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  • DOT Seeks Help From NASA, NAS To Solve Unintended Acceleration Problems

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US The Washington Post reports that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has designated nine NASA experts to help solve the "scientific mystery" surrounding unintended acceleration in Toyotas. Moreover, "a separate panel from the National Academy of Sciences" will investigate unintended acceleration and on-board ...
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  • NHTSA Considers Mandating Black Boxes For All US Vehicles

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US USA Today reports that the NHTSA may require "Black boxes" in all US automobiles. The story notes how black boxes in cars help experts reconstruct accidents to determine the causes of the causes of crashes. This development was, according to the report, "[p]rompted by Toyota’s recalls and questions about whether they ...
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  • Cell Phone Use, Texting While Driving Causes Catastrophic Consequences

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US I mentioned recently that I present volunteer seminars at Metro area schools on the issue of distracted driving. I gave another seminar recently on March 10, which was attended not only by high school students, but faculty as well. I have been asked to return to the school to give another seminar soon, which I am looking forward to doing. ...
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  • Georgia Supreme Court Strikes Down Damages Cap in Medical Malpractice Cases

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a "unanimous Georgia Supreme Court on Monday struck down limits on jury awards in medical malpractice cases," finding that the non-economic damages cap of $350,000 violates the right to a jury trial guaranteed by the Georgia Constitution. According to the report, the Court found that ...
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  • Toyota Plans to Replace Accelerators

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US The New York Times reports that Toyota has announced that its dealerships will "provide replacement accelerator pedals to owners unhappy with repairs" after a series of cases of unintended acceleration in cars that have already been through the recall process. According to the report, "’Accelerator pedal replacement ...
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  • There Are Various Types of Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US Cerebral Palsy is a medical condition that often confuses both parents and doctors. With thorough testing, however, a physician can determine the exact type of cerebral palsy your child has. The proper classification depends on the severity of the child’s symptoms, as well as the parts of the brain and body affected by the ...
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  • House Passes Healthcare Reform Measure

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US Last night, the House passed the Senate-approved healthcare reform bill by a vote of 219-212. The AP notes that after passing the bill, the House proceeded to approve "key changes" to it, "part of a prearranged agreement to guarantee passage of the historic legislation. The changes passed by a 220-211 vote. That bill now ...
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  • Resources for Cerebral Palsy, Including Information in Spanish

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Mar-2010

    By Catherine Bertram Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. A recent CDC study shows that the average prevalence of CP is 3.3 per 1,000 8-year-old children or 1 in 303 children. Click here to listen to a podcast on Cerebral Palsy. What Are Some of the Signs of Cerebral Palsy? According to the CDC, "the signs of cerebral palsy vary ...
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  • “Experts” Supporting Avandia Drug Had Financial Ties To Drugmaker

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 19-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US Bloomberg News (BN) recently reported that, according to the Mayo Clinic, "Most scientists who published articles supporting GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s diabetes drug Avandia [rosiglitazone] after it was linked to heart disease in 2007 had financial ties to the company." The United Kingdom’s Independent reported, ...
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  • Stop C. Difficile: Education and Hand Washing Saves Lives

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Mar-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram Clostridium difficile or “C. diff.” C. diff. killed more patients in England in 2006 than MRSA. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported a nearly twofold increase in C. diff infections from 1996 to 2003 in the U.S. The same hyper-virulent strain, dubbed ribotype 027, has invaded some hospitals in the U.S. C. diff. infections kill an estimated 5,000 people ...
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  • Distracted Driving Kills, Seriously Injures

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT ME Approximately 5.7 million car crashes take place in America every year. Approximately 28% of those crashes (about 1.6 million accidents) are caused by distracted driving. 1.4 million are attributed to cell phone use. The remaining 200,000 collisions are attributed to texting. Of course, these numbers are deflated. Texting and cell phone ...
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  • Drug Company Alpharma Pays $42.5Mill To Settle Suit Alleging Misrepresentation

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US According to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has announced that Alpharma, Inc. has agreed to pay a whopping $42.5 Million to settle a claim in which the government alleged that the drug company improperly paid physicians to prescribe and promote a particular morphine drug–Kadian. The settlement follows a ...
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  • FDA Forces Drugmakers to Stop Selling Unapproved Nitrogylcerin Tablets

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner New Jersey’s Star-Ledger reports that the FDA on Tuesday ordered "Glenmark Generics to stop selling unapproved nitroglycerin tablets for relief from chest pain." The unapproved drugs "are different from approved nitroglycerin tablets in some ways, such as formulation and labeling, but the FDA said it has seen quality and ...
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  • What Crisis? 2010 Maryland Med Mal Carrier Reduces Premiums 31%

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Mar-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram The following was authored by past President of the Maryland Association for Justice, Wayne Willoughby. It sets forth the plain facts behind the alleged 2004 "medical malpractice insurance crisis" in Maryland and the hard evidence which proves it was all a hoax. Here it is: by Wayne M. Willoughby, Past President, Maryland Association for Justice "In 2004, ...
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  • Toyota’s Findings Inconsistent With Owners’ Claims

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US Toyota said on Monday that the sudden-acceleration claim given by a San Diego man, who stated that his Prius hybrid car accelerated out of his control for 30 miles, was “inconsistent” with the findings of its initial examination of the car, according to the Associated Press. The New York Times reports, "The company ...
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  • Similar Drug Names and Bottles Cause Major Mistakes

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner ABC World News recently reported on how some drug bottles look alike and how the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "said it gets thousands of reports of such mix-ups every year." The FDA’s Dr. Gerald Pan said, "Today’s near-miss, today’s medication error that doesn’t cause harm to somebody could ...
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  • Hospitals Need To Better Monitor Staff Errors

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner In the Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro writes that the April edition of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety includes an analysis of a fatal medical error that occurred when a nurse accidentally penicillin for an epidural. In doing so, according to the report, the nurse circumvented several safety procedures. The review ...
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  • Got Sunshine? A National Campaign for Open Government

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Mar-2010

    By Catherine Bertram Sunshine Week is a national campaign to raise public awareness for a more open government It started in March of 2005, when the American Society of Newspaper Editors used a Knight grant to bring together more than 50 journalism groups to launch the first Sunshine Week. Sunshine laws help keep our government accountable and transparent by mandating access to meetings and ...
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  • Classmates.com Settles for $9.5 Million

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Mar-2010

    S eattle based Classmates.com agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by users of the social network for $9.5 million. The lawsuit contended that the company essentially tricked people into paying for membership by pretending that their classmates were looking for them. The new members then often found, after paying for membership, that their old friends were not actually reaching out to them. A ...
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  • Just Like We Learned in Kindergarten: Tell the Truth and Accept Responsibility

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Mar-2010

    By Catherine Bertram There was an interesting article in the New York Times recently that seems to suggest that doctors and hospitals would be more forthcoming about errors in the delivery of health care that injure patients if only they were fully protected from the consequence of their errors. That is not the right answer and we all know it. The answer is just what our parents and teachers ...
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  • Acceleration Problems Not a Toyota-Only Issue

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Although Toyota has been in the spotlight recently, "unintended acceleration has been a problem across the auto industry, according to an NPR analysis of consumer complaints to federal regulators." According to the NPR News investigation, other automakers, including Volkswagen, Volvo and Honda, have had significant complaint rates for some ...
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  • Class I Recall of Baxter In-Home Dialysis Device Announced

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to the Chicago Tribune, Baxter International Inc. announced a recall of its "in-home dialysis device that has been linked to serious injury reports and at least one death in the last two years." In addition, the "Food and Drug Administration has classified the action as a Class I recall, the agency’s most serious, for ...
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  • Toyota Illegally Withholding Information, Says Cong. Towns

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Mar-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Los Angeles Times reports that House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus Towns said that Toyota "’deliberately withheld’ evidence in lawsuits related to vehicle safety, exhibiting a ‘systematic disregard for the law.’" According to the report, Towns stated that Toyota created secret "Books of ...
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