S. hospitals in 2011—of those, 75,000 died. […]

    • Thanksgiving Signals the Start of a Month-Long DUI Campaign

      Thanksgiving Signals the Start of a Month-Long DUI Campaign

      For many of us, the traditional four-day weekend that celebrates Thanksgiving in the U.S. brings about more than turkey leftovers, football watching and afternoon naps. It’s also when many states begin a long-running campaign to halt the practice of holiday […]

    • Is It Safe to Trust Hospital Rating Systems?

      Is It Safe to Trust Hospital Rating Systems?

      Earlier this month the Leapfrog Group, a leading advocate for hospital transparency, released its Fall 2016 safety grades on 2,633 hospitals across the Nation. For some, the results were surprising, as the rankings didn’t necessarily correspond with regions known, or […]

    • Is Raising Resident Hours the Right Thing to Do?

      Is Raising Resident Hours the Right Thing to Do?

      It was March 4, 1984 and a young college freshman was admitted to New York Hospital suffering from fever, chills and an unexplained flailing of her arms and legs. While she had a history of drug use and depression, hospital […]

    • Learning a Lesson When It Comes to School Bus Safety

      Learning a Lesson When It Comes to School Bus Safety

      On Tuesday, November 1st, a school bus in Baltimore, Maryland was en route to pick up its first charge of classroom-bound children when it collided with a car, ricocheted off a structural element on the right side of the road […]

    • Medical Malpractice Caps Under Scrutiny

      Medical Malpractice Caps Under Scrutiny

      Last week, Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Charlotte County declared limits on “noneconomic” damages in medical malpractice suits to be unconstitutional. In their decision, the court cited another appeals court case in Broward County that declared such statutory […]

    • Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise in D.C. Area

      Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise in D.C. Area

      All across the D.C. metro area, fatalities of people on foot are up—and there’s every indication that this disturbing trend will continue unless substantial efforts are made by both walkers and drivers alike to change how our roads are shared. […]

    • The 3rd Leading Killer in the U.S. and Why You Haven’t Heard of It.

      The 3rd Leading Killer in the U.S. and Why You Haven’t Heard of It.

      We’ve all seen the magazine cover lines, those teasers that tempt us while in line at the supermarket—the top health risks and how we can avoid them. Well, unlike some other “Top 10” lists that are based on little more […]

    • Starwood Hotels Announces Latest Data Breach

      Starwood Hotels Announces Latest Data Breach

      Starwood Hotels has announced a data breach of its hotel chains which appears to be a “point of sales” malware attack, and it appears personal and sensitive information including credit card numbers has been lost. Based on the investigation, we […]

    • Personal Health Technologies Invade Your Privacy Rights

      Personal Health Technologies Invade Your Privacy Rights

      Consumers are finding that some of the “health apps” and other technologies that have become so readily available may be lacking the privacy protections consumers are accustomed to.  The Washington Post has a story on the privacy loopholes that these […]