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The FDA has issued a safety announcement regarding drugs containing Zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edular and Zolpimist) that are used in the treatment of insomnia.  These drugs can impair driving and other activ­ities that require alertness the morning after a drug has been taken.  Women may be partic­u­larly sensitive to Zolpidem. For the complete commu­ni­cation […]

Distracted driving is an epidemic on our nation’s roadways . Each day, 15 people are killed and 1,200 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. That’s why we have compiled this listing of smart­phone apps for you to consider that will help you stay safer on the road. One caveat: we have not evaluated all […]

On October 19, 2010, the FDA approved Pradaxa for use as an anti-clotting drug to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibril­lation (a type of irregular heartbeat). The German pharma­ceu­tical manufac­turer, Boehringer Ingeheim, offered it as a safer and easier-to-use alter­native to warfarin (Coumadin), the most commonly prescribed blood thinner, because it requires less monitoring […]

The FDA is inves­ti­gating deaths and hospi­tal­iza­tions of people who used energy drinks. Many of those who use energy drinks on a regular basis are teens and adoles­cents. Consuming the drinks over a long period of time can cause danger to your liver, kidneys, and heart. For the FDA’s warning notice click here.

It’s the time of year when many will decorate their homes with Christmas lights. As you prepare to string lights on your roof and landscape, and put up your tree, you may want to consider these safety tips: • Before you put up your lights, be sure to check each of them for cracked cords, […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner When your loved one has decided on a nursing home, please beware of something you will surely encounter during the admis­sions process: a mandatory arbitration clause in the paperwork that strips away your loved one’s rights to a jury trial if he or she becomes injured and wants to pursue justice. This […]

What is Bariatric Surgery? Thousands of people are now electing to pursue surgical options to help them lose weight. Bariatric surgery refers to a number of surgical proce­dures that perma­nently change the gastroin­testinal tract by making it smaller or shorter so that fewer calories are absorbed and the patient consumes less food resulting in weight […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner Having to select a nursing home for a loved is one must be one of the most challenging and difficult decisions we can face. This article offers some consid­er­a­tions and resources to help you inves­tigate and choose a nursing home that’s right for your loved one. Getting Started: Unannounced Visit Compare the […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner Bedsores Pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, most often happen to nursing home residents and even patients in a hospital setting. Bedsores are injuries to the skin and under­lying tissues that result from prolonged pressure on the skin. With very rare excep­tions, they are completely avoidable and unfor­tu­nately happen to our […]

By: Wayne Hogan and Leslie Goller The news is not good. Starting January 1, 2013, mandatory PIP insurance of $10,000.00 will pay $7,500.00 LESS in Florida for most motor vehicle accident medical claims than it did in 2012. Below are some highlights of the new PIP law: 14 Days “Use it or Lose it” — If you do not […]