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Botox for Cerebral Palsy Goes Under Review

Washington officials is warning doctors about using Botox for cerebral palsy children. Botox is most commonly used on adults to smooth out wrinkles, but has also shown positive results in chilrden with cerebral palsy. Although the government has never officially approved botox injections to treat cerebral palsy, it has been shown to increase mobility in children and adults with cerebral…

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Former Cy Young Pitcher Jim Palmer Wins Malpractice Suit After Botched Eye Surgery

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer was awarded $890,000 after a West Palm Beach jury found an ophthalmologist liable for damaging his vision. After a two-week trial, it took a jury about four hours to decide Palmer should receive the money for suffering, lost wages and mental and physical pain. The jury awarded Palmer $327,000 in lost earnings and $563,000 in pain and suffering.Palmer sued his…

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Former Dallas Cowboy in a Coma: Wife Files Malpractice Lawsuit

Adriane Springs, the wife of former Cowboys running back Ron Springs, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in state district court after her husband, Ron Springs, 51, fell into a coma in October during a surgical procedure to have a cyst removed from his elbow and reportedly remains in an incapacitated state. According to published reports, named in the lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified…

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Surgical Tools Left in Patients Account for Thousands of Injuries

According to the FDA and Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), about 2500 surgery patients leave the hospital with surgical devices such as clamps, and tweezers or pieces of surgical devices that unintentionally fell off during surgery. The CDRH receives about 1000 reports annually of pieces of medical devices found inside surgery patients and about 1,500 surgery patients are…

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Heparin Overdose in Infants

Heparin overdose in infants is an increasingly common and fatal medication error. Sadly, this error is preventable if only health care professionals would take the few necessary steps to ensure that this fatal mistake does not occur. Heparin is an anti-coagulant medication often given to premature babies to prevent blood clots. However, if too much is given, it can cause severe internal…

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Botox Injection Could Help Cerebral Palsy Patients

New research suggests that injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox) enhanced benefits from occupational therapy for children with cerebral palsy affecting one limb.In the study, Dr Remo N Russo, from Flinders University in Daw Park, South Australia, and colleagues randomly assigned 43 children with hemiplegic (one-sided) cerebral palsy to receive four sessions of occupational therapy (over 4…

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Only 2% of malpractice cases are attempted

Accoring to NewsWireToday.com, medical malpractice causes about 80,000 deaths and injures many more, each year. Shockingly, they report only two percent of malpractice victims seek compensation. Why such a low percentage of suits? I believe there are a few reasons victims or their family do not sue when they suspect malpractice:1. The doctor and hospital convince them they did everything…

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Nursing Home Laws Not Sufficiently Enforced

In a new report released by Congress’s investigative branch, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) the U.S. government is criticized for its oversight of nursing homes across the nation. According to the report published in The New York Times, nursing homes and long-term care facilities that are continuously cited for mistreating patients often only face minimal penalties.Because the…

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$150M Suit Filed Against Naval Hospital

The claim statesthe child’s cerebral palsy was caused by “failures of the physicians and staff of Naval Hospital Jacksonville, due to asphyxiation during birth process, Gavin Alcorn sustained a severe brain injury.”The parents of Gavin Alcorn are filing a $150 million claim against Naval Hospital Jacksonville, claiming medical malpractice. The couple said the boy is brain damaged because of a…

Jeff Rasansky

Dirty Hospitals – Hospital Infections

Two million patients are infected in hospitals each year and more than 90,000 patients die. Do you think we can find a cure? As hospitals work harder to stop infections, bugs become more resistant to to antibiotics. Some studies suggest that hospital acquired infections are the 8th leading cause of death in the United States. This is ridiculous because the spread of infections can be prevented…