Monthly Archives: February 2014

University of Missouri: a Tragic Lack of Leadership

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On Saturday, a veteran Columbia, Missouri, firefighter was killed when a walkway collapsed at a University of Missouri-owned apartment complex. Chancellor Loftin assured the public that safety inspections on all University buildings would commence Monday morning. They didn’t. Chancellor Loftin also said that the apartment building had been inspected within the past two years. Now inspection records cannot be located. Would someone please take the reins of leadership from Chancellor Loftin? Read more…

Bulging Discs versus Herniated

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Exactly what is a bulging disc and how does it differ from a herniated disc? A lot of people get these two confused, but bulging and herniated discs represent distinct disorders, caused by different forces. The telltale marker distinguishing the two can be found in the annulus fibrosus, the tough outermost shell of cartilage that surrounds the spinal discs. Read more…

Chronic Trauma and PTSD Tied to Structural Changes in the Brain

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Our brains are hard-wired to sense danger. Now researchers have found that exposure to chronic stress resulting from childhood abuse and PTSD causes profound structural changes in the brain, affecting learning and memory functions. Read more…

A Compelling Case for the Provision of Interpretive and Culturally-Sensitive Services in Healthcare Settings

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Quality of medical care and treatment decisions depend largely on the productive exchange of information between physician and patient. When there is a failure to communicate due to language and cultural barriers, there is a far greater potential for missed diagnoses and rendering of inappropriate treatment. Hospitals, health clinics and medical offices that fail to implement appropriate interpretive and cultural sensitivity services place themselves at great peril for incurring malpractice and discrimination claims stemming from preventable and injurious medical errors. Read more…

Burning Hot in Bridgeton

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The origins of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri, herald back to World War II and the dawn of the nuclear age. The story of the landfill, how it came to be, and the lives it has forever affected is marked by a sordid history of overwhelming negligence and carelessness on the parts of our government, corporate interests and private subcontractors. The ending of the story has yet to be told, still unfolding in increments measured best by the half-lives of decaying radioactive toxins, equivalent to millions and billions of years. Read more…

New Federal Rule Would Test Safety of Child Car Seats in Side-Impact Collisions

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For the past several years, parents have had to rely on the advertising claims of car seat manufacturers for determining which model would be the safest to buy for their child. Now, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has proposed a new rule that would subject all car seat models to side-impact crash testing (in addition to the front impact testing they currently undergo) before they could be placed on the market. Read more…

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Separation

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Acromioclavicular (AC) joint separations can be extremely painful and disabling. Understanding the mechanism of injury, the types of injury and the symptoms associated with each can help in determining the most appropriate course of treatment. Read more…

Tips for Seniorizing a House

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The aging process diminishes many of our senses, motor skills and strength. Poorer eyesight and hearing, loss of coordination and balance and reduced strength all conspire to make a house a dangerous environment if safety precautions aren’t taken. By doing some safety-proofing of your loved one’s house or apartment, you can make their home a far more secure one. Read more…

Pre-existing Injuries and/or Disease: The Eggshell Plaintiff Rule

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Some people are under the misconception that pursuing a personal injury case would not be worthwhile if they have a preexisting disease or injury. They assume that an insurance company would automatically minimize or dismiss their pain and suffering as symptomatic of their preexisting condition. Fortunately, the Eggshell Plaintiff’s Rule protects those who are most susceptible to injury while holding the defendant as responsible for all costs caused by his negligence, even though the extent of those damages could not have been foreseen. Read more…

Hit and Run Accidents and Uninsured Motorist Coverage

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Police are continuing to search for clues in the hit and run deaths of Joseph Auffenburg and Roy Joseph, both of the St. Louis area. Leaving the scene of an accident is a terrible crime. Not only are family and friends crushed by the cruel circumstances surrounding their loved one’s death, but they are often left with questions as to who will pay for their losses. Read more…

The Tragic Case of Izzy Moore: A Totally Preventable Death

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7-month old Izzy Moore died in the home of an unlicensed childcare provider. Her death was totally preventable. Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick has implied that Barry County is somehow immune to such a tragedy. His staunch support of his constituents’ financial well being pales in comparison to Izzy’s unnecessary death in an unlicensed home. Read more…

Pass the Buck and Turn a Blind Eye

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In the aftermath of the massive explosions and fire that occurred last Wednesday, destroying a clothing design firm, the three businesses responsible for the damage have remained strangely silent on the issue. Despite reports to the contrary, several people were hurt by the fire and smoke. It would be nice to hear a formal apology and full public disclosure about the circumstances surrounding this situation from: AT&T, MasTec and Four Winds. Or do they believe that they are above the law? Read more…

Representative Fitzpatrick Pushes Bill for Allowing Unlicensed Child Daycare in Rural Missouri

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There is a movement afoot, led by Representative Scott Fitzgerald, R-Shell Knob, to do away with licensing requirements for rural daycare providers. Childcare advocates are sounding alarm bells, pointing to the preponderance of Missouri childcare deaths that have taken place in the homes of unlicensed providers in recent years. Rep. Fitzgerald remains unmoved. Read more…

Gas Leak in Soulard Causes Massive Explosion

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A deadly disaster was averted at the last minute in St. Louis’ Soulard area yesterday when 11 people escaped a building only seconds before it exploded in flames. A construction crew working on installing a fiber optic cable accidentally hit a gas line, sparking three large explosions and a fire that could not be put out for five hours. 21 nearby homes were evacuated, and electricity and gas service was shut off to the area. One person was knocked to the ground by the blast, and several residents and workers reported irritation to their eyes, nose and throat caused by the heavy smoke that blanketed the neighborhood. Read more…