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Military Medical Malpractice

We have a medical error epidemic!

December 15, 2018

Medical errors are third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer, causing at least 250,000 deaths every year. A new documentary, set to air Monday, December 17, 2018, on HBO, explains the magnitude of this patient safety problem and why many are saying we are Read More

Beware: YouTube videos are wrong on prostate cancer

December 14, 2018

Of the 150 most popular YouTube videos on prostate cancer, 77 percent had factual errors or biased content in either the video or its comments section. In addition, only 50 percent of the videos analyzed described correctly the current standard of care in prostate cancer screening and treatment. Researchers at Read More

Saving Twins and Triplets – preventing stillbirths

December 10, 2018

In 2011, NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) established guidelines covering the additional care that should be offered to women with twin and triplet pregnancies above that routinely offered to all women during pregnancy. It aimed to reduce the risk of complications and improve outcomes in the mother Read More

Most people lie to their doctors

December 7, 2018

According to a recent national survey, 60 to 80 percent of respondents lied to their doctors about their daily routine, such as diet, exercise and even whether they were taking their medications regularly. This can have negative consequences for a patient; it is impossible for doctors to give the best Read More

To save lives doctor should repair a hip fracture “before the sun has set twice.”

November 26, 2018

Delays until hip fracture repair surgery is done are common.  Patients may have to wait until a surgeon or an operating room becomes available.  While it is generally accepted that early operative intervention improves survival by reducing patients’ exposure to immobilization and inflammation, there has been considerable debate about the Read More

Fear of litigation & the decision to perform C-sections

November 18, 2018

A headline describing the results of a recent study read: “[f]ear of litigation is a key factor in decision to perform C-sections.” However, when reading the report published by the study’s authors, the conclusion was actually that the clinicians’ personal beliefs were the major factor that influenced the decision to Read More

Inducing labor at 39 weeks may improve outcomes

November 14, 2018

The usual practice of doctors handling uncomplicated pregnancies has been to induce labor only after reaching the full-term 40-week mark, and many do not induce until 41 weeks. The thought was that inducing labor increases the risk of complications. A new study suggests that thought might be wrong, and it 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

Women treated more poorly than men by doctors

October 19, 2018

An article from the New York Times revealed disturbing facts that: “research on disparities between how women and men are treated in medical settings is growing — and it is concerning for any woman seeking care. Research shows that both doctors and nurses prescribe less pain medication to women than Read More

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