Losing a loved one due to nursing home negligence or elder abuse is devastating to endure. Often accompanying the feelings of loss and outrage is a niggling sense of guilt that not enough was done to protect the vulnerable senior citizen.
The late actor Bill Paxton passed away at 61 almost one year ago this month following complications from heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. On Paxton's death certificate, "stroke after heart surgery" is listed as his official cause of death.
Placing a loved one in a nursing home when his or her medical needs become too complex to be managed at home is never easy but may become necessary. Despite the best of intentions, family members are often ill-equipped to provide the level of care that is required.
Many patients don't realize that truck drivers have more restrictions on the stretches of hours that they can work than surgeons and other physicians. Even though it's known that even slight sleep deprivation is comparable to being intoxicated by alcohol, doctors still work 12-hour shifts (or more) and then have to get up and do it all over again the next day.
Texans love to hunt, whether it's ducks, deer or feral hogs. It's a way of life passed down from generation to generation in time-honored rites of passage.
Doctors have patients die all the time, and most of those deaths are due to natural causes, such as the final stage of terminal diseases. Unfortunately, some patient deaths are directly attributable to medical errors.
If you have a loved one in a Houston nursing home, you may wonder if his or her needs are being timely met and whether the facility is adequately staffed.
This week, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., released a report of their research into the prescription drug problem in America. Titled "United States for Non-Dependence: An Analysis of the Impact of Opioid Overprescribing in America," their research determined that middle-aged females get prescribed opiates in higher quantities and frequencies than other demographic groups.
The attorney for the late New England Patriots' former tight end Aaron Hernandez announced this week that his client's brain exhibited severe signs of Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Earlier this summer, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston released its report that illustrated how intersections equipped with traffic lights are frequently the setting for fatal accidents.