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Screening Colonoscopies: Are there Risks?

No American between 40 and 80 is unaware of the recommendation for screening colonoscopies.  The American Cancer Society recommends that people at “average risk” of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. This can be done either with a test that looks for signs of cancer in a person’s stool, or with an exam that...[Read More]

HR 1215 – and why congress hopes you miss it!

So I couldn’t help myself – I tried once again to tell the tale of why Congress hopes you won’t pay attention to what they are voting on.  Enjoy my 20 minute discussion on HR1215 here and why I fear for profit healthcare and pharmaceutical lobby wants this Bill, and why you, as the consumer...[Read More]

Getting Admitted to the Hospital on the Weekend can kill you

I am not kidding and now there is a study to back me up. The New England Journal of Medicine just published a study titled, “Mortality among Patients Admitted to Hospitals on Weekends as Compared with Weekdays.”  The study’s authors looked at over 3.5 million hospital admissions over a 10 year period – pretty significant numbers. ...[Read More]

Remembering Veterans Beyond Veterans Day

It is easy in this Hallmark, holiday driven world to get caught up in celebrating something or someone on its designated day.  But we should not forget them the rest of the year either.  That is certainly true for celebrating and appreciating veterans.   We practice law out of Roanoke, Virginia.  That means it would...[Read More]

Why hurt and pain are not enough under the law

My precious little girl will often cry when she is sad, or she feels challenged, or her feelings are hurt, etc.  As a parent, I try my best to recognize the pain. To hear it, name it, and give her freedom from it by recognizing it as being real. But often, I recognize that what...[Read More]

Who is to blame for any tragedy?

I rarely claim Florida as home – but this week, I wear my Sunshine State flag with pride. My family is there. My brother and sister in law, often visit dine and enjoy what Orlando, Tampa and Miami nightlife have to offer.  My high-school friends are there – and many, I am confident, have been...[Read More]

“Routine Procedure” anything but routine

For years we have heard the following from families across western Virginia: My sister went in for a routine procedure, and now she is in ICU on a ventilator. I don’t know what happened, but something did.  We hear the phrase routine procedure, and we, as patients think – risk free. safe. no likelihood of complication....[Read More]