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Paul Ryan's Healthcare Plan Failed Because it was Cruel

The politicians that we send to Washington enjoy the greatest healthcare in the world. If they or their spouses or kids get sick, they have immediate access to the finest doctors and hospitals, and the best and most advanced medicines, treatments and therapies. They will never have to worry that someone in the family might die from an illness that their insurance doesn't cover, or that they won't be able to make their mortgage payments or send their kids to college because they had to use the money instead to pay for medical care.

The Dangers of Truck Accidents in Illinois

Thumbnail image for semi-trailers-534577_1920.jpgChicago is a major hub for shipping and transportation. Large commercial tractor-trailer trucks, busses and other large vehicles occupy many of the major tollways and expressways in the Chicago area on a daily basis. During your morning or afternoon commute you see these large trucks along the expressways. While these trucks and busses are essential to moving goods and people from one place to another, they are also becoming increasingly dangerous.

An American Tragedy: The Victims of Environmental Contamination are Mostly the Poor and Minorities

A recent article titled "Righting Civil Wrongs" sadly describes how the poor, minority residents of communities throughout the United States have been left with no choice but to sue their government (the US EPA, specifically). Years ago, these residents formally claimed that they were the victims of environmental racism-for example, because government had permitted a local landfill to continue to expand into their neighborhood. By law, the US EPA is required to respond to these serious claims (they are claims of Civil Rights violations, after all) within 180 days, to say whether it agrees that environmental racism is at work. However, some of these residents have been waiting up to 20 years for an answer, and still do not have one.

Will the Threat of Vapor Intrusion be Ignored by Trump and Pruitt?

Will President Trump and the man he appointed to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, rig our system for determining which sites are the most environmentally dangerous in the country by ignoring the threat of vapor intrusion that these sites pose to human beings living near them?

What are the Health Effects of Glyphosate?

In March 2015, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) gathered seventeen of the world's top cancer researchers to evaluate glyphosate, a primary component of the popular weed-killer, Roundup. The seventeen member work group was led by Dr. Aaron Blair, a recently retired epidemiologist from the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

What is Glyphosate and How is it Used?

Thumbnail image for agriculture-2229_1920.jpgIf many of us went to our garages or sheds, we would find "Roundup," a popular lawn and garden weed killer sold by Monsanto. Since its commercial introduction in 1974, Roundup has become the most widely used weed killer in the United States, and possibly the world. In fact, Roundup is used in more than 160 countries internationally, with more than 1.4 billion pounds being applied to lawns and farms across the world annually.

Antidepressants Causing Birth Defects

woman-1006102_1920.jpgOne out of ten Americans are taking antidepressants such as Prozac and Paxil. This large portion of Americans includes women who are pregnant and suffer from depression. In many cases, these mothers-to-be have to choose between treating their depression and risking dangerous birth defects in their children. Taking antidepressants during gestation increases the risks that the baby will be born with a serious birth defect.

"The Arsonist is Now in Charge of the Fire Department" Scott Pruitt is Prepared to Ruin the Environment Because Big Oil Told Him To

Two things that Scott Pruitt just said prove that he is so deep into the pocket of big oil company polluters that he can't find his way out. He's not fit to head the EPA.

Surgical Mistakes Happen More Often Than You Would Expect

surgery-1822458_1920.jpgAbout 80 times each week, U.S. patients undergoing surgery experience mistakes that safety advocates say never should happen. They're called "Never Events," but these events are happening far too often and costing patients significant pain and suffering. The types of errors being made: Surgical instruments such as sponges are unintentionally left behind in the patient; a wrong procedure is performed; a wrong surgical site is operated upon; surgical equipment is not properly sterilized and surgery is done on the wrong patient altogether.

Environmental Contamination Theatening Your Home? 10 Important Questions to Ask

family-629924_1280.jpgI've been doing environmental contamination cases for about 20 year now, and have talked to hundreds of families who have gotten the bad news that there is a dangerous chemical in their water, air or yard. What I have learned over the process of talking to these people and being their lawyer in court, is that there are a series of questions that families need to get answers to in order to make good decisions to protect their home and family. Those 10 critical questions are:

How Contaminated Groundwater Can Turn Into Vapor Intrusion: Is Your Neighborhood at Risk?

Around the country, communities are beginning to understand that sites contaminated with toxic industrial chemicals pose another danger to surrounding neighborhoods: vapor intrusion. Families who had contaminated groundwater in their neighborhood--and believed that the problem was taken care of after being connected to clean water--are now being told that the air in their homes might be contaminated by vapor coming from the contaminated groundwater.

Study Shows Long Term Effects in Children from All Levels of Traumatic Brain Injury

football-1647347_1920.jpgYour child plays a sport with a high incidence of concussions--like football, soccer or hockey--and he or she has had a concussion in that sport. Should you be worried? Maybe, according to a recent study by physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.

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