September, 2012

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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