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  • Surprising Dangers of Common Seasonal Allergies - and How to Avoid Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Apr-2017

    As April showers bring May flowers, so also come the sneezing, sniffling, watery eyes and more. For the millions who suffer from common seasonal allergies, these symptoms can be little more than an annoyance, but occasionally they can get out of hand, causing severe reactions or unforeseen dangers. What are some examples of seasonal allergies turning dangerous? Allergies may be more severe one ...
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  • "Never Events": Four Terrifying Types of Surgical Mistakes

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Apr-2017

    Despite the efforts most surgical professionals make to prevent them, serious surgical mistakes sometimes occur. The medical community refers to these types of mistakes as “never events”—events that should never happen—and yet a study by Johns Hopkins reveals that at least 4,000 of these “never events” happen every year. Let’s look at four examples. ...
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  • Going In for Surgery? Research Your Doctor and Hospital in Advance with These Powerful Tools

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Apr-2017

    To avoid becoming a victim of medical error, be vigilant whenever you go in for an evaluation, treatment or surgical procedure. Take personal responsibility for your own healthcare. That due diligence process begins before you ever go into the hospital or allow a doctor to treat you or a loved one. If you have a surgical procedure planned, research the hospital and the surgeon to make sure ...
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  • New Doctors to Be Allowed to Work 24-Hour Shifts Starting July 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Mar-2017

    Starting July 1, a profession already plagued by fatigue may become less safe for patients. As the Washington Post reports, the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education has approved lifting the 16-hour shift cap on first-year doctors, enabling them to pull 24-hour consecutive shifts in hospitals across the United States. The counsel says the change should actually make healthcare safer ...
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  • The Dangers of Sleep Deprived Doctors and Nurses: By the Numbers

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Mar-2017

    For many healthcare professionals, the battle to get enough sleep is a constant challenge. Many resident physicians are on call for 24 hours at a time, often in recurring shifts. Nurses commonly work 13-14 hours at a time—sometimes longer—and are often asked to come back for coinciding night and/or day shifts. Does sleep deprivation affect patient safety? Many studies say it does. By ...
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  • The Dangers of Not Getting Enough Sunlight During the Winter and How to Manage Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 28-Feb-2017

    We’ve all heard that too much sun can cause skin cancer—but did you know that not enough sun can also increase your cancer risk? Among other illnesses and side effects, a lack of sunlight can cause Vitamin D deficiency, which studies have linked to several types of cancers, according to Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread than most people realize. Dr. Betty Kovacs ...
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  • Cybersecurity Threats and Medical Devices: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Feb-2017

    In our connected world, most of us understand the need for improved cybersecurity for our computers and mobile devices—but did you realize many medical devices may also be at risk? These devices frequently contain computers that connect to a network, making them possibly susceptible to cybersecurity threats, just like any other computer. In a recent article, the FDA acknowledged the ...
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  • Four Signs That a Loved One Was Harmed By a Pharmaceutical Error or Omission - And What to Do About It

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Feb-2017

    According to the FDA, approximately 1.3 million people in the U.S. each year are harmed by some sort of medication error. These errors may dosage mistakes, drug interactions, or errors in administering the drug. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from a pharmaceutical error or omission, look for one or more of the following possible signs: Atypical occurrence of side effects. If the patient ...
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  • Five Tips for Choosing a Hospital to Minimize Your Likelihood of Being a Victim of Medical Error

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 13-Feb-2017

    With medical error now listed as one of the leading causes of death (behind heart disease and cancer), a bit of caution makes perfect sense when choosing a hospital for your upcoming surgery or medical procedure. Here are five tips to help you improve your odds for quality care and reduce the risk of becoming a victim. Check the hospital’s safety grade. The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit ...
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  • 5 Emerging Medical Technologies for 2017: Opportunities and Dangers

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Jan-2017

    Technology constantly evolves, and some of the most exciting – and worrisome – innovations are poised to reshape the healthcare industry in the coming year. Here are five emerging medical technologies with great potential: Prosthetics. Soon, amputees will be able to use neural interfaces to control advanced prosthetics that afford a much greater and more realistic range of motion and ...
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  • Do Purell and Other Bacteria Killing Products Really Help Prevent the Spread of Disease?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Dec-2016

    Winter is here, and cold weather is starting to set in. For many, that means concerns about germs during cold and flu season. Millions of people (not to mention the nation’s top doctors and hospitals) have come to rely heavily on alcohol-based gel hand sanitizers such as Purell to stay germ-free through the winter and beyond. However, research shows that these products might not be as ...
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  • Defective Medical Device News Roundup - December 2016

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Dec-2016

    Manufacturers recall medications and medical devices for a variety of reasons, from minor issues to major public safety hazards. As 2016 draws to a close, we want to highlight some of the medical recalls that manufacturers and government oversight agencies issued this past year. HeartWare Ventricular Assist. HeartWare, Inc. issued a recall on these cardiac support devices on June 8. The Food and ...
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  • The Dangers of Artificial Hip Replacements

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Nov-2016

    Medical professionals often recommend hip replacement surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or osteonecrosis. However, before you agree to undergo hip replacement surgery, it’s important to be aware of the dangers and risks as well as the potential benefits. The Risks of Hip Replacement Hip replacement surgery comes with a lot of risks, and ...
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  • Does it Matter if Your Doctor is a Democrat or Republican? New Study Says, "Maybe."

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Nov-2016

    When you’re choosing a doctor, it probably doesn’t occur to you to inquire about his or her political leanings. After all, politics can’t affect a doctor’s abilities, right? A new study says that politics might play a bigger role in a doctor’s medical advice than you might think. The study, released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discovered ...
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  • Sugar Addiction Awareness Day is October 30: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 26-Oct-2016

    Can you actually be addicted to sugary foods and beverages? Sugar Addiction Awareness Day of October 30 presents an opportunity to learn more about the problem. The overview below provides information on how sugar affects your brain and general health, as well as gives tips in how to be free of the addiction. What Does Sugar Do to Your Brain? Research shows sugar triggers the release of natural ...
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  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Oct-2016

    On October 22, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host its National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The initiative aims to “provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.” In May, the DEA collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines – ...
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  • Is There an Impending Medical Malpractice Insurance Crisis?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Oct-2016

    During the past year, life insurance companies have dramatically raised the fees they are charging their customers. The industry asserts that the premium spikes, which range from single-digit percentages to more than 200 percent, stem from a poor rate of return on their investments. They attribute the problem to the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates lower for longer, which ...
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  • Joe Biden's "Cancer Moonshot": A Look at What the Research Will Focus On

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Oct-2016

    Vice President Joe Biden has proposed a Cancer Moonshot initiative that lists research areas for which the administration desires funding. If Congress approves the project, the monetary outlay will be over and above current funds designated for cancer studies. The initiative’s goal entails expediting progress against the disease through focusing on topics scientists find most promising. Here ...
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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Insight About How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Oct-2016

    Approximately one out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, presents an opportunity to acquaint women with the sobering prevalence of the malignancy as well as familiarize them with protective healthful lifestyle practices. While these preventive measures offer no guarantees, research shows they reduce the ...
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  • 7 Things You Should Do If a Loved One Needs Emergency Hospitalization to Prevent Medical Errors

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Sep-2016

    Medical errors occur can occur at any time during an emergency hospitalization. While some errors are the result of the complexity of the health care system, others may stem from an array of factors. Here are some measures that can help keep your loved ones safe when they need immediate medical care. Keep an up-to-date list of the medications your family members take, so you can grab this list at ...
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  • The EpiPen Price Spike [and Its Aggressive Backlash]

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Sep-2016

    The cost of EpiPen, the injection used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions in children, recently skyrocketed from $100 to $600. In response to the public furor that ensued after this hike, Mylan, the product’s manufacturer, announced it would offer coupons that provide up to half the expense "for patients in health plans who face higher out-of-pocket costs." In addition, ...
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  • How to Find Out About Drug or Medical Device Recalls

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Aug-2016

    Manufacturers and government agencies sometimes recall drugs and medical devices because of minor irregularities, such as labeling errors or small defects that don’t pose a threat to public health. However, occasionally, recalls of such products are due to serious problems that can put lives at risk. You can find out about these scary product recalls through the methods below. Websites Two ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Adult Immunization Guidelines

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-Aug-2016

    Vaccinations for adults and children are a hot topic of debate, but this discussion will present only the viewpoint and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The oversight agency advocates certain immunizations for all adults and additional ones for various segments of the populace. You can discover what you need to know in the summary below. All Adults Adults ...
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  • When to See a Doctor for Sun-Damaged Skin [5 Big Warning Signs]

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Aug-2016

    Sunlight exposure boosts the body’s supply of vitamin D, an action that can lead to wide-ranging health benefits, especially for people deficient in this key hormone. Yet too much of a good thing can result in serious problems. Here are five signs of sun-damaged skin that signal you need to make an appointment with a doctor. Dry Skin: The sun’s heat strips away the skin’s ...
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  • Critique of New FDA Product Nutrition Labels

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Jul-2016

    While the new Food and Drug Administration food product label with larger print proves easier to read, critics suggest that the new label puts an emphasis on the wrong dietary factors – calories and saturated fat. The long-held theory of weight loss through caloric reduction hasn’t proven valid, for instance, and actually violates the second law of thermodynamics. Likewise, research ...
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