Medical malpractice and the real victims

A medical malpractice lawsuit against child psychiatrist Dr. Kayoko Kifuji of Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts was just settled for $2.5 million. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of Rebecca Riley, a 4-year-old girl who died of an overdose of psychiatric drugs (drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD,… read more

Maybe 911 Should Have Called 911

What do you do when 911 doesn’t or can’t help you? New Yorker Robert Davis called 911 twice to report his wife was suffering from severe chest pains, but by the time help arrived about an hour and a half later, it was too late–his wife had died of a heart attack. The attack occurred… read more

The truthiness of the Internet

The Internet has become a part of everyone’s lives, and most of us rely on it heavily for information. Tell me you don’t Google your symptoms when you feel like you’re coming down with something. I think just about everyone conducts research online, and most of the time we believe what we read. Well, that… read more

Pain for Payette?

Some of you may remember when the Payette Clinic, a pain clinic in Vancouver, WA, was investigated and raided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in March 2009. Payette was owned and run by two nurse practitioners who, as a result of the investigation, had to give up their licenses to prescribe painkillers (Class… read more

TriMet Trial Begins for Sandi Day

The trial for the TriMet bus driver who ran over five pedestrians last spring has started. Though driver Sandi Day was not found guilty of criminal wrongdoing in the accident, she did get six traffic violations. She was also fired from TriMet and could lose her commercial driver’s license if she is convicted in the… read more