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Swine Flu & You - How to Prevent and Avoid Swine Flu

Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 29th, 2009

The Dallas Morning News is reporting several local school closures due to swine flu, including high schools, elementary schools, and preschool programs across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Unsafe Chinese Products?

Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 22nd, 2009

Over the past several years, big-name and high-profile companies have recalled products bearing the stamp "Made in China" due to defective, dangerous, and unsafe components. Chinese products represent approximately 60% of all products sold in the United States. Yet questions continue to arise regarding the inspection and safety of these products BEFORE reaching the consumer. A quick highlight of these major cases:

Avoiding Car Accidents - Especially When You're Not in Them

Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 13th, 2009

Monday morning in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) means several things:

Dog Bites, Dog Attacks, and Dog Maulings - What to Do

Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 8th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, the Texas Legislature opened a bill related to vicious dogs to public hearing. Known as House Bill 1982, and introduced by Representative Fischer (D-San Antonio), the vicious dogs bill would require the registration, significant restraint, and insurance for dogs described as vicious.

Have We Become Risk-Adverse - or Risk-Aware?

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 6th, 2009

The New England Journal of Medicine published a perspective piece recently on the changing perceptions of pharmaceutical drug safety. As one drug after another comes under significant scrutiny, the regulatory structure - the FDA - is under increased pressure to "do something" about safe drugs.
 
Where does this call for action come from? As information dissemination is quick and cheap these days, the reports of adverse events can spread like wildfire. Though FDA investigations may drag out, swayed public opinion may be enough to avoid some harmful effects while the investigation proceeds.
 
Yet somehow this isn't enough. We don't necessarily want zero-risk drugs, but we do want to separate the noise of frenzied public opinion from the actualized harms. It's not that we're risk-adverse - it's that we're risk-aware.
 
I received an email from a 15 year old girl concerned about this exact issue last week. She closed her email with the simple "what can be done about this issue??" and all I could say to her was to report the adverse event to the FDA, and to talk with her doctor about the event. (The FDA maintains a large database full of specific adverse events associated with various drugs, a major resource in recall and additional warning decisions).
 

War Between the States: Product Liability in New York vs. Pennsylvania

Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 3rd, 2009

Most states have a grudge against another. Texas and Oklahoma. Massachusetts and Maine. Georgia and Alabama. Ohio and Michigan. Southern California and Northern California. And for this week: New York and Pennslyvania.

What current battle was fought and decided this week, you ask?

A US District Court, Eastern Pennsylvania, has rules that a sperm bank can be held liable for contract and tort claims with regard to product liability.

Erb's Palsy Victory?

Submitted by Anonymous on Mar 30th, 2009

A classic birth injury story coupled with medical malpractice:

An Irish boy was born in 1995 with Erb's Palsy, a condition marked by the tearing of nerves in the head and neck, most commonly in and around the shoulder blade. Though the mother remarked on the bruising and red eyes of her son at the time, her worries were dismissed by the hospital staff, noting that it was just a bruise and that the boy wouldn't need surgery.

An Amusing Nightmare

Submitted by Anonymous on Mar 24th, 2009

We're gearing up for yet another year for Congressman Edward Markey's (D-MA) bill regarding a bill known as the National Amusement Park Safety Act. This act, introduced six times since 1999, and usually near Memorial Day weekend, closes a 1981 loophole exempting amusement park and theme park rides from federal safety oversight.

Personal Injury Attorney Jeff Rasansky Highlighted Among Dallas? Best Lawyers

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 24th, 2009

DALLAS — Dallas personal injury attorney Jeff Rasansky, founder of the Rasansky Law Firm, is featured in D Magazine's recently released list of "the Best Lawyers in Dallas." Mr. Rasansky is one of only 15 attorneys in the city to earn recognition based on their work in personal injury litigation.

To compile "the Best Lawyers in Dallas" listing, D Magazine asked lawyers to nominate attorneys in their same practice area who they rank among the city's best. After the nomination process, a panel of prominent lawyers met with D Magazine's editors to evaluate and finalize the final list.

"The true measure of success for any lawyer is how well they represent their clients," says Mr. Rasansky. "I am honored that the lawyers I work with and against have recognized our work at the firm, and that they consider me among the best lawyers in Dallas."

This marks the third time Mr. Rasansky has been included among the publication's listing of Dallas' top attorneys. This year's list appears in the June issue of D Magazine.

Weight-Loss Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 23rd, 2009

The Food & Drug Administration has expanded its nationwide alert regarding tainted weight loss drugs. These drugs are available over-the-counter, and often list themselves as ?herbal?, ?homeopathic?, and ?all-natural? ? yet many of these products contain unlabeled and undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients such as

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