Increase in Robotic Surgeries Raise Concerns

Robotic surgical equipment, now solely made in the United States by Intuitive surgical Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., has been a topic of controversy since its U.S Food and Drug Administration approval in 2000.   Recently at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, seven nurses and doctors

By |2021-04-15T14:35:18-04:00November 26, 2014|

Massachusetts sees an Overwhelming Jump in Hospital Mistakes

Within the last year, Massachusetts acute-care hospitals reported over 750 serious medical errors and patient injuries. This number is a 70 percent jump from previous years, causing concern for Hospital executives, as well as the patients and their families who were harmed by these errors.

By |2021-04-16T06:16:14-04:00August 15, 2014|

Johnson & Johnson: Not So Kid Friendly?

After the death of their two year old son, Daniel and Katy Moore of Ellensburg, Washington claim Very Berry Strawberry to be the culprit in River Moore’s liver failure. The infant showed symptoms of infection only 30 seconds after ingestion of the medicine, when he

By |2021-04-15T14:44:49-04:00January 10, 2012|

The Dangers of Avastin

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a national recall of the breast cancer drug, Avastin. After a careful review, FDA officials concluded that this medication, touted as a treatment for breast cancer patients, does not effectively slow the spread of cancer or prolong

By |2022-03-01T06:23:35-04:00November 23, 2011|

More Lethal than Smoking?

Lately, scientists and doctors have become more suspicious of the stop-smoking drug, Chantix, due to its reported side effects.   They have continuously urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to raise more awareness regarding the drug’s reported effect of increasing suicidal behavior and depression

By |2021-04-16T12:46:46-04:00November 4, 2011|

Kidney Transplant Spreads Hepatitis C

A Pittsburgh couple - Michael Yocabet and life partner, Christina Meccanic - has sued the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) regarding a transplant involving a Hepatitis C-infected kidney.   After finding out that the two are a match, Yocabet and Meccanic decided to move

By |2021-04-16T06:46:25-04:00September 30, 2011|

New Study Suggests Avoiding Hospitals in July

There is a new study that suggests it is dangerous or even deadly to seek hospital care during the month of July. The study reports that more patients receive poor quality care with serious consequences, even death, at teaching hospitals during this summer month. Researchers

By |2021-04-16T15:26:49-04:00July 14, 2011|

Massachusetts Doctor Gets Sentenced to Jail for Death of Patient

On Tuesday, September 14th, 2009, a Massachusetts doctor, Rapin Osathanondh, was sentenced to six months in jail (three months in prison followed by nine months of home confinement with electronic monitoring) and three years probation for pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter of a 22-year-old Cape

By |2021-04-17T04:50:25-04:00September 15, 2010|
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