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Zoning Concerns from Listing Your Property on Airbnb

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:41:53 +0000

One of the topics generating a great deal of attention in zoning relates to people leasing their residential homes via Airbnb. This issue came up in Reihner v. City of Scranton Zoning Hearing Board No. 256 C.D. 2017 (PA Commw. Ct. Dec. 8, 2017). The owners of a single family residential dwelling rented the three... Continue Reading

Don’t Throw Snowballs (or Rocks) at Cars!

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:31:25 +0000

Winter is coming – and with it comes snow, sleet, and freezing rain. In the Philadelphia area, the average yearly snowfall is 22.4 inches. Winter driving is dangerous. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement every winter. Pennsylvania is one of... Continue Reading

Telemedicine – Are There Increased Risks With Virtual Doctor Visits?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:13:36 +0000

“Telemedicine” or “Telehealth” are the terms most often used when referring to clinical diagnosis and monitoring that is delivered by technology. Telemedicine encompasses healthcare provided via real time two-way video conferencing; file sharing, including transmission of health history, x-rays, films, or photos; remote patient monitoring; and consumer mobile health apps on smart phones, tablets, and devices... Continue Reading

Don’t Ignore Vehicle Safety Recalls

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:14 +0000

Vehicle Safety Recalls Are Often Ignored A recent study by Carfax indicated that more than 63 million vehicles in the United States (one in four vehicles on the road) are being driven with unfixed safety recalls. J.D. Power and Associates estimated the number to be 45 million vehicles, while acknowledging the total could be higher... Continue Reading

FDA Issues Warning About Dietary Supplements Containing Active Drug Ingredients

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:58:33 +0000

The FDA has issued a safety alert to consumers involving several dietary supplements including Rhino 7, Papa Zen, Fifty Shades, and Grande X. The safety alert warns consumers that the products may include undeclared active prescription drug ingredients. The products are labeled as a dietary supplement and each is packaged as a blister pack capsule.... Continue Reading

Should Surgical Outcomes for Individual Surgeons Be Available to the Public?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:08:42 +0000

In the 1980s, journalists used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain data on individual cardiac surgeons’ surgical outcomes from the New York State Department of Health. A recent JAMA article discusses that type of data and takes the position that despite its limitations, the data should be publicly reported. Debate Surrounding Reporting of Individual... Continue Reading

FDA Issues Warning Letter Concerning Stomach Balloons Used to Treat Obesity

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:43 +0000

After the sudden deaths of five people following the placement of inflated silicone balloons in their stomachs to treat obesity, the Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to health care providers on August 10, 2017, warning of potential risks associated with the intragastric balloons. All five reported deaths happened within one month of the procedure,... Continue Reading

Is Doctor’s Disclosure of Patient’s HIV-Positive Status Medical Malpractice?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:59:29 +0000

A recent New Jersey case addressed a statute of limitations issue pertaining to claims arising from a physician’s disclosure of a patient’s HIV-positive status to a third party without his consent. Plaintiff was a patient of the defendant physician, a board-certified nephrologist. He was being treated for acute kidney failure. During an emergency consultation in... Continue Reading

What You Should and Shouldn’t Do if You Suspect Medical Malpractice

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:00:04 +0000

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 83.6 percent of adults and 93 percent of children had contact with a health care professional in 2015. Hospital visits numbered 125.7 million while physician office visits numbered 922.6 million. While the vast majority of medical procedures go smoothly, errors do occur and cause injury... Continue Reading

Recording Your Physician During Medical Appointments

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:59:37 +0000

Generally, after an examination for a medical problem, a doctor will sit down with a patient and explain what the issue is and offer treatment advice and alternatives. Often, the patient goes home afterward and then and can’t remember exactly what the doctor said. Was it ice, then heat – or heat, then ice? Do... Continue Reading