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August 2012 Archives

Op-ed piece says that breast cancer group misleads on mammography

As this blog has noted for readers in select prior posts, the practice of women dutifully receiving a yearly mammogram from a relatively early age has become progressively criticized in recent years. In fact, numerous studies and critics now repeatedly surface to challenge that longstanding norm and point out the material -- and sometimes deadly -- problems associated with it.

Study probes effect of nurse burnout on medical errors

In one of our recent blog posts (please see our August 14 entry), we referenced the staffing levels and policies in New Jersey nursing homes, noting the obvious nexus that exists between an inadequate level of trained staff members on hand and a heightened degree of nursing home neglect.

Report: J&J settles first round of DePuy ASR hip implant suits

Multiple news sources are reporting that persons closely familiar with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) DePuy ASR hip implant litigation say that the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant has reached settlements with three plaintiffs in the first product liability lawsuits slated for trial in state court.

New Jersey high court approves teen driver decal law

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a law that requires teenage drivers to display a decal on their license plate for a specified period of time. In its decision, the court unanimously overruled lower court decisions finding that the decal requirement constituted an unreasonable search and seizure and violated privacy laws.

New Jersey nursing home staffing report may prevent neglect

If you have made the difficult decision to place a parent or other loved one into a nursing home, you are probably daunted by the process of actually doing that. With so many nursing home options in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey, how can families find and choose the facility that is the best equipped to treat their loved one?

Warning devices may not detect children in hot vehicles

According to federal data, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-accident motor vehicle deaths among children younger than 14. In 2011, more than 30 children died of heatstroke after being left in a vehicle, and 2010 saw nearly 50 such deaths.

Four nursing home residents choke to death in three months

When one nursing home resident passes away for an unexpected but preventable reason, it is called an accident. When four residents suffer that same fate in the short span of three months, it is indicative of a troubling pattern of nursing home neglect.

Study: Young drivers are most likely to be in fatal crashes

According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage and young drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in fatal car accidents. The reasons for this increased risk are inexperience, distraction and a higher likelihood of engaging in high-risk behavior behind the wheel.