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Melanie J. VanOverloop

Construction Site Safety – Lookout for Dangerous Boom Lifts

Aerial boom lifts are commonly used on construction sites, but they have a potentially deadly defect that many manufacturers and equipment rental companies have failed to address. An aerial boom lift can be used on a jobsite to place workers […]

Melanie J. VanOverloop

Illinois Law Requires AEDs at Physical Fitness Facilities – AEDs Save Lives

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.  AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs […]

David Rapoport

Today’s JetBlue Turbulence Incident Once Again Illustrates the Compelling Need to Guarantee Babies Seats and Age Appropriate Restraints When Flying

Today’s news once again includes a story about a severe turbulence incident on a commercial flight. According to CNN: “At least 22 customers and two crew members were taken to a hospital for evaluation after a JetBlue flight experienced rough […]

David Rapoport

New Studies Explore the Connection Between Popular Over the Counter Heartburn Drugs Like the “Purple Pill” (Nexium 24 HR), Prevacid and Prilosec, With Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure

Recent research indicates a correlation between over the counter heartburn medications and kidney disease. A study released in the January JAMA Internal Medicine journal reveled that some patients with long term use of popular heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux medications […]

David Rapoport

Recent Lawsuits Claim Talcum Powder Causes Ovarian Cancer

This year has gotten off to a rocky start for Johnson & Johnson with juries levying hefty verdicts against the company in talcum powder cases. In recent years, thousands of women have come forward claiming that use of Johnson & […]

David Rapoport

Study Finds Medical Mistakes As Being the Third-Leading Cause of Death in the United States

A recent report released by the patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins has identified medical errors as being the third leading cause of death in the United States. The study revealed that medical errors alone account for more than 250,000 […]

David Rapoport

Children Consuming Laundry and Dishwasher Detergent Pods, Leads to Dangerous Results

Laundry detergent pods were first introduced to the market in 2012. Since then, these detergent pods have found a more permanent place in the market but it has lead to some dangerous results. News reports last week once again detailed […]

David Rapoport

Powdered Latex Surgical Gloves Are Dangerous and Should Be Banned; Safer Alternatives Abound

The powdered latex gloves frequently used by physicians and health care providers may soon be on their way out should a recent proposed ban from the Food and Drug Administration be approved. In the proposed ban, the FDA identifies three […]

David Rapoport

The Explosive Dangers of E-Cigarettes

Heralded as being a safer form of smoking, vapor e-cigarettes have become popular devices for smokers in recent years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, e-cigarettes, “are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals […]

David Rapoport

The Value in a Step: Can Data from a Smart Watch Be Used in Court?

Over the past few years fitness trackers and smart watches like Fitbit and the Apple watch have become a popular medium for tracking health and activity levels. Intended to be worn daily, fitness tracker users are encouraged to wear the […]