Dec7, 2017

Dr. Charles Akoda Is Not a Real Person, But That Didn’t Stop Him from Practicing Medicine

At least 100 women have come forward claiming to be patients of Dr. Charles Akoda at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Maryland. The problem is that Dr. Charles Akoda is not a real person; he’s an identity thief who managed to fool both hospital administrators and patients for eight years, as he practiced as an […]

Dec5, 2017

The VA Willingly Hires Doctors with Malpractice Claims Against Them

Back in October, USA TODAY published a piece about their investigation into allegations of medical malpractice at the VA hospital in Togus, Maine. They discovered that a podiatrist named Thomas Franchini was responsible for mistakes that harmed veterans in 88 different cases. Instead of firing Franchini outright, the VA “let him quietly resign and move […]

Nov29, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Linked to Long-Term Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Gestational diabetes is blood sugar condition affecting pregnant women. Unlike Type I or Type II diabetes, gestational diabetes is not permanent, though mothers who develop it may be at a greater risk of developing Type II later on in life.

A recent study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, aimed to discover if there was a link […]

Nov22, 2017

The Vulnerability of Medical Devices to Cybersecurity Breaches

You have likely heard of, and may well have been a victim of, a cyber security breach where sensitive, personal information was hacked from the servers of a bank, a credit bureau or even a major health care insurer. Medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps are now connected to wireless networks so that […]

Nov15, 2017

Nurse “Burnout” Leads to Dangerous Medical Mistakes

Nurses are often the unsung heroes of health care. They work long, grueling hours carrying out the doctor’s orders, they interact with doctors, patients and peers in often chaotic and emotionally exhausting environments and they often do this difficult work exhausted. Fatigue, burnout, exhaustion, overworked: regardless of how you describe it, due to their often […]

Nov8, 2017

Failing Pacemakers Show Us the High Cost of Replacing Defective Medical Devices

When medical devices that have been implanted into a human body (like a pacemaker or an IUD, for example) fail, Medicare often covers the surgery to replace them. The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report that said Medicare has paid at least $1.5 billion over a decade […]

Nov1, 2017

Baltimore Family Awarded Millions after a Medication Error Led to the Death of Their Loved One

Medication errors are a significant problem in modern health care. Also called adverse drug events (ADE), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that ADE’s account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year. The AHRQ also reports that approximately 5% of hospitalized patients will experience an ADE making them […]

Oct25, 2017

Why the Obstetrics Ward Ordered to be Shutdown at Washington D.C.’s United Medical Center

Back in August, regulators from the Washington, D.C. Department of Health closed the Obstetrics Department at the United Medical Center, the only full-service hospital in Southeast Washington. The Washington Post obtained a letter to Luis A. Hernandez, CEO of UMC, from the D.C. Department of Health, advising him that they were restricting the hospital’s license, […]

Oct19, 2017

Barry Nace Speaks with KALW about Medical Malpractice

On October 11th, Barry Nace spoke with KALW in San Francisco, an affiliate of NPR, about what medical malpractice is, and what it takes to file a successful claim. We invite you to access that interview here, through this link.

Oct18, 2017

Why Are Children Dying in the Dentist’s Chair?

A story on the TV program “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” highlighted the recent string of deaths of children in dentist’s chairs across the United States. Many adults are afraid and anxiety about going to the dentist for a dental procedure, but we go, and we sit through it with just Novocain as a local […]

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