Month: November 2008

Diabetes Drug Linked with Higher Risk of Death in Elderly

Recent studies show that elderly patients taking Avandia, or also known as rosiglitazone, have a 15% higher death rate than those taking a similar drug Actos, also known as pioglitazone.  Specifically, the drug appears to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular events.  While additional research is suggested by the medical community, …

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Could (or Should) Filial Responsibility Laws Require Adult Children to Support Elderly Parents?

With the economic crisis growing in the federal government, there has been quite a buzz recently on the issue of whether adult children should be required by law to support elderly parents who require assistance to pay for necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical attention.  In fact, as a technical matter, 30 states in …

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November Elections May Open Door to Changes in Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

Given the recent election results, many experts are now thinking that there may be enough votes in the legislature and executive branches to pass a bill that will prohibit Mandatory Binding Arbitration.  This would be a welcome protection for residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, who are often the unfortunate victims of …

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When Alzheimer's Hits at 40

Alzheimer’s Disease is not just a disease of the elderly.  A little less than one percent of its victims are between ages 40 and 55.  Click this link to read The Wall Street Journal article about early onset Alzheimers’ effect on young families.

North Carolina Adheres to a Harsh Rule Which Excludes Experts in Medical Negligence Cases

North Carolina adheres to a harsh rule which excludes experts in medical negligence cases from testifying to breaches of the standard of care unless they can show familiarity with the standard of care in the community where the alleged malpractice occurred or a similar community.  This rule of exclusion has resulted in numerous dismissals of …

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