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Medical Malpractice

You need an advocate for when you can’t advocate for yourself

April 22, 2019

I agree 100% with the paragraph quoted below in a USA Today series about injuries during childbirth: “I personally think anybody going to the hospital, for any reason, or any time, you need to have an advocate with you,” said Lisa Kane Low, associate dean of practice and professional graduate Read More

Anesthesia may not be as safe as we thought

March 4, 2019

Research is starting to reveal disturbing side effects of anesthesia. According to a recent report, “the findings are challenging traditionally held beliefs that general anesthesia simply ‘turns the brain off’ and then reverts it to its pre-anesthesia state” when the patient is woken up. “Anesthesia is a very abnormal state Read More

Traumatic brain injury can cause ADHD

December 2, 2018

Scientists have discovered that there are at least two forms of ADHD: one caused by a traumatic brain injury (even a mild one) and the other caused by genetic factors. While the study reporting these findings discussed the implications for children who suffer mild traumatic brain injuries in such things Read More

Patient safety in hospitals a big concern

November 7, 2018

Twenty years ago, a landmark study by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) highlighted the prevalence of medical errors and called for a national commitment to reduce patient harm. Today, a follow-up study revealed that 71 percent of hospitals made no improvements and 7 percent actually got worse. Worse yet, Read More

Most children who get their tonsils removed, do not actually need the surgery

November 6, 2018

A study reported today exposed shocking statistics about children who have their tonsils removed: 7 out of every 8 surgeries are unnecessary. In the population studied that equaled 32,500 children who underwent needless tonsillectomies. Perhaps worse yet, most of the children who actually needed to have their tonsils taken out, Read More

Poor communication among nurses and doctors is a primary reasons for patient care mistakes.

September 6, 2018

Doctors not listening to nurses and nurses afraid to talk to doctors is causing harm to patients. A recent study found that the hospital hierarchy puts nurses at a power disadvantage, and many are afraid to speak the truth to doctors. Video recordings also showed that nurses didn’t directly request Read More

Bone density testing needed for both women and men

July 18, 2018

As reported in the New York Times, newly updated guidelines issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, suggest that all women 65 and older undergo bone density screening-a brief, noninvasive, safe and inexpensive test covered by Medicare-to determine their risk of fracture and get treatment to lessen the Read More

Drug-resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ pose growing threat

July 11, 2018

According the CDC, “nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics were found more than 200 times in the United States last year. They cause illnesses that “verge on untreatable infections” where the only option may be supportive care — fluids and machines to maintain life to give the patient a Read More

Most women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemo

June 6, 2018

A recently released result of the largest breast cancer study ever conducted provided yet another reason why diagnosing breast cancer early is so important: the majority of women with the most common type of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy after surgery.  According to the study, the two groups Read More

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