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           New reporting reveals that over 1,000 cases of sex abuse by priests associated with the Archdiocese of Chicago have been reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services [DCFS] since 2006.  Twenty-four new investigations have been launched in response to concerns that those cases were not properly investigated by DCFS.

           In 2006, DCFS implemented a policy that required the Archdiocese of Chicago to report suspected cases of sexual abuse involving its priests and employees. The need for this policy arose from the horrific crimes of the notorious Father Daniel McCormack and other priests who sexually abused thousands of children in the Chicago area. (Cherney, 2019).

          This 2006 program was designed to:

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        Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OPLL) is a relatively common but often overlooked and misdiagnosed condition that can occurs when a ligament that runs along the spinal column, in from of the spinal cord, becomes thicker and bony [“ossifies”].  This usually occurs as we age.

            If you have these symptoms, you may have OPLL:

  • Pain, tingling, or numbness in the neck, shoulder, arm, or hand
  • Difficulty walking and leg weakness
  • Difficulty with bowel and bladder control

             OPLL exists in up to 25% of the U.S. population of individuals suffering neurologic issues that impact the neck, arms, hands and legs. Neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons—the physicians who treat spine and spinal cord problems—often overlook and misdiagnose the symptoms of OPLL, due to inexperience or failure to order proper testing in patients with the above neurologic symptoms.

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       A recent report regarding medical malpractice in the U.S. estimated that diagnostic errors by physicians and hospital employees resulted in “serious permanent damage” or “immediate or inevitable death” in up to 4 million Americans annually. (Newman-Toker, 2019, p. 227).

      A recent study showed who is most likely to be affected

  • Average age: 49
  • Female: 51%

       The three most commonly misdiagnosed diseases, which represent 75% of the serious misdiagnosis-related harms, are:

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Willowbrook Plant Sterigenics Releasing Cancer-Causing Gas

Last Tuesday, a bipartisan lawsuit was filed urging the state to shut down Sterigenics, a plant located in the western Chicago suburb of Willowbrook, because it is violating laws and harming residents. Attorney Lisa Madigan and DuPage County’s State Attorney Robert Berlin have insisted that the plant be closed or the emissions limits should be enforced. 

 

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President Donald Trump continues to provide false information to Americans regarding preexisting conditions related to health coverage. 

 

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