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Important Warnings on Laundry Pods

We’ve posted warnings on our Facebook page about the dangers of laundry detergent pods and young children. Why? They look like food and small children are tempted to put them in their mouths. Well – it turns out they’re not the only ones. According to a number of national news reports – teenagers are now… read more →

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Yet Another Scandal in Nursing Home Care

As we have previously written, President Trump wants to limit the ability of neglected or abused nursing home patients to sue nursing home companies for the harm they can do. Now we are learning from a new investigation conducted by the New York Times that a significant number of nursing home companies are increasingly outsourcing… read more →

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The Dangers of Unfettered Corporate Power

We have written often of the danger to consumers of unfettered corporate power. As we close the book on 2017, the most egregious examples of abuse by corporations in America in the past year are worth examining. Here’s just a partial list: Wall Street’s push to repeal a rule limiting forced arbitration; Equifax profiting from… read more →

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Should Hospitals Take Responsibility For Opioid Addiction?

Here’s a question to consider…If you undergo a surgical procedure at a Connecticut hospital and are prescribed an opioid painkiller that leads to a full-blown opioid addiction – should that hospital or the prescribing physician be held accountable for causing the problem? That’s a question physicians and hospital administrators are beginning to wrestle with across… read more →

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Failing to Protect a Patient from the Risk of Suicide

Suicide and suicide attempts are serious public health problems that can devastate individuals, families and communities. Claiming more lives than car crashes, and more than twice as many as homicides, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s final data for 2015. … read more →

Careful Where You Sit In Your Favorite Restaurant

To be alive is to be exposed to risks… the risk of being in a car accident, the risk of falling on an icy surface, the risk of even the risk of being struck by lightning. How about this one… The risk of being struck by a car while eating in your favorite restaurant or… read more →

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Is Technology Making Cars Less Safe?

Much has been made of how new technologies will help make cars safer. Apparently, there are exceptions. Researchers at the University of Utah recently conducted a study that examined how much time drivers spend looking at the touch-screens in new cars. Their goal was to determine whether touch-screens are adding another layer of distraction for… read more →

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Consumer and Worker Safety in the Trump Era

We’ve been reporting in these pages about how the Trump administration is rolling back regulations intended to protect consumers (including nursing home residents) and workers. As of last week, we can add food safety to the list. The President and the Republican Congress are pushing hard to change how poultry and pork is inspected before… read more →

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