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Is the Irreversible Truly Unforeseeable?: The Law of Suicide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of suicide deaths in 2010 was 38,364, making it the tenth leading cause of death in America. For younger demographics, the numbers are even more...more

Reducing Antibiotic Use in Hospitals to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance

A federal report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that extensive prescribing of antibiotics is at least partially responsible for the development of C. diff (Clostridium difficile), an...more

HHS Rule Grants Patients Direct Access to Lab Test Results

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published a Final Rule granting patients and their personal representatives access to the patient’s completed laboratory test reports directly from the lab...more

HHS OIG 2014 Work Plan Highlights Grants Management and Allowable Cost Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Fiscal Year 2014 Work Plan (“2014 Plan”) on January 31, 2014. The OIG releases a work plan annually to identify new and...more

Three Reasons to See a Doctor Quickly After Sustaining a Head Injury in a Florida Vehicle Accident

The brain controls almost every function in the body, so any head injury should be taken seriously. However, many people whose injuries appear minor just take a pill for the headache and move on without even considering...more

Flu Remedy: Can an Employee Get FMLA Leave for the Flu?

With flu season at its peak and certain strains of the flu requiring longer recovery periods, workplaces are experiencing a spike in the frequency and duration of flu-related absences. The Centers for Disease Control and...more

Health Care Reform Update -- January 21, 2014

In this issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from Implementation of the...more

Dust In The Wind – A "Silent Epidemic" Rises In The Southwest

Statisticians call it a correlation when two sets of data are strongly linked. Last Friday, the governor of California declared a state of emergency arising from the persistent drought that resulted in 2013 being the driest...more

Food Contamination: Who Is Minding Our Food Providers?

One of the alarming aspects of the recent government shutdown was the feeling that no one was watching our food supply. Even with oversight in place, foodborne illnesses, also known as food poisoning, sicken one out of every...more

CDC Releases Food Allergy Guidelines For Schools

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommended guidelines to schools on how to serve students with food allergies. The Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and...more

President Expected To Sign Epi-Pen School Food Allergies Bill

As reported by the Washington Post, President Obama is expected to sign a bill into law encouraging states to require schools to take greater efforts to protect students with food allergies. The bipartisan bill was proposed...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: 'Tis The Season: Employers And The Flu

This flu season may be one of the worst in years, but the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot monitor its severity and scope because of the federal government shutdown. Unofficial flu...more

Obesity as a Disability Under the ADA: Is it More Likely Now Than Before?

In July, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new policy that officially labels obesity as a disease, “requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.” According to the...more

New Football Helmet Warning Labels Beg the Question – Do you really want to get your head in the game?

Football helmet companies make attempts to avoid future athletes’ injuries and lawsuits: The topic of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports has recently become a very pressing issue. Most notably, the occurrence of...more

Feds Warn Medical, Dental, and Nursing Schools about Unlawful Discrimination against Students and Applicants with Hepatitis B

Three federal agencies recently publicized a joint agency letter that was sent to schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing and other health-related schools about what the agencies perceive as potential discrimination...more

Current Developments in U.S. Food Regulation

The issue of food regulation, while not novel, has received increasing media and legislative attention. In 2013, an entire issue of Natural Resources & Environment will be devoted to the topic of food law and regulation. In...more

Hepatitis B-infected Health Care Professionals Gain Stronger Protection Under Recent DOJ Settlement

In March 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) settled the first lawsuit of its kind with a New Jersey medical school over claims that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by excluding two Hepatitis...more

Medical Costs Involved With Serious Spinal Cord Injury Cases

Severe spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause partial or complete paralysis and result in a lifetime of medical care. ...more

Dog Bites Under Oklahoma Law

Dog bite incidents have made the news lately, and it is no surprise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, and almost one in five of those who are...more

An Overlooked Problem: The Rise of Maternal Birth Injuries

Actress Tori Spelling, as reported by the New York Daily News, was admitted to the hospital in September 2012 for complications during the birth of her fourth child. Spelling had a C-section and was rushed to the hospital...more

Defective Medical Products: The Meningitis Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates healthcare-associated infections (HAI) afflict one in 20 admitted patients. According to the California Department of Public Health, HAIs account for 200,000...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - January 16, 2013

In This Issue: - Fiscal Cliff Deal Lengthens Medicare Overpayment Recovery Period - Cutting Medicaid Provider Tax May Shift Costs to States, CRS Finds - MedPAC Finalizes Payment Recommendations, GAO Solicits...more

FDA Exhibits Increased Authority under Food Safety and Modernization Act

In early September of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA“) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC“) announced an investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections linked...more

FDA Suspends Sunland, Inc.; Major Peanut Butter Producer Hit with First Food Facility Suspension Under the Food Safety...

On November 26, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the suspension of the registration of Sunland, Inc., a producer of nuts, and nut and seed spreads, pursuant to the FDA's authority under Section 102...more

Feds Get Sued Over Sloth in Enforcing Food Safety Laws

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3,000 deaths every year are caused by food-borne illnesses and about 48 million people—1 in 6 Americans—gets sick from food contamination....more

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