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June 2014 Archives

Have you or a loved one been injured at a pool this summer?

New York is once again in the midst of a hot summer. If you have kids, the whole family will probably be spending time at a pool over the next couple months. Unfortunately, these visits to public pools can sometimes end with a visit to the hospital.

Hospital's patient safety efforts provide model for others

One of the never-ending debates in medicine is how to keep costs reasonable for healthcare providers, and by extension, for patients. In recent years, medical malpractice lawsuits have become a convenient scapegoat. An argument often made by advocates of tort reform is that healthcare costs are skyrocketing because doctors must pay for expensive medical malpractice insurance and that they need to engage in “defensive medicine,” which includes unnecessary tests and other costly procedures.

Supreme Court makes an important decision about... fruit juice?

The United States Supreme Court is routinely asked to weigh in on some of the most pressing issues affecting our society. In this session alone, the Supreme Court has heard arguments in cases pertaining to gun rights, the privacy rights of arrestees and campaign finance laws. However, the Court also is regularly asked to weigh in on matters that do not seem so pressing at first, but ultimately affect Americans on a daily basis.

De Blasio's efforts to end traffic fatalities advanced by council

We have previously written about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of ending traffic deaths within the next decade. This “Vision Zero” plan has been informed by Sweden’s approach to deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents which treats them all as inherently preventable. Although lofty, de Blasio’s plan recently received support from New York’s City Council.

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