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Medical Malpractice Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that results from damage to the brain. CP can lead to problems with movement, posture and muscle coordination. Additionally, CP can shorten the lifespan of a child and require that the child have around the clock care.

Surgical Mistakes that Should Never Happen But Often Do

surgery-880584_1280.jpgAbout 80 times each week, 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 surgery errors being made include:

As Nursing Home Needs Grow, Elder Abuse and Neglect Follow

dependent-441408_1280.jpgBy 2050, people age 65 and older will make up 20% of the total U.S. population. The fastest growing group of American's are those 85 years old and up. According to the last census in 2010, there were 5.8 million age 85 or older. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be 19 million people aged 85 years or older. Moreover, 1 in 8 people age 85 or older resides in a nursing home or long-term care facility. As the need for skilled nursing home care grows, so does the rate of elder abuse and neglect.

What You Should Do If You Slip and Fall in a Store

supermarket-949913_1920.jpgSlip and fall accidents in stores or restaurants can be more than just embarrassing, they can lead to very serious injuries. These falls can be caused by uneven surfaces, dangerous flooring materials or spills on the floor. Stores and restaurants have an obligation to keep you safe from dangerous conditions on their property. Many times, the restaurant or store knew about the dangerous condition that caused your fall but did nothing to keep you safe.

Are Surgery Centers Safe? New Studies Say They Are Not

An investigation by the USA Today Network and Kaiser Health News has uncovered evidence that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after outpatient procedures at surgery centers across the country. Dozens of people - including children as young as two - have died after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies.

Why Won't the FDA Protect Women by Banning Essure and Pelvic Mesh?

building-2560843_1920.jpgApparently, once a medical device gets approved by the FDA to go on the market, it is almost impossible to take it back off, even if the device has proven to be dangerous or even deadly, according to Michael Carome from the public watchdog group Public Citizen. In fact, the FDA has only withdrawn a total of two products from the market, ever.

7 Ways to Avoid Backyard Dangers

kids-at-swing-1185902_1920.jpgAs summer approaches and children finish school it's important to check your yard to make sure that it is free from serious hazards that could injure children. Some of the most common backyard hazards include playsets, zip-lines, trampolines and fire pits. These quick steps will help you make sure that your backyard is safe and fun for the summer:

Choosing Brains over Brawn: School Districts Replace Tackle Football Program with Flag Football

football-1291426_1920.jpgLast week, in a surprising but welcome move, Naperville's School District 203 announced that beginning next year, the middle school tackle football program will be replaced with flag football. Naperville's School District 204 made a similar decision earlier in April. The announcements came after several seasons of decreasing participation in the sport and growing parental concern about their children's safety, particularly with regard to concussions.

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