New Guidelines Recommend Mammograms Should Begin at Age 40

The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released new guidelines concerning mammograms – most specifically, that women should start breast cancer screenings at age 40. States Wanda Nicholson, MD, MPH, MBA, and USPSTF Chair: More women in their 40s have been getting breast cancer, with rates increasing about 2% each year. By starting to…

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Early Discharge of Patients Can Be Medical Malpractice

Doctors spend several years training for their medical specialty, meaning patients trust and depend on them to make the right decisions regarding their health. However, discharging patients too soon is a common mistake made by doctors, which can also be considered medical malpractice. Whether you travel to a top-ranking medical facility in Washington, DC for…

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Pregnancy and Pulmonary Embolism: What You Need to Know

Complications during labor and delivery can arise at any time, affecting both the mother and the baby. One of the most serious complications that may occur is a pulmonary embolism, which can cause life-long problems or even death. It is usually the medical provider’s responsibility to detect, diagnose, and treat pulmonary embolisms as quickly as…

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Is It Hard to Sue a Washington, D.C. Hospital for Medical Malpractice?

Suing a hospital for medical malpractice can be very difficult in Washington, D.C. These types of lawsuits usually involve complicated facts, details, and legal issues, which must all be addressed appropriately. In addition, hospitals and their insurance companies are known to put up a fierce defense, often resulting in lengthy and drawn-out trials. However, with…

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Is “Over-Diagnosing” Cancer an Act of Medical Malpractice?

Most people believe that the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can begin, which is generally a win-win situation. However, some experts say aggressive treatment of breast cancer in women over 75 might not necessarily be the right option. According to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “[o]verdiagnosis is increasingly…

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We Need Better Follow-up Care for New Mothers

Having a baby is a miraculous and joyful event. However, lack of sleep, fatigue, breastfeeding difficulties, stress, new or aggravated emotional disorders, and urinary incontinence are often also present and must be addressed. Postpartum care for women and infants—with services and support fitted to each mother’s individual needs—is essential for the welfare of the family.…

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Washington, DC Is #4 for Fetal Deaths

For the past 15 years, fetal deaths, also known as stillbirths, have declined in the United States. However, stillbirths in the District of Columbia have exceeded the national average for the last 10+ years. According to the 2022 DC Health Infant Mortality Report, non-Hispanic Black babies were three to five times more likely to die in…

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What Are the Four “D”s of Medical Malpractice?

The four “D”s of medical malpractice are: Duty, Deviation from standard of care, Damages, and Direct cause. All four of these elements are legally required and must be established in order to file a medical malpractice claim and pursue damages successfully. If you’re unsure if your experiences fit within these boundaries, the best thing you…

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Medical Malpractice and Telemedicine

Telemedicine is a helpful tool, especially for folks who live in rural and remote areas, or who cannot afford to take a day off work to visit a doctor’s office. Telemedicine can also be beneficial to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals as they do not have to come into direct contact with so many…

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