Vulnerable Children and Adults in Group Homes Face Risk of Abuse

Many questions and concerns should be considered when an individual and their family members or guardian explore long-term residential care options. The terminology used to describe these residential facilities varies. For example, they may be referred to as group homes, care homes, or residential care facilities.  Sadly, one consideration concerns whether placing an individual in such a facility exposes them to the risk of abuse. The development of group homes resulted from a societal need…

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Complications from Fetal Macrosomia Baby after birth

A baby born weighing more than 8 pounds 13 ounces (or 4,000 grams) weighs significantly more than the average baby, and so meets the definition for macrosomia, or “big baby syndrome”, which carries with it the risk of injury during delivery.   If the baby’s birthweight is even greater – 9 pounds 15 ounces (or 4,500 grams) and above – the chance of injury during birth is even higher. Roughly 10% of all babies born within…

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Increasing Motorcycle Fatalities in Maryland

The Governors’ Highway Safety Association’s most recent report indicates that nearly 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents each year.  Even with Maryland’s strict helmet laws, motorcyclists are still dying at a higher rate than other motorists. When a motorcycle rider does survive a crash, their injuries can be life-changing.  Injuries such as fractures, loss of limbs, and traumatic brain injuries are common in motorcycle crashes. Frequently the motorcycle rider is left with large medical…

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Dangerous carcinogens discovered in heart medication Valsartan

In July of 2018, concerns about cancer prompted the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to issue a voluntary recall for the blood pressure and heart medication Valsartan. Doctors prescribe Valsartan for patients to treat their high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.  Pharmacies are sending letters to patients who have been taking Valsartan, advising them that the drug may contain the cancer causing chemicals Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). A Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical…

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Mirena – Much More Than A Headache Mirena IUD

Bayer, a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company, and manufacturer of the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), has a history of deceiving the public with regard to the safety of its products. In fact, in 2009, Bayer received two warnings from the FDA that its television and internet advertising involving its Mirena IUD was misleading. Sadly, thousands of women have fallen victim to Bayer’s false and misleading advertising surrounding its medical devices, including Mirena. In April of 2017, approximately…

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Yost Legal Group Selects Recipient of 2018 College Essay Scholarship Yost Legal Group College Scholarship Essay Winner

As always, Yost Legal Group is thrilled by any opportunity to help students in our community succeed. This year, the Yost Legal Group 2018 College Scholarship Essay Program welcomed submissions from current or prospective undergraduate students attending accredited universities and colleges. This year’s recipient was awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition to help them pursue their chosen field of study. The chosen topic this year was “How to Change a Negative Societal Problem in the…

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Persistent Abdominal Pain, Nausea and Vomiting May Be Caused By Defective Hernia Mesh

Reports show that more than 90 percent of the 1-million-plus hernia repair surgeries performed every year in the U.S. rely on the use of hernia mesh. Unfortunately, many of these mesh products have been found to be defective. In fact, hernia mesh manufacturers have recalled more than 211,000 units of defective mesh from 2005 to March 2018. These manufacturers include Atrium Medical, Bard Davol and Ethicon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has blamed…

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Essure Litigation – Status Update

On July 20, 2018, Bayer issued a press release announcing that, as of December 2018, Essure would no longer be sold in the United States. To many, this decision seems long overdue, particularly in light of the fact that, since September of 2017, Bayer had removed Essure from every other market outside of the U.S. Of course, this decision does not come without controversy. Despite the number of safety concerns reported to the FDA almost…

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Metal on Metal Hip Replacements Linked to Serious Neurological Side Effects X-Ray of hip implant

A 2017 Health Watch study reported that elevated blood metal levels from metal-on-metal hip replacements are toxic to the brain. The findings of this research confirm an alarming and previously unknown risk of metal-on-metal hip replacements known as Arthroplasty Cobalt Encephalopathy (ACE).  This condition includes a number of serious neurological side effects, including mood swings, tremors, fatigue, balance issues, vision and hearing loss, as well as other cognitive problems. Since the introduction of metal-on-metal hip…

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The Catholic Church’s Sexual Abuse Conspiracy in America People sitting inside of a church

Few institutions commanded more trust and respect from followers than the Catholic Church. But that is changing. It has been reported that over the last 40 years, the Catholic Church in the United States and its insurance companies have paid out more than $3.8 billion in lawsuits and claims involving allegations of clerical sexual abuse. A recent Pennsylvania investigative grand jury produced a report close detailing credible reports of abuse by the Catholic clergy affecting…

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