December, 2012

December 1, 2012

“Hepburn said her client also is using the courtroom as a stage to tell her story, speaking openly about a crime that often paralyzes victims with shame and fear. ‘She really wanted to do all she could for victims,’’ Hepburn said. ‘So many of these girls and boys don’t want…
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October 1, 2012

There are many different forms of birth control that are out on the market, including intrauterine devices, known commonly as IUDs. Over the years, one device that has gained popularity is the Mirena IUD. And, even though there have been a number of women who have complained about pain with…
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October 1, 2012

One patient has died and about two dozen more have suffered from a bacterial infection that has been traced to contaminated IV bags that resulted from nursing malpractice. An investigation into the wrongful death and illnesses has led to the belief that a nurse substituted narcotic painkillers with salt water in…
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September 1, 2012

We often talk about the dangers of distracted driving. When texting or talking on a cellphone takes the driver’s focus from the road for even a second, the results can be disastrous. We talk, too, about the risks associated with driving while fatigued — reflexes are slower, attention may wander…
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September 1, 2012

A federal appeals court ruled recently that a family may move forward with their complaint against Carnival Corp. The parents and brother of a 15-year-old girl accuse the company of negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress in connection with her death. The cruise line, which made headlines this year…
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September 1, 2012

A 55-hospital initiative announced this week that a revamped procedure for diagnosing and treating sepsis in emergency room patients really can save lives. The collaborative is the hospitals’ response to the death of a 12-year-old boy whose severe sepsis went undiagnosed until it was too late. We discussed the casein…
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September 1, 2012

The federal government is concerned that many hospitals may have implanted defibrillator devices in patients without meeting applicable standards of care. As part of an effort to try to resolve investigations of the potential problem, the U.S. Department of Justice has asked hospitals in Portland and nationwide to conduct an…
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September 1, 2012

What started as one lawsuit against the NFL has blossomed into 150 as more and more players seek compensation for the traumatic brain injuries they sustained during their careers. Players and safety advocates say the NFL knew of the dangers of concussions but failed to pull injured players from the…
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August 1, 2012

This is not the first claim we’ve heard about a company located in or outside of Oregon using humans as unwitting clinical trial participants, nor, unfortunately, will it be the last. In this case, the company that manufactured a type of bone cement for one purpose and proceeded to sell…
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August 1, 2012

A report published recently in the Journal of Surgical Research showed that injured patients who are admitted to the hospital on a weekend are more likely to die than patients who are admitted during the week. Johns Hopkins University conducted a review of almost 40,000 medical records of patients between…
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