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New silica dust rules aim to save lungs of construction workers

The Department of Labor issued controversial new rules on March 24 to protect workers from silica dust exposure, one of the oldest known workplace hazards. Silica dust is a common mineral found in construction materials such as stone, brick and concrete. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fine grains can cause …

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Couple files lawsuit against doctor for failure to treat cancer

A Chicago couple sued a physician, hospital and other health care providers for their failure to diagnose and treat prostate cancer for 14 months or more. They alleged the doctor did not take the required steps to handle extremely high PSA levels, resulting in loss of consortium. Jeffrey D. Velick and Sandra Velick filed the …

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University of Illinois intends to pay 10 million of 30 million dollar settlement

A medical malpractice case in which a toddler suffered a disastrous brain injury because of complications during surgery has resulted in a $30 million settlement proposal. The lawsuit, which was filed by the child’s mother, Ethel Chavez, alleges negligence against a pediatric surgeon named Dr. Mark Holterman, who operated on the baby during 24 exploratory …

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Mother files wrongful death lawsuit over death of two-year-old son

A mother named Timberlyn Jones from Chicago, Illinois, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the physician who treated her two-year-old son and the hospital that was responsible for his health. Among the defendants in the lawsuit are Dr. Roy Bardwell, St. James Family Care Center, Franciscan Alliance Inc., Campbell Health Solutions, Family Care Center …

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Liability of pharmacist for improper advice

There was a case in which a patient telephoned a pharmacist regarding a medication for her spouse, who subsequently used the medication, and became ill as a result. The wife informed the pharmacist about her husband’s medical history, and the pharmacist told her that her husband could safely use a pseudoephedrine product. The pharmacist failed …

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Illinois Department of Labor promotes grain bin safety

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) observed Grain Bin Safety Week from February 21 to 27 as part of a national effort to address the growing number of grain bin accidents and deaths. With more than 9 percent of its total economic output arising from agriculture, Illinois ranks second for such incidents nationwide. Seven out …

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Researchers say handful of doctors are responsible for medical malpractice claims

A recent study has found that a small percentage of doctors with distinctive traits are responsible for a disproportionately large number of paid medical malpractice claims that are settled or awarded damages at trial. According to research published in the February issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, 1 percent of doctors accounted for …

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Chicago parents sue doctors for son’s wrongful death from cancer

The parents of a Chicago cancer victim filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctors who treated him, claiming they failed to uphold strict medical standards and provide proper care. Freddie Villacci and Jennifer Villacci filed the claim in Cook County Circuit Court on February 3 as independent administrators of their son’s estate. Dr. John …

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Why female babies are more resistant to brain injuries

A study has found that female newborns are less vulnerable to brain injuries than male babies due to the presence of higher levels of a protective protein. Complications during the pregnancy or delivery process lead to thousands of babies suffering birth injuries each year. Oxygen deprivation and reduced blood flow put infants at risk of …

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4 simple tips for avoiding common medication errors

People of all ages can be vulnerable to medication mistakes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 700,000 emergency room visits occur each year due to harmful drug errors. Those taking medication can be prone to common mistakes such as missing or taking wrong doses, mixing up prescription medications of different names …

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