With the elderly population continuing to grow, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are playing a more vital role in today’s society. Many elderly residents have medical problems ranging from long-term illnesses to cognitive impairments. Oftentimes, the staff members in these facilities fail to provide proper care to the patients for ailments such as bedsores.… Read the rest
Elderly pedestrians, those over 65 years of age, are far more likely to be killed in motor vehicle accidents while walking than younger ones, according to a new study by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The study analyzed accidents occurring between 2005 and 2007 in New York City and five nearby counties: Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange.
The study found that 255 pedestrians aged 65 years and older were killed on downstate New York roads. Though comprising less than 12 percent of the area’s population, people aged 65 and older accounted for 30 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities during … Read the rest
Common falls can have an unpredictable impact on the bodies of older people. Falls are now recognized as complex, often preventable events with multiple causes and consequences, calling for a wide range of interventions, both psychological and physiological, that many patients never receive. Even falls that cause only minor can be a real warning sign that something serious is wrong.
A recent article in the New York TImes by John Leland on November 7, 2008, contained an interesting discussion about falls and the various outcomes that can result from them.Each year, 1.8 million Americans over age 65 are injured in … Read the rest
Both New York City and New York State have joined together and, following the example of various other states, including Louisiana Mississippi and Utah, have filed suit against Merck& Company.
It is alleged that Merck not only defrauded consumers but also defrauded the state Medicaid program and other government insurance programs by purposefully concealing the dangerous side effects of Vioxx.
Vioxx was prescribed to patients for the treatment of migraines and arthritis but caused a high increase in heart attacks and strokes, and was pulled off the market in September of 2004.
Medicaid claims that had Merck been forthcoming of … Read the rest