Study Finds Doctors Often Miss Early Signs of Heart Disease

If you diligently visit your doctor every year and have an annual physical done, you may not be all that concerned about the possibility of heart disease affecting you, provided your doctor hasn’t mentioned it in the past. After all, if you doctor hasn’t raised concerns about heart disease, then why worry? But according to… Read more »

Study Finds Parents Are Prone to Making Medication Errors

Medication errors are some of the most common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors and healthcare providers. In some cases, a doctor might accidentally prescribe a dangerously-high dose to a patient. In others, they might prescribe the wrong medication altogether. But doctors aren’t the only ones who can make medication errors. Recently, a study… Read more »

Google Scrubs Private Medical Records From Search Results

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, roughly 29 million private U.S. health records were exposed by data breaches between 2010 and 2013. In 2015, hackers penetrated the networks of Anthem, America’s second-largest health insurance company, and gained access to the personal health information of about 80 million people…. Read more »

NYC Hospitals Battle Drug-Resistant “Superbug”

We might like to think of hospitals as safe havens for the sick and injured, but because these healthcare facilities pack large numbers of sick people into confined spaces, they can also become incubators for so-called “superbugs” that resist conventional treatments. The most well-known of these superbugs is probably MRSA, a deadly type of staph… Read more »

Maternal Mortality Rates in the US Are on the Rise

In most affluent countries, maternal mortality rates decline year after year. In Britain for instance, mortality rates among mothers are so low that a man is more likely to die while his partner is pregnant than a woman is during pregnancy. Is the same true in America? Short answer: no. Each year, around 700 to… Read more »

ACOG Recommends Doctors Delay Umbilical Cord Cutting

Since the early 20th century, it’s been standard practice for physicians to clamp and cut the umbilical cord of a newborn baby immediately after the mother has given birth. For many years, doctors believed that cutting the cord quickly reduced the chances of post-birth hemorrhaging in the mother. Now, however, the American College of Obstetricians… Read more »

Study Finds Malpractice “Apology Laws” Are Ineffective

Every state has some form of malpractice legislation on the books, but approaches to medical malpractice laws vary significantly from state to state. On common type of malpractice law is an “apology law” which allows physicians to make expressions of sympathy to patients without fear of legal repercussions. These laws have been adopted by a… Read more »