Can Omega-3 Help Prevent Brain Damage?

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Spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are dangerous primarily due to secondary swelling which can permanently damage brain and nerve cells. However, a recent study has determined that omega-3 fatty acids may protect the brain from the harmful effects of inflammation. The Karolinska Institutet in Sweden discovered that EPA and DHA (both […]

Is eDiscovery Able to Facilitate Interrogatories and Disclosures?

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In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the court looked at whether eDiscovery facilitated interrogatories as they pertain to early fact disclosure. In re: Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2437, 2014 WL 1909260 (E.D. Pa. may 12, 2014) (Baylson, J.). Defendants moved to compel Plaintiffs to respond to two […]

Drunk Boaters Inadvertently Cause Airport Security Scare

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A fishing boat entered the restricted water near New York’s La Guardia Airport and struck a light pole on one of the runway extensions. The Port Authority Police Department could see the stranded craft on surveillance cameras, but could not respond because their patrol boats had been docked for the night. The NYPD Harbor Unit […]

Is Video Surveillance a Form of ESI That Warrants Delayed Production?

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In Sowell v. TARGET CORPORATION, No. 5:14-cv-93-RS-GRJ (N.D. Fla. May 28, 2014), the court was presented with the difficult question of if and when video surveillance should warrant delayed production. Plaintiff was injured as a result of a slip and fall in a Target Store. Plaintiff in requested that Defendant produce a copy of the […]

Telemedicine Offers Promising Results

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While many major hospitals have an onsite ophthalmologist to check premature infants for potentially devastating eye injuries, many hospitals in more rural or remote areas do not have the same resources. As a result, treatable conditions like retinopathy of prematurity can lead to permanent blindness of the staff does not know how to recognize and […]

Does Video Surveillance Fall into the Category of Discoverable ESI or Privileged Work-Product?

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A complex question in the realm of eDiscovery looks towards whether video surveillance, as ESI, can be considered protected work product. The court took up the issue in Sowell v. TARGET CORPORATION, No. 5:14-cv-93-RS-GRJ (N.D. Fla. May 28, 2014). Plaintiff alleged injuries resulting from a slip and fall in a Target Store. When Plaintiff submitted […]

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Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy the New Treatment for Brain Injuries?

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has shown promising results as a new method of treating traumatic brain injury. Currently approved only to treat divers with decompression sickness, oxygen therapy is used to flood the brain with oxygen and promote healing and healthy brain function. At this point, the evidence supporting the practice remains largely anecdotal, with few […]

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Unlicensed Teen Driver Kills Motorcyclist

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A 52-year-old motorcyclist was killed when an unlicensed teen driver lost control of her car and swerved into oncoming traffic. The young teen was allegedly intoxicated and driving at a high speed when she and four friends collided head on with a motorcyclist on Highway 2. The motorcyclist died on impact, and three passengers in […]

Looking for Case Law on Native File Formatting?

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Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart[1] (Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin stated metadata in native formatting has significant value as part of electronically stored information (ESI) in dicta.) Aguilar v. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Div.[2] (The court noted load files complete with metadata is proper in eDiscovery.) In Re Priceline.com Inc. Sec. Litig.[3] (Court ordered the production […]

Three Families Suing Same Oregon Hospital Over Birth Injuries

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Three families in Oregon are filing separate multi-million dollar lawsuits against the same hospital after their children were born with brain damage and cerebral palsy. The hospital involved in the lawsuit, Silverton Hospital, is located in Marion County. Two of the families claim that their children were born with permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy […]

Drug Company Announces Recall Due to Penicillin Scare

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According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there has been a voluntary recall of Terra-Medica’s Pleo-FORT, Pleo-QUENT, Pleo-NOT, Pleo-STOLO, Pleo-NOTA-QUENT, and Pleo-EX homeopathic drug products after it was determined that they may contain penicillin. “In patients who are allergic to beta-lactam antibiotics, even at low levels, exposure to penicillin can result in a […]

What NICU Level of Care Does My Baby with ROP Need?

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Admittance into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is an integral part of the care provided to infants in need of extra medical attention immediately after birth. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, NICUs are categorized into four distinct levels of care, from Level 1 being for infants who need minimal monitoring to Level  […]

Insurance Industry May Be Running Low on Asbestos Claim Reserves

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The U.S. insurance industry could be as much as $9 billion short of the reserves it needs to pay asbestos lawsuit claims in the future. CNBC news reported earlier this month that insurers have paid about $53 billion in asbestos claims to this point and have about $23 billion in reserves. The insurance industry could […]

Heart Pumps Recalled Over Controller Issue

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According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a Class I recall of HeartMate II implantable heart pumps over a controller problem has been issued, after the devices have been linked to four patient deaths and five serious injuries. The injuries reportedly included “instances in which the patients attempted to swap their HeartMate II […]

TSAC Released a List of Over 100 Tips for Preventing Falls Overboard

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After reviewing US Coast Guard incident reports of 55 passenger-overboard fatalities between 2000 and 2010, the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) identified 29 conditions that could lead to overboard falls and based on those findings, compile a list of tips to prevent falls overboard, including: •          Keeping decks clean and clear of tripping hazards •          […]

Colorado Motorcyclist Dies Following Sharp Turn

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Quite recently, a motorcyclist died on Highway 160 near mile-marker 121 outside of Durango, Colorado. The motorcyclist approached a mountainous turn at too sharp of an angle and came around the bend at too wide of an angle, sending him off the edge of the road. When negotiating dangerous mountain roads, it is important to […]

Three Separate Norovirus Outbreaks Sickens Hundreds of Cruise Ship Passengers

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three separate outbreaks of norovirus that affected more than 100 people each have been reported aboard two cruise liners: Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises.   Two of the norovirus outbreaks struck the same ship: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. During the ship’s April 5-12 […]