Two Philadelphia doctors say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not doing enough to protect women against cancer that can spread during a morcellation hysterectomy, CBS News reported.

Dr. Amy Reed was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 after undergoing a minimally invasive hysterectomy with a laparoscopic power morcellator- a bladed tool that chops the uterus into tiny pieces to be removed through a small laparoscopic incision. However, according to the FDA ,one in 350 women has undetected sarcoma that can spread throughout the body during the procedure and worsen the cancer and the patient’s prognosis.

Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, have been fighting to raise awareness about the risks of morcellator hysterectomy and cancer since her diagnosis. Continue Reading

Japanese manufacturer Takata Corporation recently admitted that its airbags are defective, NBC 10 News reported.

More than 34 million vehicles fitted with Takata airbags have been recalled because the defective canisters can rupture upon impact and spew shrapnel into the vehicle. The defective airbags have resulted in at least six deaths worldwide and hundreds of injuries.

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Doctors are not only responsible for prescribing patients the right medications, but also the right dosage.  Physicians may not be responsible for potential side effects listed on the warning label of a drug, but a doctor may be held liable for medical malpractice if a patient was injured because the wrong medication or dosage was prescribed. Continue Reading

Multimillion-Dollar Advocates Forum members Christopher Marzzacco recently settled a $1.85 million wrongful death claim out-of court on behalf of the parents and the estate of a 20-year-old man killed in an auto accident involving a commercial refuse truck.

Ursula Culpepper and Demetrius Ayler filed a wrongful death and survival action petition against  York-based Tiger Trash and Joseph Newson –the driver of the truck that fatally injured their son, Philip Ayler on May 19, 2014. Continue Reading

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer.  It is also one of the deadliest holidays for drivers and passengers. Car accident injuries claimed 397 lives during the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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As part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the United States government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for processing vaccine injury compensation requests. Continue Reading

Oxygen deprivation at birth, also known as perinatal hypoxia, is one of the leading causes of infant brain damage, according to Springer International Publishing. Between 2 and 10 out of every 1,000 babies experience a lack of oxygen at birth, according to the American Journal of Neuroradiology.

In some cases, a baby may experience perinatal anoxia – the total absence of oxygen.

Not getting enough oxygen during or after birth can cause long term neurological injuries. Both perinatal hypoxia and perinatal anoxia can result in an injury called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  Many newborns with HIE will die as a result of organ failure or lung infections.  Babies who survive will experience lifelong problems that may include seizures, developmental delay and cerebral palsy. Continue Reading

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and many organizations are joining in the effort to spread knowledge about dangerous habits on the roadways. But for Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Joel Feldman, dedicating a day to teaching young drivers about the consequences of driving while distracted is just another day.

Joel Feldman, a shareholder at the prominent Pennsylvania injury law firm Anapol Schwartz, founded End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) after his daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the assistance of the Department of Health and Human Services, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics published a set of guidelines for parents who chose not to vaccinate their children.

If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities” provides important safety tips on how to protect your child and others from vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles.

Some parents decline vaccination because of religious reasons, but a growing number of parents are concerned about potential vaccine injuries, such as Guillain Barre syndrome from a flu shot.

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