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New York Nursing Home Faces Punitive Damages for Elder Abuse – Attorney Paul Dansker Addresses Nursing Home Patients Rights

New York (PRWEB) January 20, 2010

The New York Post recently reported that in December 2009, a Brooklyn nursing home was found guilty of negligence in the case of a patient who developed numerous bedsores while under the homes care. The jury awarded the patients family close to $ 4 million for pain and suffering, plus an additional $ 15 million as punishment for trying to cover up the poor patient care. This case is the first to charge a nursing home with punitive damages.

Sadly, this example of nursing home neglect is not the only one. Elder abuse is prevalent in nursing homes around the country, and with serious consequences for patients. Older adults who are victims of elder abuse are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as are adults who are treated properly, according to a study published in the August 5, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The National Center on Elder Abuse defines institutional elder abuse as any of several forms of maltreatment of an older person by someone who has a special relationship with the elder (a spouse, a sibling, a child, a friend, or a caregiver) that occur in residential facilities for older persons, including nursing homes. Its website, http://www.ncea.aoa.gov, explains that perpetrators of institutional abuse usually are persons who have a legal or contractual obligation to provide elder victims with care and protection (e.g., paid caregivers, staff, professionals).

Looking exclusively at falls, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that an average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls each year, representing up to 75 percent of residents. Many falls were caused by environmental hazards like wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height and improper wheelchair use.

A November 2009 report from the University of California, San Francisco, stated that 26 percent of the nations nursing facilities were cited in 2008 for poor quality of care, 44 percent of nursing homes failed to ensure a safe environment for residents, 36 percent had food sanitation regulations violations and 33 percent of facilities received deficiencies for failure to meet quality standards.

Paul Dansker, Esq., is a New York City-based personal injury attorney who has represented families of elder abuse victims. Mistreatment can take many different forms, including physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse; neglect; withholding food and water; or denying visits from family and friends. Many older adults and their families may not even be aware that laws exist to prevent this type of harm, Dansker said.

Family members and friends of nursing home residents must be vigilant in looking for signs of possible abuse or neglect, advised Dansker. These can include personality changes, depression, anxiety, unexplained or unusual bruises and injuries, rapid weight loss, poor grooming, and potentially unsafe conditions.

Dansker recommends that families of individuals in nursing homes keep a personal record of possible mistreatment, including specifics on dates, times, and caretakers in charge.

Careful documentation of possible neglect or abuse will be necessary in the event that a family member decides to file a complaint or lawsuit, he said. Dansker also added that a family should seek out the assistance from local and state adult protective services or long-term care agencies who can advise on appropriate steps to take.

For state-specific elder abuse prevention information and resources, visit http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/NCEAroot/Main_Site/Find_Help/State_Resources.aspx.

Dansker & Aspromonte Associates is located at 30 Vesey Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10007. For more information, call (212) 732-2929 or visit http://www.dandalaw.com.

About Dansker & Aspromonte Associates: Dansker & Aspromonte Associates is a New York personal injury law firm specializing in serious brain injuries; medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, falls, construction accidents, municipal liability, injuries to children and more. The firm has represented thousands of clients and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for them over the last 30 years.

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Dental Practice in McAllen TX Offers Patients the Opportunity to Save Precious Stem Cells from Teeth, Introduces Store-A-Tooth Dental Stem Cell Banking

McAllen, TX (PRWEB) October 11, 2011

Nearly everyone has heard of the potential of stem cells to treat a wide range of serious diseases. Yet few people realize that a rich source of these cells is teethbaby teeth that come loose during childhood, wisdom teeth extracted from teens or young adults, and teeth that need to be pulled to make room for braces. These potent stem cells exist in the dental pulp of any healthy tooth and can be preserved to protect a familys future health.

Dr. Kenneth Baker, DDS, who performs general dentistry and oral surgery at Medical Center North Dental Associates in McAllen Texas, is at the forefront of bringing stem cell innovation to his community. By partnering with Store-A-Tooth, he now offers the highest quality dental stem cell preservation to his patients. This service enables parents to save the stem cells from their childrens teeth as an investment in their familys health. There is no greater gift to give your child than added protection toward their future, said Dr. Baker. Our goal is to bring the highest level of quality to everything we do thats why were a leader in sedation dentistry, and why were pleased to introduce Store-A-Tooth, a minimally invasive, more affordable and convenient option for saving a childs stem cells.

The process is simple. The family makes an appointment with Dr. Baker to extract the teeth for example, baby teeth which would be falling out naturally, teeth needing to be pulled for braces or wisdom teeth which are scheduled to be extracted. The dentist places the teeth in a special Store-A-Tooth transport kit to protect them during overnight transport to the lab. There, the sample is tested for viability and processed for long-term cryopreservation, and a Lab Report is sent for confirmation to the family that the stem cells have been safely processed and stored.

Preservation of Dental Stem Cells for Future Needs

Research, while early, is increasingly showing promise that dental stem cells may someday play a role in treatments for such serious conditions as Type 1 Diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injuries, and neurological conditions such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons. In fact, since 2000 when National Institutes of Health researchers first discovered potent stems cells in teeth, this new source of stem cells has gained significant focus within the research community. Dental stem cells have already been used in human studies to treat periodontal (gum) disease and to regrow jawbone.

As awareness of dental stem cells grows; the possibility of banking baby teeth is increasingly piquing the interest of parents seeking an additional layer of promise against disease for their child. Banking stem cells (preserving the stem cells in long-term cryopreservation tanks so they can later be used for clinical use), is commonly done with bone marrow and umbilical cord blood and is a well established technology. But now, with the discovery of dental stem cells, parents can bank their childs baby or wisdom teeth an easy, affordable and convenient option to save their familys stem cells.

For more information:

Dr. Kenneth W. Baker, DDS

Medical Center North Dental Associates

5000 North Tenth St.

McAllen, TX

(956) 686-2052 or toll-free 866-712-8910

http://www.drkbaker.com/


About Store-A-Tooth, a service of Provia Laboratories LLC

Provia Laboratories, LLC (http://www.provialabs.com) is a health services company specializing in high quality biobanking (reservation of biological specimens). The companys Store-A-Tooth service platform enables the collection, transport, processing, and storage of dental stem cells for potential use in future stem-cell therapies. The company advises industrial, academic, and governmental clients on matters related to the preservation of biological specimens for research and clinical use. In addition, Provia offers a variety of products for use in complex biobanking environments to improve sample logistics, security, and quality. Provia Labs is a member of ISBER, the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories. For more information on dental stem cell banking, please visit http://www.store-a-tooth.com or call 1-877-867-5753.

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Family Dental Associates of KY, P.S.C. in Louisville, KY Now Offers Patients Opportunity to Save Precious Stem Cells from Teeth


Louisville, Kentucky (PRWEB) January 22, 2012

At Family Dental Associates of KY, P.S.C., patients now have the option to bank their dental stem cells. This revolutionary option will allow patients to have those stem cells available to be used in future procedures. As potential options for stem cells present themselves in regenerative medicine, this may present an excellent protective decision for individuals or their childrens health.

The age of regenerative medicine is arriving. Stem cell medicine is becoming a reality, and the option to bank dental stem cells now exists. The Louisville dentists at Family Dental Associates are now offering this cutting-edge option to their patients for future use in regenerative options.

Nearly everyone has heard of the potential of stem cells to treat a wide range of serious diseases. Yet few people realize that a rich source of these cells is teethbaby teeth that come loose during childhood, wisdom teeth extracted from teens or young adults, and teeth that need to be pulled to make room for braces. These potent stem cells exist in the dental pulp of any healthy tooth and can be preserved to protect a familys future health.

Dr. S. Gregory Benanti, D.M.D., CEO of Family Dental Associates of KY, PSC at 8000 William G. Penny Lane in Louisville, KY, 40219 is at the forefront of bringing stem cell innovation to his community. By partnering with Store-A-Tooth, he now offers the highest quality dental stem cell preservation to his patients. This service enables parents to save the stem cells from their childrens teeth as an investment in their familys future well-being. There is no greater gift to give your child than added protection toward their future medical treatment options. said Dr. Benanti. Our goal is to bring the highest level of quality to everything we do thats why were pleased to introduce Store-A-Tooth, a minimally invasive, more affordable and convenient option for saving a childs stem cells.”

The process is simple. The family makes an appointment with Dr. Benanti to extract the teeth for example, baby teeth which would be falling out naturally, teeth needing to be pulled for braces or wisdom teeth which are scheduled to be extracted. The dentist places the teeth in a special Store-A-Tooth transport kit to protect them during overnight transport to the lab. There, the sample is tested for viability and processed for long-term cryopreservation, and a Lab Report is sent for confirmation to the family that the stem cells have been safely processed and stored.

Preservation of dental stem cells for future needs

Research, while early, is increasingly showing promise that dental stem cells may someday play a role in treatments for such serious conditions as Type 1 Diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injuries, and neurological conditions such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons. In fact, since 2000 when National Institutes of Health researchers first discovered potent stems cells in teeth, this new source of stem cells has gained significant focus within the research community. Dental stem cells have already been used in human studies to treat periodontal (gum) disease and to regrow jawbone.

As awareness of dental stem cells grows; the possibility of banking baby teeth is increasingly piquing the interest of parents seeking an additional layer of promise against disease for their child. Banking stem cells (preserving the stem cells in long-term cryopreservation tanks so they can later be used for clinical use), is commonly done with bone marrow and umbilical cord blood and is a well established technology. But now, with the discovery of dental stem cells, parents can bank their childs baby or wisdom teeth an easy, affordable and convenient option to save their familys stem cells instead of giving them to the tooth fairy.

For more information:

Dr. S. Gregory Benanti, DMD

Family Dental Associates of KY, P.S.C.

8000 William G. Penny Lane

Louisville, KY 40219

502-969-2396

http://www.fdadentist.com

info(at)fdadentist(dot)com

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Texas Fertility Center Offers Advanced Fertility Preservation Options for Cancer Patients


Austin, Texas (PRWEB) October 09, 2012

Texas Fertility Center (TFC) has launched an awareness campaign supporting efforts to raise consciousness about fertility preservation for cancer patients. The fertility doctors at TFC offer their assistance to breast cancer patients, as well as those with other types of cancer, by providing advanced fertility preservation options.

For many TFC patients, fertility preservation has now resulted in a successful pregnancy. Most recently, a young woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27 met with physicians at TFC to discuss her options for fertility preservation. Having no family history of breast cancer, she was shocked by her diagnosis and was determined to preserve her future options for child bearing. Dr. Lisa Hansard of The Texas Fertility Center recommended in vitro fertilization (IVF) with embryo vitrification (embryo freezing) in order to preserve excellent quality embryos before the patient underwent fertility-damaging chemotherapy.

Our fertility specialists will work with the patients cancer specialist to create a scenario that protects the patients ability to have children without creating an overall health risk. This allows our patients to focus on beating cancer, knowing that they have done everything possible to preserve their fertility said TFCs Dr. Hansard.

Now 11 weeks pregnant, the 32-year old breast cancer survivor and expectant mom is busy planning for a new arrival.

Because of early diagnosis, survival rates for breast cancer patients are very good, explained Dr. Hansard. This means patients can realistically plan for a family after treatment.

At TFC, vitrification is used to cryopreserve (freeze) eggs and embryos. This advanced, fast-freezing technique provides the best chance for a successful outcome when patients are ready to begin or expand their families after treatment.

The vitrification method of freezing has revolutionized the fertility preservation process, said Dr. Kaylen Silverberg, Lab Director of Texas Fertility Center and Austin IVF. With this proven technology in use at TFC, we are one of the few programs in Texas to report successful births from frozen eggs as well as frozen embryos.

Fertility preservation enables the eggs or embryos to be frozen until the patient is cleared to resume fertility treatment, in many cases months, or even years, after first cryopreserving genetic material.

For our most recent 32-year old breast cancer survivor, fertility preservation has meant the beginning of a new chapter in her life.

I want to send a message to other women who may be going through breast cancer. There is hope for starting a family after cancer treatment. Im proof of that. she said.

About Texas Fertility Center

Texas Fertility Center (TFC), one of the nations leading full-service infertility practices, provides advanced Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology services to patients throughout Texas, the Southwestern United States, and the Americas. Since 1980, TFC has been recognized nationally for outstanding pregnancy rates, cutting-edge laboratory procedures, and innovative research programs. For more information, please visit http://www.txfertility.com.







Houston TX Periodontist, Dr. J. Robert Friedberg, Prompts Local Patients to Practice Preventive Dentistry This October For Dental Hygiene Month


Houston TX (PRWEB) October 21, 2012

J. Robert Friedberg, DMD, is advocating preventive dentistry in honor of dental hygiene month, encouraging patients to prevent gum disease before it reaches extensive stages that require laser surgery. As a periodontist, Dr. Friedberg wants his patients to understand how far preventive dentistry can go to eliminate costly dental procedures.

One of the first things that Dr. Friedberg works on is encouraging patients to educate their children in the proper way to care for teeth. From the moment the first tooth erupts, parents should take action and keep their children’s teeth brushed and flossed. As soon as children can understand how to do it alone, they can begin to learn the proper methods of caring for their teeth. When a child learns the correct techniques, they will be armed with knowledge that will serve them well throughout their entire life.

In addition, getting a child into the habit of visiting the periodontist or dentist every six months is not only a good habit, but it can help that child potentially save hundreds of dollars on dental care throughout their lifetime. While it is important for proper at-home dental care to take place, it must be accompanied by regular professional checkups. Only dental professionals have the tools and skills necessary to check for such things as oral cancer, gum disease and tooth decay. Checking for such issues on a regular basis is an important part of preventing them.

People who don’t take care of their smiles have a greater probability of succumbing to gum disease and tooth loss. Those who want to keep their own teeth for the rest of their lives must learn proper methods of caring for those teeth. By becoming educated on the prescribed techniques for at-home care and by making regular visits to the dentist, one will have a protection plan in place. For additional information on techniques for preventive dentistry, visit http://www.houston-perio.com.

J. Robert Friedberg is a periodontist offering patients personalized dental care for Houston, Texas. Dr. Friedberg received his undergraduate education at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut where he also completed a three year residency in periodontology. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Friedberg and his dental services visit his website at http://www.houston-perio.com and call (281) 674-7754.







Board-Certified Florida Ophthalmologist Brings Expertise to Colombia, Providing Service to Thousands of Disadvantaged Patients


Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) February 18, 2013

The residents of Leticia, Colombia, now have over 2,500 pair of donated prescription eyeglasses, thanks to over 75 healthcare professionals who completed a 10-day mission with Medical Ministry International. Dr. Carey Rowan, a board-certified ophthalmologist at Rowan Eye Center, was one of five doctors who traveled to Colombia to treat over 600 patients a day, performing over 300 eye surgeries on underprivileged Colombians.

Dr. Rowan learned the importance of volunteering at an early age. His father, Patrick J. Rowan, M.D., founded the Rowan Eye Center of New Port Richey more than 30 years ago, and made it a priority to help needy people in other countries. He did this by participating in medical mission trips. Dr. Carey Rowan had the opportunity to join his father on these trips as a child. The trips formed his resolve to continue to give to those in need. During his residency, Dr. Carey Rowan went on three separate medical mission tripstwo to India, and one to the Honduras.

Dr. Rowan had to put his medical-mission trips on hold when he began building his own medical practice. After training in New York and Maryland, Dr. Rowan took over the Rowan Eye Center in 2001. He built a successful practice around thousands of cataract, refractive, oculoplastic and glaucoma surgeries, in addition to medical treatments he provided for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration clinically.

This was my first medical mission in 12 years, commented Dr. Rowan. While its definitely our goal to help other those in countries who badly need medical attention and help, we also focus on our patients at the Rowan Eye Center and the escalating vision problems here in the U.S.

In the United States, statistics show that vision problems are on the rise (1):

Glaucoma affects more than 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older.

oAnother 2 million dont know they have the disease.

Cataracts affect nearly 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older.

More than 3.4 million people age 40 and older are vision-impaired (defined as having 20/40 or worse vision in the better eye, even with eyeglasses).

In 2012, Dr. Rowan opened the Eye Shop in Clearwater, FL, as an extension of the Rowan Eye Center. Dr. Rowan feels strongly about protecting and preserving peoples vision, and he also performs eye exams at the Eye Shop location. The Eye Shop utilizes cutting-edge technology to bring patients the best results, including the use of autorefractors. Autorefractors are designed to measure how light enters the eye, which tells the exact prescription needed for clear vision. Dr. Rowan chose to open the Eye Shop, in addition to spending time at his clinic in New Port Richey, in order to bring his services to more areas of Florida.

Carrying on the tradition of the Rowan Eye Center, the Eye Shop of Downtown Clearwater delivers the same great service, but with several unique aspects. Dr. Rowans wife, Pam, runs the retail store and believes that today’s eyewear must not only be functional but also fashionable.

The retail store has trendy name-brand eyewear, including Ray-Ban, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Fendi, Dior, and Tom Ford.

The Eye Shops knowledgeable staff offers eye exams in Tampa Bay to people of all ages. To make such exams even more convenient and affordable, the Eye Shop accepts the following insurance policies: Aetna, EyeMed, Advantica, Davis Vision, First Look, Freedom, BCBS, Vision Benefits of America, OptiCare, Celtic Individual Health, UPMC Vision Advantage, Coventry Health Care of Florida, Spectara, Superior Vision, United Health Care, and VSP Vision.

To learn more about the Eye Shop or to schedule an appointment, visit http://www.eyeshopdowntown.com or call the Eye Shop at 727-755-EYES.

About the Eye Shop

Located in the retail heart of downtown Clearwater, the Eye Shop is designed to fulfill all optical needs. Dr. Carey Rowan of the Rowan Eye Center serves as the surgical consultant for the Eye Shop downtown, while wife Pamela Rowan applies her background in art and business as the shops fashion and retail director. The boutiques mission is to offer personalized service and a wide variety of high-quality, affordable eyewear and lenses. Customers can obtain eye exams and other services on-site from a team of Board-certified optometrists, or bring in existing prescriptions for eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and more to be filled. For additional information, visit http://www.eyeshopdowntown.com.

(1)AAO.Org, Accessed February 5, 2013. Eye Statistics. aao.org/newsroom/press_kit/upload/Eye_Stats_3-5-07.pdf







Patients — Not ERs and Big Pharma — Need Protection, Says NC Coalition For Patient Safety

Raleigh, NC (Vocus/PRWEB) April 14, 2011

Immunity shields for ERs that commit malpractice and pharmaceutical companies that sell bad drugs are unnecessary, according to the NC Coalition for Patient Safety, and dangerous. Yet both are centerpieces of legislation under consideration by the House Special Committee on Tort Reform, which meets again on Thursday at 11am.

Today, the NC-CPS released a new report — based on NC court files — showing that there were only five verdicts in NC against providers of ER care from 1999 through 2010, and only one since 2004. The highest verdict against a doctor or hospital based on substandard ER care was $ 650,000.

There are 4,000,000 ER visits per year in North Carolina. That means there has been about one verdict per 8,000,000 ER visits since 1999.

On Thursday, the House Select Committee on Tort Reform will vote on Senate Bill 33. The bill includes a provision making negligence in the ER legal: an ER doctor could only be found liable if he intentionally harmed the patient.

Lobbyists for the North Carolina Medical Society have argued that providers of ER care need special legislative protection from liability. The facts, however, do not support their argument.

Laurie Sanders, Executive Director of NC-CPS commented on the new report: “Under the current legal standard, providers of ER care have a tiny risk of being found liable for malpractice. At the same time, 4,000 patients die and 5,700 are permanently injured in North Carolina hospitals every year because of preventable medical mistakes. We need to give more protection to patients, not to the negligent hospitals and doctors who harm them.”

Letter from Grieving Father

The committee will also vote Thursday on granting immunity to negligent drug manufacturers. In a letter to Committee Chair Johnathan Ryhne, Andy Ayers of Eden, NC describes the death of his wife Tamara at age 22 because of a drug called Parlodel. Tamara died just eight days after giving birth.

My son never had the chance to be rocked to sleep or kissed goodnight by his mother, Ayers writes. Please do not grant immunity to drug companies for their wrongdoing to North Carolinians.

Under the bill, drug companies could not be sued by those harmed by defective and dangerous drugs unless the company obtained FDA approval by fraud or bribery. Even if the product is later found to be harmful or deadly, the drug manufacturer — so long as it had FDA approval — cannot be held liable. Only one other state, Michigan, has passed a similarly extreme law, and it was the subject of a repeal movement this year.

For more information, please contact Todd(at)ncaj(dot)com. Follow our news on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Law-and-Politics/191212774245068 and on our website http://www.ncpatientsafety.org and http://www.LetJuriesDecide.com.

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Abuse and Neglect of Severely Ill Mental Health Patients at the Florida Civil Comment Center

(PRWEB) August 17, 2005

Nancy Morais, Director of the Florida Justice Alliance, an advocacy group operating out of Pinellas County, states that hundreds of mistreatment and neglect claims in the past four years including but not limited to loss of life have been brought to her attention. Morais was instrumental in seeking counsel to come to their assistance.

Recently interviewed was Dr. Douglas Shadle concerning the “special needs” quad at the Florida Civil Commitment Center (FCCC) which is lacking of adequate psychiatric treatment for those afflicted with diagnosis of bi-polar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and a host of other organic disorders.

The FCCC has approximately two hundred and fifty residents that are prescribed psychotropic medications daily. Just as Dr. Shadle, Nancy Morais says she “concurs that the FCCC has no crises stabilization unit or weekend mental health staff on the grounds for any emergency situations.”

There is immediate intervention needed by a state agency or other governing authority such as the ACHA or NAMI (National Alliance for Mentally Ill) as there is a total disregard and understanding by the Liberty staff for those that suffer severe mental and physical health issues that go untreated for long periods of time.

Residents are not able to call the 800-96-ABUSE line as allocated in other facilities in which they can report claims of abuse or negligence to the Florida Abuse Hotline, which is also operated by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF). This is the very same agency charged with the responsibility, care, control, and treatment of these persons.

Morais states she has, “taken hundreds of abuse reports and has filed most with DCF via fax and reported to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Kelly Summers of the Tampa Office. Ms. Summers and her supervisor Terry Blazer completed their investigation and founded several problems reported. The hundred fifty-page report was turned over to the Governors office, and although it leaned toward possible proof of inappropriate actions of the staff, nothing to date has come of it. After many years with the OIG, both MS. Summers and Ms. Blazer are gone from their positions. It is not clear why.”

To date there is still no formal grievance system for these men as allotted the prisoners throughout the state of Florida. Morais clams she has fought for the last four years for advocacy for these residents including the possible placement of an Ombudsman, but to no avail.

Several other states that have detention centers have provided an Ombudsman or advocacy counsel to protect the rights and treatment of their residents.

Recently Morais fought to have one of the residents taken to the hospital as his health was deteriorating and the facility staff was not responding to his cries for help. His family became worried of losing him and put pressure on the facility to take him to the hospital, but by the time this resident was finally taken to the emergency room he was admitted with renal failure and other complications because of the long neglect. The only good part of this story is, “this one lived.”

To date there are still no laws to govern the facility; to date there is still no complete program for the residents. To date the facility follows its trend of making this center punitive in nature and was found to be more punitive than most high security prisons in the state.

Morais responded to several calls for help from seriously ill men who were medically neglected and died before FJA could create enough attention to get help for them. To her pain and dismay they died while she waited anxiously for necessary medical attention. Sometimes the battle for help went on for days or for weeks.

Morais asks, “If you don’t think this is of importance ask yourself how long you would want to wait in pain for possible appendicitis?” The general rule by the nursing staff given to those in need of medical help is to “put in to see the doctor,” but this could take weeks, as in the case of Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Gartley. They both suffered and died because they were refused necessary urgent medical help for days.

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Laser Gum Surgery in Cumming, GA Can Now Safely Treat Pregnant Gum Disease Patients to Help Reduce the Risk of Low Birth Weight With Dr. Page Barden


Cumming, GA (PRWEB) September 21, 2013

Dr. Page Barden offers the FDA-cleared laser gum surgery, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), to help mothers-to-be improve their own health as well as that of their babies. There have been links showing a possible connection between low birth weight and premature delivery when gum disease is present in the mother.

Studies indicate that as many as one in ten babies born in the United States is a low birth weight baby, and almost a quarter of these cases occur in the absence of other known risk factors. There is not conclusive proof that gum disease directly causes low birth weight, but studies indicate a connection between the two. For women who are pregnant or planning to have a child soon, it may be safest to seek treatment for periodontal disease and simply remove the risk.

Dr. Barden performs the procedure using an FDA-cleared laser that only is harmful to periodontal disease. Healthy gum tissue is not cut or affected at all; this leaves teeth well protected, and reduces pain and recovery time for patients. LANAP may also reduce the risk of infection or other complications post-procedure, since trauma is minimal and since the laser can be used to create a blood clot that protects the gum pocket.

For women who are pregnant, eliminating periodontal disease with laser gum surgery is especially beneficial, as it may also help prevent the baby from developing health problems. LANAP is safe during pregnancy. Women who would like to learn more about LANAP can call Dr. Barden’s office or visit his website.

About the Doctor

Page Barden, DDS is a dentist offering personalized dental care for Cumming, GA gum disease patients. Dr. Barden received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Denver. He continued his education at the University Of Detroit School Of Dentistry. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Barden further extended his education at Indiana University where he earned a degree in Periodontics from the School of Dentistry. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Page Barden, DDS and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.georgiagumsurgery.com and call (678) 648-1998.