Monthly Archives: February 2009

Social Security Administration Tops List of Desired Minority Employers


Everyone knows the Social Security Administration assists those who wish to receive retirement, survivors, and disability benefits. But did you know the Social Security Administration is also at the top of the list of desired employers of minority groups? After readers of “Equal Opportunity Magazine” named the federal agency as the one for whom they […]

Featured Link – EverydayHealth.com


EverydayHealth is an interesting and helpful Web site filled with health-related articles and tools to help you manage your own health care history.Here is a description from the site. Check it out. Welcome to Everyday Health! In just four years, the Everyday Health network has established itself as a leader in online consumer health information. We're […]

Toys Recalled for Lead, Choking Hazard


This announcement is from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Various Toys Recalled by CBB Group Due to Choking Hazard and Violation of Lead Paint Standard WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop […]

FDA Requires Black Box Warning for Reglan (Metoclopramide)


The AP (2/27) reports, "Federal health officials are adding their sternest warning to a heartburn drug that has been linked to muscle spasms." The agency claims that "the drug, widely known as Reglan [metoclopramide], has been shown to cause spasms and tics when used for long periods of time or at high doses." These problems […]

FDA Says Salmonella Outbreak Could Last Two Years


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/26, Schneider) reports, "The national salmonella outbreak linked to more than 2,600 peanut products could last as long as two years, as contaminated foods sit like ticking time bombs on store shelves and kitchen cabinets, federal health officials said Wednesday." Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of food safety at the U.S. Food and […]

Bush Administration Last-Minute Regulation to Hurt Nursing Home Residents


I mentioned this in an earlier post. It seems like a minor matter, but could deal a severe blow to anyone pursuing a case for nursing home abuse or neglect. In a blog on the Mother Jones website David Corn writes, "That Bush-Cheney legacy is going to be a mean one for years. And there's […]

Friday Fun


I thought everyone must have seen this wonderful inauguration photo when it first hit the Internet, but I still have people pointing it out to me, so I guess not everyone knows about it. It's an enormously detailed photograph that allows you to pan around and zoom in on any face in the crowd. One […]

Friday Fun


Great photos – Top 10 Moments Caught on Google Maps Street View.

FDA Says Salmonella Outbreak Could Last Two Years


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/26, Schneider) reports, "The national salmonella outbreak linked to more than 2,600 peanut products could last as long as two years, as contaminated foods sit like ticking time bombs on store shelves and kitchen cabinets, federal health officials said Wednesday." Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of food safety at the U.S. Food and […]

Bush Administration Last-Minute Regulation to Hurt Nursing Home Residents


I mentioned this in an earlier post. It seems like a minor matter, but could deal a severe blow to anyone pursuing a case for nursing home abuse or neglect. In a blog on the Mother Jones website David Corn writes, "That Bush-Cheney legacy is going to be a mean one for years. And there's […]

Smith & Wesson Recalls Guns That Could Misfire


A recall of Walther PPK pistols by the manufacturer Smith & Wesson has been reported by the Dallas Morning News. There is an apparent danger that the guns might fire without the trigger being pulled. This might not be a big deal elsewhere, but in Texas, where about half the population seems to be packing […]

Dead Peasant Insurance Policies Draw Litigation


In a blog on the Wall Street Journal website (2/24) Ashby Jones wrote that "dead peasant" insurance policies are "spawning a good deal of litigation." Jones said, "The point of 'dead peasant' policies seems to be this: Companies contribute money to the policies, which then can be used to pay for a variety of company […]

Medtronic to Join Other Companies in Disclosing Payments to Doctors


The Wall Street Journal (2/25, B2, Burton) reports that "medical-device maker Medtronic Inc. said it will begin to make public disclosure of all payments over $5,000 it makes to doctors." The company "said it will report the information annually and that the first such disclosure will take place in March 2011 for payments beginning next […]

New Rule Impedes Cases Against Nursing Homes


In the Washington Post (2/24, D2) Regulators column, Cindy Skrzycki writes, "The Bush administration shut off a source of information last fall about abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities that people suing nursing homes consider crucial to their cases." Under the rule, "state inspectors and Medicare and Medicaid contractors" were designated as "federal employees, […]

Study Suggests Sprint Fidelis Leads May Be Failing at Higher Rate Than Previously Known


The Wall Street Journal (2/24, Burton) reports that Medtronic Inc.'s Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads, "pulled from the market in 2007, represent an 'increasing hazard' for more than 200,000 heart patients world-wide," according to "Minneapolis Heart Institute cardiologist Robert G. Hauser, who first spotted the fractures in the Sprint Fidelis leads in early 2007, and David […]

FDA Warns Of Deaths Due To Raptiva


The CBS Evening News (2/20, story 8, 0:25, Couric) reported, "Tonight, the FDA reports three patients taking the psoriasis drug Raptiva have died of a rare brain infection. The FDA added its most serious warning to Raptiva four months ago, and regulators in Europe now say the drug's benefits no longer outweigh the risk. Raptiva's […]

Bunning Suggests Ginsberg Will Likely Succumb To Cancer Within Nine Months


Ouch, this is a cold-hearted thing to say: The Louisville Courier-Journal (2/22, Gerth) reported that Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R) "predicted over the weekend that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months." In a speech "Saturday at the Hardin County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner" […]

Poll Finds People Doubt Impartiality Of Elected Judges Towards Their Donors


In the category of breaking news such as "the earth is still round" comes this poll revealing that people think campaign contributions affect the impartiality of judges: The Charleston (WV) Gazette (2/23, Nyden) reports that a Harris Interactive poll funded by Justice at Stake Campaign, a nonprofit coalition that includes the American Association for Justice, […]

Texas Doctors Say Health Insurance Company Paperwork Hurts Medical Care


A recent article in the Dallas Morning News said that a survey of doctors found that health insurers and government bureaucracy are hurting their ability to care for patients. Here are excerpts: The survey of 850 Texas doctors underscores core problems with the health care system: Doctors are struggling to get paid and insurers are […]

ERISA: License to Cheat, Lie, and Steal for the Disability Insurance Industry


The headline says it all in this Utah Bar Journal article.