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Report reveals Chicago’s premature birth rate exceeds national average

Chicago scored a D in the March of Dimes 2015 ranking of pre-term birth rates in six large Illinois cities. The city has a premature birth rate of 10.4 percent in comparison to the United States’ overall rate of 9.6 percent. Joliet had the state’s lowest rate of 9.6 percent, while Peoria received an F …

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Women sue birth control company for packaging error

More than 100 women from across the United States have filed a lawsuit against Qualitest Pharmaceuticals for an alleged birth control packaging error that resulted in unwanted pregnancies. The 113 women from 28 states are seeking millions of dollars in damages for their pain and suffering, lost wages and expenses to cover the cost of …

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New Study Finds Major Mistakes Made in Half of All Surgeries

This month’s Chicago Injury Alert addresses a recent study indicating that in the United States, surgery goes very wrong in every other operation. http://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/www.briskmanandbriskman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/bbg-nov-2015-pod-med-errors-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Medication errors cause more than 1.3 million injuries per year

Medication errors are one of the most common causes of medical malpractice, resulting in 1.3 million injuries per year, according to estimates from the FDA. A study of 50 pharmacies nationwide found a 1.7 percent error rate. With 4 billion prescriptions filled each year in the United States, that means there could be more than …

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What You May Not Know About Drowsy Driving

When comedian Tracy Morgan was hit and severely injured by a fatigued truck driver, drowsy driving issues were pressed into a spotlight. Driver fatigue usually does not receive as much attention as drunk driving, but it can be just as dangerous. Here is what you need to know. It is more prevalent than you may …

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Outdated safety standards may actually prevent safety advancements

New advancements have been made in auto headlight technology, but some systems are unavailable in the United States because 45-year-old lighting safety standards do not allow for them. Nighttime driving can be dangerous simply because it is more difficult for drivers to see other cars, pedestrians and road obstacles. Headlights make night driving possible, but …

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Cerebral palsy among the most serious birth injuries

Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious injuries that can be caused by medical malpractice during labor or delivery. The condition can be caused by a deficiency of oxygen to the child’s brain, and the effects can last a lifetime. Cerebral palsy includes a number of different neurological disorders that have a negative effect …

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