Monthly Archives: October 2015

Keyless Ignition Poses Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Threat

 ABC World News reported that the owners of some five million cars with keyless ignition systems could be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning after investigators found a link between a dozen deaths and similar poisoning incidents that resulted from owners … Continue reading

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FDA Orders Duodenoscope Makers to Conduct Safety Studies

 The Washington Post “To Your Health” reports that the Food and Drug Administration on Monday ordered duodenoscope makers Olympus America, Fujifilm Medical Systems and Hoya Corp to “conduct real-world evaluations on how well health care workers are cleaning and disinfecting the devices.” … Continue reading

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How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About Getting a Medical Alert Device

ConsumerAffairs is a consumer news and advocacy organization founded in 1998 by James R. Hood, a veteran Washington, D.C. journalist and public affairs executive. Their website includes consumer news, recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews. … Continue reading

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Diabetes Medication May Reduce Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease

The New York Times reports that “for the first time, a widely used modern diabetes” medication “has been shown to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease, a long-sought goal of treatment, researchers announced.” The research was presented at the annual meeting of the … Continue reading

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FDA Bans Sale of Four Brands of RJ Reynolds Cigarettes

Major national and international print media report that the Food and Drug Administration has ordered RJ Reynolds to cease the sale of four brands of cigarettes: Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed … Continue reading

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Four Steps You Need to Take If You Were a Victim of Medical Malpractice

Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Your postal work delivers your neighbor’s mail to your doorstep. Your grocer scans your cereal boxes twice. And your manager mistakes your shift with your fellow coworkers. Although these mistakes may feel inconvenient, … Continue reading

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Cost of Specialty Drugs Causes Backlash by Insurers and Patients

The Los Angeles Times reported that a “series of highly effective specialty drugs” with relatively higher prices “could place a massive strain on insurers, and drive up premiums for companies and employees.” Drugs, like Praluent (alirocumab), have “angered insurers and patient advocacy … Continue reading

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5 Key Legal Concepts to Remember for a Relative Moving to the U.S. for Retirement

Perhaps they want to live closer to their grandchildren, or maybe they’ve admired the United States and have always hoped to live here. No matter the reason, your relative wants to move to the U.S. to retire. All they need … Continue reading

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Experts Say Evidence Exists Tying Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Several Chronic Health Problems

The NBC News website reports that “evidence is starting to tie hormone-disrupting chemicals to obesity and diabetes, experts said Monday, adding that regulators and researchers need to take steps to reduce human exposure to them.” The endocrine-disrupting chemicals in question, which include … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Decision Making: Do I Know You?

October is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and November is National Caregiver Month. On those topics, here is an excellent article on dementia and the many problems facing a family with this disease. By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG The … Continue reading

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