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Texas Hospital Misses Ebola Diagnosis

October 15th, 2014

By now it is common knowledge that there is an outbreak of the infectious disease Ebola in West Africa. Having killed thousands there, the disease has also spread to the United States, where one patient just died (at the time of this writing). Thomas Duncan, of Liberia, had reportedly been working with Ebola patients in…

Drive-By Doctoring: The Hidden Costs of Healthcare

October 8th, 2014

Since the summer of 2013, journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal has been publishing articles in the New York Times in an ongoing series called “Paying Till It Hurts,” which investigates the incredibly high price of healthcare in the United States. Her most recent entry, which ran on the front page of the newspaper last month, details “drive-by…

Medical Malpractice: It Isn’t Limited To Hospitals

October 1st, 2014

Over the years, many in the medical profession have pushed for so-called tort reform measures, which would alter the country’s civil justice system so that it is tilted in its favor. Lobbyists have made efforts to limit liability for medical negligence claims. But when it comes to the medical industry regulating itself, similar strategies are…

Under Increased Scrutiny, Cracks Appear in Federal Auto Regulation

September 24th, 2014

The last time this blog posted an article on the massive (20 million cars and counting) recall issued by GM earlier this year, it was to report that federal regulators were beginning to suspect a cover-up among executives at the automotive company. More troubling, from an oversight perspective, is a recent investigation conducted by the…

After Approval, FDA Decides to Give Low-Testosterone Drugs a Second Look

September 17th, 2014

This past June, in an article about a potential link between testosterone treatment and cardiovascular problems, we explained that the FDA had (after about ten years of urging by researchers) decided to launch an investigation into the matter. It turns out that it only took a few months for our nation’s drug regulators to suspect…

Healthcare-Associated Infections: How Hospitals May Be Keeping Patients in Hospitals

September 10th, 2014

It often has been said that hospitals are the most dangerous places for sick people. Hospital acquired infections—also known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)—present a genuine health risk to patients, leading to prolonged hospitalizations and higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Working from data in a survey published this year in the New England Journal of…

Yaz Birth Control: Federal Oversight, Conflicts of Interest, and a Billion-Dollar Settlement

September 3rd, 2014

On the topic of birth control, this blog has focused much of its attention on the NuvaRing, whose links to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and death (among other side effects) resulted in a $100 million settlement spread over 700 plaintiffs. Were every patient to accept this offer, each would see a payout of about…

U.S. District Court Awards $8.6 billion to Terror Victims and Their Families

August 27th, 2014

Generally when we cover the American civil justice system on this blog, it is with respect to cases in which residents of this country alone have been physically, emotionally, or mentally harmed. This article, however, addresses a number of consolidated cases involving 284 plaintiffs—citizens of the United States, Kenya, and Tanzania—in a suit against the…

After Rebranding, Energy Drinks Still Dangerous

August 20th, 2014

Over the past two years, manufacturers of energy drinks have been putting out fires on various fronts. In 2012, the New York Times reported that Monster Energy — a beverage that Consumer Reports measures at 184mg of caffeine per 16 fl. oz. can (equivalent to about three cups of coffee)—had been linked with five deaths…

Malpractice Suits as Industry Reform

August 13th, 2014

Although this blog spends a lot of time detailing medical malpractice cases and the jury awards or settlements that come with them. Forbes contributor Steve Cohen reminded us recently (and accurately) that “Malpractice Lawsuits Aren’t Just About Money.” Besides writing about compensation, many of the articles we have published here recently have explained that while…

 
 
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