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Northwestern Medicine Limiting Patients’ Legal Options Utilizing Digital Services

This post was written by Keith A. Hebeisen & Shannon M. McNulty, Partners at Clifford Law Offices. Northwestern Medicine, one of the largest hospital networks in the Chicago area, announced that patients who wish to communicate with their doctors online or utilize its digital services for appointments, test results, medication refills, and other health-care related activities will be limited to arbitration as a remedy. That...
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Drones Still Popular Holiday Gift, but Insurance is a Must

Drones have been popular holiday gifts, but many people may not know that purchasing insurance is a good idea for your unmanned aircraft. Stories appear after the holidays about anxious recipients of the gift immediately opening their drones and setting them in flight in the living room, only to have them get caught in ceiling sprinklers, tangled in daughters' hair and crashing into the Christmas...
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Drone Rules Not Expected Any Time Soon

With more than three times as many drones operating in the U.S. than manned aircraft, commercial applications of the unmanned aircraft - from package deliveries to video applications - still await airborne-identification rules from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And, according to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal, those regulations may not be coming as quickly as once expected. In "Rule Delay Slows...
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Controversial Fisher-Price Sleep Bed Subject of at Least 30 Infant Deaths

The Wall Street Journal recently reported (Friday, Nov. 23, 2018) that the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play inclined sleeper has caused at least 30 infant deaths and more than 700 injuries since 2005 because of the angle of the baby's head when napping. The newspaper reported that more than half of those 30 deaths - 16 - occurred since September, 2016. Although the padded inclined sleeper...
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Added Sugar in Cigarettes – Did You Know?

A new survey suggests that very few smokers know there is sugar added to cigarettes to reduce the harshness of the smoke, and that the added sugar also increases toxins in cigarette smoke. This is according to a study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. "Knowledge is power and there is a clear gap in awareness," said lead researcher Andrew Seidenberg, a public...
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