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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Lawmaker questions FDA priorities, suggests industry ties

Tainted batches of heparin may have raised concerns with the general public, but a recent Reuters report suggests the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would rather focus on giving product promotion advice to companies and journal reprints to physicians than food and drug safety scares. The FDA also planned to change its regulations to protect device makers’ FDA-approved products from lawsuits with a so-called preemptive clause, according to Reuters. The news agency says that in a letter from California Rep. Henry Waxman, to FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, Waxman raised concerns that the items outlined on the FDA’s 2007 priorities ... Read More

Nursing home residents closer to regaining right to sue

Nursing home residents and their families who sign mandatory arbitration clauses when being admitted into long-term care facilities, are one step closer to regaining their rights to hold those facilities accountable in court for abuse and neglect, according to the Senior Journal. The Journal reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee this week approved the bi-partisan bill – the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2008. The bill moves to the Senate for approval. According to the Senior Journal the bill would invalidate mandatory arbitration clauses in nursing home, assisted living, and other long-term care facility contracts. Under the bill, residents ... Read More

Minnesota nursing home aides abuse patients for thrills

Fifteen Minnesota nursing home residents with dementia were abused, taunted and groped by four nursing home aides who were simply looking for on-the-job thrills, according to a story in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. The four aides from Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Albert Lea, Minn., were fired after a coworker revealed that she was aware of the four women abusing residents, the Star Tribune reported. The aides allegedly held residents down whey they resisted, put their fingers in residents’ mouths and noses to quiet their cries and screams, hit and rubbed their breasts and genitals, and sexually “humped” ... Read More

California nursing home settles lawsuit

Just another reminder to do your homework when checking out nursing homes: Sun-Mar, a company that runs 18 skilled nursing facilities in Southern California, had boasted in its brochures about the outstanding care it provides. Unfortunately, that was found not to be the case. According to the Los Angeles Times, Sun-Mar agreed to pay $2 million to former residents in a settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit that alleged substandard care of its elderly patients. The Times quoted the attorney in the case as saying, “These facilities are giving out brochures about this wonderful, superlative care — one need only ... Read More