Blog Posts in 2008

  • Nursing Homes in Need of Nursing

    || 19-Dec-2008

    The other day I blogged about the sad state of a local nursing home. Sadly, poor care in nursing homes is not isolated to this one local hospital. An article in the December 18, 2008, issue of the New York Times reports on the latest federal grades for the nation’s nursing homes, and the findings are rather dismal. In fact, nearly a quarter of the nursing homes in the United States, which ...
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  • Help! I've Fallen, and I Can't Get Up.

    || 12-Dec-2008

    We’ve all read stories about the atrocities that can happen in nursing homes. The combination of poor care and relatively helpless patients is a bad one. In October 2006, 60-year-old patient Linda Ober was dropped by two employees at the Gateway Care and Retirement Center. The fall resulted in two broken legs, but Ober’s cries of pain and requests for help were ignored. Staff members ...
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  • Emergency for Emergency Rooms

    || 10-Dec-2008

    The American College of Emergency Physicians just published its 2009 National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine, which ranks emergency rooms across the nation. The study assesses five criteria, including access to emergency care, quality and patient safety environment, medical liability environment, public health and injury prevention, and disaster preparedness. How did Oregon do? ...
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  • Oregon State Bar Award of Appreciation

    || 5-Dec-2008

    Jane Paulson was recognized last night with four other members of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association by the President of the Oregon State Bar, Rick Yugler, with the President’s Special Award of Appreciation. The award is a discretionary award of the president of the bar, with the concurrence of the board, presented to a person who has made recent outstanding contributions to the bar, the ...
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  • Black Friday Stampede

    || 5-Dec-2008

    If news about the economy isn’t depressing enough, then what about the story about the Wal-Mart security temp who got trampled to death by Black Friday bargain hunters? Is getting $20 off a vacuum cleaner or what have you so important that you have to get up in the middle of the night and fight your way through the doors of Wal-Mart? The answer, at least at the Valley Stream Wal-Mart on Long ...
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  • When Bikes and Cars Don't Mix

    || 17-Nov-2008

    Those of you who live in Portland most likely remember the news this summer about the driver who chased down a bicyclist and drove off with the bicyclist clinging to the hood of the car. On November 17, 2008, the driver, who was impaired at the time of the incident, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, 3 years of probation, and 160 hours of community service. He faced three counts: a DUI, attempted ...
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  • Get the Lead Out This Holiday Season

    || 12-Nov-2008

    The holiday spirit is alive and well, at least in retail stores. Before the Halloween candy was off the shelves, Christmas lights were being set up in adjoining aisles. I guess holiday shopping season is open! If you’ll recall, last year there was quite a bit of concern over toys tainted with lead. The good news is the number of toys recalled because of lead declined from a whopping 112 in ...
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  • Dentist Performs...Breast Surgery?

    || 10-Nov-2008

    You can file this under, “Are you kidding me?” According to a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer dated November 9, 2008, dentist and oral surgeon Thomas Laney has been sued for disfiguring a young woman during a breast reduction surgery that was performed in 2005. Laney has a questionable record as a dentist and oral surgeon. In 2005 he was licensed and practicing in Seattle, ...
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  • Aspirin - Wonder Drug or Not?

    || 30-Oct-2008

    My uncle was a pharmacist for 50 years, and I remember him telling me that if aspirin had been discovered today, it would definitely be a prescription medication because of all its different applications. But, as multi-faceted as aspirin is, aspirin maker Bayer may have gotten a bit carried away with its health claims. According to an October 28, 2008, article in the New York Times, the Food and ...
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  • Patient Beware

    || 27-Oct-2008

    Does the Food and Drug Administration’s fast-track policy for new medical devices help or hurt? According to an article in the New York Times from October 27, 2008, the FDA approval process for medical devices is simple at best. The FDA does not check for evidence of effectiveness but only that the device performs as stated and is not dangerous. After a medical device is approved, medical ...
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