Vaccine or not to vaccine

There has been an increase in the number of parents who choose not to immunize their children, and now some in the medical world are taking a stand. Some physicians, including pediatrician Dr. Bradley Dyer of Seattle, are refusing to treat children who have not been vaccinated, citing the safety of other patients. Dr. Dyer… read more

Don’t bob the BOB

BOB baby strollers were among the first, and maybe even the first, strollers designed to go off road. They seemed to have been designed with runners in mind. Sadly, the company, B.O.B. Trailers Inc., just issued a voluntary recall of more than 350,000 single and double strollers. The strollers in question have a drawstring on… read more

Hospital Help?

Where do you think the best place to have a heart attack is? You’d think it would be near or in a hospital, but you might be wrong, particularly if you’re in a hospital parking lot, and the hospital happens to be Portland Adventist Medical Center. Last week Birgilio Marin-Fuentes was not feeling well and… read more

Transit accidents elsewhere

Well, Portland isn’t the only city where pedestrians and city buses collide. In 2008 a Seattle attorney, Ree Ah Bloedow, was walking in a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a mirror on a bus. The accident caused permanent brain damage and also shattered her arm. She had to leave her job as an… read more

TriMet trial concludes

The trial against former TriMet driver Sandi Day just ended. Day was driving a TriMet bus last spring when she hit five pedestrians, killing two. She was terminated from TriMet. Though she was not found guilty of criminal wrongdoing, she faced six traffic violations, including careless driving resulting in deaths. A Circuit Court judge found… read more

Get your own patent

Radiologist Dr. Bruce Saffran of New Jersey just won $482 million in a patent infringement lawsuit against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. In 2008 Saffran won $501 million in a suit against Boston Scientific Corp. over the same device, and he has an upcoming case over the same device against Abbott Laboratories. Saffran held a… read more