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December 2015 Archives

Christmas And Holidays Could Mean More DUI Arrests In Arizona

Arizona is no stranger to increased DUI enforcement over the holiday season. Just a few years ago, in 2013 the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety enlisted a special DUI task force during Thanksgiving all the way up until New Year's Day. It was during this increased enforcement for the holidays, almost 4,400 people were arrested in Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Medical errors often not disclosed to patients and families

Arizona patients may be aware that complications can take place when they are receiving health care. A report from ProPublica, however, has shown that medical facilities rarely disclose any medical errors that may have occurred.

Cocaine charges in Arizona

People who are charged with a cocaine offense in Arizona may face several different sanctions. There will be several factors involved, including the number of prior offenses, the amount of cocaine found and whether the person was selling or attempting to sell the drug.

Feds to charge foreign military officials with drug trafficking

Federal prosecutors are getting ready to charge officials in the Venezuelan military with cocaine trafficking to the United States, according to someone who knows about the case. It might be surprising to people in Arizona that these officials are generals in the Venezuelan National Guard.

Privacy violations with medical information

As Arizona residents may know, keeping medical information confidential may be a source of concern and breaches of medical confidentiality have been noted. While sharing patients' information without their consent is illegal under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, some courts have ruled that a health care provider may not be held responsible for an employee who violates this confidentiality.

Arizona laws related to marijuana

Arizona is one of the states that has made marijuana legal, at least for individuals who use it for medical reasons. In 2010, residents of the state voted to pass the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which called upon the state to create a medical marijuana program.

Common diseases are often misdiagnosed

According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, around 5 percent of adults who seek outpatient medical care are incorrectly diagnosed in some way. Worse, it is estimated that those mistakes factor into approximately 10 percent of patient deaths in Arizona and across the United States.

Screenings for prostate cancer on the decline

Some Arizona residents may be choosing to avoid a prostate screening based on new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that say only men who are in a high-risk group or who have a family history of prostate cancer should have the screening. Doctors say that this is a good idea if it is an informed decision made between doctor and patient, but some have voiced concerns that some patients may be discouraged from having the test.

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