August, 2012

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

Oregon residents know that driving on the state’s highways can sometimes be dangerous, particularly in the summer months when many people are en route to vacation destinations. This was borne out this past week when Tillamook County responders were called to not one, not two, but six separate car accidentson county…
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August 1, 2012

We are continuing our discussion from last week of a medical device and its off-label use. The device is bone cement, which, when mixed with a particular chemical, the manufacturer believed would be effective in spinal surgery. The problem was that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the bone…
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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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August 1, 2012

Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that physicians don’t always read patients’ hospital test results. The omission can be dangerous — and fatal — for the patient if the hospital misses a diagnosis. The study does not specifically address hospitals in Oregon, but anecdotal evidence suggests the…
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August 1, 2012

Suing the government is not easy. There are times, though, when a state agency is clearly liable for an accident or injury, and the victim has a right to compensation. Generally, states will cap the damage awards available to claimants, as Oregon does. In Oregon, though, the scheme is a…
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August 1, 2012

Some drivers who hit the stretch of Interstate 75 engulfed in smoke and fog said it was like running into a wall — one second you could see, and the next second you had no idea where you were or what lay ahead in the road. A handful of drivers…
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August 1, 2012

Eleven people died in a horrible series of car accidents in January 2012. A stretch of Interstate 75 — on the East Coast, not in Oregon — had closed in with smoke and fog. With visibility reduced to zero, vehicles crashed, one after another, and some caught fire. A few…
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August 1, 2012

It is hard to imagine not being inspired by Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius ran his track events on two prosthetic legs, and they didn’t look like any prostheses most of us had ever seen before. Those legs, though, are examples of how far the science and art of artificial…
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August 1, 2012

We are discussing prosthetic limbs, particularly legs. A man who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident has turned his own experience into a career as a counselor and trainer for a prosthetics manufacturer. He explained in a recent news story that things have changed a lot since he was…
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