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 Weiss, 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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The recent measles outbreak has sparked a debate about vaccine injuries and the safety of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR). Vaccine adverse reactions can occur, but most MMR vaccine reactions are rare and minor, according to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study.

The vast majority of children do not experience anything worse than short-lived redness or itching at the injection site, Scientific American reported.

Children who receive the MMR vaccine have a one in 3,000 chance of developing a fever that leads to a seizure, according to IOM. Such seizures should not lead to any permanent neurological damage and actually occur less frequently than seizures caused by the itself. Continue Reading

Young adults born with cleft lip or cleft palate birth defects may be able to seek justice by filing a Zofran lawsuit.

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) anti-nausea drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 to treat nausea and vomiting related to cancer treatments. Doctors also prescribed Zofran to treat morning sickness, but the drug was never approved for pregnant women.

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The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Anapol Weiss have seen firsthand the devastating effects of a medical misdiagnosis. Failure to diagnose serious conditions such as cancer, pneumonia or meningitis can be result in a death that may have otherwise been prevented.

A patient is not to blame when a condition is misdiagnosed. It is the doctor’s responsibility to provide a correct diagnosis. However, there are a number of steps a patient can take to decrease the chances of becoming another victim of medical malpractice.

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Amy Purdy, a paralympic snowboarding champion and Dancing with the Stars season 18 runner-up, recently spoke with NPR about her new book On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life and about her role in preventing meningitis.

College students living in dorms are the most at risk for developing bacterial meningitis, according to NPR. Because Purdy did not attend college, she was under the misconception that she was not at risk for contracting the disease. Purdy was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at age 19. It took months to recover from the infection that cost the teen her legs, spleen and kidney function.

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Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, or even death. Senior citizens account for 84 percent of all fatal slip and fall cases, according to the Ohio Department of Health. With the right precautions, older adults and their family members can prevent fatal slip and fall accidents.

Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Clinic launched a slip and fall clinic to assess a person’s fall risk and help them take proper steps to prevent fatal falls inside the home.

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Philadelphia personal injury lawyers Jim Ronca and Michael Schafle filed a complaint against the manufacturers of TomTom and Garmin GPS systems, alleging the device was a critical part of the 2013 Boston bus accident that left a Bucks County teenager paralyzed.

The lawsuit alleges that the GPS system does not take the height of the vehicle into account when calculating a route, nor does it provide warnings concerning height restrictions. The device routed the Calvary Coach Bus driven by Samuel J. Jackson onto a road with a height restriction that the bus largely exceeded, and Jackson collided with a bridge overpass.

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that girls receive their first dose of the Gardasil vaccine between the ages of 11 and 12. According to a study released by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, only half of girls in that demographic are following the government’s recommendation.

Gardasil protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for 99.7 percent of cervical cancers and several other cancers, according to Science 2.0.

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Researchers at a Canadian hospital are suggesting that the flu vaccine is worth getting, despite the potential risk of developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. GBS can start out as a tingling sensation or muscle weakness and can lead to paralysis. There is no cure for Guillain-Barre, but the side effects can be lessened with treatment.

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