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Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

Report Recommends Eliminating Free Gifts for Doctors at Medical Colleges

According to the New York Times, for years pharmaceutical companies have courted medical schools, professors, residents and students with free meals, trips and gifts.  Reportedly, these expenditures range in the billions of dollars, [...]
Diego Madrigal

Tragedy Illustrates How Bad Things Can Happen To Good People

The tragic death of an Inverness girl last week on the Florida Turnpike brings up several thought provoking  points that may bring a positive out of this sad instance.  The girl was traveling with her family and was driving through [...]
Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

Twice as Many Intestinal Infections Reported by Hospitals

U.S. hospitals have reported a 200 percent increase in the deadly CDAD disease from 2000 to 2005.  While there has been a lot of press about the drug-resistent MRSA staph infection virus, you may not have even heard of CDAD, or Clostirium [...]
Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

Florida Ranks 31st in Serious Physician Disciplinary Actions

A study by Public Citizen, an independent watchdog group, reported a significant drop in State Medical Board Serious Disciplinary Actions against doctors from 2004 to 2007.  It is their opinion that this decrease represents the state [...]
Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

FDA Condemned for Lack of Inspections

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials were raked over the coals this week for the administration’s lack of inspections of foreign drug manufacturing plants.  Both Republicans and Democrats expressed their concern [...]
Patricia Doherty

What Car Insurance Does Florida Require? Is it Enough?

    Did you know that in Florida, automobile owners are not required to carry bodily injury liability coverage?   The only insurance that Florida requires is property damage and, effective January 1, 2008, [...]
Diego Madrigal

Smokers Split $600 Million

     Thousands of smokers and the familes of deceased smokers will be splitting $600 million from a fund which was financed by tobacco companies as part of the tobacco settlement.  The money will be divided evenly by [...]
Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

First Quarter Theme Park Injuries Reported

Florida’s theme parks are required to report tourist related injuries to the state quarter.  Here is a summary of the first quarter reports: Neck and spine injuries sustained on the Mach V ride at Wet ‘N Wild.  The Incredible [...]
Diego Madrigal

Club Drugs May Have Same Effect As Brain Injuries

A study cited in the University of Florida’s latest Neuropsychology Clinical Update shows that recreational club drugs, like ecstasy and methamphetamines, have the similar effects on the brain as a traumatic brain injury does.  The [...]
Mike Damaso

Traffic Crash With School Bus in Oviedo

A traffic crash in Oviedo (Seminole County) involving a school bus and a pick-up truck was reported at approximately 6:30 this morning.  The crash occurred at the intersection of Lake Miils Road and County Road 419.  The accident [...]