Multiple fatalities and injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed above an overpass in DuPont, Washington. According to Pierce County officials, Amtrak Train 501 was travelling along a new route when it derailed above an overpass on Interstate 5. Railcars fell off the overpass and crushed vehicles below. Photos taken by witnesses show additional […]
Multiple Casualties Reported After Washington Amtrak Derailment
Massage Envy Franchises Accused of Widespread Sexual Assault
More than 180 women claim they were sexually assaulted while receiving treatments at Massage Envy, a national chain of day-spas. Massage Envy has grown into a multibillion-dollar business that operates more than 1,170 franchise locations in 49 states. The claims were uncovered by a BuzzFeed News investigation, which gathered information from lawsuits, police reports and […]
How Could Cerebral Palsy Affect My Child?
If you read last week’s blog, then you know that cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that may be caused by a brain injury or malformation while the brain is still developing. You would also know that medical mistakes before, during and shortly after birth can lead to the development of this […]
Did Malfunctioning EpiPens Cause Seven Deaths and 35 Hospitalizations?
EpiPens are pocket-sized medical devices that can treat symptoms of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can be triggered in individuals with allergies to certain foods, insect stings, medications and materials. An individual experiencing anaphylaxis only has moments to use an EpiPen to inject epinephrine (adrenaline). In some cases, bystanders or family members may need […]
Can Medical Malpractice Cause Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that may be caused by a brain injury or malformation while the brain is still developing. Children with this disorder may have difficulty controlling movements. They may also have moderate to severe cognitive impairment. Depending on the severity, children with this disorder may require specialized care and social resources […]
Can Talcum Baby Powder Cause Cancer?
Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits over allegations that its talcum baby powder product is linked to ovarian cancer. Talcum baby powder may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Talc is a mineral composed of silicon, oxygen, magnesium and hydrogen. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower is commonly used […]
Report Suggests IKEA’s Dresser Recall Has Fallen Short
IKEA dressers linked to the deaths of eight children can still be found in homes across the country. In 2016, IKEA recalled 29 million of these dressers. It turns out many homes in the US still contain these deadly pieces of furniture. According to the Consumer Federation of America, only 3 percent of the 29 […]
What are the Possible Side Effects of Invokana?
In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new class of drugs to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes. Invokana (also called canagliflozin) is a subtype 2 sodium-glucose transport inhibitor (SGLT2 inhibitor) that is used to treat this common condition. Other names for the drug include Invokamet and Invokamet XR. SGLT2 inhibitors […]
Does My Child’s Car Seat Contain Defects?
Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that car accidents are a leading cause of death for children in the US. The CDC also maintains that car seat usage can reduce the risk of death by 71 to 54 percent, depending on the child’s age. However, car seats can only prevent death […]
Are Nursing Staff Shortages Endangering Pennsylvania Patients?
Nurses have crucial jobs in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical care facilities. These health care workers are heavily involved in caring for patients. Depending on the setting, nurses may spend more time with patients than other health care practitioners. However, it turns out nurses in Pennsylvania believe they are overworked and less able to […]