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October 2015 Archives

The signs of colon cancer are easy to miss

According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third leading killer of people nationwide. However, it often has no symptoms in its early stages, and the signs that do appear can be easily mistaken by Arizona patients or their doctors for less serious conditions, such as hemorrhoids.

Best practices identified for Arizona orthopedic surgeons

A study conducted by one of the country's leading medical malpractice insurance companies about patient outcomes and legal actions following orthopedic surgeries revealed steps surgeons and their staffs can take to reduce complications. The study singled out improper surgery performance as the leading type of allegation in medical malpractice suits arising from orthopedic surgeries. Among the legal actions analyzed, 46 percent of patients cited this reason. Another 16 percent of the claims related to poor patient management.

Affluenza drunk driving case back in the news

Arizona residents likely remember a 2013 drunk driving case that created a media frenzy when attorneys defending a Texas teen claimed that their client suffered from affluenza and should not be jailed for causing an accident that killed four people. Recently released deposition tapes connected with a civil lawsuit have put the case in the news once again, and they reveal previously unknown details about the teen's privileged upbringing.

Early detection may help breast cancer patients

According to a study recently published in a leading medical journal, early detection of breast cancer can play a role in an Arizona patient's prognosis. This finding seemingly negates another study that credited better treatment as the reason why breast cancer patients were experiencing higher survival rates. However, it is still unclear whether mammograms are effective at detecting breast cancer during its earlier stages.

Thanksgiving and fall break could mean increased DUI enforcement

Students in colleges and universities throughout Arizona are studying for midterms and looking forward to fall and Thanksgiving break. However, college students should be just as wary of DUI enforcement while on campus as they are going home. Those meetings at home over break with old friends and family at bars and restaurants could unfortunately turn into a drunk driving charge.

Researchers create new handbook to make surgery safer

Arizona surgical patients may be happy to learn that researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland have created a handbook with the potential to make surgeries safer. They spent 12 years as a part of the group in testing and developing a system that focuses on the non-technical skills of surgeons and operating room staff.

Patients can sue hospitals for doctors being uninsured

Arizona patients may be interested to learn about a medical malpractice case that recently was decided in New Jersey by that state's Supreme Court. In that decision, the court ruled that patients may sue hospitals which employ uninsured or inadequately insured doctors if the hospitals failed to conduct due diligence in determining the insurance status of the doctors they employed.

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