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May 2016 Archives

Successful limb reanimation brings hope for those with paralysis

Ohio doctors and scientists have collaborated in a promising human trial that used sophisticated technology to allow a man with paralysis to use his hand, according to a recent article in The New York Times. This research could potentially lead to more independence for those who have lost use of their limbs through brain or spine injury.

Medical negligence suit settled by Joan Rivers' family

Readers of this blog no doubt remember the tragic and unexpected death of Joan Rivers after a simple medical procedure. Recently, Joan Rivers' family settled a personal injury/wrongful death lawsuit against the physicians who treated Rivers at a New York outpatient medical facility prior to her death. Although the settlement amount was confidential, lawyers representing the family indicated that the settlement was "substantial."

Reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

A week after the attacks of September 11th, the EPA told people there was no long term danger to their health. Residents and workers returned to the disaster area where there were still high levels of carcinogenic particles and chemicals such as, asbestos, fiberglass, mercury, and benzene, among others. Studies continue to find stronger links between exposure and cancer.

Child sports injury statistics: How common are they?

Sports injuries among children in the United States are very common. Out of approximately 30 million teenagers and children, 14 years of age and under, who participate in sports, about 3.5 million are injured every year. In fact, a full third of injuries suffered by children are related to sports.