Feb22, 2017

Maternal Mortality Rate on the Rise in the U.S.

In a country like the United States, that prides itself on a sophisticated health care system, maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are rising while the numbers are declining in almost everywhere else in the world. A study conducted by the Institute of World Health Metrics and Evaluation reports that there were 28 pregnancy complication […]

Feb15, 2017

Do Female Doctors Provide Better Care than Their Male Counterparts?

Does the gender of your doctor make a difference in health care outcomes? A new study by Harvard researchers, published at the end of last year in JAMA Internal Medicine, proposes that female doctors see better results than male doctors. The study revealed that patients in the care of female doctors were less likely to […]

Feb8, 2017

Alabama Jury Awards $10M to Family for Failure to Diagnose Meningitis

There are few things to make a parent feel more helpless than when your child is deathly ill. You take them to see a doctor and you trust that with the doctor’s decade of training and years of experience helping patients they will know what to do, and do what is best to care for […]

Feb1, 2017

Contaminated Medical Scopes Cause Potentially Deadly Infections

Duodenoscopes are small, tube-shaped medical devices used in a procedure called an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to diagnose health problems in the digestive tract. Due to a problem with cleaning these scopes, they can become infected with bacteria after being used on one patient which can then be transferred to the next patient.

The U.S. Food […]

Jan25, 2017

Defective Heater-Cooler Device Has Caused Infections and Deaths in Patients

When a patient undergoes certain types of cardiothoracic surgery, they are often connected to a heater-cooler device that warms or cool patients during the procedure. These devices contain temperature-controlled water tanks that send heated or cooled water to warming or cooling blankets through a closed circuit (the water does not come into contact with the […]

Jan12, 2017

Botched Tonsillectomy Causes Brain Damage, and the Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Resulted in $12.7 Million Verdict

You might think that a tonsillectomy is a routine surgery that gets performed thousands of times each year without incident, and you would be correct. However, a Pennsylvania woman suffered brain damage after her breathing tube was removed too quickly after a routine tonsillectomy. A Montgomery County jury awarded her $12.7 million in compensatory damages […]

Jan4, 2017

Medical Malpractice for Failure to Treat a Medical Condition

Doctors and other medical professionals are highly trained and go through years of study and practice in order to be able to treat patients. You know that doctors are not infallible, but you trust in their expertise in being able to diagnose what is wrong and offer appropriate treatment when you are ill. If you […]

Dec28, 2016

Another Abilify Lawsuit Linked to Compulsive Gambling Losses

On November 1, 2016, a California woman named Chrystal Austin filed a lawsuit against Bristol Meyers-Squibb after having suffered excessive financial losses linked to a compulsive gambling problem caused by the drug Abilify. Ms. Austin claims that the drug maker failed to warn consumers about the impulse control side-effects before it caused her significant financial […]

Dec21, 2016

Apps Are to Blame for the Largest Spike in Traffic Fatalities in Decades

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that after almost fifty years of steady decline, the number of highway fatalities increased by the largest annual percentage last year. The numbers so far for 2016 look to be even worse. The NHTSA reports that in the first six months of 2016, the rate of […]

Dec14, 2016

Toddler’s Death from a Fatal E. Coli Infection Could Have Been Prevented

E. coli is a dangerous infection that can lead to more serious illnesses and even death. There are ways to diagnose it and treat it, but time is a key factor. In a recent heartbreaking story out of Georgia, a toddler named Grayson Dunham died within a week after showing symptoms of a deadly E. […]

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