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New Study Shows that Testosterone May Have Negative Impact on Brain

Testosterone has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including stroke and heart attack, and now a new study has found that the use of testosterone in certain men may have a negative impact on the brain.

How Workers’ Compensation Impacts Social Security Disability Benefits

Disability payments from private sources, such as private pension or insurance benefits, do not affect your Social Security disability (“SSD”) benefits.

Proposed Florida Laws Strip Medical Care Decisions Away from Doctors during Personal Injury Claims

You could be forgiven for thinking messing around with health care coverage rules was the sole domain of democrats these days, but the new laws which will deeply interfere with the choices a doctor will make and options available for the seriously injured have sprung from the minds of two republican lawmakers.

Medication May Increase Risk of Falls for Elderly Patients

While blood pressure medications may help prevent certain medical conditions, they can also put elderly persons at risk of other injuries. For instance, a new study revealed that older people who take blood pressure medications may be more susceptible to fall injuries than elderly persons who are not taking blood pressure medication.

What to Do If You Have Doubts about Your Medical Care

Doctors and health care providers hold our lives in their hands. Having doubts about the medical care that you are receiving can not only be emotionally unsettling, but physically damaging as well, since the lack of appropriate medical care can result in medical complications, exacerbated health conditions, and even death.

The Ethical Dilemmas Present in Catholic-Run Hospitals

In recent years, there has been a significant increase nationwide in the number of mergers between large Catholic-run hospitals and smaller secular hospitals. This phenomenon is largely due to provisions in the new healthcare law requiring more efficiently-run medical facilities. However, these mergers force many patients, particularly women, to face an uphill battle when seeking out important medical treatments associated with reproductive health.

Should Testosterone Products Contain a Heart Attack Warning on Labels?

In light of recent data indicating that testosterone is dangerous for many men, Public Citizen – a public advocacy group – is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require black box warnings about heart attack and stroke risks to be included on the labels of testosterone products.

What Women Need to Know About Talc Body Powders

Many women use talc-based body power as part of their personal hygiene routine, and they may be putting their health at risk as a result. In a recent study, researchers examined data collected from eight separate studies and found that women who regularly use talcum powder in the genital region increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24 percent.

Requirements for Registration of Local Trademark in Albania

In case foreign entities wish to file a trademark in Albania they can do so only through an authorized local trademark agent registered with the Albanian Patent and Trademark Office.

Common Cases of Medical Malpractice

Everyone makes mistakes. No matter how confident someone is in their abilities, they are only human. Sadly, this applies to doctors just like everyone else.

Can I Receive Both Social Security Disability and VA Compensation Benefits at the Same Time?

The primary difference between Social Security disability benefits and VA disability benefits is that you can qualify for VA disability compensation even if you’re not totally disabled.

Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up – February 2014

Personal injury and workers' compensation lawyers have been discussing several important topics in the last few weeks, including the safety of surgical robots, the inadequacy of temp worker laws, employer abuse of the workers' compensation system, and the idea that doctors seek locations with lax regulations on professional liablility. This article is a brief summary of four separate articles detailing those topics.

Johnson & Johnson Found Liable in Baby Powder Lawsuit

Talc is used in a number of cosmetic and personal hygiene products, such as baby powder and feminine body powders. But new evidence and a recent lawsuit suggested that, despite its widespread use, talcum powder could be incredibly dangerous.

Is Data Exclusivity an Advantage or an Obstacle for Pharmaceutical Companies in Turkey?

Turkish pharmaceutical policy has changed radically and made progress starting from the last decade. In the meantime, some controversial topics such as reimbursement, pricing, authorisation, intellectual property rights, and quality and harmonisation process with the EU were and in fact still are the highly disputed issues.

Testosterone Shown to Cause Stroke and Heart Attacks

Testosterone therapy is used by a number of men believed to have low testosterone levels. Although low testosterone can cause fatigue, decreased libido, and muscle and bone loss, testosterone is sometimes prescribed unnecessarily – which can lead to serious side effects and medical conditions.

Were You Injured After Taking Testosterone Supplements?

Testosterone therapy has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including heart attack, stroke, and even death. For men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease, the risk of heart attack nearly triples when taking testosterone supplements and doubles for men over the age of 65 even if they have no history of heart disease.

Liability for Testosterone and Other Unsafe Pharmaceuticals

The use of testosterone replacement therapy has increased exponentially in recent years. In fact, the Washington Post reports that the number of men starting testosterone therapy has almost quadrupled in the United States since 2000. But new data has also come to light indicating that the use of testosterone therapy can be dangerous, particularly to men over the age of 65 and men with a history of heart disease.

Three Convictions in Medicare Fraud Case

A federal jury recently convicted three people on charges related to Medicare fraud. The fraud took place during the time frame of 2006 - 2011. The defendants in the case operated a durable medical goods company out of the Los Angeles area.

Do Electronic Medical Records Impact Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

According to some experts, research shows that electronic health records “improve quality and safety and, as a result, prevent adverse events and reduce the risk of malpractice claims.”

Social Security Disability - Disabling Condition: Pain and Chronic Pain

Pain is often associated with injury, disease, illness and physical disabilities. The persistence and severity of pain may leave you unable to work even when you can otherwise accommodate your disability in your work. Chronic Pain is severe, persistent and long term pain; pain that cannot be removed by standard medical treatment or pain that persists beyond the expected duration of the injury or illness. SSDI or SSI benefits may be available to you when pain prevents you from working.

The Dangers of Medication Errors In Canadian Medical Care Facilities

A detailed explanation of the common causes and types of medication errors that can occur in a medical establishment, provided by the law offices of Greg Monforton and Partners.

Social Security Disability Applicants And Headache Claims - 5 Keys Pieces of Evidence

Seeking social security disability because you can not work because of a headache is unique and very difficult. But there are certain things you can do to help your chances of winning.

The Role of the Obstetrical Nurse in Labor and Delivery

The birth of baby is usually a joyous occasion for expectant parents and their families. Since pregnancy and childbirth are a normal physiological process, the woman usually goes through the 9 month pregnancy expecting everything to be perfect at the end.

The Myths and Lies of Tort Reform

Tort reform initiatives seek to limit plaintiff’s access to the court system, restrict the types of claims that can be asserted, and cap the damages to which you may recover in a lawsuit.

6 Secrets of Personal Injury Lawyers

No one plans on getting into a car accident or other personal injury accident, but accidents can and do happen. It is important that, if you are injured in a personal injury accident, you understand your rights and legal options. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with the crucial information that you need in order to get the compensation that you deserve.

How Do I Collect Social Security Disability If I Am Injured in Auto Accident?

Unlike personal injury damages, Social Security disability benefits do not require that you prove liability or negligence and you might be able to obtain disability benefits even if you were responsible for the auto accident.

Health Care Industry the Target in Whistleblower Lawsuits

The United States Department of Justice has provided the public with some information regarding recent whistleblower cases. In one of the cases there have been allegations made against Health Management Associates.

What is Happening in the Turkish Pharmaceutical Market?

Turkish pharmaceutical market is a sizable one where 300 different companies currently operate to provide pharmaceutical products for the needs of a population of 75 million people.

Medical Tourism and Free Healthcare Zones In Turkey

Tourism mentality has been in a change in the world in recent years. The term "medical tourism" as a part of "alternative tourism" has been taking part also in Turkey. Especially the diversity of natural resources such as thermal waters and investments in the medical sector have been the main factors on development of the medical tourism in Turkey.

Woman Sues Hospital for Loss of Legs

A 33 year-old Brooklyn woman is suing a hospital for medical malpractice after a simple surgery resulted in an infection, causing both her legs to be amputated.

Who Approves Social Security Disability Cases and what is the Role Advocates Play?

When you are applying for Social Security Disability you are bound to have more questions than answers and one of those questions will likely be about who approves your claim.

Approval of the Amendments to the License Terms for the Importation of Drugs - Ukraine

The Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 960 dated November 8th, 2013, “On Approval of the amendments to the License terms for the business related to the importation of drugs" was published. The stated Law cancels the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 453 dated March 30th, 2013 and suggests phased introduction of the new requirements for the importers.

Actions the Retailer Must Take after Issuance the Order for a Ban on Circulation of Batches of Medicines - Ukraine

The issue of imposition of a ban (temporary ban) on medicine circulation is regulated, in particular, by the Procedure for imposing a ban (temporary ban) on and restoring circulation of medicines in Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as “the Procedure”) approved by the order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine dated 22/11/2011 No. 809.

Exchange of Information on Prices of Medicines - Ukraine

State Enterprise “State Expert Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine” is a member of the international organization “Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Information” (hereinafter referred to as “PPRI”).

Regarding the Hygienic Requirements for Infant Formula Products - Ukraine

Ministry of Health of Ukraine (hereinafter - the Ministry of Health of Ukraine) issued the Order № 696 from 06.08.2013 that approves hygiene requirements for infant formula products (hereinafter - the hygiene requirements).

Will Surveillance Cameras End Nursing Home Abuse?

A watchful eye may be the better alternative to no eye at all in a situation where abuse of elderly or otherwise vulnerable residents is known to happen.

Experts Say Medical Practice Corrupted by Pharmaceutical Industry

We would like to think the medications prescribed to us by doctors have been proven safe and effective in careful scientific research, and approved by regulatory bodies that reviewed the evidence with public safety as their primary concern. However, a growing number of very well respected authorities are now suggesting that assumption is far from the truth.

Social Security Disability: COPD & Lung Disease - Condition, Symptoms and Social Security Law

There is nothing more basic to every day of our life than breathing. When breathing becomes difficult and even mild exercise causes shortness of breath and fatigue, it affects almost all our daily activities and the ability to work is severely impaired. Social Security Laws may help by providing income benefits (Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)) and medical benefits (Medicare and/or Medicaid).

Pharma Pricing in Turkey: Challenge and Opportunity

A global shift has been taking place in the pharmaceutical industry as the Pharmerging countries have increasingly started to play a more prominent role in the sector's growth rates.

FDA Warns Sleep Medications Can Cause Fatigue the Next Morning

As new medications tailored to help individuals get a good night's sleep continue to flood the market, the Food and Drug Administration has taken an increased interest in the effect of these medications on motorists. Many Americans have turned to sleep aids when they are unable to sleep soundly, but questions have been raised as to whether these medications may create dangers on our roads in the morning.

Sutter Health Settles Whistleblower Case for $46 Million

Sutter Health decided to settle a whistleblower case before trial. The case involved allegations of double billing for anesthesia services at hospitals in California.

What to Do If You Are Misdiagnosed in the Emergency Room

No reasonable person ever wants to find themselves in a hospital emergency room. If you find yourself there, chances are you have been seriously injured or are gravely ill and in a lot of pain. An emergency room tends to be overloaded with patients and understaffed. This type of stressful atmosphere can often time lead to mistakes.

Patients Abandoned By Caregivers at Castro Valley Assisted Living Facility

A Castro Valley assisted living facility was shut down by state social services last month. Patients were left with minimal staff to attend to their needs.

Obesity and Your Disability Claim

In the context of SSDI law, this article discusses why the Social Security Administration is not likely to consider your obesity to be a disabling condition on its own.

California Medical Equipment Supplier Found Guilty in $11 Million Medicare Fraud Case

The owner of a California durable medical equipment firm was recently found guilty of Medicare fraud. The scheme resulted in more than $11 million dollars in fraudulent Medicare charges. Los Angeles false claims attorneys say that Medicare fraud is a problem that is continuing to grow, at the expense of taxpayers.

Gall Bladder Surgery: A Common Cause for Medical Malpractice Litigation

A gall bladder attack can come on without any warning. Pains on your right side radiate to your back. The pain becomes more than you can bear, so you go to the nearest emergency room and seek medical help. A few quick tests are performed and it is determined that your gall bladder is the offending organ and it needs to be removed. The surgeon assures you that this is a common procedure and you will be just fine afterwards.

Birth Injuries And Defects Often Bring Tough Decisions For Parents

Fetal distress may force parents to choose between neonatal surgery, early delivery, or a “wait and see” approach involving fetal monitoring. Yet, some problems require immediate action by a doctor.

Social Security Disability: Multiple Sclerosis - Condition, Symptoms and Social Security Law

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease which strikes thousands of Americans each year and leaves them with symptoms, conditions and physical limitations which make it impossible for them to work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may provide income and medical benefits to help you.

Claimant Unsuccessful in Disability Insurance Lawsuit against Boston Mutual in a Louisiana Lawsuit

In an ERISA disability lawsuit against Boston Mutual, Federal Judge upholds decision to deny Southside Machine Works employee’s long term disability benefits.

Patent Expirations Creating Opportunities for Biotech M&A

With patent expirations large pharmaceuticals are facing, there has been a tremendous opportunity for growing biotech companies.

Crestor Study Shows New Risk for Users

A study published in September 2013 in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology has shown that those patients who take Crestor have an increased risk of developing cataracts.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Dentist for Malpractice

A dentist in Tulsa, Oklahoma is the focus of a class action lawsuit filed against him by several patients. The malpractice lawsuit alleges that the patients were exposed to various blood-borne pathogens like hepatitis B and HIV during the course of him treating them.

Disability Opinions

Communication between an attorney and client is critical in order to help disabled clients. In the world of social security disability, one of the best ways you can help your Rhode Island Social Security disability attorney with your disability claim is by getting good medical opinions from specific sources that show the extent of your impairment.

New Expectations in Turkish Pharmaceutical Market

The global market for pharmaceuticals is expected to grow from 782 billion dollars of its 2011 value to 971 billions of dollars in 2016. 80% of the market share is divided up between North American, European and Japanese markets

Medical Malpractice Whistleblower Case Against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Settled

The immunosuppressant drug Rapamune was at the center of a lawsuit which was recently settled for $257.4 million.

Da Vinci Robot Device Breaks Off Inside Woman During Surgery

Across the United States there have been thousands of these robots installed in hospitals and many surgeons have seemed eager to use the devices.

How Disabled Do You Have to Be to Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

You do not have to be "totally disabled" or an invalid! For many claimants, you only have to be disabled from your former type of work. The Social Security Administration will take into consideration your age, education and past work experience in deciding if you are disabled under their rules. Every case is unique.

Researchers Estimate Surgical “Never Events” Occur 4,044 Times a Year

Johns Hopkins released the findings of a careful review of national medical malpractice claims. The safety researchers who conducted the analysis discovered some shocking information about “never events,” events that the medical community agree are unacceptable and should never occur.

Medical Malpractice Myths: Separating Fact From Fiction

A recent study found that large medical malpractice payouts make up less than 1 percent of all medical payments in the U.S.

Medical Malpractice and Surgical Errors

Errors during surgery can be some of the most dangerous medical errors. When a reasonable standard of care is not met, and a surgeon’s actions are deemed negligent, resulting in harm to the patient, this constitutes medical malpractice. Most surgical errors are preventable mistakes.

Disruptive Behavior Among Medical Professionals

Many people feel afraid when they look for medical help. Whether it is their fear of a traumatic diagnosis or simply experiencing nerves over a routine check up, Chicago residents and people in other parts of the country may not rank potential doctor errors high on their lists of medically-related fears. That may change, however, in light of recent surveys completed by professional medical groups.

Proposals of Tort Reform: Limiting the Rights of the Wronged

In the last few years, costly health care has been a hot topic, as families and employers struggle with skyrocketing health insurance premiums and state and federal governments wrestle with ever-increasing Medicaid and Medicare costs.

Social Security and the Benefits

How to get Social Security Benefits and the Application Process to do so

Unnecessary Medical Treatments

Are medical tests, procedures and treatments safe and necessary? Unfortunately, many medical tests and procedures are performed unnecessarily, which can put patients at risks for further medical complications.

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: Still a Common Threat to Infants

Despite advances in neonatal medicine, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy remains a common condition in the U.S., potentially causing cerebral palsy, brain damage or death to the infant.

The Dangers of Sleeping Pills

According to WebMD Health News, sleeping pills are dangerous. A doctor reporting to the news agency has likened them to smoking cigarettes. Even taking a sleeping pill once in awhile leads to increased health risks.

3 Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease

Though an outwardly noticeable condition, Parkinson's Disease stems from brain's inability to send messages controlling muscle movements.

Arizona Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims

Social Security Disability benefits and SSI Disability Claims are two different ways for individuals to receive financial compensation and assistance due to their disability and inability to contribute to the workforce, and are managed by the federal government.

Known to Fail but Implanted Anyway: DePuy ASR Hip Replacements

Johnson & Johnson announced in January 2013 that it had set aside close to $1 billion, in addition to the $3 billion set aside in 2011, to compensate those who received a defective metal-on-metal hip implant from the company.

VBAC – Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

Most women who have had a previous C-section birth can deliver their next baby vaginally. However, some women will be in danger of a birth injury from VBAC. This article discusses the risks and what women contemplating VBAC need to do to prepare for a safe delivery.

High Risk Pregnancy, Birth Injuries, and Birth Defects

High risk pregnancies include risk types such as women with abnormal weight, multiple pregnancies, premature birth, etc. Doctors need to pay close attention to a woman and infant with a high risk pregnancy.

Elder Abuse Is a Growing Problem, Especially in For-Profit Nursing Homes

The growing number of for-profit nursing homes appears to be adding to the problems of waste, fraud and abuse that plague many nursing homes.

Epidural Injuries during Delivery

Before you decide to have an epidural, it is important to understand the risks involved, including what injuries epidurals can cause to both you and the baby.

Use of a Midwife May Increase Risks of Birth Injury

At-home births with a midwife can save on costs, but may create additional risks. Learn more about the risks of at-home delivery and how a skilled lawyer can help in the case of a birth injury.

Learn About Retaining Eligibility for VA Benefits

Eligibility for VA benefits is dependent on factors such as active duty. The determination of this is sometimes complicated, depending on the circumstances.

Medical Negligence in Hospitals and Doctor’s Offices

With 225,000 people in the U.S. dying each year from medical malpractice and 1.5 million injured from medication errors in hospitals, doctor's offices, and nursing homes, medical negligence is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

Chiropractors and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Just as any other type of medical practitioner, when a chiropractor consults with a patient he or she is expected to make an initial determination of what might be wrong with the patient's health, then create a plan to begin the healing process. When a patient is misdiagnosed or improperly treated for their pain, they will not likely find the relief that they are looking for, and may even experience worsened conditions.

Erbs Palsy and Brachial Plexus Birth Injury

Children with Erb's palsy often have partial or total paralysis of their hand, arm, or face. The most common cause of Erb's palsy is dystocia, which happens from a brachial plexus injury during a difficult childbirth.

Common Types of Post-Operative Injuries

Common post-operative injuries that individuals should know about before undergoing surgical procedures.

Is Medical Malpractice Ignored by Those Happy to Just Be Alive?

According to a study released by Johns Hopkins, surgical errors that are considered “never events” happen at least 4,000 times a year in the United States.

Inducing Labor with Pitocin May Increase Risks of Birth Injury

Pitocin is not just a dangerous drug; there are benefits to its use. If administered and monitored correctly, it can help save the life of a mother and/or her unborn child.

Communication Errors Are #1 Cause of Preventable Birth Injuries

30 Percent of all Birth Injuries Are Preventable.

Undiagnosed Pregnancy Complications Can Threaten Mom and Baby

Pregnancy and childbirth complications are on the rise in the US.

Wrongful Death Resulting from Medical Malpractice

Wrongful death lawsuits resulting from medical malpractice are filed when a patient dies as a result of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, medical professional or medical facility. This article will provide more information about California wrongful death claims.

Kernicterus, Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, and Severe Jaundice with Babies

Kernicterus is a dangerous neurological condition that can develop if a baby with very high bilirubin levels, leading to severe jaundice is not immediately treated. Kernicterus causes severe and irreversible brain damage. Kernicterus can be prevented.

Overview of Damages Available with Medical Malpractice Compensation

When a doctor hurts a patient, the patient often looks to be awarded medical malpractice compensation. There are many damages available in medical malpractice lawsuit cases. In some cases, these payouts can amount to millions of dollars.

Cerebral Palsy in Newborns and Medical Malpractice

Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious birth injuries that can affect children and families.

Setback Regarding Doctor-Licensing Requirements Prompts Concerns

A number of Ohio medical societies are fighting back against increased licensing standards, a worrisome development in a state with so many medical malpractice cases.

Developmental Delays and Developmental Disabilities in Children from Medical Malpractice

If your child is significantly slower in achieving developmental milestones such as walking, talking, or self-care skills compared with other children of a similar age, this may be a sign of a developmental delay. This article discusses developmental disabilities and potential causes.

What Prompts People to file Medical Malpractice claims

Although a medical professional’s negligence can have severe consequences, everyone injured at the hands of a doctor or nurse does not file medical malpractice claims.

A Doctors Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis

Doctors routinely diagnose different conditions in patients. Unfortunately, these diagnoses are not always timely and accurate. In these cases patients may file medical practice claims against medical professionals who delay a diagnosis or misdiagnose a patient.

Medical Errors Can Be Prevented and Patient Safety Improved

Although medical literature frequently reports computerization of medical records, barcoding for medications, evidence-based medicine, and other approaches can reduce medical errors, practitioners and institutions have not embraced them very speedily.

Patient Safety Is No Accident

It is important for expectant parents to educate themselves about birth injuries in general and about things they can do to help keep their unborn babies safe until they enter the world.

The SSA’s Online Benefits Statement Tool: What You Need to Know

Before, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues benefits statements to its beneficiaries via mail. Now, only individuals aged 60 years or older receive mailed benefits statements because the rest of the recipients aged 18 and above now have the ability to look up on their own statements using the Internet.

Traumatic Brain Injuries to Babies from Medical Malpractice

Traumatic brain injuries sometimes happen to newborn children as a result of medical malpractice. Traumatic brain injuries in babies can lead to developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, and many other lifelong medical conditions.

Current Problems on the Pricing of Pharmaceuticals For Human Use in Turkey

This article addresses the reference pricing system used for the pricing of the pharmaceuticals for human use in Turkey and the current problems arising from such system.

Disability Benefits for Mental Health Issues

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Social Security disability benefits are available to individuals who suffer long-term disabilities, including physical and mental health impairments. However, it is often more difficult to obtain benefits based on a mental health impairment. Being aware of this challenge can help claimants have a more realistic idea of the process ahead.

Surgery Injury from Surgery Malpractice

Each year thousands of people are injured or die from surgery malpractice. Patients are injured or die from complex emergency surgeries as well as common routine surgeries such as plastic surgery or weight loss surgery. This article will discuss surgery injuries from medical negligence.

Social Security Fund Woes: What’s in It for You and What the Government is Doing about It?

Have you just hired a Los Angeles Social Security claim lawyer who will help you in processing your Social Security claims? For some time now, there has been news that Social Security is about to go bust. Is it true? Are you worried about it?

UCLA Medical Center Received Failing Grade for Patient Safety

This article discusses the recent failing grade UCLA and other hospitals received for hospital safety. This also covers a problem independent groups are seeing with hospital safety and patient injuries.


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