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Essure Permanent Birth Control System Discontinued by Bayer

According to a recent article, Bayer has discontinued its controversial Essure product—an implanted system for permanent birth control. After December 31, 2018; the device will no longer be available in the U.S. Approved by the FDA in 2002, Essure is a permanently implanted contraceptive that forms a barrier to prevent sperm from reaching the patient’s …

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Drive Safely This Summer Season

Distracted driving continues to be a major issue throughout the United States, taking thousands of lives every year. Whether you are adjusting the radio, sending a text, or putting directions into your GPS; taking your eyes off the road for even just one second can yield devastating results. Each year, 3,450 people die in accidents …

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New Reporting Methods: Most Nursing Homes Understaffed

A recent review of staffing information collected and analyzed by Kaiser Health News indicates that most nursing homes actually have fewer nurses and caretakers on staff than they report to federal authorities. While the numbers submitted suggest adequate personnel on-site, these facilities are often severely short-staffed for their existing caseload. A detailed article is available …

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IIHS & Virginia Tech Rank Bicycle Helmets for Protection

In a recent study, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—in collaboration with engineers from Virginia Tech—have studied the level of protection offered by 30 popular brands and models of bicycle helmets. They have assigned these helmets a safety rating, ranking them from five stars (Best Available) to two stars (Adequate). You can read the …

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Defective Medical Mesh Lawsuits Make Primetime News

Recently, CBS News and their long-running news magazine 60 Minutes reported on the tremendous controversy surrounding a common surgical implant that has generated the largest multi-district litigation since asbestos. Transvaginal or gynecological mesh—a surgical device implanted in over two million American women—currently lies at the center of over 100,000 lawsuits filed by those women on …

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CDC: Medical Mistakes Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Michael Eisenberg—a filmmaker based in Chicago—has recently produced a documentary that details the effects of preventable medical mistakes. To Err Is Human—named after a 1999 Institute of Medicine report estimating hospital mistakes killed nearly 98,000 in the U.S.—is to be screened at large hospitals and major healthcare organizations across the country. This fall, the film …

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Two Triangle Hospitals Receive C Grades for Safety

WakeMed Cary, Duke University Hospital Score Below Average Injuries, accidents, infections, and hospital errors account for up to 440,000 patient deaths a year. To educate the public—and hold hospitals to the highest standards of care—the nonprofit Leapfrog Group has released its latest safety report on healthcare facilities in the United States. Locally, both WakeMed Cary …

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