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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers Report on Superbugs in Hospital Sinks

Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System are studying antibiotic resistant bacteria found in hospital drain pipes, sink traps, and in sink wells resulting in serious hospital acquired infections. The study followed an outbreak of the Klebsiella bacteria at the National Institute of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland that killed 11 people in 2012. The study was published in a recent edition of Applied and Environmental Biology. Researchers conducting the study used a harmful strain of E-coli bacteria that grows in ways similar to the Klebsiella bacteria found in the NIH outbreak. Scientists genetically modified the bacterium so that it glowed under fluorescent lighting, allowing the team to identify areas where the bacteria grew. They found the bacteria » Read More

Caffeine Overdose Fatally Injures South Carolina Teen

A caffeine overdose fatally injured a South Carolina teen in April. The 16-year-old boy consumed a large diet soda, café latte, and an energy drink within a two-hour period, and then collapsed. Medical examiners suggest that the caffeine, which exceeded a safe level for his weight and height, may have caused a heart arrhythmia that resulted in his fatality. Researchers recently reported that energy drinks can dangerously alter heart function and blood pressure, which adversely affects the body. Caffeine overdoses may cause irregular and rapid heart rates, seizures, or instigate asphyxiation while vomiting, which may lead to fatalities. When individuals ingest multiple caffeinated drinks, or combine them with energy drinks, they risk developing serious medical conditions or even fatal injuries. » Read More

New Jersey Birth Injury Lawyers Discuss Traumatic Birth

Most pregnant women understand that a certain amount of drama and emotion during the birth of their child is to be expected. However, there is also a fairly large percentage of women who experience what has come to be known as a “traumatic birth.” Research indicates that a surprising 25 to 34 percent of women describe their birth experience as traumatic. A traumatic birth occurs when either the baby or the mother is considered to be in serious danger of death or injury. A traumatic birth can have both physical and emotional repercussions. Physically, for the mother, there may be ongoing pain, a low appetite, chronically tight muscles, and more. Emotionally, a woman may experience depression, anxiety, nightmares, and other » Read More

Four Johns Hopkins Students Overdosed on Opioids at Party

Four Johns Hopkins students overdosed on opioids at a fraternity party in Baltimore last Sunday evening. Due to excessive noise coming from the row home where the party was held, the police were called, and they ended up saving four students after they overdosed. Although it is unclear what type of opioids the students took, the first responders used Narcan to revive the students and reverse the adverse effects of the overdoses. The hospital released the Johns Hopkins students who continue to recover from the incident. The fraternity, which is not a recognized student organization at the university, has been suspended by their national organization. Students who were involved in the drug overdoses may receive disciplinary action. Opioid addictions and » Read More

New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Kelly Clarkson Cancer Misdiagnosis

Kelly Clarkson was at the top of her career in 2006 when she was misdiagnosed with cancer. In a recent article in Self magazine, Clarkson recalled the trauma of being told she had cancer on the morning of the Grammy Awards when she was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The now 34-year-old singer said that winning the Grammy that night was the best and worst night of her life. Clarkson believed that winning the Grammy award on the same day she received her cancer diagnosis helped give her something positive to hold onto in the wake of something horrible happening to her. The very next day Clarkson was told by her doctor that there was a medical mistake » Read More

New Jersey Doctors Raising Concerns About New Opioid Laws

Doctors in New Jersey are concerned about the new opioid laws to be implemented by next week. The law regarding strict regulations for opioid prescriptions by physicians will limit an initial opioid prescription to a five-day supply, which surpasses the toughest national regulations of an initial seven-day supply. If the patient is still suffering from pain after that time, the doctor must consult with the patient to ensure they require an additional 25-day supply.  New Jersey doctors are expressing concern that patients who endure severe pain may not receive relief from challenging medical conditions. Although it is acknowledged that before prescribing opioids, prescribers must use more caution when reviewing their patients’ needs and health issues, doctors worry that the opioid laws were » Read More

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