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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

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

Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45, not 50

June 2, 2018

The new recommendation by the American Cancer Society to screen for colon cancer starting at age 45 rather than age 50 is in response to the finding that since 1994, there has been a 51 percent increase in the rate of the disease in those younger than 50, and the Read More

Immune therapy plus chemo prolongs survival for advanced lung cancer

April 16, 2018

In a study reported today in the Washington Post, patients with late stage lung cancer getting immune therapy plus chemo were found to be 51 percent less likely to die, compared with patients getting chemo only. One of the researchers stated that “[i]mmunotherapy is rapidly, in combination with other treatments Read More

New tiny pediatric heart valve will save lives

April 13, 2018

A tiny heart valve (the size of a dime), small enough to be put in the heart of a newborn baby, has been given approval to be used in very young children with severe heart defects. Larger sizes have been on the market for a long time, but the medical Read More

Doctors have more time to treat strokes

April 2, 2018

For years doctors believed they had just six hours to save threatened brain tissue from lack of blood flow after a stroke. A new study found they may actually have as long as 16 hours in many cases and another study found the outer limit at 24 hours for some Read More

Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men

April 1, 2018

Excerpts from MarieClaire, Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men, by Kayla Webley Adler, April 25, 2017: For years, physicians have assumed they can diagnose and treat both genders the same way.  But it’s costing women their lives. The best-known incidents of medicine gone wrong in female patients are the many Read More

Doctors are missing heart attack symptoms in women

March 13, 2018

Early diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks in women is critical.  A young woman who is hospitalized with a heart attack has a higher risk of death than a man of the same age yet acute heart attack symptoms often go unnoticed in women.  More than half of the doctors Read More

Delays at hospitals undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk of disability and death

January 5, 2016

Nearly every baby born in the United States has blood collected within a day or two of birth to be screened for dozens of genetic disorders. The entire premise of newborn screening is to detect disorders quickly so babies can be treated early to prevent death or brain damage, disability Read More

4 Common Risk Factors for Misdiagnoses and Medical Malpractice (Pt. 2)

September 30, 2014

Wrapping up our two-part blog 4 Common Risk Factors for Misdiagnoses and Medical Malpractice (Pt. 1), below we will continue discussing the factors that most commonly contribute to misdiagnoses in the U.S. More Common Reasons Why Misdiagnoses Happen So Often in the U.S… 3. The Diffuse State of the Modern Read More

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