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Fall History Increases Accident Risk in Older Adults

A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has uncovered a link between falls and automobile accidents. The study found that older adults with a history of falling are at a 40 percent greater risk of being involved an auto accident than those with no fall history. Link between Falling and Auto>> Read More

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Power Morcellator Cases Finally Being Settled

Johnson & Johnson has begun settling claims filed against its power morcellator device that victims claim harmed them by spreading undetected cancer. So far, approximately 100 cases have been filed or are ready to be filed, and about 70 have settled within the last few months. Settlements have ranged from $100,000 up to $1 million>> Read More

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $500 Million in Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuit

A Texas federal jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $500 million to five plaintiffs who suffered injuries from its Pinnacle hip implants, produced by the company’s DePuy unit. The jury deliberated for one week following a two-month trial. Jurors determined that the Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies did>> Read More

Majority of U.S. Drivers Engage in Reckless Driving Habits

A stunning 87 percent of U.S. drivers admit to engaging in at least one reckless driving habit over the past month, according to a new study. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety gathered information on driving habits in a recent driver survey. The prevalence of reckless driving behaviors coincides with an estimated nine percent increase>> Read More

Chicago Public Schools Lays Off 17 Teachers

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the layoff of 62 employees last week, including 17 teachers. The district also announced a plan to end to its practice of picking up pension costs for teachers, leading to renewed threats of a strike from the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). The cuts come as the CTU and CPS continue>> Read More

FDA Calls for Black Box Warnings for Essure Birth Control

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the addition of a black box warning – its most serious type – to the warning label for the contraceptive implant Essure. Thousands of women have issued complaints that the implant can lead to severe pain, bleeding and other health issues. The nickel-titanium implants have been distributed>> Read More

South Holland Assisted Living Facility Accused of Abuse

A Chicago woman has filed a lawsuit against South Holland assisted living facility alleging that her mother was given an unprescribed dose of morphine that led to her death just a few days later. Sandra Byrd Peterson, a Chicago nurse, had plans to remove her mother from the care of South Holland early last year>> Read More