Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cruise Giant Carnival Settles Disability Discrimination Claims With Department of Justice

USA Today reports that the Justice Department announced that cruise giant Carnival Corp. “will pay more than $400,000 in penalties and damages as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).” The parent company of … Continue reading

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This Video Illustration Showing the Scale of Human Loss From World War II Is Devastating

This lengthy, matter-of-fact video chart shows the staggering human cost of World War II.

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Suit Alleges Blue Cross Overcharges Customers and Underpays Doctors

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “has overcharged customers for health insurance while at the same time cutting payments to doctors outside of their coverage ‘network,’ according to a lawsuit filed this week that seeks class-action … Continue reading

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Families Face Tough Decisions as Cost of Elder Care Soars

The Dallas Morning News recently published a troubling article about the costs of long-term care, and specifically the costs of nursing home care. Almost everyone will potentially face this situation for themself or for a family member. Please read the article … Continue reading

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FDA Talking to Google About Using Data Mining to Identify Unknown Drug Side Effects

Bloomberg News reports that the Food and Drug Administration “is talking to Google about how the search engine could help the agency identify previously unknown side effects of medications.” FDA officials had a conference call with senior Google researcher Evgeniy Gabrilovich, … Continue reading

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Four Low-Impact Exercises that Anyone in the Family Can Do

Getting in a good workout doesn’t necessarily mean pounding the pavement, lifting weights or signing up for an expensive aerobics class. There are plenty of great ways to get up and get moving that are gentle on the body. As … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Possible Pulmonary Hypertension Risk in Infants Treated with Diazoxide

The FDA warned Thursday that clinicians “need to watch for pulmonary hypertension in infants treated with the antihypoglycemia drug diazoxide (Proglycem, Merck) and discontinue it if they appear,” according to Medscape. Between the medical literature and its FDA Adverse Event Reporting System, the … Continue reading

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President Obama Marks 25th Anniversary of ADA

The AP reports that President Barack Obama this week “celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which he said has ushered in a ‘bright new era of equality, freedom and independence’ for millions of Americans.” Obama “was joined by … Continue reading

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VA Wait Lists Longer Now Than a Year Ago: “Something has to give.”

The Christian Science Monitor recently published a good article calling out the VA for the inexcusable waiting lists at most of the VA medical facilities. Here are the opening paragraphs: The number of veterans waiting more than a month for medical … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Heart Attack and Stroke Warning Over Pain Relievers

The CBS Evening News reported that the FDA issued a “warning about common pain relievers” like Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Officials claim that the drug, when “taken at least three times a week for more than three months, increased 41 percent” the … Continue reading

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